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A Guide to Safe, Effective Skincare for Expecting Mamas You glow, girl.

By Photo by Sydnee-Marie

Summer is just around the corner, and so are the hot flashes, mood swings, and swollen feet that come with pregnancy. But fear not, because Babe, your savior for all mamas-to-be, has teamed up with Heyday, the facial spa that knows how to deal with any skin situation. Together, we’re bringing you the ultimate summer skincare guide for pregnant women – why let a magical thing like pregnancy get in the way of having fabulous skin? Let’s dive in and get ready to glow (despite the heat and raging hormones)!

Here, we chat with Shea Amiruddin, Director of Skincare Education for Heyday.

What are some common skincare issues pregnant women face during the summer months?

Pregnant women often experience increased skin reactivity, sensitivity, and irritation due to heat. Additionally, pregnancy can lead to hyperpigmentation, making sun protection crucial.

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Can you recommend safe skincare products for pregnant women to combat summer-related skin concerns?

Physical SPF helps with reactive skin and pigmentation prevention. Ice rollers and cooling eye mask patches (like Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels) can reduce redness and puffiness. Hydrating facial spritzes (such as Naturopathica Lavender Honey and Mukti Orange Blossom Balancing Mist) help with cooling and hydration.

What are the key ingredients to look for in summer skincare products for pregnant women?
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Physical SPF ingredients (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide), witch hazel and low-level willow bark extract for cleansing and detoxifying breakout-prone skin (Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes), and papaya and pineapple enzymes for gentle exfoliation (OLO Vitamin B Cleansing Oil and Shaffali Pineapple and Peppermint Exfoliant).

How often should pregnant women exfoliate during summer, and are there safe exfoliation methods during pregnancy?

Each person is unique, but typically, using a scrub 2-3 times a week is safe. Including enzymes for those experiencing active breakouts is also recommended. Start low and slow, and adjust if the skin shows signs of irritation.

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What advice do you give pregnant women to maintain a healthy summer glow while protecting their skin?

Tinted SPF (like Supergoop Glowscreen) provides moisture, sun protection, and a touch of glow, making it easy to prepare for the day while protecting the skin.

What general skincare tips should pregnant women remember during the summer months?

Increase water intake, opt for UPF clothing and hats, streamline the skincare routine, mix exfoliant with a cleanser for power cleanses, keep toners and serums in the fridge for depuffing, and use a luxurious lip treatment for hydration.

What is the go-to summer treatment at HeyDay for expecting mothers, and why?

The Heyday facial is customized based on individual skin concerns, skin behavior, and doctor recommendations. Enhance results with a gua sha treatment for depuffing and lifting or the hydro wand infusion for a glowing complexion.