Pregnancy is one of the most magical times in a woman's life. Growing a little one inside you is nothing short of a miracle and a very special journey from pre-conception through until birth.
However it's not all flowers and roses. With pregnancy comes a surge in hormones and subsequent skin and mood changes. Every woman is unique and so is their pregnancy experience, however these hormonal fluctuations often present on the skin as acne, hyper-pigmentation or general puffiness and inflammation. Thankfully these issues dissipate post pregnancy and there are definitely things you can do from inside and out to address these issues.
Throughout every stage of pregnancy, we are here to help. Here's our Edible Beauty guide to assist you in achieving the clear and glowing skin that you deserve...
Your skin may not be experiencing too many changes at this this time, however what many of us do not realise is that there is a 90 day period before an egg reaches full maturation. During this time the eggs are changing and preparing for ovulation and are being affected by diet, hormone, toxins and stress. Now is the best opportunity to eliminate all of the nasties in your skincare in preparation, if you haven’t already!
Eating organic foods, reducing saturated fats and processed foods will not only support you and your skin but a healthy egg too. It's a win-win!
If you are confused as to what products you should be avoiding, I always recommend you avoid anything that does not look safe enough to ingest. I have a guide here on what ingredients you need to keep an eye out for.
Pre-Pregnancy Inside-Out Must-Haves:
- Edible Beauty Core Four Skincare System - as the foundation to an "edible", pure and botanical skincare routine.
- Glowing Skin Smoothie Booster serum - to protect your skin from pollutants.
Go organic as much as possible and embrace a balanced wholefood diet rich in colourful vegetables and fruits, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and quality protein sources.
Not all women will experience the same changes, as we all respond to hormones differently. In the first trimester the body is in overdrive building an embryo. Progesterone and oestrogen are rising rapidly and blood flow has increased driven by oestrogen. This may create the sought after "healthy pregnancy glow," or on the downside, it could result in oily and congested skin prone to breakouts, similar to what you may have experienced prior to your menstrual cycle commencing.
First Trimester Inside-Out Must Haves:
- No.1 Belle Frais Cleansing Milk – keeps your skin clear, hydrated and free of redness. Note the small amount of salicylic acid is pregnancy-safe and provides the extra support required to keep acne away.
- & Soothing Nectar Hydrating Gel – can be used as an non-greasy moisturiser - the blend of antimicrobial and healing botanicals prevents redness and breakouts.
- & Sleeping Beauty Mousse – a purifying clay mask which acts as the perfect skin pick me up. Perfect if you want to wake up with that pregnancy glow on.
Whilst it may be tempting to reach for sugar and comfort foods, this won’t help your skin or baby! Stick with the same organic and wholefood goals from pre-pregancy. Opt for protein-rich foods along with an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Having a green smoothie daily with a cup of greens, cup of frozen berries, 1 cup of water or coconut water, 1 cucumber and a squeeze of lemon juice will help to cleanse and hydrate whilst also curbing sweet cravings.
In the second trimester, oestrogen and progesterone continue to increase to help grow the baby. These hormones, however, also stimulate the melanocyte-stimulating hormone, which triggers your skin’s melanocyte cells to produce melanin. Melanin is what gives your skin colour and also creates issues with dark pigments. It is essential to protect yourself from significant sun exposure at this time to avoid increasing the chances of hyper-pigmentation developing. Use a safe zinc-based sunscreen and use an antioxidant serum on the skin to provide further protection.
Second Trimester Must-Haves:
- No.3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum – this antioxidant serum is abundant in Australian natives which are vitamin C rich. It works like a tag team alongside sunscreen to further protect your skin from UV exposure.
- Turmeric Beauty Latte Booster serum - Use this as a spot treatment on areas of hyper-pigmentation or breakouts. It contains Rumex, a botanical clinically proven to reduce pigmentation.
- & Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant - use this twice weekly to unclog pores and reduce excess oil.
Human placental lactogen (HPL), a hormone secreted from the placenta, is thought to help the baby grow is associated with insulin resistance which may develop in the second trimester. High levels of insulin can contribute to breakouts so continue to use your cleansing milk and soothe me balm.
Continue to reduce processed foods along with foods high in sugar. Now is the time to really increase your fibre intake, as constipation tends to set in. I recommend 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal daily. This is a great soluble and insoluble fibre which helps to keep you regular and helps to gently remove toxins that may be lingering in your digestive tract. Aim for 3-4 serves of whole grains such as oats, buckwheat, quinoa or brown rice to further support your digestion.
Hormones reach peak levels at 32 weeks with oestrogen and progesterone at their highest point. Signs of this can come in the form of experiencing swelling and puffiness around your face. Using a jade roller or giving yourself a gentle self lymph massage may help to shift excess fluid. Take the time to rest and pamper yourself and your skin.
Third Trimester Must-Haves:
- & Coco Bliss Intensive Repair - can be used as a hydrating Mask to combat any redness or inflammation. Contains B vitamins known for their anti inflammatory action.
- & Velvet Coffee Body Butter -massage your legs and belly with this nourishing body butter. It contains extracts that shift fluid along with nourishing fatty acids.
- & Gold Rush Eye Balm - contains coffee extract along with horsetail extract to shift fluid and reduce puffiness around the eyes.
Watch your sodium intake which contributes to fluid retention - it may be creeping up in bread, cheese and meat products you are eating.
Up your water to ensure you are keeping hydrated. If you’re finding it hard to get water down turn to herbal teas such as peppermint, ginger and raspberry leaf (which will also help to strengthen your uterus for birth).