Is Retinol Safe for Pregnancy?
As a new mom, taking care of your baby is your top priority, but that doesn't mean you can't take care of yourself too. Anti-aging skincare while breastfeeding can be a tricky subject, especially when it comes to using certain ingredients like retinol. While retinol is a popular ingredient in many skincare products for its ability to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and skin discoloration, it's not recommended for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Retinol is a form of vitamin A that can be harmful to a developing fetus or infant. High doses of vitamin A have been linked to birth defects, so it's best to avoid using products that contain retinol during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, that doesn't mean you have to give up on your anti-aging skincare routine altogether.
Enter our product, Renewing Flower Serum, which features a pregnancy-safe retinol alternative called Bakuchiol. This serum is specially formulated to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, skin discoloration, and even treat hormonal acne. Bakuchiol is a plant-based ingredient that has been shown to have similar benefits to retinol, but without the risk.
In addition to the powerful ingredients of Bakuchiol and Centella Asiatica, Lavender Meadows Co.'s The Renewing Flower Serum also contains other natural ingredients that can help boost skin health.
One of those ingredients is Centella Asiatica, a powerful ingredient that increases collagen synthesis, improves wound healing, and has anti-inflammatory properties. These benefits are crucial for new moms who may be dealing with hormonal changes, stress, and sleepless nights, all of which can take a toll on the skin.
Next is Chamomile Flower, which has been used for centuries for its healing properties. Chamomile is known for its ability to promote faster wound healing and reduce inflammation, making it a great addition to skincare products. It's also more gentle than retinol, but just as effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Another key ingredient in serum is Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3. Niacinamide is a multitasking ingredient that can help reduce enlarged pores to make your skin appear more smooth. It also has the ability to help reduce dark spots and minimize fine lines and wrinkles, making it a valuable addition to any anti-aging skincare routine.
Finally, it also contains Blue Butterfly Pea Flower, which is known for its antioxidant and anti-glycation properties. Blue Butterfly Pea Flower has been shown to increase the presence of the antioxidant made naturally by the body, glutathione, which helps to protect the skin against free radicals and other environmental stressors. It also helps the skin look younger by reducing collagen loss, which can lead to fine lines and wrinkles over time.
Overall, the Renewing Flower Serum is a well-rounded skincare product that features a variety of natural ingredients that work together to improve skin health and reduce the signs of aging. With its pregnancy-safe retinol alternative, Bakuchiol, and a host of other beneficial ingredients like Chamomile Flower, Niacinamide, and Blue Butterfly Pea Flower, this serum is a great option for new moms who want to take care of their skin while breastfeeding.
It's important to note that Bakuchiol has not been formally tested for pregnancy, so it's always best to seek the guidance of your doctor before using any new skincare products. However, many moms have reported great results with the Renewing Flower Serum, and feel safe using it while breastfeeding.
In conclusion, anti-aging skincare while breastfeeding doesn't have to be complicated or risky. By choosing products like our Renewing Flower Serum, you can take care of your skin and feel confident knowing that you're using safe, effective ingredients. So go ahead, pamper yourself and take daily moments of self-adoration because your care should never be an afterthought!
First pregnancies can be scary and the fear of birth paralyzing.
Instead of taking action, you’re overwhelmed. You can only hope that your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you.
I wish I’d been better prepared but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I felt like birth was just one of those miserable experiences women have to push through and endure.
Now that I’m in my third trimester expecting my second baby, I’m choosing to embrace birth with intention.
What I’m doing differently this time around:
Choosing a Natural Birth:
This felt scary at first, but I want a redemptive and peaceful birth. One where I have the autonomy to move my body into positions that support my baby’s efforts to enter the world.
Instead of letting fear take over, I’m absorbing as much information as possible. I’ve consulted with my midwife to craft my ideal birth plan. I’m also watching birth videos to get more comfortable with the experience.
I’m seeing a chiropractor to help me align my hips and back to help make the birth experience be more comfortable. I made sure to look for a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique to help ensure my baby is in optimal position for labor.
Pelvic Floor Specialist:
My pelvic floor specialist and I are preparing my body for birth. We’re doing exercises to learn how to relax certain muscles during delivery, strengthen my pelvic floor, and improve my postpartum recovery.
Postpartum Skin Care Products:
This time I’m not using the postpartum skin care products provided by the hospital. I didn’t know better the first time. I didn’t realize how many questionable ingredients were in those products that did nothing to support my healing process. Instead, I’ll be using my own products like the Boob Balm, Herbal Relief Body Mist, Lavender Soaking Salts, and Revitalize Postpartum Cream which I believe are the best postpartum skincare products. All of them can be found in my Postpartum Care Package.
I combine the stretching technique with the Baby Cheeks Barrier Oil to reduce my chances of tearing. The oils help the skin to become more elastic and the stretching helps the skin become more flexible. It also teaches you to release tension during intensity and allow your body to expand.
I’m incorporating strength workouts to reduce the aches and pains I felt during my first pregnancy. By working out at least twice a week I have almost completely eliminated back pain, sciatic pain, and abdominal pinching. I have been doing the Bodi Barre Prenatal workouts and absolutely love them!!
Pregnancy hormones like Relaxin cause the skin to be less firm and often lead to stretch marks and cellulite. I have been strengthening my skin’s elasticity throughout pregnancy with our postpartum belly cream: the Revitalize Postpartum Cream. It contains Lupin extract that produces type I Collagen and increases skin elasticity and firmness. I have no stretch marks. The cellulite on my legs that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy has all but disappeared.
Strengthening My Faith:
Even though I’m doing everything in my power to prepare my body and mind for birth, there is still a whisper of fear in me. I’m strengthening my connection with God to replace that fear with faith. Believing in the knowledge that I was built for birth and that I can trust in Him for strength.
Preparing and planning for birth has felt like an extra full-time job. But, I feel so excited.
I hope this empowers you to decide and take charge of your baby’s birth and motherhood journey.
I'd love to hear what you've been doing to prepare for your birth? Comment below!