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Beauty And The Bump

Beauty And The Bump

How To Care For Your Skin During Pregnancy - The REV Way

When you first fall pregnant there are so many things to think about and the ingredients in your skincare products is just one of them. However there are a ton of hidden ingredients that aren’t great for baby, let alone your own body, that are lurking in conventional beauty products. You probably don’t want parabens, aluminiums and silicones going into your bloodstream at a time when you are growing another human within you. So we wanted to round up the worst offenders whilst looking at the realities of a pregnant body and finding some organic alternatives that should totally get you the same results.

We asked beauty editor and mother Samantha Silver to weigh in on some of these and also added in a few more things we would suggest against and how to replace them so you and baby are totally healthy and beautiful throughout pregnancy and beyond!

Skin

Hormonal changes in pregnancy can increase any skin sensitivities so you might find yourself more sensitive to products that you previously tolerated. The volume of blood almost doubles in your body, causing flushing and redness. Arm yourself with a facial spritz to cool and calm skin (give a quick spritz to your ankles too).

Try: Amly Botanicals Radiance Boost Silver Rich Face Mist. This mist is made from wild flowers harvested by the founder herself and a mix of organic and local ingredients that should keep you cool naturally.

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Face

“Some women’s faces becomes oilier yet for others, like me, dryness can occur.” Silver says this is because your baby is sucking up all of hydration, zapping it from your skin causing your complexion to look tired and dull.  Also, pregnancy can trigger acne or make existing adult acne worse due to increased hormone levels and extra sebum. This, combined with the shed skin cells that line your hair follicles, blocks your pores and creates an environment in which bacteria can rapidly multiply. All this can eventually lead to the inflammation and skin eruptions of acne. Not to fret, there are gentle and natural serums that can really help with this!

Try: Aurelia Revitalise and Glow Serum. We are obsessed with this gentle probiotic formula this calms immune triggers in the skin, rewinding skin back to it’s glory days. The 47 Skin Anti Blemish and Scar Repair Serum is our go to for repairing any damages from break-outs or treating them as they occur.

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Body

 I loved the ritual of applying products to my growing bump, it felt like a little bit of bonding time at the end of a hectic day.  No stretch mark oil is a miracle product as what is effectively happening is that the middle layer of skin (dermis) becomes stretched beyond its elastic limit but by keeping the skin hydrated using oil-based products, you can keep skin strong and supple, minimising the chances of over-stretching.

Try: By Sarah Organic Body Oil or Aurelia Firm & Revitalise Body Oil – both of these are totally natural and safe to use on your bump!

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Perfume

“Fragrances are usually made up of other harmful chemicals, like parabens, benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and more that are linked to cancer and nervous system issues,” says Dendy Engelman, MD, board-certified dermatologic surgeon. As pregnancy alters your sense of smell, it seems like as good a time as any to make a switch to a more natural perfume. “Before my first pregnancy, I wore deep, dark, figgy scents but as soon as I fell pregnant, I couldn’t stomach them and my sense of smell was altered for good post-birth,” say Silver. Look for something cleansing and refreshing; citrus oils have been found to relieve nausea as well as alleviate stress and boost circulation.

Try: Floral Street Wonderland Peony, the zesty blast of Sicilian lemon will ward off any waves of sickness. Likewise Sana Jardin’s Discovery kit is filled with six different gorgeous scents.

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Nails

A lot of nail polishes still contain formaldehyde, a chemical that has been linked to cancer as well as other nervous system issues like chest pain, coughing, trouble breathing, and respiratory irritations,” warns Engelman. Whilst probably ok in small doses, constant manis and pedis could be putting your body and also the salon workers helping us at risk. Look for nail polishes labeled 10-free, which do not use this chemical or any of the other more harmful toxins that could be getting into your skin during pregnancy.

TRY: Kure Bazaar, an eco-friendly nail polish that uses 85% natural ingredients and is free from the ten worst chemicals so you don’t need to work about any toxins that would affect you or baby.

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