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The Best Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Routine for Glowing, Hydrated Skin

Your entire world shifts the second you find out you’re pregnant. And that includes your daily skincare routine.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of uncertainty around skincare for pregnant and breastfeeding women as most ingredients have not been tested on women who are lactating or expecting. This lack of safety data can make creating a pregnancy-safe skincare routine a difficult task.

We’re here to support you during this amazing and transformative time with this in-depth guide to pregnancy-safe skincare.

Pregnancy-Related Skin Concerns

Pregnant women are often described as “glowing” but everyone’s skin reacts differently to pregnancy. While some women do indeed get that pregnancy glow, many others also experience:

  • Eczema and sensitivity
  • Redness and flushing
  • Pregnancy-related acne
  • Dark spots

Read: 6 Must-Have Products for Pregancy-Related Skin Concerns

Skincare Ingredients to Avoid During Pregnancy

It can be tempting to run straight to Sephora when your hormonal fluctuations start showing up on your skin. But talk to your doctor before adding any new products to your shopping cart. She’s your best source for understanding which skincare ingredients are safe and which to avoid during pregnancy.

Most MD’s agree that retinoids should be avoided during pregnancy, and many also recommend against hydroquinone. Beyond that, advice varies widely. If you’re unsure whether a certain product is safe, take a photo of the ingredients and show it to your doctor at your next visit.

About Our Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Products

While your doctor will likely ask you to avoid certain ingredients, many moms also choose to expand that list just to stay on the safe side.

All of our products have been formulated to the highest standards of safety and use ingredients that are considered safe for use during pregnancy and nursing, aside from our new Retinol Night Serum, as retinol is not recommended during this time.

All Biossance products are also non-toxic and synthetic fragrance-free, paraben-free, and mineral-oil-free. Our rigorous screening progress ensures that our products are free of an additional 2,000 ingredients due to safety and environmental concerns.

We always suggest consulting with your doctor prior to use, especially if you have specific ingredient concerns.

Your Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Routine

Step 1: Cleanse with Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser

Our amino acid complex breaks down and dissolves makeup without irritating sensitive skin while aloe calms and hydrates.

Step 2: Tone with Hyaluronic Facial Mist

Growing a baby is hard work! It’s no wonder many pregnant women report feeling hot and fatigued due to increased blood flow and hormonal changes. Balance your skin with a refreshing spritz of our hydrating facial mist to plump and prep skin for the rest of your routine.

Step 3 (AM Only): Visibly Improve Uneven Pigmentation with Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum

With hydroquinone off the table during pregnancy, it can hard to address dark spots. Visibly brighten and fade dark spots with our 10% vitamin C serum. Our non-irritating vitamin C boosts collagen production for increased elasticity while white shitake mushroom visibly improves uneven skin tone.

Step 3 (PM Only): Visibly Improve Uneven Texture with 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum

Are fluctuating pregnancy hormones making your skin go haywire? Target enlarged pores, bumpy skin, and breakouts using gentle lactic acid. Dramatically improve the look of enlarged pores with this powerful exfoliating night serum. Our powerful exfoliating night serum uses 10% vegan lactic acid to reveal smoother, more even-textured, hydrated skin while clover boosts lactic acid’s exfoliating benefits by revving up cell turnover.

Be sure to follow with sunscreen during your AM routine.

Step 4: Moisturize with Probiotic Gel Moisturizer

Hydration is the key to healthy skin regardless of your skincare concerns. (Yes, oily skin needs moisturizer too!) Our proprietary probiotic helps balance the skin’s complexion and improve clarity while minimizing the look of redness and irritation. Meanwhile our superhero squalane mimics the body’s natural moisture, delivering actives deep into the skin alongside weightless hydration.

If eczema is among your concerns, our Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer has also received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™, which recognizes product innovations that provide benefits, and improve the quality of life for people with eczema and sensitive skin.

Step 5: Instantly Brighten with Vitamin C Rose Oil

Instantly brighten and lock in moisture with our bestselling facial oil. Our science-backed formula features an innovative form of oil-soluble Vitamin C that’s uniquely stable and incredibly gentle. Use it as the final step in your skincare to brighten and moisturize while sealing in active ingredients, or add a few drops to makeup for a fresh, dewy look.

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Step 6 (AM Only): Protect with Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen

Your skin is even more sensitive to the sun while you’re pregnant, making daily SPF even more crucial. Protect your skin with our broad spectrum SPF 30 mineral sunscreen. Natural, non-nano zinc oxide melts into every skin tone while providing broad spectrum protection against UV rays while sugarcane-derived squalane weightlessly hydrates and butterfly ginger extract adds an extra layer of protection.

Christine Tusher
Christine Tusher Writer and expert
As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I love sharing my passion for ocean conservation and obsession with clean beauty. I’ve tried almost every trend and ingredient, and Biossance’s science-backed formulas are the only ones that consistently calm my reactive skin and make it smoother, clearer, and healthier. I’m so excited to be on this journey of skincare innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you!

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