Last week we learned that moms should take special consideration when getting a massage or visiting a spa during pregnancy.
But, what's the deal with pregnancy facials?
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With so many procedures out there, it can be hard to determine which treatments will work best -- and be safe -- for you & your baby. But with so many Mamas suffering from pregnancy acne, oily skin and bloating, we understand your face needs a little extra TLC. So let's dive on in!
Best Safe Pregnancy Facials (& what to avoid)
1. Oxygen facials - A celebrity fave, oxygen facials introduce awesome ingredients to your skin via a pressurized stream of steam. The blends can include skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, vitamins, and botanical extracts. This treatment is great for expecting moms with dry or dull skin. However, while oxygen facial benefits are obvious, dermatologists still emphasize the importance of having a daily skin care regimen alongside oxygen facial treatment.
At-home option: To add a flurry of goodness to your skin, The Spoiled Mama's Lucid treatment for melasma is packed hydrating hyaluronic acid and exfoliating fruit acids (AHAs). With a small molecular structure, the serum pierces skin layers more effectively than traditional creams.
2. Exfoliating facial - For Mamas who are coping with dryness, or dullness, an exfoliating facial in pregnancy is perfect for you. While treatments like microdermabrasion are not recommended for pregnant women, inquire about mild facial scrubs or consider a pregnancy-safe AHA like glycolic acid or lactic acid.
At-home option: Made from organic sugar and nourishing oils, The Spoiled Mama Indulge natural body scrub is perfect for polishing your body and face. As an added bonus, its oils are great for helping avoid stretch marks during pregnancy.
3. Deep cleansing - If you have especially problematic skin, try a deep cleansing treatment. This generally includes exfoliation, extraction of blemishes and massage, followed by a healing mask and moisturizer.
At-home option: To battle your blemishes, The Spoiled Mama's Rehab serum can help clear your pregnancy acne. The spot treatment is wonderful for moms who are eager for a quick transformation.
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Common Pregnancy Facial Q&As
As a mom-to-be, it is perfectly normal to have a lot of questions even for an otherwise simple topic like facials. It is natural and instinctive to get curious about whether something you do can significantly affect your unborn baby. That said, here are some typical facial treatment-related Mama questions and their answers:
Is it safe to have a facial while pregnant?
Yes! It is safe for Mamas like you to get facials during pregnancy, as long as you’re just getting basic treatments sans chemicals or electric currents. If you’re still concerned, make sure to consult your dermatologist on which facials are best for you before booking a facial appointment.
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Is it OK to get steam facials during pregnancy?
Generally, it isn’t safe for you to raise your core temperature in the first trimester. However, steaming the face or hot towel-wrapping your face is okay, since neither of them won’t raise your overall core temperature.
Can you get microdermabrasion if you are pregnant?
Are facial masks safe during pregnancy?
It depends. There are plenty of chemicals that you should avoid when you’re pregnant, and some of them, like salicylic acid, beta hydroxy acid (BHA), alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and retinoids are commonly found in beauty products like face mask sheets. Your best bet? Research the ingredients first or ask your doctor before using any face product you have doubts about.
Can you go to a spa when you are pregnant?
Is it safe to get a chemical peel while pregnant?
The skin is super sensitive and easily irritated during pregnancy, so it is best if you stay away from abrasive facials and chemical peels when pregnant.
Can I get my face bleached during pregnancy?
Yes! Bleaching facial hair when pregnant is safe since the components of bleach (ammonium hydroxide and hydrogen peroxide) are harmless to your unborn baby and are broken down easily by the body. However, if you’re still concerned, make sure to skip the bleach facial during your first trimester.
Can I do laser on my face while pregnant?
Tips on facial while pregnant:
- Tell your aesthetician you're pregnant and walk through the treatment menu with her. She should be able to answer any concerns you have and can create a custom facial pregnancy treatment for you.
- If you're suffering from morning sickness, take it easy on aromatherapy treatments, which may exasperate any smell sensitivities you have.
- Avoid harsh chemical facials, microdermabrasion, and peels.
- Pregnancy skin can be especially sensitive, so be vocal if something hurts, feels too hot, etc.
- Call ahead to make sure the treatment features pregnancy safe skin care. The ingredients should be toxin-free, and safe for you & baby!
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Have you had a facial during pregnancy? Which treatments are your fave? Let us know below!