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Your doctor may have nixed any tretinoin or other potent wrinkle and pimple cream for use while pregnant, but there are some things that you can still use safely. If you’re at a loss for what is and what isn’t safe, here are some of the products that will help your skin glow, but won’t harm your baby from your hair salon in Windsor.
Soy-based products: Soy is a natural ingredient, so it’s mostly safe to use on your skin during pregnancy – with one exception. If you have dark skin or melasma (dark patches), do not use soy. Soy can make dark patches of skin appear darker, and that’s the last thing that you’ll want to do!
Salicylic acid: Breakouts can happen during the first trimester as your body becomes used to all those hormone changes. Dermatologists can provide you with prescription acne treatments that are safe to use, or you can purchase a product with less than 1% salicylic acid (any more than that might be unsafe).
Sunscreen: You should absolutely be using sunscreen while you are pregnant — even on those winter days, and especially if you decide to book a sunny vacation! If you’re worried about the chemicals in most sunscreens, you should know that the amount of sunscreen that will actually penetrate the skin is so minimal that you don’t need to be worried about it at all. You should be more concerned about a sunburn or other skin damage!
Makeup: If you use makeup product that contain retinol, stop using those products. If you can avoid slathering makeup on your skin at all during those nine months, that’s the best thing to do — but it’s understandable that you may want to try and look partly human some days by wearing makeup! In that case, avoid any products that contain retinol, since this ingredient can be harmful.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil (100% pure) does penetrate the skin, and it is one of the best moisturizers you can use. Even though that oil does sink into your skin, it won’t harm your baby since it’s natural. Just be sure that you aren’t using coconut oil in the sun — that could mean an extra deep burn.
Shea butter: Here’s another natural ingredient that’s 100% safe to use. As your skin grows and stretches to make way for baby, you’ll want a good lotion to use to prevent your skin from itching. Shea butter is one of the best options.
Feeling burnt out? Sick? Tired? All of these things are to be expected during pregnancy, but you can help yourself out by booking some time at one of the many spas in Fort Collins. If you decide to come into Athena, we will treat you to so much pampering, you’ll never want to go home! From safe facial masks to specialty massages for you and your aching back, our staff will go the extra mile to make sure that you feel and look great. But what if you’re dealing with a bigger skin problem? Pregnancy can bring on all kinds of strange skin issues, that’s for sure, but you aren’t completely helpless. If you can stomach one additional doctor’s appointment, visit with your dermatologist. Tell him what you need help with, and ask if there’s anything that you can do while pregnant to get rid of acne, wrinkles, stretch marks, or other bothersome skin issue – chances are, there’s a safe remedy out there!
Call us today to book facials in Windsor for your tired skin! We’d love to make you feel better!