Pregnancy is a beautiful journey that brings about physical and can also affect emotional changes. The skin most definitely undergoes its own transformation. Karen Behnke, the founder of Juice Beauty, turned her lifelong passion for environmentalism, wellness, and skincare into a mission and she was inspired to do so when she was pregnant with her babies in her early 40’s. During her pregnancies, Karen was experiencing hormonal acne and the beginnings of fine lines and wrinkles so she became obsessed with creating luxurious organic skincare products that are safe and effective. Juice Beauty continues to empower women worldwide with gentle, pregnancy-safe skincare products that promote wellness, beauty, and environmental sustainability.
Hormonal Changes and Acne
Due to hormonal fluctuations, many pregnant women may experience changes in their skin, including an increase in acne breakouts. This is often attributed to the surge in hormones, which can cause the skin's sebaceous glands to produce more oil, redness, uneven skin tone and texture. To manage skin changes during pregnancy, it is important to use gentle, pregnancy-safe skincare products that are safe for both Mom and Baby.
Stretch Marks and Skin Elasticity
As the body undergoes rapid changes to accommodate the growing baby, stretch marks may appear on various body parts, such as the abdomen, breasts, and thighs. While it is difficult to prevent stretch marks entirely, keeping the skin well-hydrated with moisturizing creams or oils can help improve skin hydration to help with elasticity and reduce the appearance of any stretch marks.
Melasma and Hyperpigmentation
Melasma, or "the mask of pregnancy," is a common skin condition characterized by dark patches that typically appear on the face. This condition is thought to be caused by hormonal changes and increased melanin production. To help protect your skin from melasma and hyperpigmentation, it is crucial to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF daily and wear a wide-brimmed hat when exposed to the sun. In fact, Cosmopolitan Magazine listed our Prebiotix SPF 45 Glow, Daily Multi-tasking Moisturizer as the “Best Pregnancy-Safe Sunscreen for a Dewy Glow,” writing, this pregnancy-safe SPF from Juice Beauty gives skin the dewiest glow whether you use it alone or layer it under makeup as a face primer. It helps blur rough, uneven skin texture, moisturize and soothe skin, and protect from UVA and UVB rays with SPF 45 and free radical-fighting antioxidants.” And the bonus is that Juice Beauty’s SPF products only use sheer zinc and no chemical sunscreens + organic ingredients. Safe for Mom and Baby!
During pregnancy, the skin can become more sensitive and reactive to certain skincare products and environmental factors. Choosing fragrance-free, hypoallergenic products and performing patch tests before using new skincare items is advisable. Additionally, wearing loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabrics can help prevent skin irritation and discomfort. We recommend checking the ingredients in your makeup and trying pregnancy-safe products like Juice Beauty’s Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation. Pinkvilla named our foundation one of the top "Serum Foundations" in their post, 12 Best Pregnancy-safe Foundations That Your Skin Will Love, stating, “Brimming with hydrating coconut alkanes, antioxidant-rich technology, concentrated plant-derived Phyto-Pigments, vitamins C & E, resveratrol-rich grapeseed, and fruit stem cells — this serum foundation by Juice Beauty is a must-try. The top features of this foundation include age-defying properties, smoother skin texture, buildable and full coverage, blurred wrinkles and fine lines, and seamless blending. Comfortable for all skin types, this skincare-infused makeup excludes silicones and is authentically organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben free.”
Skincare Ingredients to Avoid during Pregnancy:
- Salicylic acid
Self-Care and Confidence
While the physical changes during pregnancy can be challenging, it's important to remember that these changes are a natural part of the journey to motherhood. Embrace self-care practices such as gentle massages, taking warm baths, and practicing relaxation techniques to nourish your body and mind. Remember, your body is doing something incredible; every change is a testament to the beauty of creating a new life.
In conclusion, pregnancy brings about various skin changes that are both temporary and unique to each woman. Expectant mothers can navigate this transformative period confidently and gracefully by understanding these changes and adopting a gentle skincare routine during pregnancy. Embrace the journey, take care of yourself, and celebrate the beauty of motherhood!