Pregnant women need to take care of their skin. Put your attention on the essentials and follow these simple tips.

Begin by using a mild cleaner

The Westchester dermatologist Dr. Amy Newburger recommends using a non-residue or glycerin-based face cleanser to get rid of makeup and dirt. A light and hydrating soapless rinse-off cleanser is recommended for extremely dry skin. To avoid over drying, wash your face no more than twice a day.

Moisturizers and sunblocks

In pregnancy (and after), you should use a moisturiser with at least SPF 15 and broad spectrum protection (that works against both UVA and UVB rays). Newburger notes that higher hormone levels stimulate the growth of pigment cells during pregnancy, which can result in facial blotchiness, or “the mask of pregnancy.” Daily use of sunscreen is the greatest method to prevent this discolouration from happening. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher if you know you’ll be out in the sun during the day or at the beach. You’ll want to look for lotions and creams that contain the ingredients Parsol 1789 or Avobenzone.

Acne and oil

In the first trimester of pregnancy, you’ll probably have the most breakouts if your skin is oily or acne-prone. A product containing glycolic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, topical erythromycin (on prescription only), or witch hazel is the safest way to treat these eruptions. Topical retinoids (such as Retin-A or Differin) and salicylic acid are generally not recommended by dermatologists; check product labels for components. Despite the fact that these components haven’t been connected to birth problems, it’s always preferable to err on the side of caution.

Quick and easy makeup

Wearing makeup when pregnant is best done with a minimal amount of makeup. It’s speedier and easier to use. A few multipurpose products are all you need to look your best. Covering dark circles and blemishes with a foundation stick that doubles as concealer is ideal. Smudging on the eyes, lips, and cheeks is a breeze with chubby pencils, and they don’t take up much space in your suitcase. Have a hydrating and sun-protective lip balm on hand if you’re a lipstick addict. You’re now ready for the day with a washable, waterproof mascara to complete your appearance.


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