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The best skincare products to use during pregnancy

Section: Skin

Now you're pregnant, it's time to ramp up your self-care regime, and that includes your skin routine. 

Unfortunately, it's common for skin to go completely haywire thanks to raging pregnancy hormones. Some mums-to-be experience acne, despite never suffering with it before, whilst others find their skin suddenly becomes very dry and flaky. 

There are also a few potent products from your beauty cabinet which are not recommended now you're expecting. 

"You should avoid benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid for breakouts, as these ingredients are considered unsafe," says skincare expert Joyce Connor. It's also advised to steer clear of retinol during pregnancy, due to its vitamin A content. 

You may want to avoid fragrant potions if you're hypersensitive to strong smells and/or suffering from morning sickness.  

Have a look at our recommended skin products to try out that are safe to use while you're expecting. 

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1) Hydrating Cleansing Milk, £25, ESPA

ESPA's Hydrating Cleansing Milk is a recommended lotion to use during pregnancy, along with all their products in their pregnancy range. ESPA products are made from all-natural ingredients. You will see amazing results from this cleansing milk as it nourishes and smoothens your pregnant skin. Put a small amount over your face and neck and wash off with warm water.
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2) Weleda Skin Food, £11.11, Amazon

If you use Weleda's Skin Food, you're in safe hands. This recommended cream to use during pregnancy is what you need if you're suffering from dry, cracked skin. Weleda's Skin Food will turn your skin around. Made with organic sunflower seed oil and extracts of wild pansy and rosemary extract, your skin will feel brand new - moisturised and smooth. 
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3) Nourishing Body Oil, £34, ESPA 

ESPA's Nourishing Body Oil is unscented and it will nourish, smoothen and soften your glowing pregnancy skin. Including Jojoba, Sweet Almond, and Grape Seed, the body oil will help to improve the appearance of your skin tone and texture. 
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4) Salcura Bioskin Face Wash, £12.99, Feel Unique

The chemical-free skincare brand Salcura is the best option if you have sensitive skin. Using natural products, Salcura is known as a safe brand to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Their Bioskin face wash is definitely one to use in your skincare routine. This natural face wash will wash everything away if you're prone to eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed and moisturised. 
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5)  La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque, £16, La Roche Posay

La Roche Posay's intense masque rehydrates, soothes and softens your skin with La Roche-Posay Thermal Springwater. Containing no fragrances or parabens, this solution will make your skin feel more smooth than ever before. 
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6) Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, £24, Look Fantastic

Suitable for vegans, and during pregnancy, the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil is rich in Omegas, with Rosehip Fruit and Seed oil, this will help regenerate your skin without irritation. Known as a 'best-selling skin-savior' it will improve your dull, tired skin and leave it feeling clear and silky smooth. 
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7) Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter, £23.50, Mama Mio

Mama Mio's The Tummy Rub Butter is clinically proven to protect against and prevent stretch marks. It can be found in Mama Mio's No Nasties section. Made with shea butter, organic oils including avocado, sacha inchi and rosehip, and Vitamin E, this moisturiser will leave your skin feeling amazingly strong and protected. 
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8) Salcura Antiac Daily Facial Wipes, £6.99, Feel Unique

Salcura's daily facial wipes are a must-have if you have sensitive skin. These wipes are known as pure and natural as they remove any grease, with no side effects. They are completely suitable for pregnancy. They will give your skin a deep but gentle cleanse and unblock your pores so your skin is clearer and rejuvenated. 

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While training as a journalist at the University of Gloucestershire for 3 years, she was nominated for the Best Feature Category at the Midlands Student’s Media Awards this year, and Head of News and Social Media for the university’s radio station, Tone Radio. Ellie has been published by the likes of Heatworld, Heart, Gloucestershire Live, and ITV West Country.