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Looking after sensitive skin during pregnancy

A photograph of a brunette lady with minimal make-up, natural skin, a side ponytail and wearing a blue and white striped top - includes the title "Pregnancy skincare for sensitive skin -tips, products and routines". _ Mrs H's favourite things

I have extremely sensitive skin and there have been many times when I have had an allergic reaction to a product that claimed to be hypoallergenic.

As I have got older my skin has become even more sensitive and now, in my late 30’s, I’ve developed rosacea. A skin condition that leads to a reddening of the face. It also often leads to my skin feeling sore and itchy, with nasty spots.

I am currently 32 weeks pregnant and I have been suffering with increasingly sensitive skin since the first trimester. My rosacea has also been worse and I have often gone to bed with a hot, sore and red face.

Sensitive skin during pregnancy

A photograph of a brunette lady with minimal make-up, natural skin, a side ponytail and wearing a blue and white striped top - includes the title "Pregnancy skincare for sensitive skin -tips, products and routines". _ Mrs H's favourite things
After a particularly sore rosacea flare-up I decided that I needed to re-assess my skincare. I wanted to start using products that were suitable for my hypersensitive and hormonal skin.

I did some research and found the most gentle skincare ranges for my particular skin concerns. And I started to use them. Every morning and evening.

I developed a proper skincare regime and my skin has felt so much better as a result. I will write more about the products I have introduced in a few weeks time.

In the meantime, I thought that I would share my current morning and evening skincare routines and pass on a few tips that I’ve learnt on how to deal with sensitive skin prone to rosacea.

I have also produced a video to accompany this post. The vlog contains more info about the products that I am currently using and my initial thoughts on them. If you enjoy the video then please remember to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

My morning routine for sensitive skin during pregnancy

  1. I first cleanse my face with Green People Neutral/Scent Free Cleanser and Make-up remover*. I massage the cleanser into my face and then remove it using a clean flannel and warm water.
  2. After cleansing I spritz my face with Odylique Calming Rose Super Tonic*. This wonderful spray refreshes my face and smells divine.
  3. I then use sunscreen – the most important part of my skincare routine. I have been using Eucerin Face Sun Creme SPF 50 for years now and it never disappoints.
  4. I moisturise with Green People Light Day Moisturiser* and if my skin is feeling particularly sensitive I will use some Green People New Sensitive Scent Free Hydrating Calming Serum* (which I LOVE) to hydrate and calm.

Three products from Green People Scent Free Sensitive range - including the Cleanser & Make-up Remover, Hydrating Calming Serum and Light Day Moisturiser - Pregnancy skincare for sensitive skin - tips, products and routines _ Mrs H's favourite things

Three products from the gorgeous Odylique skin care range - including the Calming Rose Super Tonic, Spot-On Serum and Timeless Rose Moisturiser - Pregnancy skincare for sensitive skin - tips, products and routines _ Mrs H's favourite things

Three products from my morning routine for pregnancy skin - including Green People Cleanser and make-up remover, Green People Light Day Moisturiser and Eucerin Face SunCream SPF50 - Pregnancy skincare for sensitive skin - tips, products and routines _ Mrs H's favourite things

My evening routine for sensitive skin during pregnancy

  1. If I am wearing heavy eye make-up then I remove it with La Roche Posay Eye make-up remover.
  2. I am a big believer in double cleansing to remove all the day’s dirt from my face.  I use Green People Neutral/Scent Free Cleanser and Make-up remover* for the first cleanse. I then take some cotton wool and wipe Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water over my face to ensure that my skin is squeaky clean.
  3. Once my skin is cleansed, I use the gorgeous Odylique Calming Rose Super Tonic*.
  4. I then massage Green People New Sensitive Scent Free Hydrating Calming Serum* into my skin to calm any rosacea.
  5. I like to use a richer moisturiser at night to help my skin repair itself whilst I am in the land of nod. Recently I’ve been using Odylique Timeless Rose Moisturiser* and Sheila’s All Natural Products Moisturising Face Cream for medium/ dry skin*. Both products are lovely to use as night creams and my skin feels hydrated and refreshed.
  6. If my rosacea is bad then I will add Odylique Spot on Serum* to the affected areas. This serum is full of natural ingredients like tea-tree, lavender and Calendula and is wonderful for my hormonal skin.

Products from my evening skincare routine for pregnant and sensitive skin - including Odylique's Calming Rose Super Tonic, Timeless Rose Moisturiser and Spot-On Serum, La Roche Posay eye make-up remover, Garnier Micellar water and Sheila's Natural Products Moisturising Face Cream for Dry and medium skin - Pregnancy skincare for sensitive skin - tips, products and routines _ Mrs H's favourite things

Products from my evening skincare routine for pregnant and sensitive skin - including Odylique's Timeless Rose Moisturiser and Spot-On Serum, Green People Hydrating Calming Serum and Sheila's Natural Products Moisturising Face Cream for Dry and medium skin - Pregnancy skincare for sensitive skin - tips, products and routines _ Mrs H's favourite things

An extra treat for sensitive skin

I often use face masks to give my skin some extra TLC. Especially if I have had a stressful day and my skin is irritated and uncomfortable.

A product from my skincare routine for pregnant and sensitive skin - the Skinbreeze Hydro Mask for intensive skin hydration - Pregnancy skincare for sensitive skin - tips, products and routines _ Mrs H's favourite things

I was sent the Skinbreeze Hydro Mask* to pamper my face and to soothe and calm redness and irritation.

At the end of one particularly stressful day I was faced with a nasty rosacea flare-up. I decided that this was the perfect time to run myself a warm bath and put the Hydro Mask to the test.

The cooling mask helped me to relax and soothed my irritated, sore and flushed face. And after 20 minutes wearing the Hydro Mask the redness was reduced and I went to bed that night with smooth, soft and happy skin.

Looking after the sensitive skin on your body 

It hasn’t only been the skin on my face that has suffered during this pregnancy. Unfortunately, the skin on my arms and legs has been itchy, dry and sore.

My midwife suggested I use AVEENO. As it is the best product for dry skin in pregnancy.

Since then I’ve been rubbing AVEENO Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion with Shea Butter into my arms and legs twice a day. It has really helped and calmed the bleeding and sore skin I had at the beginning of my second trimester.

I give particularly dry or sore patches some extra love with Sheila’s Natural Products Lavender Balm*. This soothing balm helps to heal and hydrate those stubborn areas, like elbows and knees.

Products from my body and bump skincare routine for pregnant and sensitive skin - including Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter, Aveeno Skin Relief with Moisturising Lotion and Sheila's Natural Products Natural Lavender Balm - Pregnancy skincare for sensitive skin - tips, products and routines _ Mrs H's favourite things

Looking after the sensitive skin on your pregnancy bump 

It is so important not to neglect the skin on your bump during pregnancy.

Over the nine months the skin on your tummy goes through a huge amount. So at least twice a day, I have been slathering it with my favourite bump cream.

I love the ritual of massaging Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter into my bump. Not only does it feel luxurious but it is also a nice bonding moment with the baby in my tummy. And as I rub in the butter I will often chat mindlessly to my baby boy or sing him a little song.

A product from my bump skincare routine for pregnant and sensitive skin - Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter - Pregnancy skincare for sensitive skin - tips, products and routines _ Mrs H's favourite things

Looking after the sensitive skin on your hands

During this pregnancy my hands have been dry with small patches of eczema. A friend of mine told me about The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector and suggested that it was fantastic on eczema-prone skin.

I am a complete convert. I now use the Hand Protector whenever I wash my hands or if they feel dry. Then just before bed I cover my hands with the Hemp Hand Protector.  I follow this with a layer of The Body Shop Hemp Intensive Hand Butter for an extra injection of moisture

My top tips for looking after sensitive skin in pregnancy

Over the years, I have picked up some tips on how to manage hypersensitive skin and rosacea. Not just in pregnancy but also on a daily basis. I am not brilliant at following every point on this list (although I ALWAYS wear sunscreen) but I do try my best because ultimately I know that my skin will thank me for it.

  1. Wear sunscreen – I wear SPF daily (either in my foundation or in a high factor sunscreen). Sun damage leads to skin aging prematurely and is the main cause of skin cancer.  But it’s so easy to protect your skin from the sun. During pregnancy, hormones lead to skin being more sensitive than normal, which means your skin is more susceptible to sun damage. So please wear sunscreen.
  2. Stay hydrated. It’s important to stay hydrated in pregnancy. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water daily to keep your skin glowing.
  3. Use gentle skincare products. Change to a skincare regime that uses gentle products that are especially designed for sensitive skin.
  4. Beauty sleep. Your skin works hard whilst you are in the land of nod. Skin cell renewal happens at a faster rate and your skin is busy repairing itself after all the stresses, strains and damage of the day. Try to help it along by getting as much beauty sleep as you can.
  5. Feed your skin. Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. If you can eat a variety of colours then you will be helping to ensure that your skin gets all the nutrients and vitamins it needs.
  6. Ask an expert. If you have a particular skin concern during your pregnancy then please speak to your midwife or GP.

A photograph of a brunette lady with minimal make-up, natural skin, a side ponytail and wearing a blue and white striped top - includes the title "Pregnancy skincare for sensitive skin -tips, products and routines". _ Mrs H's favourite things

Does your skin react differently in pregnancy? Have you ever suffered from hypersensitive skin or rosacea? I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments.

Hugs

Lucy

xxxx

Disclaimer: I was sent a number of products for the purpose of this post. These are clearly marked with an *. As always all words, photographs and opinions are my own and I will only write about products that I love and I am happy to recommend.

13 Comments

  • Reply
    Jemma
    June 10, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I love Green People products and have there vit d cream that I use daily.

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    This Mama Life
    May 27, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Bless you – there’s nothing worse than having problems with your skin. I had bad acne when I was younger and now I’m older my skin has gone the opposite way and has gone dry and sensitive. I’ll definitely be checking out some of these products. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mrs H
      June 4, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks for your kind comment. It is tough having skin problems. They can really affect your self-confidence. And it is amazing how our skin changes as we get older and I do think that pregnancy and hormones play a large part in that. I hope that if you do try any of these products that they are able to help. They are all gorgeous and I recommend them. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Kelly Pattullo
    May 27, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Amazing routine, I’m awful when it comes to keeping a routine. I always had lovely skin until I fell pregnant with my first then the extreme dryness krept in, now with my second pregnancy it’s even worse. I have cream prescribed from the Dr but my routine is awful. I need to make a more conserted effort really.

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      Mrs H
      June 4, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I was so lazy with my routine early on in this pregnancy. I just wanted to get to bed as quickly as possible and could barely be bothered to wash my face. But having a routine and sticking to it has really helped my skin. And the products are gorgeous. I hope that the cream your doctor has prescribed does help your skin. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Zoe Alicia
    May 26, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Really good informative post! I remember hearing years ago that pregnancy can help cure acne, but for a long time that’s been the height of my knowledge!
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      Mrs H
      June 4, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment. It is amazing how much pregnancy can alter your skin. And then it changes once again when you’ve given birth. It is all part of the joys of pregnancy. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Life as Mum
    May 25, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Great tips here lovely. I suffer with dry skin sometimes in pregnancy but it’s been pretty good in this one SO FAR!

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      Mrs H
      May 25, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment. Dry skin is terrible. I am so glad that you have been better in this pregnancy. My skin was brilliant when I was pregnant with Little Miss H. I don’t know what has happened this time. But thankfully the change in my skincare has helped massively. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    joanna
    May 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    It’s great that you have found products that work for you. You have a lot that u use and brands I’ve never used.

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      Mrs H
      May 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you for your comment. These products have been a complete life-saver. I was getting so fed up of having sore and irritated skin. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Ally Mother Under Measure
    May 25, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Wow, you have so many products!!! When I was pregnant my skin was better than it’s ever been; my skin, hair and nails. I can’t believe the babes is almost here, I’m so excited for you!!!! x

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      Mrs H
      May 25, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Ha ha! I do have a lot of products. But they all serve a purpose. Mr H often wonders why I have so many. My skin was brilliant when I was pregnant with Little Miss H but I really have not been so lucky this time. And I can’t believe that baby boy is almost here too. Where has the time gone? I hope you are well lovely and thanks for your comment. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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