Here’s the cold, hard truth: The answer is yes! For the uninitiated and worried mothers out there, pregnancy facials are possible.
Pregnant women probably need them more than before they got themselves with child — why, hello there, yet another triple-zit-on-my-nose. Where’s that glow everyone talks about? You aren’t alone; many mothers find themselves privy to acne, dry flaky skin, sensitivity, amongst other unwelcome guests — instead of the elusive, legendary radiance.
However, remember to play by the rules of the game to ensure your baby (and you) are safe during this highly hormonal period.
GENERAL RULES OF THUMB SO PREGNANCY FACIALS DON’T BECOME PREGNANCY FAILS
- Don’t raise your core body temperature above 38.9°C. You don’t want your body to trap heat and become an oven… research has shown that raising the internal core temperature too high during the first trimester can result in birth defects
- ALWAYS tell your therapist that you are pregnant when making the appointment, especially if it’s your first pregnancy facial; this helps them modify the steps as necessary so they don’t get charged with babyslaughter
NOW, THE PREGNANCY FACIALS YOU CAN DO
No bells, whistles, or frills where these are related. In other words: stick to the basics. Gentle, hydrating facials are the safest bets and can deliver much-needed moisture and confidence boosts.
1. Facials That Were Specifically Made For You
Customized and thus perfect for pregnant women, period (no more).
How could we say facials are suitable for pregnant women without first designing one specifically for you? Sometimes, pregnant women need just a little bit of downtime or a reminder that they still deserve to and can pamper themselves. Given the hormonal imbalance and resulting epidermal antagonists, you just want to fix them. You just want your un-saggy skin back. You just want some peace.
Doesn’t some oxygen therapy with a Shiatsu facial massage sound wonderfully oasis-like?
Treatments to try: RestorativeTM. Me-time, confidence and brighter, water retention-free skin.
2. Oxygen Facials
Especially great for dry and dull skin
Oxygen is a really powerful thing. When your skin is tired, dull and lifeless, it’s there to pull you back from the edge. This miracle gas heals by boosting cellular regeneration and blood circulation. The faster your new cells replace the old ones, the younger your skin looks. This super gentle facial can also clear your pores so it can absorb moisture more. Voila, you’re as close to a pregnancy glow as you can get / you just amped on that radiance you have (you lucky thing, you).
P.S. It’s also anti-bacterial (meaning it can help with your acne) and anti-aging (it plumps out fine lines and wrinkles)!
Treatments to try: OxyReviveTM. Glow-ier, brighter skin awaits.
3. Hydrating Facials
Again, especially great for dry and dull skin
Dry skin can really become the bane of your existence when it seems to flake beyond repair (to your despair). Your body is constantly transferring water to the little one inside while leaving you dehydrated and cranky. Dehydration can exacerbate oily skin conditions (the irony), acne and even pigmentation. Keeping it hydrated and healthy, on the contrary, can increase your resistance to the sun’s damaging effects, pollution and free radicals.
Pair your power-packed hyaluronic acid serum with an intensive hydrating facial to quench your skin’s thirst and heal it to a softer, suppler complexion.
Treatments to try: Sun RescueTM. Happier, more hydrated skin lies ahead.
4. LED Light Therapy
Brilliant for acneic and distressed skin. And yes, generally safe for pregnant mamas
To make things clear, LED light therapy is non-invasive and targets only the upper layers of the skin. It doesn’t damage your skin tissues but rather, triggers natural biochemical reactions similar to photo-synthesis.
In other words, your baby is safe.
Blue light targets acne-causing bacteria and simply minimizes / brings breakouts to a standstill. Red light, another commonly-used frequency, boosts collagen production, reduces inflammation and lessens redness and irritation.
Leave your frustration with acne bouts and sensitive, inflamed skin at the door. LED light therapy is a multi-talented weapon against acne, wrinkles, dullness and inflamed skin. Depending on the light frequency, it can be used for anything from boosting tissue growth to stimulating collagen production and regeneration.
Kind of a superhero like oxygen.
Treatments to try: Pick Me Up. Rejuvenated skin is just 30 minutes away.
AND, THE STUFF YOU CANNOT DO
As we said — no bells, no whistles. Refrain from fancy stuff like:
- Electric currents
- Chemical peels – The skin is super sensitive and easily irritated during pregnancy
- Microdermabrasions – These will likely scar your extra-sensitive skin and aggravate breakouts.
- Extractions – Or, if really, really necessary, ask your therapist to be really gentle with your sensitive skin
- Plastic surgery