What to expect when you’re expecting… and your skin decides to throw a tantrum

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Pregnancy is a transformative journey for a woman, both emotionally and physically, and, as your body undergoes incredible changes, some expected, and some not so much. You're probably ready for the weight gain, and weird food cravings, but one change that might catch you off guard is the transformation your skin goes through.


Hormonal fluctuations, increased blood volume, and shifts in oil production can lead to various skin concerns during pregnancy, like changes in pigmentation, extreme dryness, and even acne. But worry not, expecting mothers! With a little knowledge and the right skincare routine, you can keep your complexion healthy and looking radiant while you're expecting.



The Pregnancy Skin Spectrum: A tapestry of changes


Glowing Goddess: Increased blood flow during pregnancy often paints your face with a rosy, luminous sheen. Embrace this temporary gift from nature! It's a testament to the incredible work your body is doing.


Breakouts: Hormonal fluctuations, particularly in the first trimester, can trigger unwelcome acne flare-ups. Don't fret, gentle cleansing and targeted treatments can help restore balance, read on and find out more!


Dry Skin: Increased sensitivity and hormonal changes can also lead to parched, flaky skin. Hydration becomes your guiding mantra, and Jess Beauty’s Silky Smooth Body Balm your most trusted ally. Enriched with Shea Butter, Calendula Extract, Camellia Sinensis, and Vitamin E, for ultimate moisturization, our balm is designed to increase elasticity and infuse your skin with a natural glow.


Melasma (Pregnancy Mask): Melasma, or the "pregnancy mask," is a common concern during pregnancy, and it manifests as dark patches on the face. Sun protection is your crucial defense against its unwelcome arrival. Remember, prevention is key, so slather on our newest addition, the revolutionary Sun Drop SPF 50+ Sunscreen Oil for sun warriors! Get ready to fall in love with our revolutionary SPF serum- the ultimate solution for instant absorption, protection, and radiant skin. Our unique formula of fast-drying oil penetrates deep into the skin, providing instant hydration and nourishment. In addition, consider incorporating vitamin C into your routine with Jess Beauty’s C Bomb Vitamin C Moisturizer, known for inhibiting melanin production, promoting a bright, even skin tone, fading dark spots, and reducing hyperpigmentation.


Stretch Marks: As your belly expands, stretch marks may appear. While genetics play a significant role, keeping your skin well-hydrated can help minimize the appearance of stretch marks. Our soft and buttery Twin Momma Belly Balm helps prevent the appearance of stretch marks by increasing your skin's natural elasticity, crafted with an all-natural, scent-free formula, including ingredients like coconut oil, that will soothe and make your new mama skin glow.


Sensitive Skin: Pregnancy hormones can make your skin more sensitive. Avoid products with artificial fragrances and opt for Jess Beauty’s fragrance-free alternatives. Calming ingredients like chamomile, green tea, centella asiática, and aloe vera can provide relief to sensitive skin.


Spider Veins and Varicose Veins: Increased blood volume during pregnancy can lead to spider veins and varicose veins. Elevating your legs when possible and wearing compression stockings can help alleviate these concerns. Regular exercise can also improve circulation.


Safeguarding Your Skincare Routine: Ingredients to Avoid During Pregnancy

While you're diligently pampering your bump, your little one inside deserves the same care and consideration. Certain ingredients are best avoided during pregnancy:


Retinoids (Vitamin A derivatives):

Exercise caution with using high doses of vitamin A, commonly found in prescription retinoids. Instead, choose products with safe alternatives like bakuchiol.


Salicylic Acid:


While safe in low doses, high concentrations of salicylic acid are best avoided. Stick to gentle cleansers and avoid spot treatments containing it.


Benzoyl Peroxide:


Although limited evidence suggests that topical benzoyl peroxide is safe during pregnancy, it's wise to use it cautiously and consult your dermatologist for alternative acne treatments.


Essential Oils:

Some essential oils can be too potent for pregnancy. Peppermint, rosemary, and clary sage are examples of oils to be cautious about. Always dilute essential oils properly and consult your dermatologist about any concerns you may have!


Building Your Pregnancy Skincare Routine

Now that we know all the do’s and don’ts, let's arm you with a pregnancy skincare arsenal filled with safe and effective heroes:



Gentle Cleansing:

Start your routine with a mild, hydrating cleanser. Look for formulas that are sulfate-free and do not strip your skin of its natural oils like Jess Beauty’s Face Reset. Crafted with a soft gel formula, this cleanser is infused with moisturizers and naturally derived ingredients, providing a nourishing cleanse. Cleansing twice a day helps maintain a clean canvas for subsequent skincare steps, but remember not to overcleanse!



Moisturizer is your BFF:


Not only does it help keep stretch marks at bay, but it also reduces itchiness and helps soothe dry skin. Opt for all-natural, chemical-free moisturizers, like our Twin Momma Baby Balm, specially formulated for pregnant women. It helps prevent stretch marks by improving skin elasticity, and you'll love its soft, buttery texture. Apply it all over your body, but pay extra attention to your belly, elbows, and knees since they tend to dry out more.



Never forget your SPF:


Sunscreen is a non-negotiable step in any skincare routine, and even more so during pregnancy. Your skin is now more sensitive to the sun, and you're also producing more melanin than usual. That's why it's a total must to slather on high-SPF sunscreen every time you leave the house. Let it Sun SPF 50 + Sunscreen is your new partner in crime for all things sunny! Whether you’re enjoying the sunshine or exploring the outdoors, our updated formula ensures effective sun protection, guarding against sun damage and preventing skin aging. Remember, if you're spending time outdoors, always protect your skin with hats and shades!



Check the ingredients in your skincare products:


While you're pregnant or trying to conceive, certain skincare ingredients could do more harm than good. These include retinoids, salicylic acid, isotretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, and clindamycin, among others. The best thing to do is consult your doctor to see if it's okay to keep using your usual products or if you need to switch things up during this stage.



Beyond Products: Cultivating skin-loving habits for a holistic approach

Hydrate from within: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin plump and hydrated from the inside out.


Eat a balanced diet: Nourish your skin with vitamins and minerals from a rainbow of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Stress less, rest more: Stress can wreak havoc on your skin. Practice relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation to keep stress levels in check.

Listen to your skin: Pay close attention to how your skin reacts to different products and adjust your routine accordingly. Don't hesitate to consult your doctor or dermatologist if you have any concerns.

#JessBeautyTip: Craving natural skincare options? Consider DIY masks with ingredients like yogurt, honey, or avocado. Remember to patch-test any new ingredients before applying them to your entire face.

Remember, mamas-to-be, pregnancy is a journey of incredible transformation. Embrace the changes your skin undergoes and pamper it with safe, effective products and healthy habits. You deserve to radiate a glow that reflects not just your growing baby bump, but the strength and resilience of motherhood. That’s why at Jess Beauty we prepare a special kit for your, so that your skincare routine shine back the care and consideration you give to both yourself and your baby.

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