As the world wishes Meghan Markle for her 38th birthday, today, we thought it the perfect opportunity to celebrate her absolutely beautiful skin. The Duchess of Sussex is famed for her flawless, radiant complexion – she even glowed throughout her pregnancy – and we now know that regular visits to Nichola Joss are at play. The new mother has long been a fan of the British facialist, even writing on her now-defunct blog about the power of Joss’ “life-changing” facial massage technique.
However, not everyone is as lucky as Markle with their skin during pregnancy. “For many women who have always had clear and easy-to-manage skin, this transition can be a bit of a surprise and a challenge,” says Joss, whose clients also include Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Margot Robbie. But there are steps you can take to minimize any problems. Joss, who is also an ambassador for skincare brand Foreo, offers her expert advice for expectant mothers and shares her pregnancy skin tips with Savoir Flair.
What should I expect from my skin during and post-pregnancy?
“Your skin tends to change both during and post-pregnancy, which is often due to hormonal imbalances being experienced in the body. The skin can become very dry and super sensitive, as well as congested and disrupted. As a result, this can cause spots, acne, inflammation, and heightened redness.”
What about after I have the baby?
“The skin can take up to 12 months post-pregnancy to rebalance. So, if your skin is sensitive, try to stick to clean, gentle skincare for the first few months after giving birth. Post-pregnancy, your skin can also become dry and dehydrated – especially if you are breastfeeding – so it’s always a good idea to add a mask routine for added moisture, radiance, and hydration.”
How should I look after my skin during and after my pregnancy?
“It’s essential for everyone to have a good cleansing routine, but even more so when your skin is fluctuating. If you are experiencing flare-ups, it is important that your morning and nightly routine is unclogging pores and removing any trapped dirt. Use a gentle, organic cleansing product, as well as a cleansing tool like the Foreo ‘Luna 2’ to work your cleanser more deeply into the skin.”
Is there anything I should avoid?
“Layering products can be great for the skin, but sometimes, we are so overwhelmed with the amount of options available that we think they will all be beneficial. This can cause disruption and breakouts. While your skin is fluctuating and potentially more sensitive, try adopting a ‘less is more’ approach. It’s also important to avoid some ingredients that may have been part of your skincare regimen before – things like retinol, salicylic acid, and certain essential oils. It’s always important to check before using a product while pregnant.”
Are there any techniques I should adopt?
“It’s really important to massage your skin while pregnant, as this practice removes tension and stress from the muscle tissue. It also relaxes the face, drains puffiness and fluids, improves the texture and tone of the skin, increases circulation, and stimulates the lymphatic system.”