This pregnancy skin care guide provides information and advice on the effects of pregnancy on your body and skin, and recommendations of the best beauty products for pregnancy, from sunscreen to face cream.
All Green People beauty products are suitable for use whilst pregnant and do not contain harmful ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, SLS or artificial fragrances.
Safe skin care for pregnancy
More and more research has revealed that even newborns can have dangerous chemicals in their blood.
Doctors once thought that the placenta would shield a foetus from harmful chemicals and pollutants.
However, studies have shown that may not be the case and findings have prompted concerns that babies' developing organs are even more at risk from toxins than adults.
We support expectant mothers by offering toxin-free skin care with a complete range of products totally safe for pregnancy. See our pregnancy-safe skin care now.
Our best sunscreen for pregnancy
We recommend our SPF30 Scent Free Sun Cream for pregnancy. It has no perfume so won’t be irritating to those with sensitive skin or a sensitive sense of smell. It uses totally safe, non-toxic filters which protect your face and body from UVA and UVB rays.
If you are seeking a facial sunscreen for pregnancy, our high factor SPF30 Facial Sun Cream offers gentle, safe UV protection and can be used year-round.
Our best shampoo for pregnancy
Most women experience an improvement in the condition of their hair in the second trimester so may need to choose a different shampoo for pregnancy.
All of our natural and organic shampoos are safe for use during pregnancy, but we particularly like our Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner to help detangle and hydrate those beautiful pregnancy tresses.
If scents make you nauseous then the Neutral Scent Free Shampoo and Conditioner should be your first pick. Ultra-gentle for sensitive scalps and suitable for all hair types, this duo will leave your lovely locks feeling soft and silky.
Our best body lotion for pregnancy
Our Quinoa & Calendula Body Lotion is ideal for all-over pampering during pregnancy.
Scented with a light, uplifting citrus aroma, it is contains a beautiful blend of natural plant extracts and oils which stimulate collagen and lock in moisture to protect the skin from dryness.
Our Neutral Scent Free Body Lotion is our best body lotion for pregnancy for those with very sensitive skin. It is ultra-gentle and contains soothing and protective properties from botanical extracts.
How does pregnancy affect skin?
Your body undergoes many changes when you're pregnant, and your skin is no exception. Melasma, acne, varicose veins and stretch marks are the most common skin problems in pregnancy.
Melasma is also called the mask of pregnancy. The pigmented patches of Melasma are tan to brown in colour and can appear around the eyes, on the cheeks, chin, forehead, temples, above the lip and other parts of the body.
There are several possible causes of Melasma, and in pregnancy it is thought that increased levels of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone stimulate excessive production of melanin in response to exposure to sunlight.
Other factors that may influence Melasma include dietary deficiencies in protein, Vitamin B12 and Iron. High stress levels may also trigger excess melanin production.
What you can do to prevent melasma
- Your skin is more likely to develop dark pigment when exposed to sunlight. Always wear an ultra broad-spectrum sunscreen (minimum SPF15) which blocks both UVA and UVB rays. See our natural sun lotions
- To start your pregnancy skin care regime, choose a product like our Age Defy+ Brightening Moisturiser which actively works to reduce skin pigmentation with key natural actives such as White Mulberry and Cucumber Seed
- It is vital to keep your liver and digestion happy to ensure proper absorption of vitamins and minerals
- Ensure you are not lacking in protein, Vitamin B12 and iron
- And remember to de-stress! Get your partner to give you a neck and shoulder massage on a regular basis, relax several times during the day, listen to soothing music and go early to bed
Varicose veins, spider veins and broken blood vessels
Varicose veins, spider veins and broken blood vessels are also common during pregnancy because your blood volume increases when you're pregnant and the baby also puts pressure on your veins. Some will disappear after you give birth, but many can remain.
- Sunflower seeds and wheat germ are rich in vitamin E, a deficiency of which is linked with varicosities. A daily vitamin E supplement of up to 600 IU is recommended to help repair broken capillaries. Rutin supplements will build up the walls of the veins, but should not be taken until the fourth month of pregnancy.
- Gentle exercises – swimming is by far the best and do your pelvic floor exercises three times a day
- To ease pain and reduce swelling, apply Witch Hazel on a compress to affected areas. Lemon juice or Cider vinegar can be used instead but both may sting a little
- Applications of grated raw potato are particularly effective for haemorrhoids and vulvae varicosities, and you may also find it helpful to apply ice compresses to the perineum and anus.
- Taking a cold shower and directing the water up between the legs may help to relieve varicose veins. You can also try a cold bath for 3 minutes before going to bed. Dry yourself vigorously with a warm towel.
What you can do to protect your veins and blood vessels
- In terms of prevention, support hose may help a little
- Do not allow yourself to become constipated. Ensure that you have 1-2 bowel movements a day
- Do not sit cross-legged or cross your legs at the knee when seated as this position tends to block the blood flow. Elevate your legs when you can
- Raise the foot of your bed 7.5 to 10cm
- Eat at least 100g of uncooked beetroot a day. Increasing your intake of vitamin-C-rich foods will promote healing and strengthen blood vessels, and raw beetroot/beets, either grated or as a juice, will fortify the liver and aid elimination. It is best to avoid spicy foods
- Drink 2-3 cups of buckwheat leaf tea a day (good source of Rutin).
Aromatherapy during pregnancy
Can be effective in the treatment of varicose veins, but consultation with an aromatherapist is recommended in pregnancy.
Varicose veins respond well to the toning and astringent properties of Cypress, Geranium, Lemon, and Lavender oils.
Have a bathe in warm water mixed with 3 drops of Cypress and 3 drops of Lemon. For a light leg massage mix 25 ml of carrier oil with 4 drops of Geranium and 6 drops of Cedarwood.
Never massage directly on the veins, instead, massage the surrounding area and gently stroke the oil over the veins. Stimulate circulation in your legs with gentle massage, using only fingertips, stroke upward, in the direction of the heart.
Need pregnancy skin care advice?
Our UK customer care team is happy to answer your pregnancy skin care questions. Please call us on 01403 740350 or leave a comment or question below.