As we head into winter and Mother Earth prepares herself for the restful slumber of hibernation before bursting into bloom come springtime, we thought we’d share some insight on caring for your skin when you’re growing a human. If you, or someone you know, are currently wrapped up in the spellbinding, confusing, slightly petrifying, yet fully magical experience of going along for the ride while your body knits together a brand-new person, you’ll know how mesmerising it can be.

Caring for your body during pregnancy is more than just merely keeping everything clean and healthy, it’s a loving, nurturing process that honours your body as a vessel. As such, you are likely to become (and should be!) very fussy about the products you use in the process.

Here are a few things you should expect from your skincare products while you’re expecting:

It shouldn’t have any weird or unpronounceable ingredients
The skin is the body’s largest organ, and just as you avoid junk food and other nasties while you’re expecting, you should avoid covering it in commercial preparations that contain all sorts of weird and unpronounceable ingredients. It hasn’t been wholly established how much of any given topical solution gets absorbed into the bloodstream, but it could be as much as 5%, depending on where you’re applying it.

Most physicians will recommend that mothers-to-be avoid such as tetracycline, parabens, topical salicylic acid, acetone and fluorocarbons. TOP TIP: Instead of walking around with a list of hard-to-spell ingredients to avoid, choose a natural skincare brand based on botanicals. It’s the simplest way to ensure that your skin gets what it needs while your baby remains safe and sound.

It should provide plenty of TLC
Let’s be honest, pregnancy can be a stressful time for your skin. While some women enjoy that lovely pregnancy glow courtesy of increased blood flow throughout the body, many have a less awesome experience and have to contend with everything from acne and dry skin to hyperpigmentation. Not to mention the bit in the middle that is stretched to capacity! As such, it is best to choose gentle, nourishing formulations that feed your skin everything it needs while it accommodates the miracle that is gestation.

If you want to treat yourself, or a pregnant friend, to a skincare solution that cares for the skin while they care for their baby, we highly recommend Katavi Nyasha Body Serum – a an effective all-over body solution to help counteract everyday environmental assaults on the body. Katavi gift vouchers also make a wonderful gift for baby showers!

The skin is the body’s largest organ, and just as you avoid junk food and other nasties while you’re expecting, you should avoid covering it in commercial preparations that contain all sorts of weird and unpronounceable ingredients