Get Your Glow On: Best Skincare For Pregnancy

Seeing that second pink line? Congrats to you, mama! Everything they say is true. Your life is about to change in so many ways, and your skincare routine is no exception. This is your sign to switch up your skincare for pregnancy!

Aside from experiencing skin changes you may have never noticed before (why, hello there, stretch mark...), there are also some ingredients you should be avoiding when it comes to crafting a new pregnancy-safe skincare routine. You may not have thought twice about what’s in the products you put on your skin day after daybut things are different now. 

Finding safe and effective solutions for your pregnancy and postpartum period is now top priority. That means being okay with putting those go-to skincare products on the back burner for a while as you grow that little human of yours. 

Luckily, there are some amazing pregnancy-safe options out there for you and your bump to enjoy. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for! We’ve got some exciting new tricks up our sleeve that we can’t wait to share with you.

Meet your new skincare solutions

In addition to swapping out products in your current regimen, there are also some brand new ones you should be introducing to your skincare routine! Below-the-chin skin now takes center stageyou’re growing a babe after all and that belly skin will eventually stretch to accommodate the size of a watermelon! It deserves safe and nourishing products that love it back. And luckily, we have just the thing(s)... 

Introducing The Oil and The Balm! We formulated two incredible, mama-made solutions for your changing boda natural belly oil for pregnancy and organic nipple balm for breastfeeding! Now that you know that skincare is for more than just your face, let’s get to know the two clean and cruelty-free products we created (two years in the making!) to nourish the areas that need it most.

What is The Oil?

The Oil is a natural, non-GMO belly oil formulated with nothing but the best for all the mamas out there. It’s infused with seven simple and safe plant-based ingredients: apricot kernel oil, marshmallow root, calendula flower, rosehips, lavender flower, chamomile flower, and rose absolute for that subtle scent. 

We chose the simple-yet-effective route because moms are busy and our lives are complicated enough! This magic in a bottle absorbs quickly to help calm itchiness, soothe irritation, intensely hydrate, and help prevent stretch marks as your belly grows. 

We like to keep this bottle on our nightstand to fully douse ourselves nightly before hittin’ the hayespecially after a shower when your skin’s a little damp (that way the formula can reallly sink in!). You can also use it from head to toe, or as a targeted treatment for dry patches if needed. It’s totally up to youwe even love it for conditioning dry ends of hair! To sum things up, it truly is our everything oil. Read more about it here.

What is The Balm?

The Balm is a soothing nipple balm formulated with extra virgin olive oil, marshmallow root, calendula flower, shea nut butter, and beeswax to bring maximum nourishment to dry, cracked skin. Just like our belly oil, it’s formulated without parabens, lanolin, gluten, and soy. And of course, none of our products are tested on animals because we love our fur babies just as much as our human ones! 

Not only can you apply this balm directly to nipples, you can also use it as a multi-purpose salve for lips, elbows, knees, and more (pro tip: it also works great as a pump lubricant!). Even after you’ve weaned from breastfeeding, you’ll still want this little pot of gold at your side.

Take as little or as much as you need from the jar and apply directly to areas of discomfort. No need to wash it off before nursingthe gentle formula is 100% safe for you and babe. Read more about it here.

Why do I need to change my skincare when pregnant?

Aside from avoiding certain harmful ingredients (which we’ll touch on later), your face and body are experiencing changes you’re not necessarily used to. Some women’s skin type totally changes during pregnancy, in which case you’ll need to adjust your routine. Dry, sensitive skin is extremely common, so finding nourishing formulas with gentle ingredients is key. 

With the help of natural ingredient experts, we specifically formulated The Oil and The Balm to help combat many of the skin concerns that pop up during pregnancy and breastfeeding. As your body grows, you may experience stretched, dry skin all over. The Oil soothes and nourishes skin to help prevent stretch marks. Postpartum skincare is also important, hence why we created The Balm! This multi-tasking superstar soothes dry, cracked nipples but can also be used on lips, elbows, and more. 

In addition to incorporating these natural wonders into your skincare routine, be sure to do your own research about your favorite non-pregnancy products to ensure they’re still safe to use. You may learn a lot more than you thought and want to continue your clean skincare routine even past pregnancy!

What should I avoid in my pregnancy skincare?

You are absorbing everything you put on your body, which means your babe is too! Our number one tip is to do your research. Read. The. Label. If you can’t pronounce it, there’s a good chance you shouldn’t use it. Look for clean, simple formulas. The less ingredients, the better! 

We steer clear of parabens, phthalates, lanolin, gluten, soy, and other harsh ingredients commonly found in skincare. Unfortunately, you will need to put your retinoids and other acids on hold too just to be sure your babe’s safe. Also avoid botox, fillers, lasers, peels, and microdermabrasion as well and rely on that pregnancy glow instead (btw, you look amazing!). 

When in doubt, consult your dermatologist for a full recommendation on what to use or change in your current skincare regimen. Your skin’s needs could be totally different during and even after your pregnancy. With the help of a professional, you’ll be able to adjust that routine and get glowing again in no time!

In conclusion...

Crafting a good pregnancy-safe skincare routine is something we’re super passionate about because to us skincare isn’t just self-care, it’s an important aspect of well-being. Treating your skin, treating your body, and treating yourself to some quiet moments of me-time is one of the best gifts you can give yourself as a new mom (give it 9 months, you’ll know exactly what we mean!). 

We understand it’s not easy to give up that holy grail skincare routine you’ve so expertly crafted, but we promise time will fly by and you’ll be back at it with a glass of wine in no timeor maybe not, and you’ll be the queen of clean skincare instead! Either way, there are so many great alternatives at your fingertips so you can stay glowing while showing and long after.   

Skincare, body care, postpartum care…we’ve got so many great options for you! Shop our full lineup of wellness picks for pregnancy and postpartum here.


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Ingrid & Isabel was born when its founder, Ingrid, was newly pregnant with her daughter Isabel and could no longer button her pre-pregnancy bottoms. She fashioned the first prototype of the Bellaband and spent three years perfecting the design before it hit shelves in 2003. To this day, every piece we make, we design with, on, and for moms. Shop our full line of maternity wear.


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