Body Beautiful - Skincare for Pregnancy
Being pregnant can put a lot of strain on the body and the process often takes a lot of good stuff from the mother’s system to give to the infant. This means that during pregnancy, it is especially important to look after your skin but also to be very aware of the products you use and the effect they can have on your child.
Choosing the Right Products
When not pregnant, we will often pick products because we like the scent or the feel of it, without thinking too much about what goes into it. Those with sensitive skin will likely be a little more aware but largely from the perspective of what might irritate their skin. When you are pregnant, it is important to remember that everything you eat, drink or that is absorbed through your skin can come into contact with your baby.
While a body lotion or foot cream may not seem like something that would affect your baby, many topical ingredients can be absorbed into the blood stream. Creams and lotions sink into the skin and enter the blood, then being carried to the baby. This means mothers need to be more aware of the content of their beauty products during pregnancy. But it doesn’t mean you need to neglect your skincare regime.
Things to Watch for
When you start examining labels to assess if a product is safe for a pregnant lady, there are a few ingredients to watch out for and avoid.
Retinoids – these are heralded for their ability to reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone. But when you are pregnant, the high dose of vitamin A that they use to do this can be harmful for the baby. Look for ingredients such as retinoic acid, retinol and Retin-A.
Salicyclic acid – this is used to treat acne and other skin conditions and is often featured in cleaners and toners. It is another ingredient that pregnant women are advised to avoid although very small amounts on the skin occasionally can be okay, such as removing makeup.
The Right Kind of Products
The good news is there are plenty of pregnancy safe beauty products that can help keep your skin in great condition during a pregnancy without concerns about a negative effect on your baby. One of the most widely recommended products is called Shea Butter. This is made from the seeds of the Shea tree and is full of vitamins A, E and F as well as offering UV protection from the sun. Products containing shea butter also boost the skin as it provides essential fatty acids and collagen products.
Shea butter has been used by women in Africa for generations due to the moisturising properties it brings. It is a great way to deal with dry skin and to keep natural skin oils where they are needed. It is also great for reducing inflammation so helps when you suffer a break-out and can’t use some acne treatments.
Finally, shea butter boost the skin’s natural collagen production that ensures the skin is nourished and soft. While it has great wrinkle reducing abilities, for pregnant women it means skin feels great and reduces discomfort due to the changes of pregnancy.
Prefect Shea Butter Products
Aviela has long produced a range of shea butter products that are popular with pregnant ladies as well as those who aren’t. These products use only natural ingredients and offer the benefit of shea butter as well as some other carefully chosen elements.
Shea Body Butter
The Shea Body Butter is a key ingredient in any pregnancy skin care routine. This is body butter that relieves dry and chapped skin, leaving it smooth and soft with a silky look. It can be used on a daily basis on any part of the body. It contains shea butter as well as grape seed oil to tighten the skin and restore collagen as well as avocado oil which is rich in antioxidants that makes skin feel suppler and ease dryness.
Shea Body Oil
Shea Body Oil can be used across the body as well as on the face and is quickly absorbed without any lingering greasy feeling. It restores moisture levels to the skin and helps to protect against the damage caused by free radicals, believed to be the cause of ageing in skin.
In addition to the shea butter, the oil contains baobab oil, another excellent moisturiser that is absorbed without clogging pores and which contains Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Other ingredients include grape seed oil and also almond oil, which is rich in Omega 9 fatty acids.
Shea Foot Butter
As the pregnancy increases, your feet are the part of the body that can suffer the most, carrying extra weight and become tired and sore. The Shea Foot Butter is designed specifically to help feet by relieving chapped skin, ease aches and pains and soften the skin. It can be used as often as required.
The butter is made with shea butter, baobab oil as well as a number of other essential oils. Coconut oil is used for its skin softening properties as it helps to relieve dryness and is also helpful for some skin conditions such as psoriasis. Also included is sunflower oil, used for its antioxidant properties.
Being a little cautious about what you eat, drink and use on your skin is a wise move when you are pregnant but doesn’t mean you need to abandon your skincare regime. By using products with natural ingredients such as shea butter, you can gain all the benefits you need without any worries about a negative effect on your baby.