She looks cute, right? Dewy, flawless pregnancy skin, fresh faced. Like an advertisement saying “Hey, this is fun, you can look like me!” Most women I’ve encountered would immediately respond with a “LOL, no.”
During pregnancy you receive a laundry list of do’s and don’ts on how to live your life for the next 9 months. So how do you handle your skin during, and after, your little Burrito arrives? [yes, I’ve named your current/future nugget after a food]
This part is important. I know you’re going to get tired, Burrito is going to take all your energy, and soon your spare time, but don’t skip the basics of your skincare routine. Cleansing, moisturizing, exfoliating, these vital steps will keep your skin healthy.
You’re never going to have a better excuse to get a facial, either. Whether you’re graced with flawless pregnancy skin or encounter imbalances, enjoy some pampering. Even after Burrito arrives, you’ll want a break… there’s always a good excuse to get a facial! Ha!
We’ll troubleshoot common skin dilemmas referred to as “the pickle”…. see what I did there?
THE PICKLE: TIRED EYES
Dark circles, bags, puffy eyes. Maybe you’re not allowed to consume caffeine but you sure can create a DIY eye treatment with some tea bags! Black or green tea will work well. After steeping, cool tea bags before resting with these bad boys on your eyes for 10-15 minutes. You can also place in the refrigerator to make cold compresses.
Try: Hydropeptide Eye Authority. I’m obsessed. It de-puffs, fights fine lines, and fights dark circles with a peptide promoting circulation, preventing blood from pooling and becoming stagnant in this delicate area. Seriously. It’s SO good.
THE PICKLE: DRY SKIN
If you’re moisturizing regularly and seem to be experiencing dry skin, you’re likely dehydrated. Let’s face it, Burrito is taking all that goodness you’re feeding your body. Even if you’re drinking plenty of water our skin is the last organ to receive hydration. Your body doesn’t consider it as vital, especially when pregnant. Many women continue to experience dehydration while breastfeeding.
Try: Peter Thomas Roth Viz-1000. Hyaluronic Acid is your BFF. Cleanse, apply serum, moisturize, repeat.
THE PICKLE: [LACK OF] EXFOLIATION
Exfoliating on the reg is going to….
1) allow your moisturizer and treatment products to penetrate deep into your skin.
2) remove dirt and debris build up, preventing breakouts.
3) remove dead skin to create a smoother, brighter complexion.
Look for products containing AHA’s like glycolic or lactic acid because salicylic acid is now forbidden.
Try: Eminence Calm Skin Chamomile Exfoliating Peel. Pump a little on provided cotton pad, wipe, and leave. Easy-peasy and low maintenance!
THE PICKLE: BREAKOUTS
Hormonal breakouts are a B. to deal with. You’re now limited on products you can use as most acne products contain salicylic acid and/or retinoids.
Some doctors consider a low dose of salicylic acid OK but consult your MD. With that in mind, the following suggestions do not contain retinoids OR salicylic acid.
Try: Hydropeptide Clarifying Toner and Spot Correction. Peptides, Lactic Acid, and Sulfur to the rescue! After cleansing, wipe entire face with toner pads [cut in half and they’ll last twice as long]. Treat problem areas with spot treatment.
THE PICKLE: DISCOLORATION
Hormonal pigmentation is a stubborn beast. Avoiding soy in your diet may help fight said beast. Soy acts as estrogen in the body and can cause melasma to worsen. Ingredients to look for: lethicin, phosphatidylcholine, and soy.
Try: Hydropeptide Even Out. This treatment contains a brightening peptide, shown to reduce the appearance of pregnancy masks. This product brings underlying pigment to the surface. Exfoliation is a MUST speed up the process.