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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Protecting 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.
Protecting 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.
Protecting 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.
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.
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.