During pregnancy, women need to be careful of the skincare products the use so as not to aggravate skin problems that naturally come with pregnancy.
Below are some skincare products to use and avoid at this delicate stage:
- Even though low levels of Vitamin A may still be safe to use during pregnancy, it’s better to avoid vitamin A or retinol, or retinoic acids, throughout the nine months.
- Any products containing peroxide.
- Artificial colour-stained products and products containing fragrances.
- Skin-staining products (such as self-tanning products).
- Skin lightening or bleaching ingredients, such as hydroquinone.
- Harsh exfoliators, as these may deteriorate the skin’s barrier function. Avoid causing inflammation to the skin at all times.
Safe to use
- Sunscreen of at least SPF 30.
- Hydrating serums and creams. They should contain hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. Always keep the skin as moist as possible to enhance and maintain the skin’s elasticity.
- Products with high antioxidant activity such as vitamin C. This powerful vitamin will help to enhance the skin’s barrier function as well as promote healthy skin cell turnover rates.
Products containing alpha-hydroxy acids. They will help to gently remove dead skin cells as well as promote collagen production and keep the skin moist and plump.