It can be really difficult to find safe products to use if you want to. So I thought I would give my recommendations based on what worked for me and hopefully they will work for you too.
I have 3 main products I want to discuss. One is a safe skincare product just to make sure that your skin remains healthy and clear. And the other 2 products are specifically to do with preventing stretch marks in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
Skin Care while Pregnant
So let me start off with skin care. Obviously, when you are pregnant there are certain products that you should avoid such as anything containing benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid etc. I found it quite difficult to find a good cleanser. Yourare acting up, you’re breaking out and you really need something to help sort your skin out.
So one thing that I found really useful and that I wanted to recommend was a product called DDF – Doctors Dermatologic Formula. It’s a glycolic exfoliating wash, about five per cent solution. It costs about $35.00 which is a bit pricey but it comes in quite a large bottle and you only need about a dime sized amount. And it lasted me throughout the whole nine months of my pregnancy, and about three months after too. I think it’s important to keep using the safe products after giving birth as you are in close contact with your baby and possibly breastfeeding. So I thoroughly recommend it as it lasts for about a year and I think that’s pretty good value. I had pretty clear skin throughout the whole of my pregnancy and I believe this really helped me a lot.
Eucerin Calming Body Wash
The second product I’d recommend is more aimed at preventing stretch marks in the first place. So the general idea here is that if you already have stretch marks or you’re already in your third trimester, I don’t know if this will definitely work for you. As I say, this is more to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy in the first place. So I would recommend to use these type of products in your first and second trimester at the latest, as your skin begins to stretch.
Stretch marks are tricky, and sometimes I know there’s not much you can do about them because they could be hereditary, but without any treatment they can only be worse. So the first thing that I used was the Eucerin Calming Body Wash. It’s a daily shower oil. The reason this worked for me is that I think during the second or third trimester when you’re growing very fast and your belly skin is stretching, you can get really. I found that this product really helped me in that area. My skin wasn’t dry or itchy. If your skin is really soft and supple then that really helps to prevent stretch marks. When your skin isn’t moisturised it can tend to crack and stretch.
One of the ingredients of the Eucerin Calming Body Wash is soybean oil. I’m not sure if that is a factor in why the product worked for me but I know there are a lot of good health benefits related to soybean oil. This product doesn’t lather up as much as some shower gels. It’s more of an oil based product, but that’s what you need to prevent the stretch marks. You definitely don’t want to go with a shower gel that leaves you dry afterwards because the damage then is already done. It’s not perfumed and isn’t the most fragrant of products, but that is not the point. It worked and that was what I was interested in.
The third thing I did in order to prevent stretch marks while I was pregnant was to use 100% coconut oil. I used this as a moisturising lotion all over and especially on my tummy and other areas that were getting bigger such as my thighs. It’s a really thick oil so I applied it at night mainly as I didn’t want it getting on my clothes. You’re best off getting the real thing from an Asian or African grocer. It’s difficult to find it in the bigger stores such as Wal-Mart. They might sell products that have some coconut oil in them, but you want to try and get hold of the 100% coconut oil.
It’s much more concentrated and more natural than the other products. Coconut Oil in its natural state is usually solid at room temperature. So you may want to put the bottle in some warm water for 10 minutes before using it so that you can apply it in liquid form. Just rub it into your palms and then apply it as you would any other moisturiser, paying extra attention to your body parts that are growing bigger. I mainly used coconut oil in the second and third trimesters and it really helped reduce stretch marks compared to my first pregnancy.
There are a lot more products on the market but these really helped me keep the stretch marks at bay. My approach was to keep the products as natural as possible and limit the amount of artificial chemicals.