8 Anti-Aging Products You Should Avoid During Pregnancy (and 5 That Are Safe to Use)

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8 Anti-Aging Products You Should Avoid During Pregnancy (and 5 That Are Safe to Use)
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Many common skincare ingredients, including retinol and salicylic acid, aren’t safe for use during pregnancy. Here, dermatologists weigh in on which products to avoid, plus safer anti-aging alternatives.


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Skinfix Calm & Repair Sleeping Mask


For pregnant women, Kavita Mariwalla, MD recommends the Calm & Repair Mask from Skinfix. “It’s formulated with two natural actives at their most active levels to decrease redness and increase skin’s hydration.” From that same line, Dr. Mariwalla also recommends the Calm & Rejuvenate Eye Cream ($50;, which she says uses alfalfa seed and mini algae to depuff and brighten tired eyes and ward off crow’s feet. "Both products feature natural actives including green tea and manuka honey at their most active levels to combat chronic redness and ensure healthy skin that looks good at any age," she tells us.

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Alastin Restorative Complex


Topical peptides mimic the results of retinoids—rebuilding collagen and elasticity of your skin—without adverse effect on your baby. “Peptides are proteins that the skin needs for optimal growth and are safe during pregnancy,” says Dr. Robinson. To get these benefits, she recommends Alastin Restorative Complex, a moisturizing product for the face and neck. “[It’s] also paraben and fragrance free, which is optimal for pregnancy,” she says.

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Glytone Brightening Complex


Try this product for twofold results, says Dr. Guanche. Glytone Brightening Complex is made with azelaic and glycolic acids to help brighten and lighten brown spots, she says, and it can also help treat pregnancy-related acne.

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Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Gel


During pregnancy, Dr. Robinson recommends topical antioxidants—with one exception. “I usually avoid antioxidants high in vitamin E as it is acnegenic and breakouts are more likely in pregnancy,” she says. For a pregnancy-friendly anti-aging topical antioxidant, apply Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Gel, which will “help protect and repair the skin,” says Dr. Robinson.

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ISDINCEUTICS Flavo-C Ultraglican Ampoules


Moisturize while reducing wrinkles with ISDINCEUTICS Flavo-C Ultraglican Ampoules. “It contains potent vitamin C in a hyaluronic base resulting in a powerful skin protector and repairer in a moisturizing base,” says Dr. Robinson.