It’s very common these days for pregnant women or women who are trying to conceive to be conscious of what products they are using and putting onto their skin, including makeup.
The most important factor in choosing their makeup should be that it contains no known nasties. Anything you apply to your skin, just like the food you choose to eat, can affect the developing baby – so choosing wisely is important.
Chemicals in all personal care products are absorbed into the body, needing to be treated in the liver before they can be expelled. This causes and increases inflammation, which, in the long term, can create problems both in your skin and with your general health. Choosing makeup that is paraben- and SLS-free, as a start, is the best option. However, there are other common chemical ingredients we should also try to avoid.
Specific Skin Issues Relating to Makeup When Pregnant:
UV Protection – While you are pregnant, your skin is more sun-sensitive, so applying a good, safe UV protectant in the morning with the means to top it up easily during the day is more important than ever! If you are prone to uneven skin tone and pigmentation, then you’ll be aware that often, when out in the sun, your brown areas become darker as the melanocytes in your skin are being simulated. This will happen more readily whilst your are pregnant. It’s a little reminder or indicator of damage happening in your skin, similar to turning red and time to cover up and pop into the shade.
Melasma, or the “mask of pregnancy”, is a different type of pigmentation. It is fairly common during pregnancy, caused by the effect of hormonal changes in the skin. How to tell if you have melasma or if your uneven skin tones are from the sun? Usually Melasma is symmetrical on the face which is why it is called a “mask” – you’ll see it almost identical on both sides of the cheeks, or forehead. For most women, once their hormones have settled after having the baby, the areas recede and skin returns, somewhat, to “normal”. However, whilst pregnant, most women want makeup to cover up and even out the darkened areas. Unfortunately, there are women whose melasma does not disappear and these learn the best techniques in camouflage, but also learn it can be controlled with regular facial treatments, specific skin care products, UV protection and some lifestyle changes.
Milia and congestion – little lumps and bumps all over your face – your skin feels rough and dry! You believe your pores are clogged, however it is more likely due to your skin being dehydrated. The growing baby saps you dry and will continue to do so until you finish breastfeeding. You need a makeup that won’t dry your skin out any more and won’t clog your pores, making the situation worse.
Our 4 Best Makeup Products to Save Your Skin Whilst Pregnant:
These products won’t clog or dry out – they will cover, protect, hydrate and nourish!
Osmosis Colour Pressed Base for natural coverage. Formulated for all skin types, Osmosis Colour Pressed Base provides a flawless, semi-matte finish with long-lasting natural to full coverage. Natural broad-spectrum UV protection keeps the skin protected from both UVA and UVB rays, helping to prevent sun damage, uneven skin tones and pigmentation, plus it won’t clog pores.
Colorescience Mineral Corrector Palette. From blemishes to dark circles, pigmentation and more, this versatile palette instantly camouflages the look of imperfections and uneven skin tones. Complete with five shades to neutralise red, blue and yellow skin colours, the Colorescience Mineral Corrector Palette provides long-lasting coverage that is equally effective for everyday use.
Sunforgettable Brush SPF 30 Mineral Powder. This water-resistant, lightweight mineral powder has a barely-there feel that provides safe, non-irritating, instant UVA and UVB sun protection. The self-dispensing powder brush makes this sheer formula easy to apply and reapply throughout the day. Just dust over your face whenever needed.
Colourscience Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF 35. Who likes burnt lips? No one, especially a pregnant woman. This amazing product comes in 5 shades, including a Clear, so you can apply it over your favourite lipstick giving further cover.
Having a baby is an exciting time, it’s nice to know you can care for your skin and your growing baby, whilst covering up any skin concerns you may experience whilst pregnant.
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