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There is an art to achieving the perfect summer glow. No one wants to look oily and shiny, and yet we all try to aim for that perfect sunkissed highlight. For all our modern muses, we want you to look & feel your best during this journey, and a little extra glow never hurt anyone. Your skin can change a lot while pregnant – from the not so good (like rashes, redness & dry skin) to the ever-talked about “pregnancy glow,” caused by hormones that make your skin appear more radiant than usual.
Let’s talk about pregnancy beauty and skincare secrets, like what kind of deodorant to buy and self-tanners that actually work. But first, your face. And in case you missed it, we carry an array of skincare & body products, including natural balms & oils from Green + Lovely and Mambino.
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INGREDIENTS TO AVOID:
Retinoids & retinols This potent ingredient should be avoided while pregnant – even over-the-counter products that don’t have as high of potency. Strong salicylic acid You should refrain from doing any peels or taking oral medications with higher doses of salicylic acid. Chemical sunscreens Oxybenzone, a common ingredient in many sunscreens, should be avoided. Instead, reach for mineral-based sunscreens, which have become a lot more common.
GET THE GLOW:
Since you can’t use retinols & retinoids to treat acne or fine lines, try products with azelaic acid or niacinamide, which both work to lessen the appearance of pores, as well as reduce redness and pigmentation. These safe ingredients also have brightening properties. Another brightening serum to use to get that evergreen summer glow is vitamin C.
It can help boost collagen and diminish the appearance of dark spots. Better yet, the popularity of this ingredient means you can find it in both high-end and affordable products.
It’s also important to remember that your choice of moisturizer can affect how bright your skin appears as well. Hyaluronic acid is a good ingredient to look for, since it helps lock in the moisture, plus it’s a substance our skin already produces, so adding more doesn’t hurt. You can also find hyaluronic acid in serums if you have especially dry skin. AHAs and BHAs – the ingredients found in most anti-aging products – should be avoided, though.
Just like with anything else you’re putting on your body, it’s important to also pay attention to what kind of deodorant you’re using. Try to steer clear of any with parabens or toxic chemicals. Brands that have mastered the art of natural deodorant include Native, Arm & Hammer, Kopari, and Schmidt’s. Some of the ingredients these natural deodorants use instead of parabens, aluminum, etc. include jojoba oil, baking soda, magnesium, and other pH-balancing components.
Similarly to deodorants, self-tanners can include harmful chemicals that you should be mindful of when pregnant. Look for chemical-free tanners – brands like St. Tropez, Bondi Sands, Skinerals, and COOLA all have options (some that are even organic) to choose from to achieve that enviable bronzed look.
Be sure to consult with your dermatologist and OB/GYN with any concerns or questions.
You can also head to the EWG website, which features a database of thousands of products, including a safety rating for each.
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