Congratulations! This is the beginning of a new chapter; your journey into motherhood starts now. If you aren’t already glowing, then once second trimester kicks in your skin will be blooming! But with increased hormones come some less than rosy skin side effects. Here’s our expert advice on how to achieve your best pregnancy skin.
Increased hormones through pregnancy can trigger excess melanin production in the skin, which means increased pigmentation (sigh). You may notice these pesky brown patches showing up even if you’ve never suffered from pigmentation before. How do you minimise the dreaded pregnancy mask? Firstly, SPF every day! Secondly, stay out of the sun, UV amplifies pigment. Add Vitamin C serum to your skincare regime immediately. Bursting with clarity enhancing and skin-brightening antioxidants, Vitamin C inhibits the enzymes responsible for formation of pigmentation. More than just glow getting, topical use of Vitamin C has also been proven to boost collagen production. This all-rounder is your new skincare BFF.
You may notice your skin is more oily than usual, prone to spots or acne. Thank goodness Glycolic Acid is perfectly safe to use during pregnancy. The golden child of the AHA family, Glycolic Acid, exfoliates the skin, removing dead cell buildup and excess oil which contribute to blocked pores and breakouts. It also helps to even surface texture and pigment associated with post blemish marking. Try Liquid Gold, it improves skin texture and decreases wrinkle depth after just one application. Even though your skin is oiler, it’s still important to moisturise. Keep the skin clear and hydrated with Clear Skin Daily Moisturiser. Loaded with nature’s antibacterials like Eucalyptus and Tee Tree, it also contains calming Aloe Vera and soothing Vitamin E to reduce inflammation and redness. Cleanse morning and evening with a non-detergent cleanser to keep the skin’s pH intact. Triple Action Cleanser balances and cools the skin while also minimising excess oil and breakouts with Cucumber, Thyme and Aloe Vera.
This can strike at any time during pregnancy. The lotions and potions you’ve been using forever may all of a sudden irritate your skin, or your skin becomes dry, flaky, or overheated. If your skin is angry and playing up like a naughty toddler (that comes later!) then allow it some chill time with Balancing Cleanser, Essential Hydration Cream and Vitamin E serum. These peace-loving pacifiers bring immediate relief and comfort to parched and irritated skins with lush ingredients like Evening Primrose Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Macadamia Oil, Red Algae Extract and Ginseng Root Extract. Essential Hydration Cream’s non-glycolic formula makes it ideal for broken capillaries, diffused redness and sensitivities with a botanical complex of Solomon’s Seal, Cypress Berries, Arnica that help to tone and strengthen weak capillaries.
Hot and Sweaty Skin
Your thermostat is in overdrive with the extra blood flow. In fact, extra blood flow boosts the body’s metabolism by about 20%, creating more body heat, leaving you a sweaty mess. Keep your cool by spritzing Moisture Boosting Facial Mist throughout the day to revitalise and refresh the skin.
What to avoid
There are a couple of ingredients that are off the skincare menu during pregnancy and breastfeeding—Vitamin A and Salicylic Acid. There are only a handful of products within the Alpha-H range that contain these ingredients, and you can find ingredients on each of the product listings. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to get in touch for some expert advice!
Sleep deprivation, the stress of a crying baby, breastfeeding and sheer exhaustion sap the skin of essential nutrients and vitality, not to mention dark circles and puffy eyes! Unpack the bags with Absolute Eye Complex, uniquely designed to be applied over the entire eyelid to lash level to combat dark circles, dark shadows, discoloured lids, puffiness, hooded lids, fine lines and milia. Put the bounce back in your skin with Vitamin B serum, the ‘Berocca’ of serums to energise, hydrate and prevent premature ageing. Look like you’ve had your eight hours (even when you’ve only had three) with Liquid Gold 24 Hour Moisture Repair Cream, a hard-working multi-tasking cream that tackles dull, tired, dry, pigmented and prematurely ageing skin. Handpicked ingredients include Glycolic Acid, Argan Stem Cells, powerful natural antioxidants Green Tea and Chia and advanced anti-aging peptide Matrixryl 6.