15 Dec



Today on the blog I had the pleasure of speaking with Dermalogica’s Emma Hobson who works as the Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute about all-things pregnancy skin. While there’s no reason to freak-out or change your skincare routine drastically during pregnancy and conception, there are a few ingredients you need to watch out for. Below Emma has answered all my Qs for safe and beautiful pregnancy skin.

What are some of the main skin concerns Dermalogica hears from women during pregnancy? The main concerns are firstly increased pigmentation as well as skin breakouts, spider veins on the face, neck and upper chest and increased skin sensitivity.

What Dermalogica products are safe to use during pregnancy to improve skin tone/balance? What Dermalogica products are good for dry and dull skin?

  • Ultra Calming Cleanser – sensitive, dry and dull skin
  • Ultra Calming Mist – sensitive, dry and dull skin
  • From our PowerBright TRxTm system; the C12 Pure Bright Serum, the Pure Light SPF50 daily moisturiser and the Pure Night moisturiser for improved skin tone
  • Daily Microfoliant for a daily skin polish and to aid luminosity and skin tone, good for sensitive, dry and dull skin
  • Skin Hydrating Booster-dry and dull skin
  • Skin Hydrating Masque- dry and dull skin
  • Skin Perfect Primer SPF20- great for a dull complexion to brighten and illuminate the skin
  • For the Body SPF; Protection 50 Sport with an SPF50 – dry and dull skin
  • Ultrarich Body Cream- dry and dull skin

Why is Vitamin A so dangerous during pregnancy (and when trying to conceive)? Many doctors recommend to pregnant women they should avoid or screen all products containing Vitamin A (retinol) and its derivatives such as Isotretinoin, Retinoic Acid and oral Retinoids. Reason being that high doses of Vitamin A can, in extreme cases, be a possible cause of birth defects.

Why should pregnant women avoid essential oils? It is advised during the first and second trimester to avoid the use of many essential oils as these can enter into ones bloodstream. There are a few pure essential oils used in high dosages and incorrectly could possibly cause foetal damage. Commonly used oils to avoid include; peppermint, basil, cedar wood, celery seed, nutmeg, citronella, clary sage, jasmine, marjoram, rose, melissa, juniper berry, myrrh, cypress, parsley and rosemary.

That said, for mum’s to be there are some benefits of using essential oils, including stress reduction, relief of back pain and swollen ankles. Using very small quantities is essential, a drop will suffice in a carrier oil. Mandarin is a particular favourite of aromatherapist’s during pregnancy as well as neroli, other oils that are safe include geranium, bergamot, black pepper, eucalyptus, ylang ylang, cypress and frankincense. The best advice I have, seek the professional advice of a Clinical Aromatherapist and only use pre-blended oils that state they are safe to use during pregnancy.

If you have any skin topics or questions you would like me to discuss, please leave me a comment.

SJ x