Get Glowing: How to Safely Exfoliate Your Skin While Pregnant and reveal that mama glow by incorporating exfoliation into your skincare routine
Do you want softer, smoother, and more refined looking skin with increased clarity and brightness? Regular exfoliation delivers all those things and works by sloughing off the top layer of dead surface skin cells to reveal the healthier, younger-looking layer of skin beneath. Another added bonus? Freshly exfoliated skin benefits the most from treatment products, such as serums and moisturizers by allowing them to penetrate easier.
Chemical vs. Physical Exfoliation
There are two types of exfoliation you can do at home: chemical and physical (or manual). Chemical exfoliation uses mild acids to dissolve the lipid “glue” that holds the dead surface skin cells together. Physical exfoliation uses friction from brushes, loofahs, sand, sugar, or other small granules to sweep away dead surface skin cells. Used together, physical exfoliants are more effective at removing what the chemical exfoliant has already loosened.
While pregnant, you should be particularly conscious of the type of chemical exfoliant you use. Two of the most popular exfoliating ingredients, salicylic acid and glycolic acid are considered unsafe for use during pregnancy. Instead, we recommend using lactic acid, which is completely safe during pregnancy because it is already found in the body. This natural alpha hydroxy acid is very effective at exfoliation, and it also tends to be gentler and less irritating to the skin. You can use it on both your face and body—particularly if you get breakouts on your chest and back.
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Because lactic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid, it is a very effective cleanser and exfoliator and does all the stuff that salicylic acid and glycolic acid do. Another advantage of lactic acid is that it’s less irritating to the skin, which is crucial during pregnancy, a time when all the hormones surging through your body make your skin super-sensitive. The star of our Pre-Treatment Scrub is lactic acid, with other skin-smoothing and energizing ingredients (well hello there, green tea and ginseng) playing supporting roles.Our scrub was made to remove dull skin and other elements that sit on and in the pores of your face or body to reveal new, smooth, more even tone, healthy results.
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Let’s Get Physical!
One of the latest skincare wellness trends is dry body brushing. This manual physical exfoliation method has a myriad of wellness benefits, including energizing your body, promoting lymphatic drainage and of course, ridding of dead and dry skin cells. You can find a soft-bristled body brush if you prefer using a tool to manually exfoliate. But we don’t recommend loofahs or buff puffs because they are rough on the skin, tend to exfoliate unevenly and may cause micro-tears in the skin.
How to dry body brush?
Body brushing is best done before taking a bath or shower. Your skin needs to be dry. Begin at the feet and brush up, in the direction of your heart. You can then continue up to the knees, followed by knees to hips, over the buttocks, hands to shoulder. Use a quick flicking motion, as opposed to long and slow strokes.