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Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Guide: Making Sure Your Routine Is Ready

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Pregnancy brings many changes, including shifts in your skin’s needs and sensitivities. While it's crucial to adapt your skincare routine to ensure it's safe for both you and your baby, we also want to stress how important it is – to not stress too much. 

Our goal today is to help you craft a skincare routine fit for pregnancy. Let’s first take a look at four key steps to help you tailor your pregnancy skincare routine. Then, we’ll offer a guideline to help you build and refine your own routine! Let’s get started.

Four Steps for Building a Pregnancy Skincare Routine With Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Ingredients:

Step 1: Check Your Routine - Skincare Ingredients To Avoid During Pregnancy

The first step is to scrutinize your current skincare products. Certain ingredients, which might be fine normally, are not recommended during pregnancy.

Here’s a quick list of skincare ingredients to avoid:

Check your labels carefully. If you spot any of these, consider setting those products aside for now.

Step 2: Replace Products With Pregnancy-Safe Alternatives

Now, let's find safer alternatives to the products on your counter. For instance, instead of standard retinoids, opt for botanical-based retinoid alternatives (like our Face Serum and Eye Cream) that provide similar benefits without the risk. Here are a few other swaps to consider:

  • Instead of high-dose salicylic acid: Try lactic acid or glycolic acid for gentle exfoliation. If you’re treating acne with salicylic acid, consider some natural alternatives, like cleansers or facial soaps with tea tree and lemon essential oils. Our gentle Rejuvaskin Facial Cleanser is a great, salicylic acid-free option.
  • Instead of chemical sunscreens: Opt for mineral-based sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Check out our Mineral Facial Sunscreen for a great facial option.

Remember, it's not just about removing harmful ingredients but also about maintaining effective skincare. However, you also have to balance a good skincare routine with your own emotional wellbeing and how much effort you can put into skincare.

Step 3: Consult Your Doctor About Expected Skin Changes

Pregnancy can bring about various (and some unwanted) skin changes. It's best to discuss these with your doctor, but here’s what you might expect:

  • Increased Acne: Hormonal changes can lead to breakouts. Gentle cleansers and pregnancy-safe spot treatments can help.
  • Dryness and Sensitivity: Look for hydrating, fragrance-free moisturizers.
  • Stretch Marks: While common, they can be managed and prevented. Our Stretch Mark Cream is a great option to nourish and protect your skin.
  • Spider Veins: These might appear due to increased blood volume. Compression and proper rest can help.

Step 4: Remember To Take It Easy

Finally, remember to be gentle with yourself

You're doing the incredible work of growing a new life! Your skin might not be perfect, and that’s okay. Focus on what makes you feel good, relaxed, and supported. Whether it’s a simplified routine or indulging in a safe skincare treat, what matters most is your comfort and health.

What Should A Pregnancy Skincare Routine Look Like?

Sample Daytime Skincare Routine

Step 1: Gentle Cleansing

Start with a gentle cleanser. During pregnancy, your skin may be more sensitive or prone to dryness. Look for hydrating, fragrance-free cleansers that are effective without being harsh. Avoid cleansers with high levels of acids or retinoids.

Remember to use lukewarm water, rinse thoroughly, and pat dry (don’t rub).

Step 2: Hydration and Moisturization

Hydration is key during pregnancy; it can help you avoid damage to the skin barrier, which can be difficult to repair while pregnant. Opt for a good quality, fragrance-free moisturizer. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides. These ingredients help to lock in moisture, keeping your skin hydrated and supple.

Step 3: Daily Sun Protection

Never skip sunscreen, especially while pregnant. Pregnancy can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage and pigmentation issues like melasma. Use a mineral-based sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These ingredients protect your skin without the risks associated with chemical sunscreens.

Sample Nighttime Skincare Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

First, cleanse just like in the morning, taking care to be gentle with your skin. Our Rejuvaskin Facial Cleanser really shines after a long day outside in the city.

Step 2: Safe Exfoliation (Optional)

If your skin can tolerate exfoliation, choose only mild exfoliants. Like we mentioned, ingredients like lactic acid or glycolic acid are safer options during pregnancy. They help remove dead skin cells without irritating your skin. However, if your skin feels extra sensitive, it’s okay to skip this step.

Step 3: Moisturize

Again, moisturize your skin thoroughly with a gentle, lightweight moisturizer to avoid dryness and skin barrier damage.

Step 4: Target Specific Concerns

For specific concerns like stretch marks or uneven skin tone, select products formulated for pregnancy. For uneven skin tone, look for vitamin C serums that are safe for pregnant women. For pregnancy-safe retinoids, we recommend our Eye Cream and Face Serum.

How Do I Know When To Work With A Dermatologist?

Knowing when to consult a dermatologist is also an important part of managing your skincare, especially during pivotal times like pregnancy. 

If you notice significant changes in your skin, such as persistent irritation, severe acne, sudden sensitivity, or other unusual symptoms, it's wise to seek a dermatologist's expertise. They can provide tailored advice and safe treatment options. 

Additionally, if you're unsure about the safety of your current skincare products or need help designing a pregnancy-safe skincare routine, a dermatologist can guide you through the selection process. They are equipped with the knowledge to address specific skin concerns, ensuring both your and your baby's safety.

Rejuvaskin: Gentle, Functional Skincare for Every Stage of Life

Adapting your skincare routine for pregnancy doesn’t have to be daunting! By following these steps and adapting our simple routine to fit your needs, you can ensure your skincare is safe, effective, and nurturing during this special time. 


We wish you a magical, safe, and enjoyable pregnancy! Good luck, mama!