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Your Skin While Expecting
By Natalie Judy, LE
For some women, pregnancy can bring glowing, radiant skin. For others, the hormonal fluctuations your body endures can cause your skin to struggle with acne breakouts, sensitivity, and hyperpigmentation. While you may feel the need to completely overhaul your routine, that’s not always necessary. There are several products that are easy to swap your old favorites with that are safe for you and baby!
Retinoids are considered the holy grail for anti-aging. While expecting, a safer option for collagen building and brightening is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that will provide your skin with extra protection against the sun as well as help aide in forming new collagen and elastin. Our new favorite is SkinBetter’s Alto Advanced Defense and Repair Serum.
While hydroquinone is an excellent option for many dealing with stubborn hyperpigmentation, you want to avoid this ingredient during your pregnancy journey. Melasma is a condition that results in concentrated brown patches on your skin. Hormonal changes can cause what some refer to as the “pregnancy mask”. This can be frustrating for many women. Alpha-Arbutin is an active ingredient found in SkinBetter’s Even Tone Correcting Serum. This lightweight serum leaves you with a radiant glow and a gradual improvement of your hyperpigmentation that can used in your morning and evening routine.
Salicylic acid is what is known as a beta hydroxy acid. This popular acne fighting ingredient increases your skin’s cell turnover, helping loosen oil that can congest your pores. While you may want to avoid this ingredient during your nine-month journey, a lesser known but equally effective option is available. Mandelic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid that has antibacterial properties, all while gently exfoliating and brightening. This discreet powerhouse helps with uneven texture and tone, leaving skin brighter and clearer. Stop by our office to allow one of our licensed experts to help you choose the right mandelic acid strength for you and your needs.
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