There are four challenges your skin faces when you’re pregnant. Stretch marks, itchy dry skin, acne breakouts, and melasma all cause discomfort or embarrassment. But the best moisturizers and creams for pregnancy will help you manage them.
To keep your skin healthy and happy, you need lotions for both your face and body. We researched to find pregnancy-safe formulas then reviewed them here for you. We hope our selections help you find exactly what you need.
Body lotions are just what you need for daily maintenance. They keep your skin hydrated and soft.
CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion
CeraVe’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion is extremely mild yet powerful. It’s gentle enough that the National Eczema Association recommends it. But it’s strong enough to heal very dry skin.
The two essential ingredients that make this lotion stand out are ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Both are normal components found in your skin. But stress, environmental pollution, and aging diminish them. Putting back a portion by applying this lotion restores the balance.
The hyaluronic acid attracts up to 1000 times its weight in water. And the ceramides strengthen your skin’s natural barrier to prevent moisture loss and protect against pollutants.
Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion With Shea Butter
Cetaphil goes head-to-head with CeraVe. The Daily Advance lotion is a dermatologist-recommended product that won’t clog your pores or irritate sensitive skin. It moisturizes for up to 24 hours after you apply it. And unlike CeraVe’s lotion, this one does not have parabens.
Kiss My Face Olive & Aloe Fragrance-Free Body Lotion
Kiss My Face sells both fragrance-free and naturally scented lotions. Either way, their formulas leave out parabens, phthalates, and gluten. Instead, these moisturizers are full of nourishing ingredients like shea butter, vegetable glycerin, ginger root extract, and grape seed oil.
Vanicream Skin Cream With Pump Dispenser
Vanicream’s Skin Cream is made specifically for people with sensitive skin. Even the pump dispenser bottle protects you against infection and irritation by sealing out contaminants.
If you’re struggling with morning sickness, this lotion is pleasant to use because it has no fragrance. It also has no artificial dyes, parabens, formaldehyde, lanolin, or masking fragrances. It’s mild enough that you can use it on your face, too.
Juice Beauty Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer
It’s normal to worry about stretch marks because most women get them. If you’re determined to avoid them, try Juice Beauty’s firming body moisturizer. It encourages collagen production to improve your skin’s elasticity and strength.
The key ingredients are shea butter, jojoba oil, fatty acids, peptides, and organic fruit juices. They keep your skin smooth and supple, especially if you apply it twice a day. Users also like the light lemon scent.
Mustela Stretch Mark Prevention Cream
Mustela’s Stretch Mark Prevention Cream was tested in a clinical trial. Believe it or not, 96% of the women who used it did not get stretch marks. Also, you can continue to enjoy it after giving birth because it’s safe to use while you’re breastfeeding.
BeeFriendly Organic Body Cream
Holistic beekeepers in Hawaii invented the BeeFriendly Organic Body Cream. They begin with purified water and raw honey, then add organic olive oil and essential oils to create a seductive scent. The cream will make rough elbows and cracked heels baby smooth.
Belli Elasticity Belly Oil – Stretch Mark Protection
Keep your body supple with Belli’s Belly Oil. It contains a key ingredient in the fight against stretch marks. It’s called Centella or Gotu Kola and it’s been clinically proven to work.
The formula also has cocoa butter, Vitamin E, and sweet almond oil. These are traditional remedies for stretch marks. Finally, the soft lavender scent of the oil helps you relax as you massage it into your skin.
Molivera Organics Raw African Organic Grade A Ivory Shea Butter
Ask your partner for a massage. Then let them rub this creamy raw shea butter into your skin. It’s rich in antioxidants that keep your skin young. It also naturally keeps acne at bay.
If you want to prevent acne, don’t skip the face cream.
The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream
The Body Shop has a mattifying face cream that slows down oil production so you’re not shiny by lunchtime. The secret weapon is wild-harvested seaweed from Ireland. It’s full of minerals that help your skin stay matte, but not flat.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer
The Effaclar moisturizer from La Roche-Posay soaks up excess oil and shrinks your pores. If you wear makeup, it’s an excellent primer. It combines LHA and zinc pidolate with mineral water from hot springs to reduce shine and keep your skin satiny soft.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Riche Soothing Protective Moisturizer
La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane line is ideal for sensitive skin. Since many women will find their complexions prone to acne and irritation while they are pregnant, we recommend you look into these products.
One of the benefits of this moisturizer is that it feels very creamy but absorbs quickly without leaving your skin greasy. You can use it morning and night, or give extra dry skin a boost with a thicker cream while you sleep. Most importantly, it’s free of allergens and irritants like fragrances, parabens, and preservatives.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Soothing Night Cream
The Toleriane Ultra Night Cream goes to work preparing your skin while you rest. While it replenishes moisture, it wards off wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Of course, there are no preservatives, parabens, artificial fragrances, or alcohols in it.
Carapex Botanical Facial Moisturizer
Carapex’s botanical moisturizer sticks to natural solutions like plant oils to plump your skin. It’s perfect if you struggle with dry flaky cheeks. Some the highlights include shea butter, sweet almond, avocado, and grape seed oils. Do we even need to mention that it doesn’t have synthetic fragrances, dyes, or parabens?
Christina Moss Naturals Facial Moisturizer
Don’t give petroleum derivatives another thought when you switch to this moisturizer. The light licorice scent comes from natural ingredients like star anise. Other botanicals include aloe, avocado, apricot kernel, and grape seed oils. It keeps your complexion radiant and soft.
Simple Gel Moisturizer, Ultra Light
How about a gel moisturizer that feels refreshingly cool on your hot skin? It doesn’t have a fragrance or artificial colorants. Instead, it’s mainly triple-purified water and vitamins that revive your face.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream
Give your complexion a boost with this Hydrating Gel Cream from bareMinerals. It’s basically a BB cream because it’s a tinted moisturizer and sunscreen all-in-one. Moreover, the available in 16 shades so you’re sure to find a match.
Once it sets, the finish looks dewy fresh. That’s because hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and marine botanicals refresh your face. At the same time, the mineral sunscreen protects you from UV rays.
Jane Iredale Dream Tint Moisturizer
While we’re at it, here’s another tinted moisturizer with a lightweight sunscreen. It protects your skin with minerals, not chemicals. Plus, it stands up to perspiration and humidity to keep you looking your best throughout the day.
Vitamin C Night Cream For Skin Repair by Eve Hansen
Melasma, hormone-related hyperpigmentation, strikes pregnant women. But the Vitamin C Night Cream from Eve Hansen may help reverse the damage. It fades discoloration, heals damaged skin, and even lightens dark circles under the eyes.
Paula’s Choice-SKIN RECOVERY Replenishing Moisturizer Cream for Redness
What about rosacea? The Skin Recovery facial moisturizer eases redness and soothes dry skin. It won’t make your eyes burn either. Furthermore, Paula’s Choice never includes artificial fragrances and doesn’t test on animals.
Belli Women’s Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator Facial Moisturizer
Belli Beauty’s face moisturizer will enhance the natural glow you have while pregnant. But it also helps reduce the fatigue visible in your face as a new mother. Since this company specifically creates products for pregnancy and motherhood, they avoid toxic ingredients. Therefore, you can enjoy this face lotion while you’re expecting and breastfeeding.
BeeFriendly Face and Eye Cream
The BeeFriendly is so mild you can use it around your eyes without it stinging. It melts into your skin to erase crow’s feet and dark circles. Additionally, it’s rich in certified organic ingredients like beeswax, honey, and virgin olive oil.
Mustela Nourishing Baby Face Cream
Try out your child’s lotion ahead of time on yourself. Mustela’s Baby Face Cream heals chapped skin and protects it from dehydration. Part of its magic comes from ceramides and avocado.
The Art of Maintaining Healthy Skin While You’re Pregnant
The easiest way to keep your skin happy while you’re expecting is to use drink plenty of water and use moisturizer. But not just any lotion will do. It’s smart to stay away from products with Retinol and harsh chemicals. After all, you’re responsible for the health of someone else now, too.
In addition, the more supple your skin is on your breasts, belly, and thighs, the more chance you have of avoiding stretch marks. Rub on that body butter morning and night.
But what if you don’t have someone to help you moisturize? After all, in the coming months, it may get awkward to reach certain areas. But determined women have come up with ingenious solutions.
The first solution is to squirt lotion in a line down the front of both forearms. Then stretch your arms behind your back and rub up and down.
But the second solution also works for spots like the backs of your thighs. Use a spatula or a paint roller to spread the cream where you need it.
We hope you found new face creams and body lotions to keep your body comfortable. If you have specific concerns, please also see our other skin care articles for pregnant women. They include the best body washes while you’re pregnant and the top acne treatments for pregnancy.
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