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Congratulations new soon-to-be momma! You’re pregnant! Pregnancy brings more than a baby growing in your womb and an endless amount of different food cravings. While a new life is forming inside you, there will be some side effects that come along for the ride into motherhood such as morning sickness, more energy, gas, more or less sleep, hormonal acne, glowing skin, growing hair, and the list goes on. Since every women’s experience varies, it’s important to be aware of and gentle with yourself during this precious time. Understanding the experience is not a one-size-fits-all empowers you to take every month that passes by as a gift. That being said you’ll quickly begin to notice how your skin changes during pregnancy. This includes facial and body care as your physique takes on a new form. Just like you’ll get a list from your healthcare provider on foods to avoid within the next nine months, you’ll want to be mindful of specific ingredients to eliminate from your skin and body regime. Here are few ingredients that you should avoid during pregnancy: Retinoids, found in anti-aging products, Tetracycline, mostly in acne cream, Hydroquinone, within dark spot serums, Phthalates, found in fragranced soaps and lotions, Ammonia, within hair dyes, and Thioglycolic Acid, used in hair removal treatments. 

During a woman’s pregnancy journey, she may come across dark patches that were not there prior to conceiving. The appearance of hyperpigmentation is due to an increase in estrogen levels which promotes the skin’s melanin production. In order to prevent this from continuing, apply mineral SPF on a daily basis. This type of sunscreen is best for children, pregnant, or breastfeeding women.

While some women are lucky with the new mommy-to-be radiant glow, others may experience teenage-inspired breakouts. With hormonal changes that come with carrying a new bundle of joy, this skincare concern is normal. Many women claim this happens within the first trimester then goes away within the next few months. If you’re experiencing flare-ups and pimples, try using organic ingredients such as plant-based antioxidants, sulfur and/or camphor. These anti-inflammatory properties target bacteria, fight against free-radicals and promote healthy hydrated skin also known as the new mom glow. 

Stretch marks are a normal part of pregnancy. As you prepare to welcome your bun in the oven into the world, you may notice pink-purple lines in a zigzag pattern around your belly. First, embrace your shape and be gentle with your physical appearance, you’re carrying precious gold. Secondly, over 90% of women gain stretch marks during their pregnancy, therefore you’re not alone. You’ll want to invest in products that are cocoa butter-based, shea butter infused, and avocado-reviewed. These elements help with skin elasticity, boost collagen, and promote hydration. Lathering your skin with these types of products on a daily basis will result in smoother, healthier skin.

Here are a few pregnancy picks from Dr. Goldfaden you’ll want to add:

Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub, $75, This daily facial exfoliator provides hydration while gently removing dead skin for a radiant, smoother looking canvas. 

Goldfaden MD Pure Start, $35, For a fresh and light daily cleanser start and end your day with this grapefruit and rosehip seed infused wash. It removes surface oils and impurities, leaving the skin fresh and makeup-free.

Goldfaden MD Facial Detox, $65, Adding a weekly face mask once a week will cleanse blemish-prone skin and minimizes the appearance of pores. Made with Zinc Oxide, Sulfur, and Camphor, this detox treatment is sure to result in a radiant even-toned complexion.

Goldfaden MD Vital Boost, $68, Enhance that motherly glow with a game-changing moisturizer. The brightening skin agents and Gooseberry Extracts will leave your skin looking dewy, radiant, and flawless. It’ll be a post-facial look that’ll have everyone swoon.

The bottom line: Pregnancy is different for all women. As you began to see changes within your skin, remember to ask your doctor and try using holistic, natural, and vegan ingredients. 

Disclaimer: GOLDFADEN MD products are based on a holistic approach to skincare, using key naturally derived ingredients. It is safe to use on sensitive skin, but always best to test any product on a small area first. Prior to use when pregnant, please consult your physician on the use of any products and for further questions related to skin allergies that may arise during pregnancy.

ABOUT THE WRITER

Ashley Jimenez is a multi-media journalist and Co-Founder of LatinaWatch. She oversees LatinaWatch.com and all of the website’s editorial and video content and strategy, as well as social media channels. As the former Beauty Director of HOLA! USA, the Puerto Rican-Dominican reporter, is an expert in identifying trends, highlighting multicultural content, and exploring thoughtful conversations within the influential Latina beauty segment. Her past roles include Senior Beauty Editor at Latina Magazine, where she created beauty, wellness, and lifestyle content specifically for women of color. She explored intersections of vision, Afro-Latina identity within the hair industry, socially conscious skin care, mental health topics. Ashley’s dedication to storytelling has created groundbreaking content that speaks to the duality women face as they navigate the world while honoring traditions and crafting new age customs.

Winter is upon us, and as temperatures and humidity levels drop, it is important to have your winter regimen on deck. Whether you live in a freezing cold climate or a mild balmy one, skin needs more hydration during the winter months. With just a few minor adjustments and additions you will be able to ensure a dewy, glowing complexion all winter long.

The truth about winter:

  • Humidity levels drop
  • Hot showers dry skin out
  • Covering your face with a scarf (or a mask) will help protect against environmental elements like wind, snow and sun.
  • Oil is a friend to your skin
  • Hydration after bathing is imperative for soft, healthy skin
  • Switching your regimen up is a good thing

6 THINGS TO TRY THIS WINTER SEASON

Be Cool

Invest in a humidifier. Humidity levels drop during the winter months, which can lead to dry skin, eyes, hair, nails static hair and nosebleeds. Add in artificial heat and you don’t stand a chance!  A humidifier will add humidity back into the air, helping to reverse some of the damage. Cool vapor is the best bet to not only feeling better but looking better too. We recommend leaving it on all the time so that your home maintains an even level of humidity, but if that is not possible, at least sleep with it on!

Bottoms Up

Staying hydrated from the inside out is crucial to maintain glowing and hydrated skin. Increase your liquid ingestion during the winter. Think teas, water, green juice and healthy soups. Watch your caffeine and alcohol intake as both are diuretics causing your body to create more urine and thus dehydrating you.

No hot showers

Hot water removes more moisture and oil from the skin than cool or warm showers. Hot water can also irritate skin, cause redness and aggregate already sensitive skin and rashes. Try to take warm showers instead of steamy hot ones. If you’re thinking a hot shower will feel good after a brutally cold day, a good trick is to turn the shower on very hot and let the bathroom steam up. Then step inside the bathroom and get warm. Then turn the shower back down to a warm temperature. Hot water will dry skin out more.

In the Buff

Always apply your body serum, moisturizer or oil to damp skin. This will allow the skin to capture and seal in moisture. Don’t forget those extra dry areas (hands, feet & elbows).

Switch it Up

Take a look at your cleansing and exfoliation regimen. If you’re an exfoliation junkie particularly with physical scrubs, decrease the frequency of use during the winter. Instead try a chemical exfoliator 1-2 times a week, like our Fresh-A-Peel. If you live in a very cold or dry climate 1 day a week may be plenty.  On the other days, a gentle cleanser will be just fine.

Try trading your Retinol product for a serum loaded with a medley of supercharged ingredients to attack pollution and provide superior antioxidant protection. Superstar ingredients like Ferulic Acid, which increases the blood flow of superficial tissues, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), which reduces the appearance of brown spots and boosts collagen production while reducing inflammation, Vitamin B, which increases the production of ceramides and fatty acids (two important components of the skin’s outer protective barrier and Vitamin E, which increases overall hydration to the skin while aiding in healing. All found in our multi-functioning Brightening Elixir Serum.

Try adding an oil into your winter regimen to get extra hydration and protection. Look for plant-based, cold-pressed, pure oils, such as Baobob, Kalahari, Mongogo and Marula, which all contain Vitamin A, C, E and essential fatty acids and omegas. Our Fleuressence Native Botanical Oil offers all these and more.

Don’t forget your lips

Chapped lips are a serious issue during the winter for many people. As with your winter skincare regimen, the lips need a winter plan too. Did you know that the lips are the driest place on the body? The lips do not have sebaceous glands or sweat glands. Here are a few tips to get ahead of the game.

  1. Sleep with a humidifier on as this adds humidity to the air (hydration)!
  2. Gently exfoliate the lips with a lip scrub or warm water and washcloth.
  3. Wear an SPF on the lips. UV rays are still prevalent during the winter months.
  4. Do not lick, bite or pick your lips.
  5. Stay hydrated. Humidity drops during the winter so drink fluids and lots of water.
  6. Cover up! If it’s windy or cold wear a scarf around your mouth and nose area.
  7. Be on the lookout for our highly anticipated lip treatment launching this Spring!

By Kaitlyn McLintock

Here’s a fun (read: frightening) activity. Sit back and add up the amount of time you spend working on your computer on any given day. Take that number and add the amount of time you spend on your phone. Add any remaining screen time, including but not limited to Netflix binges, online shopping, and time spent scrolling through news sites. The number you end up represents how long your skin is being exposed to potentially damaging light emitted from digital devices. This high energy visible light (HEV light), otherwise referred to as blue light, could be affecting the health of your skin in more ways than one.

Research tells us that blue light can cause skin damage. More specifically, it can cause hyperpigmentation and premature signs of aging. It causes the former by inducing inconsistent melanin production in the skin. It causes the latter by exposing your cells to oxidative stress, or free radicals, which damage the collagen in your skin, leading to such signs of aging as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

That’s the bad news, but there’s good news, too. There are steps you can take to minimize the effect of blue light. From keeping an eye on your screen time to using antioxidant-rich skincare products, keep reading to learn more about how to care for your skin in the digital age.

Reduce Screen Time (If You Can)

The first and most obvious step in protecting your skin from an exorbitant amount of blue light exposure is to minimize your screen time. Even though that’s not always feasible when it comes to professional life (especially if, due to recent events, your laptop has become your office), there are ways to stay conscious of the time you’re spending on screens for other reasons. For example, limit time spent scrolling through social media to a few minutes each day. Track your screen time on your phone. Schedule screen-free time in your calendar, so you feel the freedom to walk away from your computer for a specific amount of time. At the very least, switch your phone display to night shift, which minimizes the amount of blue light it emanates.

Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep

Because there’s evidence that blue light disrupts our natural circadian rhythm (aka our sleep-wake cycle), it’s important to prioritize sleep, especially if you’re spending most of your day staring at a screen. After all, research links sleep deprivation with acceleration in physical signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Sleep deprivation could also harm our skin’s natural reparative processes, meaning damage and inflammation could ensue from not getting enough shut-eye.

Load Up on Antioxidant Protection

We’ve already discussed how blue light exposes your skin to oxidative stress, or free radicals, which can damage collagen and lead to physical signs of aging. Antioxidants prevent free radicals from damaging the skin, which is the reason antioxidant-rich ingredients are so prevalent in blue light skincare products.

The efficacy of antioxidant-rich skincare is exactly why Dr. Goldfaden formulated the Mist Rx Daily Nutrient Face Mist with aloe vera, kale sprout water, Kakadu plum, and plant & fruit stem cells—all of which have antioxidant properties to fight free radical damage, thus mitigating the harmful effects of blue light on our skin.

While these blue-light-blocking tactics are all worth practicing, it’s important to note that our main source of blue light exposure is from the sun (and no, sunscreen won’t necessarily protect your skin. Remember that sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays, not HEV…). This is something to keep in mind, lest we panic and blame our ceaseless Zoom meetings for damaging our skin beyond repair. It’s likely that our skin is happy and healthy if we remain conscious of our health and lifestyle habits, focus on getting good, quality sleep, nourish our skin with the right protective skincare products, and schedule regular check-ins with a dermatologist.

ABOUT THE WRITER:

Kaitlyn McLintock is a beauty and wellness writer based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in such publications as Popsugar, Byrdie, Hello Giggles, Who What Wear, and more. When she’s not writing, researching, and editing, or testing out the latest skincare and makeup products, she’s drinking coffee and spritzing Goldfaden’s Mist RX all over her skin.