When choosing ingredients for a prenatal skincare range, it is essential to ensure the ingredients chosen keep mum’s skin healthy and adaptable. They must also be suitable for the health and wellbeing of the baby.
As the baby grows the skin becomes thinner and therefore will absorb more ingredients into the bloodstream. Due to hormonal changes, mums-to-be can become reactive to certain ingredients, leading to sensitivity. Looking for ingredients that are healing and anti-inflammatory is very important – common extracts such as chamomile, aloe vera and lavender are excellent, however, an uncommon but highly effective ingredient is seaweed. VOYA’s new certified organic Mum-to-be range includes a specially created complex containing Laminaria Ochroleuca (Golden Seaweed) to preserve the Dermal-Epidermal Junction (DEJ), stimulate collagen and GAGs, which have a hydrating and toning effect on the skin and will reduce neuro-pigmentation, whilst maintaining skin physiology.
It is essential for both mother and baby to use products that are free from harmful chemicals or active ingredients that may have a detrimental effect on either or both. For example, using essential oils such as jasmine or clary sage can trigger contractions and therefore are considered a potential risk during pregnancy.
Rich, hydrating ingredients are essential to nourish the skin and lower the risk of stretch marks – ingredients such as shea butter, avocado oil and coconut oil are bump friendly and will help the skin in the final trimester.
During pregnancy, always research ingredients and products prior to application.
Jayne Austin, Corporate Accounts & Operations Manager, VOYA