Hey Skincare Belle!!
I’m not pregnant, but I’m desperately hoping to be and I also have terrible skin-acne, aging, extreme combination oily/dry with this weather. Is there a regimen you recommend for pregnant ladies? I’m high risk (2 miscarriages this year and I’m also going to be 35 in April) so I just don’t want to push it with chemicals. I tried the brand Belli-but their moisturizer wasn’t hydrating enough for me. I was hoping you knew of a brand or had some tried and true products you recommend. ❤ Let me know!
Skin Stressed Mama
Hello Skin Stressed Mama!
First of all, I am SO sorry that you have had two miscarriages and that you are having difficulty right now. My heart goes out to you and I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers particularly surrounding this!!! To deal with having your skin flare up in addition to the emotional roller coaster is completely unnecessary! I have some solutions!
So, for your combination skin I would definitely recommend following an appropriate regimen with cleansing and exfoliating as well as using the right type of moisturizer which will give your skin exactly what it needs. For your skin type, do not cleanse in the morning. Use a gentle rose water as a toner only- I like Phytomer Rose Visage Toner as well as Heritage Rosewater. These products do not contain a lot of teratogens so they are pregnancy safe! For cleansing, I recommend only in the evening, using a foaming cleanser (no milky cleansers- that will not properly clean your skin) and my favorite for that is Benefit Clean or Simply Clean. Follow with the toner.
For your moisturizer, you said that you wanted to use something more on the natural/chemical free side. I really love Eminence Organic line- You would do really well with the Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer. You can use this in the am and pm!
Exfoliating with a gentle enzyme twice per week will really help the moisture to penetrate and also to exfoliate the dead skin and combat any breakouts. Never use anything with “scrub” in the title (definitely just say NO! to apricot scrub! It creates micro-tears in the skin which allow bacteria to enter as well as compromises the barrier function of the skin making you more dehydrated!). Glycolic Acid is safe for pregnancy as well as Papain (an enzyme that comes from Pineapple.) as well as Lactic Acid and Cranberry Enzyme. My favorites are Pure Enzymes and Peeling Vegetal. Apply at night on dry skin for 7-10 minutes and rinse off 2-3 times per week.
Using a Retinol will definitely help with acne and anti-aging but it’s definitely not appropriate for pregnancy and nursing- it’s something to keep in your back pocket for afterwards! That would be Biopelle Retriderm Serum Max. Use in the evening on dry skin 3 times per week!
I sincerely hope this helps you!!!! Please do not hesitate to touch base again should you have any further questions and also let me know if this advice works!!! Much love to you and your family!!