Expectant moms always want the best for their baby. And since we’re all in support of that, we also want to remind our future mommies that this doesn’t mean you will have to neglect the needs of your skin.
So, we talked to dermatologist Dr. Isabel Mangubat to tell us the key factors pregnant women should be aware of before using a skincare product, specifically moisturizers. "Pregnant women need to be cognizant of the active ingredients in their moisturizers," she explained. "Those containing retinoic acid, retinol or derivatives of Vitamin A should be discontinued immediately. These are known teratogens when applied in large amounts." FYI, Teratogens are known to cause birth defects and are considered unsafe around babies in the womb.
Hence, Dr. Mangubat recommended mild moisturizers, as these are safer to use in pregnancy. "Those with no real active ingredients [are what can be considered to be best]. Natural oils like virgin coconut oil and olive oil are safe to use on the body and even on the face if you are not acne prone," she explained. "I always advise my patients to hold off using any anti-acne products during pregnancy but if their acne flares up, it is best to consult their dermatologist first before using their old products," she further added. Bottomline: Always read the ingredients list on the product label and consult your derma and OB-GYN if you're not really sure.
To make your preggers life easier and to show how much we are for your baby and for flawless skin (!!!) at the same time, we took the time to sit down with Dr. Mangubat on the do’s and don’t of pregnancy skincare to give you the best options you can replace your current favorites with during this wonderful journey.
Marula Pure Beauty Oil
Marula oil is derived from hand-picked marula nuts in parts of Africa. It is said to have 60 percent more antioxidants than Argan oil. Although it can a bit more expensive than the latter, Marula oil is perfect for those who prefer a formula that is easily absorbed, matte to the touch, and offers a bit of sun protection, too!
Where to get: SM Beauty
Bio-Oil is a blend of natural plant extracts such as calendula and lavender which help to restore clarity and moisture into your skin. It is commonly known to prevent the appearance of stretchmarks during pregnancy, but little do expectant moms know is that this wonder bottle also helps even out skin tone and is a very effective facial oil. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone!
Where to get: SM Beauty, Mercury Drug
Human Heart Nature Day Moisturizer
Infused with 15 essential vitamins and minerals, it claims to keep your face moisturized for up to eight hours. This lightweight contender can also be used as a priming moisturizer you can wear under your makeup.
Where to get: Watsons, Robinson Supermarket
Nature Republic 92% Aloe Gel
It doesn’t get purer (and cooler!) than this, especially during exceptionally hot days. Nature Republic’s 92% Aloe Gel is heaven sent for our preggy CGs. The lightweight gel formula + soothing properties of aloe make this the perfect moisturizer for you. A pro tip? Since makeup choices are also limited for expecting moms, we hear this product makes for a good primer, too! *wink*
Where to get: Uptown Mall, Festival Mall
Burt’s Bees Daisy White Moisturizing Cream
On days when carrying a baby inside your womb doesn’t feel like a bed of roses, the least you could do is treat your skin with a field, well, bottle of daisies, instead! Burt’s Bees’ Daisy White line promotes a brighter complexion using 99 percent natural ingredients that are safe for you and for your little one.
Where to get: Beauty Bar
VMV Hypoallergenics Know-It-Oil
A cult favorite here and abroad, VMV’s cold-pressed, 100 percent USDA certified organic virgin coconut oil is the perfect partner in crime for better skin even after the nine months of pregnancy! It works for all types of skin and is proven neither clog pores nor cause breakouts with its non-comedogenic formula. Users have observed to see visible improvements in their skin, especially a more evened out texture and overall smoothness.
Where to get: SM Megamall
Zenutrients Aloe and Calendula Skin Saver Cream
A little goes a long way with this thicker formulation from Zenutrients. Made with naturally soothing ingredients, this moisturizer calms skin flare-ups in the most gentle way possible. As an added bonus, you can count on this to remedy your itchy belly, too! They call it ‘skin saver’ for good reason!
Where to get: Zen Nutrients Instagram account
Final word of advice from Dr. Mangubat: "When in doubt, ask your dermatologist to check on your moisturizer to see if there are any teratogenic (deformity causing) substances." How about you, CGs? What were your go-to moisturizers when you were pregnant? Sound off in the comments below!