Noticing changes in your skin since becoming pregnant? Here’s why!
Whether you’re perfectly 'glowing' or not, changes in hormones can be a rollercoaster ride for you and your skin. We're here to help smooth the way by taking you through some of the most common changes your skin may experience during pregnancy, which can include:
Changes during pregnancy can weaken your skin barrier. A compromised skin barrier allows external irritants and aggressors to penetrate your skin more easily, which, in turn, makes your skin more susceptible to sensitivity and irritation.
Dark Spots and hyperpigmentation
A rise in oestrogen levels contributes to the production of excessive pigmentation in the face and body, which can lead to the formation of unwanted dark spots and areas of discolouration.
Dryness and crepiness
Hormonal changes can also cause dry skin or itchy skin due to dehydration attributed to by changes in your skin’s microbiome.
Oiliness, breakouts and blackheads
With all those hormonal fluctuations, it's no wonder you may experience an increase in oily skin during pregnancy, more frequent breakouts or occasional pregnancy breakouts.
Routine for sensitivity:
Start and end your sensitivity routine with a gentle cleanse that will carefully clarify your skin without stripping it of moisture. Try Evercalm™ Gentle Cleansing Gel for a refreshing and soothing cleanse or Evercalm™ Gentle Cleansing Milk for a more nourishing and comforting cleanse.
Immediately after cleansing, use a serum or a mask to give your sensitive skin to some extra TLC. Packed with White Mushroom Extract Evercalm™ Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask and Evercalm™ Redness Relief Serum help to soothe sensitivity and reduce redness, fast. Use Evercalm™ Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask 1-2 times a week when your skin feels ultra-dry and it’s time to go above and beyond the day-to-day routine.
Once your mask or serum is out of the way, it’s time to make the most of all that calming goodness with a facial oil and a moisturiser. Specifically formulated for sensitive skin and also suitable for eczema-prone skin, Evercalm™ Global Protection Day Cream is your morning go-to to immediately calm, hydrate and soothe. Morning and evening, reach for Evercalm™ Barrier Support Elixir to help repair and strengthen your skin barrier. Night-time is prime time to help soothe signs of sensitivity accumulated during the day, so lock in much-needed moisture with Evercalm™ Overnight Recovery Balm.
Routine for discolouration:
End your day with more even-looking skin thanks to Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic . A must-have for powerful, yet gentle brightening, this skin-resurfacing toner is clinically proven to instantly reduce the appearance of dark spots.
Morning and evening, it’s time to boost that brightness with our superfruit powered Glow And Protect Serum, packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants to help protect your skin against free radicals, even skin tone and ramp up that radiance.
For a morning burst of brightness, Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream gives skin an instant dewy glow and plumps it with hydration; and for overnight energising, Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream targets areas of hyperpigmentation so that you awake to a more even and luminous-looking complexion.
Routine for dryness:
Start and end your day with Evercalm™ Gentle Cleansing Milk for a nourishing and comforting cleanse that’ll calm and soothe very dry or irritated skin.
Morning and evening, help to reduce the appearance of fine lines caused by dehydration with Bio Retinoid™ Youth Serum. Delivering retinol-mirroring results, made suitable for sensitive skin, this smoothing serum is powered by our naturally derived alternative to retinol, Bidens Pilosa.
For intensive hydration at any time of the day, Bio Retinoid™ Youth Concentrate Oil has an ultra-nourishing formula that helps strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier to target the appearance of fine lines. For a double dose of hydration, finish with our luxuriously rich Bio Retinoid™ Youth Cream for more supple and healthy-looking skin.
Routine for oiliness:
Over-stripping your skin of moisture can actually cause it to produce even more surface sebum, so choosing a refreshing cleanse like Evercalm™ Gentle Cleansing Gel will help to rebalance your skin without drying it out.
In the evening, Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic is a multi-benefit must-have for powerful, yet gentle clarifying as well as brightening. Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of pores size, the exfoliating formula helps to break down dead skin cells, unblocks pores and sweeps away excess sebum.
Not only suitable for sensitive skin, Evercalm™ Global Protection Day Cream uses a blend of free radical neutralisers that help to shield skin against damage triggered by pollution and external aggressors, which can compromise your skin barrier and cause potential breakouts and blemishes.
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