Skincare during Pregnancy

Being pregnant can be an incredibly special time, but it can also be daunting dealing with the changes that your body goes through, and this includes changes to your skin.

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How to support your skin during pregnancy 

Whether you’re perfectly 'glowing' or not, your skin may experience a few bumps along the way, so we are here to recommend our most suitable products to help nurture and support your skin during your journey. Your life is about to change, and your skincare will be there with you. 

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Why pregnancy is important to us

Why pregnancy is important to us

Our story began with a busy mum-to-be, who felt that the formulas of her everyday beauty products were causing her sensitive skin to react. This made her wonder if the ingredients used in them were kind enough for her, so she started to explore new alternatives. And so, REN Clean Skincare was created, with a pledge to deliver gentle, yet proven results to skin – always with sensitive skin in mind.

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Seeing changes?

Changes in hormones can be a rollercoaster ride. We're here to help smooth the way with some advice for you to care of your facial skin during pregnancy.

Sensitivity

Sensitivity

Changes during pregnancy can weaken your skin barrier, which makes your skin more sensitive. The products in our Evercalm™ collection are specifically formulated for sensitive skin, so if you're experiencing discomfort, or your skin is reacting more than usual, then an Evercalm™ routine will help to comfort and calm your skin.

Breakouts

Breakouts

With all those hormonal fluctuations, it's no wonder your skin may become more prone to breakouts. Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic is a powerful, yet gentle enough for daily use exfoliating toner, infused Lactic Acid to help eliminate dead skin cells and encourage natural surface renewal and Willow Bark Extract to help tighten the appearance of enlarged pores.

Dryness

Dryness

Hormonal changes can also cause your skin to become more dehydrated than usual and lead to fluctuations in your skin’s microbiome. If your skin needs some extra TLC, try incorporating an intensively nourishing treatment like our Evercalm™ Overnight Recovery Balm into your evening routine to help replenish its moisture barrier and soothe your skin - all while you sleep.

Discolouration

Discolouration

A rise in oestrogen levels also contributes to the production of excessive pigmentation in the face and body. Our Overnight Dark Spot Sleeping Cream brightens skin and reduces the appearance of dark spots, leaving your skin hydrated, plumped and glowing

Pregnancy Skincare FAQ's

1. What commonly happens to skin in pregnancy?

Everyone is unique and will see different changes in their bodies during pregnancy, and not everyone will be lucky enough to experience that radiant and plumped pregnancy ‘glow.’ Some people might not notice any difference in their skin, but most of the time one or more of the following concerns may appear as explained above: Your skin may experience an increase in sensitivity and discomfort. Your skin could feel drier and more dehydrated than usual. Your skin may become more prone to breakouts. Your skin is more likely to experience some hyperpigmentation. Disclaimer: Everyone is unique, so we recommend that you consult your physician to review any over-the-counter medications and personal care products you plan to use during pregnancy or while nursing.

2. What causes changes in the skin during pregnancy?

The changes that occur in your skin during pregnancy are mainly linked to increased hormone levels in your body, as well as changes in your skin’s lipid metabolism and microbiome. Hormone levels will differ as pregnancy progresses, so you may notice fluctuations in your skin during the first, second or third trimester, and other factors can also contribute to these variations - the most important of which is that every individual is unique. Disclaimer: Everyone is unique, so we recommend that you consult your physician to review any over-the-counter medications and personal care products you plan to use during pregnancy or while nursing.

3. Do you have any other pregnancy skincare tips?

Don't hesitate to switch your skincare routine when you’re pregnant, because your skin may not have the same needs as usual and may require a little extra TLC. We advise using nourishing rehydrating products to reinforce your skin’s moisture barrier and soothing products if your skin becomes more sensitive. It’s also especially important to avoid excessive sun exposure and protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays and blue light, because your skin will be more likely to be prone to hyperpigmentation. Disclaimer: Everyone is unique, so we recommend that you consult your physician to review any over-the-counter medications and personal care products you plan to use during pregnancy or while nursing.

4. Can I keep using my current products when pregnant?

A large proportion of skincare products are ok to use when pregnant, but if you have any questions, we recommend that you consult your physician. Nevertheless, your skin needs might evolve during this specific period-of-time, so it is useful to adapt your skincare routine accordingly. Disclaimer: Everyone is unique, so we recommend that you consult your physician to review any over-the-counter medications and personal care products you plan to use during pregnancy or while nursing.

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