BEAUTY.

SWITCH TO GEN­TLE, NOUR­ISH­ING SKINCARE WHEN BABY’S ON­BOARD

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - CONTENTS - WORDS: CHAN TAY LO­GAN

Wait­ing for that fa­mous preg­nancy glow to kick in? While hor­monal changes can de­liver a rosier more lu­mi­nous skin tone, the bad news is that de­hy­dra­tion and other skin freak-outs can also come with the ter­ri­tory.

If your skin has un­der­gone sig­nif­i­cant changes since be­com­ing preg­nant, Skin­sti­tut ex­pert Zoe Devine rec­om­mends a con­sul­ta­tion with a skin ther­a­pist be­fore you rush out for a quick fix.

“It’s not ad­vis­able to start on an all new, highly ac­tive reg­i­men when you are preg­nant as your skin will likely be more re­spon­sive at the time,” she says.

“Make small and grad­ual changes in­stead and opt for nu­tri­ent rich, calm­ing and nour­ish­ing skin care prod­ucts and ingredients. If you do no­tice un­ex­pected changes, try to stay calm and know that in most cases these skin fluc­tu­a­tions will al­le­vi­ate af­ter you have given birth.”

Check the in­gre­di­ent list of your prod­ucts and avoid high-in­ten­sity vi­ta­min A through­out preg­nancy and breast­feed­ing.

“There is in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to prove that it is safe to use at this time, so to be cau­tious you are bet­ter off switch­ing to a gen­tler, low-in­ten­sity form of vi­ta­min A, such as botan­i­cally de­rived vi­ta­min A,” Zoe says.

AHAs get the ex­pert’s OK, as long as you don’t go over­board.

“While you are preg­nant your skin will be much more re­spon­sive than be­fore, with an in­creased ten­dency for sen­si­tiv­ity or ir­ri­ta­tion,” Zoe says.

“Overuse of AHAs (such as lac­tic acid or gly­colic acid) could cause red­ness, ir­ri­ta­tion or dry­ness.”

A nour­ish­ing oil — Zoe rec­om­mends Skin­sti­tut’s Multi-Ac­tive Oil — should be your go-to when baby’s on­board.

“On the body, daily ap­pli­ca­tion will nour­ish the tis­sue that is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing phys­i­cal trauma and lessen the like­li­hood or sever­ity of stretch marks,” she says.

“Used on the face, it can help to pro­mote lu­mi­nos­ity, even out a blotchy ap­pear­ance and re­duce sen­si­tiv­ity or ir­ri­ta­tion.

“Sim­ply ap­ply a few drops daily, un­der your mois­turiser or mixed di­rectly into your mois­turiser. A tiny drop can also be warmed in the palms and smoothed through your hair if you are find­ing that your hair is look­ing dry or dull.”

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