I won’t lie, the thought of writing about pregnancy and parenthood just does not appeal to me. I am boring, and just enjoy reading and writing about beauty. So, don’t expect any pregnancy blog posts from me! One thing I can get behind though is chatting about all things skincare. Being newly pregnant comes with a giant (overwhelming) list of things to avoid, and your skin and hair can change pretty quickly. A lot? Yup.
Pregnancy skincare woes
So the main thing I’ve learnt is that every pregnancy is different – your friend might have broken out whereas your skin is drier than ever. The main elements of pregnancy skincare seem to be looking after the growing bump, and then switching out harsher ingredients. My skin was also oilier during the first trimester, and I’m still awaiting that fabled good hair. Hmm. The main thing is finding products that make you feel pampered because, duh, you deserve it.
One of the prettiest natural brands around, Lola’s Apothecary is a range of handmade products all handmade in the UK. They are beautiful. One of the products that caught my eye were the body oils, and especially the sweet lullaby because I am obsessed with lavender. Perfect for using before bed to make you all sleepy. I was very kindly sent this, and have been happily slathering it all over my skin since – I’ve been saving this photo in my drafts for a while and the bottle is sadly looking a little grubbier now.
The newest addition to my pregnancy skincare stash, this was picked up after I had a massage with Cowshed (what a dream) and this was used on me. I find the whole concept of a stretch mark balm slightly dubious because if you’re going to get marks… You’re going to get them, regardless of how much cream you slather topically onto the skin. I’m sure it’s hereditary but the whole rubbing something that smells nice and relaxing over your bump is the kind of self-care I can get behind.
A new brand, both to me and to everyone, Nessa Organics is an all-natural indie brand that currently offers two pregnancy-related products: Scar Saviour & Nipple SOS. Pretty self-explanatory in terms of what they both do. Obviously I’ve been unable to fully test out either, but both have happily been added to my skincare drawer to be used later this year. The brand is well worth checking out (for the packaging alone?).
Ingredients to avoid
Vitamin A – you’re not advised to eat too many foods containing vitamin A, or to apply it topically as too much in the system has been linked to birth defects. So… no retinols overnight.
Formaldehyde and other nasties found in a lot of nail polishes
Essentials oils – not every single one, but it’s worth getting to know the ingredients lists of shower gels, skincare and bath oils
Ammonia – hair dye, especially not in the first trimester
*this list is by no means exhaustive!