Skincare 101 Pregnancy



Lifestyle for Pregnancy

Your body goes through a world of change during pregnancy. Some of the skin changes can be permanent, but most will reverse themselves within weeks to a year of giving birth.

A variety of things happen with your skin as hormones fluctuate, usually showing up as sensitivities, breakouts, dry itchy skin, sun sensitivity, rashes, stretch marks, dark patches, skin tags, and varicose veins. Just remember that these can be normal.

What Causes Skin Changes During Pregnancy?
Fluctuations in hormones are generally the culprit. Changes in estrogen and progesterone levels influence skin in all pregnant women. Hormones tell your pores to secrete excess oil, make you vulnerable to heat rash, and susceptible to skin discoloration. With your immune system suppressed and your blood vessels stretched to the max, perfect conditions for surface inflammation are also created.

Changes are experienced at different times in pregnancy, sometimes as early as the first trimester. Often, your skin may worsen as pregnancy progresses.

Common Pregnancy Skin Changes
Stretch Marks
They appear as pinkish or reddish streaks along the abdomen and breasts and sometimes thighs. They're the result of your body growing quickly and usually show up in the last three months. After delivery, they'll fade to silvery-white scars and be less noticeable.

Pregnancy Breakouts
Increases in progesterone levels also trigger more sebum (oil) production, causing breakouts.

Mask of Pregnancy/Melasma
The increase in estrogen, progesterone, and melanocyte-stimulating hormones cause skin to produce more pigmentation, showing up as symmetrical dark splotches on the forehead, nose, and cheeks. Some women's nipples and/or areolas will darken in color, often permanently.

Skin Sensitivities
Everything is now sensitive. . . . your stomach, emotions, and your skin. Perfumes may irritate your skin, and it may become red if you scrub or exfoliate.

Skin Tags
These are small, loose growths of skin commonly found in high-friction spots like underarms, groin, under breasts, and at the base of the neck as a result of elevated estrogen and progesterone stimulating the growth of the outer skin layers.

Dry, Itchy Skin
Your growing belly causes your skin to stretch and tighten, resulting in dryness and itching.



Products for Pregnancy

While there are many "natural" skincare options on the market, many of these formulations contain concentrated amounts of plant extracts with xenoestrogen compounds which can increase irritation and negatively affect hormonal balance. Because of limited ingredient options, pregnant and or lactating women often do nothing to their skin during this special time.

GLOWBIOTICS Probiotic Skincare offers a variety of safe and effective product regimens for use before, during and after pregnancy. We are committed to women's skin health during pregnancy. We invest heavily in R&D ingredient research and pharmaceutical testing methods to insure the use of the safest and most effective products.

Glowbiotics products are free from:

Artificial & Harmful Dyes
1,4 Dioxane

Ethylene Oxide
Mineral Oil
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Propyl or Ethyl Alcohol
Diazolidinyl Urea
Isopropropyl Myristate
Known Xenoestrogens

Below are GLOWBIOTICS product regimen suggestions safe for use during pregnancy and while breast feeding, based on skin concerns:

**Please note: In addition to these product suggestions, please seek the advice and guidance of a medically licensed professional for proper diagnoses and treatment of these conditions, while pregnant and or lactating.

Pregnancy for All Skin Types:

Pregnancy and Brightening:

Pregnancy and Clarifying/Acne:

Pregnancy and Reactive/Red Skin/ Sensitive:

FOR EXTRA firming, hydration and volume…. apply Advanced Anti-Aging Replenishing Oil to face, neck and/décolleté in the morning and/or the evening before you apply the treatment step OR mix directly into the hydrate step!

FOR EXTRA balance, soothing and radiance…. apply the Probiotic HydraGlow Cream Oil to face, neck and décolleté after you apply the morning treatment step OR mix directly into the morning hydrate step OR mixed with the Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB OR mixed with your liquid foundation!

FOR EXTRA calming, redness reduction and soothing…. apply the Advanced Anti-Aging Replenishing Oil to face, neck and/or décolleté in the morning and/or evening before you apply treatment step OR mix directly into the hydrate step!




Tips for Pregnancy

  1. Continue to exercise as best you can to maintain good circulation, easing stress, tension, and inflammation.
  2. Eat a well-balanced diet that includes natural sources of beneficial probiotics, which colonize the intestines with good bacteria, or elect to take a probiotic supplement (after consulting with your doctor). In keeping your gut healthy, there are many benefits, including healthier skin with less inflammation. You can decrease the likelihood of your baby developing eczema.
  3. Go easy on your skin. Keep a strict cleansing routine but wash with gentle products that don't contain harmful parabens or sulfates, or retinol and retinoids. Switch to unscented products, containing fewer chemicals. Avoid scrubs and exfoliants and opt for a soft, textured washcloth. Include inflammation-reducing probiotics in your skin care regimen, too, to protect skin's integrity and rebalance.
  4. Natural acne remedies like tea tree oil or eucalyptus can provide antiseptic and anti-microbial properties if you're suffering from acne.
  5. Applying daily sunscreen is more important now, than ever. Skin is even more sun-sensitive. Applying SPF of at least 30 can help to keep melasma from worsening.
  6. Drink plenty of water, keep your skin well-moisturized, and take warm oatmeal baths to combat itching. Products with antioxidant vitamin E and alpha-hydroxy acids massaged onto at-risk areas can help to head off stretch marks.



Diet for Pregnancy

Your body goes through a world of change during pregnancy. A variety of things can happen with your skin as hormones fluctuate, usually showing up as sensitivities, breakouts, dry and itchy skin, sun sensitivity, rashes, stretch marks, dark patches, skin tags, and varicose veins.

Healthy eating is critical for the growth and development of your baby. Mothers typically will need to consume an extra 300 calories per day to maintain their own health along with fetal growth. Eat a balanced diet that includes natural sources of beneficial probiotics, which colonize the intestines with good bacteria. When your gut is healthy, your skin experiences less inflammation. It's important to eat a variety of foods throughout the day including fruits and vegetables, grains and breads, dairy products, and protein sources. With the proper balance of vitamins and minerals, your skin will have a fighting chance to remain healthy, even as your hormones rage.

Acid reflux, specifically, is a problem during pregnancy. Pressure on your stomach, and hormonal changes that result in the valve between your stomach and esophagus relaxing can make things uncomfortable with heartburn. Decreasing the amount of acid in your stomach will help to keep things from bubbling up. Avoid fatty foods, carbonated beverages, caffeine, acidic foods like tomatoes, and spicy foods.


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