Just last week I was reading up on retinols for an upcoming skincare story (look forward to it!), and I discovered that it isn’t advisable to use retinols or their derivatives during pregnancy. That surprised me: we all know there are things you shouldn’t eat while you’re pregnant, but how does putting things on your face affect your pregnancy?
In many ways, which I’ll explain below. And just as I was starting to worry about revamping my entire skincare routine whenever I do become pregnant, French beauty guru Violette released a video on all the beauty products she’s using during her pregnancy!
A primer on maternity skincare:
The products you use on your face do get absorbed into your body. But what you can easily handle can be too much for the baby inside you, so you need to be careful with what’s inside the products you use. Avoid contested ingredients like retinol and other acids, parabens and phthalates, and even some essential oils.
Besides that, the hormonal changes that come with pregnancy can cause changes in your skin or cause you to react to products in ways you normally wouldn’t. Which is why Violette advocates minimising your skincare routine and using only gentle products that won’t irritate your skin.
What you should use:
Stick to gentle, clean skincare. Violette’s initial skincare routine consisted of just 3 products: a cleansing milk, a soothing toner, and a soothing moisturiser. You can also add in a serum like Violette did when her skin became dry in the second trimester.
When it comes to pregnancy, you can never be too safe, so be sure to go over your skincare products with your doctor. And most importantly: Make your beauty routine a time to pamper yourself.
Watch Violette’s full video below to find out what she used on her body and baby bump: