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27 Pregnancy Safe Skincare Picks

How to pregnancy proof your skincare.

27 Pregnancy Safe Skincare Picks

If you are pregnant, you’ll soon realize that hormones can wreak havoc on your skin. Sure, you may well get that glow that everyone is talking about, but you may also wind up with adult acne, dry skin or even hyper-pigmentation. To add insult to injury, some of your usual go-tos are now too harsh for your super-sensitive expectant skin, and some of the more potent ingredients are also toxic and unsafe for your growing fetus. Long story short: beauty during pregnancy is a total minefield. So what’s a mama to do? Refresh you medicine cabinet with skincare products that are clean and effective!

From shampoos and conditioners to eye creams and face masks, here are our all-time favorite beauty products to pregnancy proof your skincare regimen. *As usual, you should consult with you ob/gyn and dermatologist first.

Cleansers. Washing your face is the most basic and essential step of your skincare routine. This step will help you remove impurities and to prevent clogged pores and acne. But during pregnancy, your skin can be extra sensitive and reactive to certain ingredient, so opt for a cleanser that’s hydrating and gentle to the skin.

1. True Botanicals Hydrating Cleanser, $48; 2. Amareta Cleanser, $38; 3. Tatcha Cleansing Oil, $48

Serums. Serums are powerful skin allies. They are packed with active antioxidants and can help with a number of issues, including skin discoloration and wrinkles. Since you should avoid retinol, opt for serums that have other plant-based nutrients, like vitamin C or squalane -- which will give your skin a nice brightening boost without being irritating.

4. Biossance Phyto-Retinol Serum, $7; 5. Votary Toning Serum, $118; 6. Naturopathica Vitamin C15 Serum, $114

Facial Oils. Pregnancy hormones can alter your skin’s pH balance, which can then cause dryness. Facial oil is a nice way to intensely hydrate your skin without leaving any greasy residue. Plus, it’s often brightening and helps even out skin tone (buh bye pregnancy mask). And to top it off, it has a calming effect and ease symptoms of rosacea.

7. Herbivore Exfoliating Glow Potion, $68; 8. Sunday Riley Juno Oil, $36; 9. Josie Maran Argan Oil, $17

Moisturizers. Our skin loses its ability to retain moisture as we age, and during pregnancy, our skin care get extra dry. So this is an essential step to your routine. Some moisturizers have ingredients that are equipped to minimize pollution-based radicals, while others can help with certain pregnancy skin concerns, like hyperpigmentation.

10. Matrescence Skin Protection Soufflé, $86; 11. Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream, $25.80; 12. Jane Iredale Dream Tint tinted moisturizer, $44

Eye creams. You don’t necessarily need an eye cream, but if you have specific concerns (like dark circles, puffiness or fine lines), it can come in handy. For those mamas-to-be who aren’t getting restful sleep and have tired eyes, try a cream with peptide, vitamin C or squalane, which is derived from olives and helps restore skin elasticity.

13. Elemis Peptide Eye Cream, $48; 14. BeautyCounter Countermatch Rescue Eye Cream, $39; 15. MyChelle Vitamin C eye cream $29.50

Masks. Masks provide nutrients occlusion (closing off the skin to the air), which gives an opportunity for the skin to really absorb the ingredients. Plus, masks are a nice way for moms-to-be to slow down. So indulge, mama; and give your skin that extra boost of moisture before bed.

16. Silk Therapeutics renewing peel, $70; 17. Rael Collagen boosting mask, $12.99; 18.Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Eye Mask, $125

Body lotions. It goes without saying, your body goes through a lot during pregnancy. And you may feel like your skin gets dry and sensitive as it stretches to make room for baby. Give it some extra love with a body scrub, body lotion or body oil. All of this may even help prevent stretch marks!

19. Olive & M Body Polish, $42; 20. Erbaviva Awaken Body Lotion, $28; 21. Sahajan Ritual Body Oil, $73

Body treatment. Your body could also use a little extra love too, especially during pregnancy. And guess what!? There are masks for that too! Here are a few of our favorites:

22. Hatch Belly Mask, $12; 23. True Botanicals Resurfacing Body Mask, ; 24. Boscia Foot Peel, $20

Hair care. New hair, don’t care? Not so fast! That luscious pregnancy hair won’t last long. That’s right, postpartum hair is real. So give it some love while you can! But since you’ll be rubbing these products all over your scalp, make sure to get shampoos and conditioners that are free of chemicals.

25. Rahua Dry Shampoo, $32; 26. Ursa Major Conditioner, $12.50; 27. Sansceuticals Nourishing Hair Wash, $28

Products that solve your biggest breastfeeding challenges

Including a battle plan for clogged ducts!

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.

$23

Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.

$20

Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.

$12.50

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.

$47

boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.

$25

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.

$59

Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.

$36

Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.

$99

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