Finding skincare suitable for pregnancy can seem daunting – but caring for dry skin during pregnancy is an important aspect of self-care. To nourish skin during pregnancy, whether due to dryness or increased sensitivity, there are a number of gentle and efficacious ingredients which can be applied during this time.
Your skin concerns can change in pregnancy, so a specific approach can be needed throughout this period. Dry skin products are formulated with hydrating nutrients like vitamin B5, which help to address sensitivity and dehydration in skin suitable for use during pregnancy.
Read on to understand more about ingredients like panthenol for sensitive skin during pregnancy, and see what makes it and other substances suitable for use.
SKIN CONCERNS DURING PREGNANCY
Hormones shift during pregnancy, and with this a number of visible changes to skin can occur. Those changes are unique to each body – some people report an increase in oil flow and pregnancy breakouts, where others may experience especially flaky, sensitivity or dry skin during pregnancy. Common symptoms experienced throughout can include:
- Dryness and discomfort
A DEEPER LOOK AT VITAMIN B5
Vitamin B5 (otherwise termed ‘provitamin B5’ or ‘panthenol’) is a humectant nutrient – meaning that it can draw in and retain moisture. The use of panthenol for sensitive skin is common, thanks to its gentle composition.
Vitamin B5 is water soluble, and when absorbed topically helps support the moisture barrier, which in turn keeps skin hydrated, plump and flexible. Its gentle nature complements a range of ingredients, which means it can be used in virtually every skincare step.
Nourishing nutrients like vitamin B5 are often used to support skin during periods of increased sensitivity – like after cosmetic procedures, after sun exposure, during pregnancy, for nappy rash and minor burns. Keep reading for further information on panthenol.
IS VITAMIN B5 IN SKINCARE SUITABLE FOR USE DUDRING PREGNANCY?
Pregnancy can result in imbalanced skin moisture levels, resulting from either excessive oil flow or lack of moisture. Vitamin B5 is a gentle ingredient which binds itself to water and helps skin attain and retain moisture. This benefit can supports skin during pregnancy breakouts and other changes.
HOW TO USE PANTHENOL FOR SENSITIVE SKIN DURING PREGNANCY
When pregnant, skincare routines should be pared back and minimised. To establish comfort and moisture to skin, there are a number of ways vitamin B5 can reduce dry skin during pregnancy. Below are a number of supportive formulas found across the Cicaplast and Hyalu B5 ranges.
AS A SERUM
Serums impart concentrated and potent ingredients to the deeper layers of skin, helping to address dryness, visible redness or breakouts. To rebalance moisture levels gently and assist pregnancy breakouts, Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum rehydrates and replumps skin. Hyaluronic acid is combined with vitamin B5 and madecassoside, a comforting plant extract.
AS A SHEET MASK
To hydrate and soothe sensitive skin, keep intensely hydrating sheet masks handy. Cicaplast B5 Facial Sheet Mask can provide comfort to skin that feels dry and tight. Hypoallergenic, fragrance free and suitable for sensitive skin, the sheet mask is enriched with vitamin B5. Also included is La Roche-Posay thermal spring water and madecassoside, which help to strengthen the moisture barrier.
AS A FACIAL MOISTURISER
While some skincare steps can be left out during pregnancy, it’s important to maintain the use of a face moisturiser daily. For dry skin, moisturiser formulas should be especially gentle and hydrating. Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Anti-Ageing Moisturiser is made with vitamin B5, hyaluronic acid and La Roche-Posay thermal spring water to moisturise and support skin. Benefits include plumped, brightened skin and increased comfort.
AS A BODY MOISTURISER
It’s not only the face that can experience changes during pregnancy. To support your skin through these changes, implement a gentle body moisturiser into your morning and evening routine. Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm Barrier Cream is fragrance free and dermatologically tested. Madecassoside is combined with 5% vitamin B5, to visibly repair dryness. The cream can also be used on babies from 3 months plus. .
OTHER SAFE SKINCARE INGREDIENTS FOR PREGANANCY
Whilst some potent ingredients such as retinol must be avoided, there are safe and gentle moisturising and exfoliative ingredients that can be used throughout pregnancy. Alongside vitamin B5, some suitable substances include:
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