Pai Skincare Rosehip Bioregenerate Rosehip Seed & Fruit Universal Face Oil
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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. .
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