Friday, October 12, 2012

Skincare and pregnancy: the Dermalogica solution


When I was pregnant I was one of those lucky women whose skin just glowed  - I felt like utter rubbish, but that’s a whole other story! So many women spend months suffering the side effects of surging hormones and a growing body, such as acne, rashes and pigmentation changes. 
Pregnant – and indeed glowing! - TV3 reporter Kate Rodger has been ones of the lucky ones, but to ensure that her skincare regime was still appropriate and not harming the baby she visited Caroline Parker, New Zealand Dermalogica Head of Education, for a Dermalogica Face Mapping and treatment.
Caroline explained to Kate that while almost all Dermalogica products are safe to use during pregnancy, there are a few specific active ingredients that come into question when the user is pregnant – and that goes for many skincare brands. “The use of essential oils is often cautioned during pregnancy, so we advised Kate to avoid the Stress Relief Treatment Oil that she likes to add to her Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream,” said Caroline.
“Vitamin A, especially retinol and retinoic acid, is another ingredient that is sometimes questioned with regard to use during pregnancy and Professional strength products which would be used by a Skin Therapist during a skin treatment are also likely to be selected carefully when a client is pregnant and certain products avoided.”
Caroline added, “I also mentioned to Kate that it would be a good idea to talk to her Doctor or Midwife for advice on ingredients and usage as they are in the best position to advise her.”
As TV3’s entertainment reporter Kate is required to wear heavy make-up daily, work under harsh lighting and travel overseas regularly.  These occupational factors have meant Kate’s skin hasn’t had an easy time for the last few years, but now she’s on top of things with a regular routine – skin hates change – and treatments when she can.
Kate’s top five Dermalogica products during pregnancy are:
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
“This wonder product is a real fave, it keeps my skin brighter and smoother and is gentle enough for me to use everyday!”
Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution
“I love the rich and creamy texture of this product, it is also a great cleanser for my oily-dry skin allowing me to double-cleanse daily without my skin drying out”
Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist
“A refreshing spray that I can apply all day round, the antioxidant hydramist feels so light and fresh on my skin. The flash-firming properties also improve my skins texture and hydrate my dehydrated skin. This product is as essential as my passport when I travel”
Dermalogica Multivitamin Powerfirm
“I feel like I get a mini eye-treatment everyday with this eye cream. It feels amazing on the skin and the dark circles and 'heavy' look my eyes once had have disappeared”
Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 30
“Amazing. This moisturiser is so smooth and so enriching, it is the perfect year round product with the added benefit of SPF 30”

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