When a baby’s on the way, life can feel a little crazy. Between changing your diet to eliminate (or at least reduce) forbidden substances like caffeine, alcohol and raw seafood, to all the work that goes into getting ready for baby, it may seem challenging to find the time to give your own body the TLC you deserve. Those pregnancy hormones may have your skin glowing for now, but taking smart, safe steps to make sure it continues to glow long after baby is born should remain a priority. While there are few ingredients to steer clear of during pregnancy, but there are also several treatments to safely indulge in.
Most of us are familiar with retinoids. While this powerful substance has proven itself over and over again in skincare routines, it’s best to set this ingredient aside until after your bundle of joy arrives. Retinoids are a type of vitamin A which speeds up cell division and prevents skin collagen from breaking down. It’s found in anti-aging creams and treatments for acne, pigment disorders and plaque psoriasis. While the most dangerous type of retinoids, proven to cause harm during pregnancy, are those taken orally, doctors usually advise against using topical retinoids as well. Furthermore, mothers who are currently breastfeeding or who plan to breastfeed should also consult with their doctor before using retinoids as it may pass to the breast milk.
There are several ingredients that can be used in moderation during pregnancy in place of retinoids. Topical hydroxy acids such as BHA, AHA and salicylic acid, found in many cleansers, toners and exfoliants, may help to reduce the signs of aging and help to keep your skin clear. When applied topically, once or twice per day, these ingredients are generally considered safe.
If you’re in need of some pampering, a trip to the spa may sound like a wonderful treat to most expecting moms. When it comes to skin rejuvenation treatments, Amy Lane, aesthetician at Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center, says you should always consult with your primary doctor before booking any skin treatments to find out what’s safe and what isn’t, depending on any pre-existing conditions related to your pregnancy. Some treatments are generally considered to be unsafe for pregnant women, especially ones that involve lasers. These treatments include laser hair reduction, HALO laser treatment and BBL photorejuvenation. On the other hand, there are several treatments that are considered safe. Lane said, “Medical facials are a great option and can be customized for pregnant patients.” At Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center, a medical facial may include any combination of a steam, ultrasonic deep pore cleansing, microdermabrasion, a treatment mask and/or LED light therapy. (Note: LED light therapy is NOT recommended for pregnant women).
If you’re pregnant and have questions about which skincare products and treatments are safe during pregnancy, feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our aestheticians.