pregnancy, motherhood and your beauty routine

Meet Therapeutic Skin Coach Hayley Wood, the skin guru and co-founder of Skin Food Talk—an educational platform for holistic practices for skin, nutrition and self-care. She shares some favorite tips and tricks in the hopes to help empower you on your green beauty journey!

The Detox Family loves to curate products with the safety of babies, moms and moms-to-be in mind. Switching to green beauty products can be very overwhelming so it’s important to remember to take things slow. Start with one category at a time. Look through your products and see how much of each product you are using. If you have more makeup items than skincare items, then transitioning the skincare will feel like an easier task. Sampling one product at a time will be ideal in terms of assessing which product is worth your investment.

SIMPLIFY

Pregnancy is very different for everyone and it can even change from one pregnancy to another. “Expecting the unexpected” can sometimes be the best mantra as you want to be able to rely on your beauty products to work with you and not against you. Creating a simple routine that is nutrient rich is ideal for all expecting mothers.

A basic outline for a skincare routine would follow as such:

  • Cream cleanser
  • Hydrating toner
  • Antioxidant rich/hydrating serum
  • Light moisturizer with SPF for morning
  • Lightweight single sourced oil for night moisturizer

You may experience a little detox from switching products, so it’s best to prepare your skin for this change prior to the pregnancy if you get a chance to do so. If not, don’t fret, it’s never too late!

Keeping a simplified regimen will still be your number one way to cope with your new schedule and hormonal changes. Multitasking products such as Lina Hanson’s Global Face Trio, One Love Organic’s Skin Savior and Josh Rosebrook’s Herbal Infusion Oil are skin changing, miracle products as they perform a multitude of tasks such as cleansing, masking and hydrating the skin.

Detox Market also has a beautiful assortment of natural, safe lines created for babies! From diaper balms to nipple cream – there is something for every need. We honor the mothers in our lives and hope to make this as enjoyable of a process for you as possible.

NOURISH

Cooling the skin and keeping your barrier protected is essential to preventing inflammation that can lead to hormonally induced hyperpigmentation (also known as melasma). Single sourced ingredients like argan oil, coconut oil and jojoba oil are great multi-taskers for daily care.

Pregnancy can also motivate for a change in your daily makeup routine. You can feel safe and enhance your glow with cosmetics that are safe and work with your skin’s chemistry to nourish and protect. When asked about which makeup to use when expecting or trying to get pregnant, our team of experts usually recommend easy to use products such as multi-tasker Lip2Cheek from RMS Beauty or a Nudist Multi-Use Cream Stick by W3ll People. Easy to keep in your purse for a quick touch up. For the eyes, Sappho or Lily Lolo vegan mascara could be all you need to open up your eyes and create a finished look.

With a growing belly, it’s very normal to experience discomfort because the skin is stretching and your organs are making space for the development of the baby. It’s common to experience a lot of heat, itching, and pain in many areas of the skin. Having a lot of antioxidant rich products helps to prevent stretch marks naturally. There are many oils and butters to nourish your growing belly and breasts so you can nourish your skin and soothe any itching or discomfort.

PROTECT

Sun protection is key for you and as well as for baby so try to keep a baby safe, zinc-rich formula in your baby bag at all times. Zinc is soothing and works as a great anti-inflammatory so even though it may feel thicker than the conventional SPF it can actually protect you and your baby in more ways than expected. Plus, the majority of sun damage is caused in our early childhood so it’s best to start protecting your baby as soon as possible.

While you are pregnant and experiencing many hormonal changes it is important to keep your skin as cool and as hydrated as possible to maintain a pliable barrier to help protect your skin. With any hormonal shifts, our immunity naturally will lower so avoiding ingredients that photosensitize the skin is crucial. This includes products with a lot of essential oils, warming spices and regenerative ingredients such as Vitamin A. The good news is that since all of our products are naturally sourced, if some of these ingredients do slip into your routine it is much safer for you and your baby than a synthetic version.

SELF CARE

If you are a mom, chances are you already know that finding time for self-care can be challenging. Your whole world is now shifted towards caring for your new baby and what a wonderful (and exhausting) responsibility that is. Similar to during your pregnancy, your hormones will be experiencing a consistent shift as you adjust to new mommy life. Introducing the right nutrients and vitamins can make a huge difference in your hair, nail, skin and overall energy!

Caring for yourself while pregnant doesn’t just stop at picking out the right skincare and makeup, it’s also about getting the proper support and rest. We have a lot of beautiful pregnancy safe aromatherapy and bath items to help you relax so you can feel supported and honored during this majestic time. (mama’s ritual, bath time, candles etc).

If you would like some added support in creating a customized regimen that works best for you and your baby, we have a team of experts available and ready to help online and in-stores.