Trimester by Trimester: Skincare Routines for Expectant Mothers

Trimester by Trimester: Skincare Routines for Expectant Mothers

Pregnancy is a beautiful and transformative time for expectant mothers. As your body changes to support the life growing inside you, your skin also undergoes several changes, which can bring new challenges and surprises. To help you maintain healthy, glowing skin throughout your pregnancy journey, here’s a tailored skincare routine for each trimester.


First Trimester: Laying the Foundation

  1. Gentle Cleansing

During the first trimester, hormonal changes might make your skin more sensitive and prone to dryness or breakouts. Choose a mild, fragrance-free cleanser that removes impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils.

  1. Hydration

Maintaining hydration is key. Choose a light, hydrating moisturiser that is free of retinoids or salicylic acid, which are not recommended during pregnancy. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerine can keep your skin supple and prevent dry patches.

  1. Sun Protection

Your skin becomes more sensitive to UV rays during pregnancy. A mineral-based sunscreen with at least SPF 30 will help protect your skin from hyperpigmentation and other sun damage.

  1. Simple Ingredients

Now is a good time to simplify your skincare routine. Avoid products with harsh chemicals, fragrances, or dyes, and stick to those with a shorter, more natural ingredient list.


Second Trimester: Addressing Changes

  1. Exfoliation

As your pregnancy progresses, you might notice an increase in skin cell turnover. Gentle exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and enhance your skin's radiance. Opt for a mild exfoliating product that uses natural ingredients like oatmeal or jojoba beads.

  1. Targeted Moisturising

Many women experience stretching and itching skin around the belly and breasts during the second trimester. Special moisturising products designed for pregnancy can help soothe and hydrate these areas. Look for creams rich in cocoa butter, vitamin E, and almond oil.

  1. Dealing with Pigmentation

To deal with melasma or “pregnancy mask,” incorporate products that brighten the skin and reduce dark spots, like those containing vitamin C. Always consult with a dermatologist before starting any new treatment during pregnancy.

  1. Soothing Treatments

If you're dealing with pregnancy-related sensitivity or flare-ups, consider soothing masks or serums that contain aloe vera, chamomile, or lavender.


Third Trimester: Intensive Care

  1. Richer Moisturisation

Your skin may become drier as you near the end of your pregnancy. Switch to a richer moisturiser to help maintain skin elasticity and prevent stretch marks. Products containing shea butter or hyaluronic acid can be particularly beneficial.

  1. Continued Protection

Continue to protect your skin from the sun and environmental stressors. Wearing protective clothing and continuing the use of SPF can help manage sensitivity and prevent further pigmentation issues.

  1. Prep for Postpartum

Begin transitioning your skincare routine in preparation for after delivery. Postpartum skin can be just as unpredictable as during pregnancy, so maintaining a routine that is flexible and adaptable is key.

  1. Relaxation and Rest

As your body prepares for labour, stress relief and adequate rest become crucial. Consider incorporating gentle, relaxing skincare rituals that help you unwind, like a calming facial massage or a warm (not hot) bath with pregnancy-safe oil.