Our lead Esthetician Sam's favorite products for momma's to be:
ZO Gentle Cleanser
ZO Hydrating Cleanser
ZO Exfoliating Polish
ZO Calming Toner
ZO SPF and Primer
ZO Complexion Clearing Mask
What ingredients to avoid during pregnancy + breastfeeding :
Retinoids/Retinols - Molecules found in these ingredients have shown to affect embryo development during the first trimester. Best to avoid both topical and oral uses of this ingredient.
Botox and Fillers - There are no studies that provide sufficient information regarding the use of Botox and Fillers during pregnancy, thus I just don’t suggest it to my clients.
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) - Which are glycolic acids in large doses are not safe.
Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) -What are salicylic acids are not safe. and Salicylic acid - Most products that have these ingredients in them will advertise as “anti-aging,” so be mindful of that phrase!
Benzoyl Peroxide - Only 5% of this ingredient is absorbed into the skin. Many OB and dermatologists deem it safe to use, but there have been other healthcare professionals that don’t recommend it due to lack of data.
Hydroquinone - The FDA reports that this ingredient should only be used if the benefits outweigh the risks.
Topical erythromycin - This is a topical anti-biotic that is used at times to treat acne. The FDA suggests that this be used only when the benefits outweigh the risk.
The sun - Stay out of it! It’s the only way to prevent hyperpigmentation, dark spots and discoloration.
What ingredients are SAFE during pregnancy :
Azelaic acid - This ingredient can fight acne by killing bacteria found in pores and decreasing the body’s creation of keratin. It also can help decrease hyper-pigmentation.
Vitamin C - This is another ingredient that can be used instead of retinoids. Vitamin C can treat dark spots and general skin-tone issues. It is an antioxidant and boosts collagen.
Over the counter topical sulfur, zinc, niacinamide treatments-Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is said to reduce appearance of blemishes and congestion.
Hyaluronic acid - Hydrates and plumps your skin.
Glycolic (In low doses), lactic, malic and mandelic topical acids- Some doctors consider these acids to be low-risk and safe, whereas other doctors don’t recommend them. Thus, this is up to your discretion.
PHAs (Polyhydroxy Acids) - Are gentle exfoliators that resurface skin to enhance absorption while strengthening skin by providing hydration and antioxidant benefits.
Hydrating serums and Moisturizers - Just double check ingredients and make sure those listed in the AVOID list above are not present in the product.
SPF - Make sure your SPF is a mineral sunscreen (versus a chemical sunscreen). Mineral sunscreens have the following ingredients: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.