Finding a face cream for pregnancy is a whole different ball game to the usual hunt for the best skincare. Acne? Dryness? Pigmentation? Yes – sometimes all at the same time! This blog will describe the way skin can change when we are expecting and ways to manage these changes, and support that ultimate pregnancy glow! Incorporating natural, organic and safe face creams for pregnancy can be a part of that process.

What Happens to Skin during Pregnancy

Women can face a whole host of skin issues when pregnant. The lucky ones will escape the worst of these issues and will only deal with the pregnancy glow (I’ll take that one), one of the only side effects of pregnancy that can be welcomed. For a lot of women, the skin can change for the worst, and this is when the ultimate face cream for pregnancy should step in.

Some of these issues include dry skin, acne and stretch marks. Chloasma (melasma) is a skin condition that can occur in pregnancy, and this is the occurrence of dark brown pigmentation on the skin, which most commonly develops on the face. It occurs because of an increased sensitivity and a surge of hormones that stimulate pigmentation.

Women most susceptible to developing this condition are those of warmer climates where the sun appears more often, and it is more common in the summer. Another important note to point out is that melasma has no connection to the development of skin cancer. It is often referred to as a ‘pregnancy mask’.

As there is a small human being grown, it is important to be mindful of both what we put in our body and what we put on our body. The skin is our largest organ and absorbs everything we apply topically. Baby will absorb whatever Mum absorbs, which is why it is best to avoid potentially harmful chemicals, some proven to contribute to the cause of diseases such as cancer. This is why choosing organic, natural ingredients to revitalise your skin and treat its issues can be a guarantee that neither the health of the woman or the baby is harmed. Of course – certain natural ingredients need to be double checked with a doctor first, but the majority will be safe for a growing foetus.

Pregnancy can be a very anxiety-inducing time and there are divided debates on what should be avoided and what is safe. Here are some natural options that you can definitely use as a face cream for pregnancy:

Jojoba Oil as Face Cream for Pregnancy

The jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-bah) plant is native to Arizona, California and northern parts of Mexico. Jojoba oil can pretty much be used all over your body, including the face. It promotes healing of dry or irritated skin. You can also rub it into your scalp and hair to promote stronger, shinier hair.

Pregnant women can use it for the prevention and treatment of stretch marks, as it restores the elasticity of the skin and its tone. As jojoba oil is a natural emollient, it mimics the chemical composition of sebum – the natural oil your skin produces. This makes it ideal for acne that is common during pregnancy, as it has the effect of treating and preventing acne by preventing a build-up of sebum on the skin.

The Acne Project, run by a group of researchers dedicated to providing top quality information for young people to treat the horrible condition of acne. They recommend a combination of jojoba oil and aloe vera gel for the treatment of acne, by filling a pump bottle or squeeze tube with half of each. This can then be shook in order to mix and emulsify, and then one to two squirts into the palm of the hand will make a great face cream for pregnancy. Aloe vera gel is great for soothing inflammation of the skin, and jojoba oil mixes with the sebum to cleanse clogged pores, as well as sooth inflammation also. Jojoba oil supports the healing process of sores, scabs, scars and other marks left from acne, and prevents further scars from forming. These two ingredients together make an ideal acne-fighting face cream for pregnancy.

Other Benefits of Jojoba Oil for Pregnancy

  • Reduces Stretch Marks

If used regularly throughout pregnancy, jojoba oil can treat and prevent stretch marks. This is partially due to its content of healing antioxidants, such as vitamin E. Otherwise, we recommend Fushi’s Really Good Stretch Mark oil which is specially formulated with a powerful combination of oils to treat and prevent stretch marks.

  • Cleanses Skin

As well as using jojoba oil as a face cream for pregnancy, you can use it as a cleanser in the oil cleansing method. Again, jojoba oil is ideal for unclogging blocked pores, soothing inflammation as a gentle cleanser and healing marks left by acne. You can massage it all over the face and then move a warm, wet muslin cloth over the skin in circular motions to cleanse the skin, removing impurities. Once your skin feels sufficiently cleansed and all the residue has gone, splash your face with cold water to close the pores.

  • Reduces Dark Circles Under the Eyes

The oil can prevent Crow’s Feet, the fine lines that appear around the eyes, at the same time. This promotes a desired smoothness around the eyes, and massage techniques can be used to improve circulation and receive the full effect of this benefit. After massaging for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse away the residue.

  • Moisturises lips

Some women say that they have had dry, chapped lips during pregnancy. As well as a face cream for pregnancy, after you have finished moisturising your face, why not apply it to your lips too?

  • Promotes Shiny Hair and Helps Healthy Hair Grow

Jojoba oil can be used as a hair serum for a natural boost to shine. What’s more, this is without it getting greasy. When jojoba oil is applied to the scalp, it can tame dry and frizzy hair whilst smoothing cuticles and sealing natural moisture. This stops the hair from becoming lifeless. Another amazing property of the oil is its keratoplastic effect, which means that it helps maintain and promote the natural colour of the hair.

Camellia Oil as Face Cream for Pregnancy

Camellia oil (camellia oleifera) is a brilliant multi-purpose product. In China, Japan and Korea, people have known this fact for centuries, having been revered as their go-to traditional beauty and cooking oil. As a face cream for pregnancy, the plant phenols and antioxidant vitamin E, keeps the skin supple and deeply moisturised.

As Camellia oil is considered to be a dry oil, it sinks and absorbs into the skin quickly with little to no greasy residue. This makes it excellent for use as a moisturiser in the day, as well as at night. Camellia oil feels like a luxurious way to treat your skin, as it feels light and velvety, and once massaged in to penetrate and nourish the skin, gives you a healthy glow.

The beauty standards of both ancient and modern day Japanese geishas is smooth, flawless looking skin, and today ‘glass skin’ is a trend in Korean skincare which is taking the beauty world like a storm these days. Glass skin is simply poreless, smooth, glowing, flawless skin with a transluscent effect that can be achieved by layering products of lighter consistencies to nourish the skin and keep it hydrated. Camellia oil can be one of these layers to achieve beautiful skin, or can more simply be used alone as a face cream for pregnancy.

Our face is exposed to the most wear and tear compared to the rest of our body. Makeup, air pollution, harsh water, toxic products all take their toll on our face, but deep cleansing helps to pull the toxins out from our clogged pores. Camellia oil also contains omega 3, 6 and 9 oils which help to fight against fine lines and wrinkles.

Other Benefits of Camellia Oil for Pregnancy

  • Moisturises and Strengthens Nails

Even our nails change during pregnancy! For some women, nails are weak, brittle and therefore easily breakable. We all want shiny, healthy nails, right? Rubbing in only a two drops a day to your nails and cuticles can help to achieve this.

  • Strengthens and Moisturises Hair to Health

Camellia oil is the ultimate leave in conditioner and Japanese women know this secret. Rub into the ends of your clean, damp hair to treat, moisturise and nourish brittle hair. Pregnant women are more susceptible to hair loss and breakage, so camellia oil can also be rubbed into the scalp before shampooing and left for 10 to 15 minutes to nourish the roots so that they can grow healthy, strong hair.

  • Removes Make-up

This oil may be gentle but it still has the power to melt away impurities and remove all of your makeup through an oil cleanse. You can massage it into your skin and over your makeup, and soak a warm muslin cloth in warm water. Gently use the cloth in small circular motions to remove your makeup and cleanse deep into the pores. Throughout the process, make sure to keep cleaning the muslin cloth under the tap when it gets dirty with makeup and impurities.

  • Can Be Used for Cooking

The oil has been used in Asian cuisine for centuries, including in stir fries, meat marinades and salad dressings. Camellia oil is the same as coconut oil in the fact that it contains no trans-fat.

Coconut Oil as Face Cream for Pregnancy

Okay - where to start with coconut oil?

There has been a sustained hype around coconut oil (Cocos nucifera) for quite a few years now in the health and beauty industry. There are many people raving about their love for coconut oil, and the benefits they talk about prove that it’s more than just a buzzword.

Coconut trees are grown in tropical regions of the world, and in these warmer climates, coconut oil tends to be a liquid, whereas in the colder climates such as here in England, coconut oil tends to be a solid. One of the many reasons that coconut oil makes a great face cream for pregnancy is its ability to moisturiser deeply without being sticky or greasy. Solid coconut oil melts onto the skin as soon as you start to massage it to quickly sink into the pores of the skin.

The vitamin E content in coconut oil make it ideal for the treatment and prevention of stretch marks.

If you are buying coconut oil as a face cream for pregnancy, you may as well make use of its many benefits and purposes that are suitable for pregnancy. For example, did you know that coconut oil makes a great make-up remover? Coconut oil has the power to cut through grease whilst also being gentle on the skin.

So the same tub you use as your face cream can also be used to avoid using harsh, chemical-laden makeup removers that can dry out or aggravate the skin. A component of coconut oil is sodium lauryl sulfate which can often be found on the labels of cleaning products and baby care products for its ability to clean and cut through grease, whilst being a gentle, non-toxic option.

Always taking off your makeup before bedtime is a vital step of maintaining healthy skin, as it cleans the pores and allows your skin to breathe and regenerate, as night time is when our skin renewal process happens. To use as a makeup remover, simply massage coconut oil all over your face of makeup in a circular motion. Then, soak a muslin cloth or flannel with warm water and rub gently all over your face, taking great care over the delicate eye region. After all makeup is removed, splash face with warm water, and continue with the rest of your skincare routine.

Another way to remove make up with coconut oil is to rub coconut oil over the face and let it sink in for a few minutes to help dissolve the makeup. Then, simply wipe cotton pads over the face for the same effect of makeup wipes. For stubborn eye makeup, you can then place cotton pads dipped in coconut oil over tightly closed eyes. Sit back and relax whilst waiting for the oil to dissolve waterproof mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow. After a few minutes you can use the cotton pads to wipe off the makeup. Do not worry if oil gets in your eye as this is safe. Simply rinse out with cold water if your eyes are stinging.

Coconut oil is a great deep cleansing oil. In the summer, air conditioning and heat can dry out the skin. As a result, the skin develops keratin caps, and these keep the sebum trapped in the hair follicles. As a cleanser, coconut oil softens the keratin caps and absorbs easily into the skin to dissolve the hardened sebum. This makes it a great cleanser for unclogging the pores.

Nutritional Benefits of Coconut Oil for Pregnancy

Why not have one tub for your beauty purposes and another for food? A woman has certain nutritional needs when pregnant that should be met for both herself and for the health and development of the baby. This is where coconut oil can be beneficial. Here are some of the health benefits coconut oil can have to support a healthy pregnancy:

  • People are often scared of saturated fats, but there is no need to avoid coconut oil. As coconut oil is nature’s source of lauric acid, a saturated fat and medium-chain triglyceride that is easily absorbed by the body because of a certain chemical structure that allows the body to absorb them whole. For this reason, they are more easily digestible, and a direct source of energy. This can be beneficial for a pregnant woman fighting the fatigue that growing a baby is inevitably going to cause.
  • Lauric acid is found in both breast milk and coconut oil transforms into a substance called monolaurin when consumed. Research suggests that this compound helps to strengthen the immune system. Consuming coconut oil when pregnant supports the health of both mother and baby by enhancing and strengthening both of their immune systems.
  • Another health benefit of coconut oil for a pregnant woman is its ability to stimulate the metabolism. This supports a healthy thyroid and lactation, and a healthy, plentiful milk supply. Breastfeeding mothers have been proven to have a higher amount of lauric acid in their milk. And this is only a good thing!

Will you be using one of these natural face creams for pregnancy? Have you found these oils beneficial in supporting your pregnancy before? Feel free to get in touch to let us know what you think about these oils.

Written by Jess Burman

Wellbeing writer

BA (Honours) in Writing