Life is never quite the same once you become pregnant. Your body is no longer your own as you become the nurturing vessel for the new life you’re bringing into the world.  This means that diet, exercise and lifestyle changes must be made, and your skincare and beauty routines are no different. This safe anti-aging during pregnancy guide will help you look your best without putting your unborn child at risk, however, it’s also important to discuss any products or treatments with your OBGYN prior to use.

Treatments You Can Get While Trying to Get Pregnant

Believe it or not, protecting your unborn child actually starts while you are trying to conceive. You’ll need to find alternatives for some of your favorite treatments and products, such as retinoid treatments, BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal fillers, and chemical peels.

The good news is that, despite giving up your favorite injectable treatments, professional facials can be a safe and effective way to stave off the effects of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.  As long as you work with your aesthetician to ensure that all of the products used in the treatment don’t contain any ingredients deemed unsafe by your OBGYN, your facial will be safe for you and baby while providing you the anti-aging benefits you’re looking for.

Anti-Aging Skin Care Products and Ingredients to Look for While Pregnant

Pregnancy affects skin and skin conditions in different ways for different women. However, many expecting mothers report dark under eye circles and dry skin which give off the appearance of advanced aging and enhance the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Here are a few topical solutions you can use at home to help ward of an aged look and safely replace your aesthetic treatments that are not considered safe for use in pregnancy.

Topical Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body, and while you can’t receive injectable hyaluronic acid fillers, topical preparations such as our Refinement Hyaluronic Acid Serum are considered safe during pregnancy.   The use of a topical Hyaluronic Acid serum will help hydrate your skin throughout your pregnancy. The only caveat is checking all other ingredients to ensure the product doesn’t contain anything your OBGYN warns you to steer clear of.

Topical Vitamin C

While you can’t get chemical peels during your pregnancy, a topical Vitamin C product such as our Refinement Vitamin C Serum can help reduce pigmentation issues that cause the skin to look aged.  Again, always check ingredient labels to make sure no harsh chemicals or ingredients are listed that could cause harm to your unborn baby.

Treat Under Eye Bags the Old Fashioned Way

If you can’t find a good under eye product to replace your dermal fillers and retinoids, use cool cucumbers to reduce puffiness.  Also, try to get more sleep during pregnancy than you normally would.  Your body feels like it’s running a marathon everyday, so treat it right and get good rest.  You’ll look and feel better.

Invest in a Heavy Moisturizer

If your skin is dry during pregnancy, this will enhance the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Invest in a deep moisturizing cream that doesn’t irritate your skin or introduce unsafe ingredients.  Opt for all-natural products, such as our Refinement Deep Hydration and avoid the medical-grade clinical preparations that may contain ingredients too strong for use during pregnancy.

All-Natural Lip Plumping Solutions

Miss your Restylane Silk treatments?  We don’t blame you. Unfortunately, it’s unclear if these lip enhancements are safe during pregnancy.  We suggest moisturizing your lips more than usual.  Simply applying one drop of Refinement Organic Moroccan Argan Oil to your lips regularly will keep your lips moist and plump-looking.  However, if you want to pamper yourself a little more, consider purchasing a Botanical Lip Gloss or Healing Balm by The Body Deli from us.  They come in a variety of flavors and include natural oils and beeswax to nourish and protect your lips.

Learn More About Safe Anti-Aging During Pregnancy

Your baby becomes the focus of your life once you become an expectant mother. This is a delicate time for you and your baby, and precautions are in order. However, this is also not the time to slack off on your self-care practices. Pamper yourself with doctor-approved treatments to care for your skin. Stay hydrated inside and out by drinking adequate fluids and applying skin moisturizers regularly all over your body. Eat healthy, and don’t forget to schedule some me-time with your skin care specialist.

Contact our skin specialists at Skin by Lovely in Santa Monica or Portland, Oregon, to hear more about pregnancy-friendly skin care products that promote safe anti-aging during pregnancy.