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everything you need to know

By Taryn Williams, Facialist & Massage Therapist

During pregnancy, your body goes through so many changes that can affect your skin. It’s best to think of these changes in terms of trimesters, as each one will alter your hormones and affect the skin differently - which can make choosing the right skincare a tricky task. But don’t worry, that’s what we’re here to help with.

Pregnancy skincare
top tips

Throughout pregnancy, your skin will typically be more sensitive and may even suddenly react to products you were previously using. This is perfectly normal. My advice? Strip your routine back and just stick to the essentials.

I recommend that you cleanse, tone and moisturise daily and exfoliate your skin twice a week. Use a mild, physical exfoliator (avoid chemical exfoliants) - exfoliating will help the skin to adapt to the influx of those hormonal changes and keep those impurities and build up of dead skin cells at bay. I recommend - Green People Fruit Scrub or Pai Virtuous Circle Kukui & Jojoba Beads. Both are great for sensitive skins.

50ml, £17

75ml, £29

Typically during pregnancy we should choose products that keep the skin hydrated and calm. But, If you suffer with acne (and pregnancy can sometimes aggravate this), you could try an enzymatic cleansing system, as an alternative to retinol. I recommend Nourish London Kale Enzymatic Exfoliator.

50ml, £18

If you want to add a serum to your regime, opt for hyaluronic acid. It’s safe during pregnancy and helps to keep skin plump, happy and hydrated. Evolve Hyaluronic Serum 200 will give you all the hydration you need. Simply apply before your moisturiser and your thirsty pregnant skin will thank you. I’ve tried & tested this one again and again, and it really does work!

30ml, £30

Always ensure you protect your skin with an SPF. Melasma is a common concern during pregnancy, with dark patches appearing due to an increase of melanocytes. So be sure to always wear sunscreen (pregnancy or no pregnancy) to protect your skin. I love the Green People range of SPF products. All of the ingredients are natural and are gentle on pregnant skin. I used them throughout my second pregnancy and I loved how hydrated they made my skin feel.

You should also care for your skin by eating a healthy diet that contains plenty of good fats. Coconut, olive oil, avocado and nuts are a good place to start. They will help to keep your moisture levels up and your skin supple and soft. This is also a great way to help prevent stretch marks.

Third trimester
skincare

During the third trimester, some women report feelings of restlessness, anxiety and headaches. There are some useful pressure points that you can familiarise yourself with, to help relieve these symptoms and induce relaxation.

The temples are a significant pressure point - spend two minutes applying pressure with the forefinger and middle finger at these areas and then use circular motions for a further two minutes. The temples are significant in helping reduce anxiety and headaches.

In between the brows is another pressure point that helps to relieve tension and improve headaches. Spend 2-3 minutes pressing firmly and then 2-3 doing circular motions.

The corners of the nose are a significant pressure point to help relieve congestion and help with sinuses and sinus headaches. Spend 2-3 minutes pressing firmly into the dips at both corners of the nose with the forefinger, then circular motions for a further 2-3 minutes.

On the hand, between the base of the thumb and the forefinger is also a great pressure point to know, as it can be used anywhere at any time. It’s known to help relieve pain and headaches.

And last but not least, I recommend using Pai Rosehip Oil during pregnancy (but particularly in the last trimester). It’s great for balancing out an uneven skin tone that usually arises towards the end of pregnancy. It’s also extremely nourishing (without clogging the pores) and helps to improve skin elasticity. .

30ml, £24

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From dietary supplements, to skincare, you’ll find your match made in heaven on the Naturisimo website, where there’s plenty to keep you healthy, happy and glowing during your pregnancy. Show us your new routine (@naturisimo) and help others find just the thing for their skin.

The guide is based on personal recommendation and is not medical advice. You should always speak to your doctor for specific instruction or if you’re unsure about trying a new product.


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