Ah, pregnancy. One of the most beautiful things in life. While it is a piece of great news, it’s the time of your life to be diligent in taking the best care of yourself. During pregnancy, your body and skin changes drastically due to the hormonal roller coaster. Most of the clothes you wore before will no longer fit and your usual beauty regime may suddenly prove as inadequate or ineffective to counter hormonal issues that surface on your skin. The surge of female hormones can lead to effects on your skin pigments, blood vessels, glands, and even your immune system. Melasma, acne, stretch marks, dry skin and many more - your skin goes through all kinds of crazy changes. We asked our Managing Director - Evonne for some facial and skincare tips during pregnancy.
Q: What are some of the most common skin issues to surface during pregnancy?
A: The most common skin issues, or symptoms that are visible are dark spots around the breasts, areola or inner thighs, melasma (pigmentation disorder) on the face, linea nigra (a dark vertical line that runs from the abdomen to the pubic area), stretch marks, acne, spider veins, varicose veins (enlarged, swollen, twisted veins), changes in nail and hair growth, dry skin. All these are mostly reversible and can be reduced with proper care.
Q: How should your skincare routine differ during and post birth?
A: During pregnancy, it is best to stay away from any products containing retinoids, vitamin A or salicylic acid or willow bark. Skip peels containing glycolic or beta-hydroxy acids (such as salicylic acid). This is because these ingredients are fat-soluble and high doses may cause liver toxicity which can cause birth defects. It’s always best to play safe.
Postpartum skin care is not just all about the routine, it is adjusting back to a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle to help you achieve great complexion once again. Post-pregnancy brings in stress, fatigue and remaining hormonal imbalance that causes skin texture to change. Drink lots of water, stay away from the sun, and have plenty of sleep are some lifestyle habits to get your glow back on. If you’re talking about routine, the crucial parts of postpartum skincare is to cleanse, tone and moisturise. Use a mild cleanser twice a day to get rid of excess oil which might lead to acne breakouts, and slowly start to reintroduce your usual skincare products pre-pregnancy back into your regimen.
Q: What are some facial treatments recommended for expecting mothers?
A: Expecting mothers can look for treatments like oxygen facials, hydrating facials and deep cleansing facials. Oxygen facials can increase circulation, promote cellular renewal, and plump out fine lines and wrinkles, hydrating facials use moisture-rich treatments and products to drench pregnancy-parched skin, and deep cleansing facials typically involve exfoliation, masking, then moisturising.
Q: What kind of treatments or skincare ingredients should ladies avoid in the course of their pregnancy?
A: There’s a list - Any facials using electric currents, extracting black-heads/tightening pores, light therapy, chemical peels, dermabrasion, plastic surgery, long massage sessions, heat and steam treatments should be the big no-no’s on your list while you’re pregnant. Also as mentioned earlier, to avoid retinoids and salicylic acid. Both have been labelled category C drugs by the FDA. Stuff to avoid when you’re pregnant, definitely.
Q: Why should pregnant ladies seek facial treatments at Ceramique Aesthetics?
A: We value your presence here, from your physical to mental well-being. Sticking true to our values, we really don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all beauty pyramid. Somebody who walks in this evening will have a different set of skin concerns as somebody who walked in this morning - and we tailor our services to each unique skin’s need. We know what is safe for our pregnant ladies - we keep up to date with all ingredients whether they are deemed safe or not, and we even curated an organic discovery facial service for a 100% safe and thorough experience. We want you to enjoy your new role as a mother, but remember to love yourself too. There’s just some joy in that.
Facial services suitable for pregnancy
Organic Discovery Facials
These treatments uses PHYT’s products and treatment application techniques - an all natural, organic skincare line to restore, renew and refresh your skin naturally. Our therapists are specially trained in PHYT’s treatment application techniques. We forgo electrical devices and penetrative acids while still providing maximum hydration to balance the skin. Traditional, conventional and 100% safe.
Equilibre Detoxifying Treatment targets seborrhoea, detoxifies the skin and hydrates it. Designed to purify and protect the skin with a special combination of purifying and astringent active ingredients that harmonize the skin. Expect to feel rejuvenated and see yourself with a brighter complexion.
✓ Balances the skin
✓ Reduces telangiectasia (aka spider veins)
✓ Restores the skin to healthy complexion
✓ Has 100% natural & organic formulation
This treatment targets seborrhoea and is designed to purify and protect normal to oily skin with a cocktail of special purifying and natural active ingredients that harmonises the complexion.
Your facial starts with a deep cleansing of your face, neck and décolleté with a milky emulsion scented with Lemon and Verbena essential oils, followed by an Eucalyptus toner and a delicate roll-off exfoliation that frees the skin of its dead cells. If your skin presents with excess sebum, a clay based exfoliant enriched with a serum formulated for oily skin (Orange, Geranium and Lemon essential oils in a base of Sunflower and Olive oil) is applied using a specific massage technique to encourage relaxation and improved skin condition. A creamy clay mask is then applied, delivering the cooling and decongesting benefits of Camphor, Petitgrain and Peppermint essential oils is applied to your face, eye contour, lips, neck and décolleté. The application of a mattifying moisturiser completes this facial and keeps your skin protected throughout the day.
✓ Purifies and detoxifies the skin
✓ Refreshes the skin
✓ Protects the skin barrier
✓ Restores skin radiance
This treatment is designed to nourish and protect normal to dry skin thanks to a combination of nourishing ingredients that aim to preserve the skin’s hydrolipidic film.
Your facial starts with a deep cleansing of your face, neck and décolleté with a milky emulsion scented with Lemon and Verbena essential oils, followed by an orange flower hydrolat and a delicate roll-off exfoliation that frees the skin of its dead cells. Next, a serum formulated with rich, nourishing and nurturing plant oils (Sunflower, Sweet Almond and Sesame) releases its full power thanks to an expertly given massage that combines relaxation and comfort. The experience continues when a cream mask with a light apricot fragrance is applied to your face, eye contour, lips, neck and décolleté. The delicate notes of a post-treatment cream adapted to your skin’s needs complete this facial and keeps your skin protected throughout the day.
✓ Nourishes the skin
✓ Hydrates and moisturises the skin
✓ Restores skin radiance
✓ Protects the skin barrier
Clinical Detox Treatment
This treatment targets to effectively detox and cleanses the skin to restore youth and radiance, using natural active ingredients like Vitamin C, Aloe Vera and Marrucell. This treatment reduces visible signs of skin fatigue caused by environmental damage to allow your skin cells to breathe freely and function effectively again.
✓ Activates the skin’s detox system
✓ Reduces signs of skin fatigue
✓ Restore young, glowing skin
✓ Anti-bacterial properties
Immun Intensive Treatment
Pregnancy causes the collagen and water contents in your skin cells to decrease drastically, decreasing your skin’s immunity and is less resistant to external factors. This treatment specially targets easily sensitised, irritated and stressed skin, strengthening the skin’s barrier and it’s immunity.
✓ Activates the skin’s water binding capacity
✓ Increases skin’s immunity
✓ Soothes and firms the skin
Pregnancy is a beautiful process - don’t forget to take a break and love yourself, because age should never define what beauty means to you! For more information about services and products, call us at 8699 6286. We’d love to be part of your glow up because we know what works.
HERE’S A SPECIAL TREAT FROM US!
In partnership with Bellamy’s Organic, expecting mummies at Ceramique Aesthetics will get to redeem a Limited Edition Bellamy’s Nursing Cover worth $19.90, with any bookings of our Organic Discovery Facial Package specially curated for pregnant ladies.
At Bellamy's Organic, they produce wholesome, nutritious, organic foods for babies, toddlers and children. So that from the outset they develop mindful eating habits. Their ingredients are always of the highest quality because they come from farmers and producers who abide by the highest certified organic practices. All the products are Australian made and are certified organic by NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture in Australia), Australia’s principal certifying body, ensuring the entire organic supply chain maintains its integrity from paddock to plate. Because it’s organic, you can be sure you’re giving your baby a pure start to life.
✓ ٜBellamy’s Organic food pouch
✓ Bellamy Nursing Covers worth ($19.90)
For more information, contact us at 8699 6286.
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