We get a lot of requests from moms-to-be and nursing moms for natural skincare suggestions (and coincidentally, more than half of our team is pregnant), so pregnancy-safe skincare is often top of mind for us here at Ayla. Here are a few of our top tips and favorite products:
TOP TIPS FOR MOMS-TO-BE
1. Key ingredients for moms-to-be and nursing moms to avoid are retinol, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide, which most dermatologists agree should not be used during pregnancy. To be extra cautious, we also suggest avoiding willow bark extract, which is a natural form of salicylic acid.
2. Generally speaking, we recommend keeping skincare as simple as possible during pregnancy, since skin can be quite sensitive. Switch to a gentle exfoliant, protect yourself from the sun safely, and save the heavy-duty anti-agers for later — take advantage of your skin’s natural glow.
FAVORITE PRODUCTS FOR MOM
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or looking for a gift, these are always winners with moms-to-be:
1. The Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Spritz, $45
Ultra-pure, refreshing rosewater that instantly cools and comforts
2. The Organic Pharmacy Flower Petal Mask, $58
Soothes, exfoliates, and purifies in 2 minutes
3. Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil, $36 / $82
A light, non-greasy moisturizer for face, body, hair, cuticles, and even stretch marks
4. The Organic Pharmacy Blemish Gel, $33
A great, pregnancy-safe spot treatment for acne
5. Kimberly Parry Organics Belly Butter, $28
The best, richest belly butter we’ve tried, made fresh to order
6. Kimberly Parry Organics Sunflower & Olive Body Butter, $28
An unscented, decadently rich body moisturizer that’s as natural as can be
FAVORITE GIFTS FOR BABY
Whether you’re selecting a gift for your own baby or a friend’s, these make great additions to the nursery:
1. Kimberly Parry Organics Baby Oil, $28
Super moisturizing and delicately scented with lavender and roman chamomile, this also makes a great body oil for moms.
2. Kimberly Parry Organics Baby Essentials Kit, $54
A classic baby gift, this set includes an ultra-soft bamboo washcloth, diaper balm, and talc-free baby powder.