Published: 14 February 2024

Healthy Glow: Skincare Tips for Expectant Mothers

Bringing new life into the world is an incredible journey, but one that comes with many changes, including those to your skin! Pregnancy hormones can lead to various skin concerns, but with the right care, you can maintain a healthy and radiant complexion throughout such a transformative time. In this month’s blog, we'll explore safe skincare practices, natural ingredients safe for pregnancy, and spa treatments tailored for expectant mothers.

Understanding Pregnancy-Related Skin Changes

Pregnancy often brings about common skin concerns such as acne, hyperpigmentation, and increased sensitivity. These changes are a result of hormonal fluctuations and, while they may be temporary, can impact your daily skincare routine. To help combat these changes, we have a few tips below.

Safe and Natural Skincare Ingredients

Ensuring a radiant and healthy glow during pregnancy requires making thoughtful choices when it comes to skincare, ensuring you prioritise both your well-being and the well-being of your baby.

When looking for skincare options, opt for products rich in natural ingredients that offer nourishment without compromising safety. Steering clear of certain ingredients is crucial; for instance, avoid formulations containing retinoids and salicylic acid during pregnancy, as their safety for the baby has not been conclusively established. Instead, embrace gentle alternatives that cater to the unique needs of your skin during this special time. Consider incorporating skincare products containing shea butter, renowned for its moisturising properties, or chamomile, with its soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities, can be particularly beneficial for calming sensitive skin.

Hyaluronic acid, a hydrating powerhouse, assists in maintaining skin moisture levels and combating common concerns such as dryness and dehydration. Aloe vera, with its natural healing and cooling properties, provides a soothing touch, making it an excellent choice for nurturing your skin during pregnancy.

Essential Skincare Tips for Expectant Mothers

Gentle cleansing is key to maintaining clear skin. Choose fragrance-free cleansers to effectively remove impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils.

Combat dryness and itching by keeping your skin well-hydrated. Choose a pregnancy-safe moisturiser to nourish and soothe your changing skin.

Sun Protection
Shield your skin from harmful UV rays with a broad-spectrum, pregnancy-safe sunscreen. This helps prevent pigmentation issues caused by sun exposure, a common concern during pregnancy.

Stretch Mark Prevention
Minimise the appearance of stretch marks by regularly applying moisturising oils and creams. Hydrated skin is more elastic and better equipped to accommodate your body's changes. Oils containing sweet almond oil, coconut oil, and argan oil are all popular oils moisturising oils.


Addressing Specific Skin Concerns

Acne and Blemishes
Combat pregnancy-related acne with products containing glycolic acid or azelaic acid. Opt for gentle solutions to manage breakouts without compromising your baby's well-being. For severe acne, it is always best to consult your GP who may be able to prescribe you topical treatments that are safe to use.

Manage melasma and hyperpigmentation with brightening serums and continued sun protection. Consistent care can help minimise discolouration and promote an even skin tone. Vitamin C, an antioxidant that promotes the production of skin-plumping collagen, can brighten hyperpigmentation and is considered safe for pregnancy.

Sensitive Skin
Soothe sensitive skin by choosing fragrance-free and hypoallergenic products. Gentle formulations can help alleviate discomfort and reduce redness. Products containing oat or Hyaluronic Acid can be hydrating and soothing. 


Pampering Yourself with Safe Spa Treatments

Pregnancy is the perfect time to indulge in self-care, and we know spa treatments can play a crucial role! We advise avoiding massages or facials until after 12 weeks, then opting for prenatal massages and facials tailored to pregnancy-safe products. We recommend communicating openly with spa professionals to ensure a customised and safe experience for you and your baby.

All our spas offer a special treatment called New Beginning’s - Mum To Be Massage, which is avaliable as a 30 minute or 60 minute treatment. In this treatment, you will enjoy a massage, without the need to lie on your tummy. Our specially trained therapists know exactly how to work those sore, tired and aching muscles while you feel completely comfortable and relaxed. The treatment is complete with a face and scalp massage leaving your skin feeling baby soft all over. You never know, your little bambino might enjoy the sense of calm too! Please note, this treatment is suitable after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

If you have any concerns over products or skin issues during pregnancy, please consult your GP or Midwife. 

If you would like to book a pregnancy massage at one of our health clubs or spas, please click here to find your nearest location.

Published: 14 February 2024