A Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Routine By Saya
We sat down with our founder, and brains behind our formulations, Saya McDermott. Over the last two years, she has learnt how to maintain and target her skin concerns with pregnancy-safe ingredients and a consistent routine. Saya explains how to deal with common pregnancy skin concerns, what to avoid and what her skincare routine looks like now she’s a mum of two!
“Over the years I’ve developed some great products to combat a wide range of skin concerns. The added bonus is I can use them all while pregnant. My routine is pretty simple and luckily, my skincare routine has never had to change regardless of if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding.”
“When it comes to skincare, consistency leaves clues - I know we’ve all heard it before but if you’re wanting to see results, ensuring you stick to your routine is so important. I’ll never go to bed without washing my face and moisturising.
Here’s how you do it…”
1. Cleanse. “I like to use the Cleansing Gel to freshen up first thing. It’s packed full of glow-enhancing antioxidants and will leave your skin feeling fresh without that dry, tight feeling.”
2. Mist. “A hydrating mist helps serums to penetrate much more effectively so make sure to mist between cleanser and serums. The end result will be plumper, dewier skin”
3. Vitamin C Serum. “I am extremely lucky that throughout my entire pregnancy my skin has been pretty good however, my only whinge would be hyperpigmentation and I know I’m not the only woman out there with the same issue. That’s where the Glow Serum comes in. The combination of Hyaluronic Acid and a potent Vitamin C complex has really helped to minimise my pigmentation. Vitamin C will also protect the skin from free radical damage throughout the day.”
4. Hydrating Serum. “Next is the Super Serum. It will balance moisture, accelerate skin renewal, protect & brighten. It’s wonderful under makeup and truly makes my glow last all day."
5. Moisturise. “I mix my Balance Moisture with a couple of drops of the Renew Serum. Especially through those harsh winter months where your skin needs a little more hydration and nourishment.”
SPF: “Always apply SPF, the older you will thank you and it really helps to prevent hyperpigmentation. My favourite is Ultra Violette Lean Screen. It’s a physical 50+ sunscreen, it’s super lightweight and can be applied on top of your normal skincare routine - and it's pregnancy-safe.”
*Pre Nighttime routine: “Comfy loungewear - my personal favourite is the Alex Knit set from The Lullaby Club.”
1. Double Cleanse. “Always, always double cleanse at night. The first cleanse is to lift and remove makeup and SPF, and the next cleanse provides a deep clean. It truly is a non-negotiable for me. I also find that double cleansing at night gives me softer, brighter skin.
2. Exfoliate (once-twice a week). “Exfoliating is the key to healthy skin. It optimises cell turnover and keeps the skin functioning at its optimal level.
3. Overnight exfoliating treatment (once a week). “Recently I developed the Brightening Peel and it’s really improved the overall tone of my skin. Formulated with 5% Lactic Acid and 2.5% AHA Fruit Acid Complex, this beauty liquid is formulated at a low pH to intentionally unbalance the skin barrier allowing the acids to penetrate into the deeper levels of the skin to dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells together - it’s super hydrating too! Apply with a reusable pad and swipe over cleansed, dry skin.
*“On Brightening Peel nights I use this as my last step in my routine - it’s the perfect overnight treatment. For those who don’t want an intense exfoliation, avoid following with other serums or moisturisers for at least 30mins to allow it to work its magic. Depending on your skin tolerance, incorporate this into your routine 1-2 times a week.”
4. Mask (once a week). “Masking is one of the best ways to clear out pores and draw out impurities - it also makes you feel like you’ve done something really special for yourself. I created the Refining Pink Clay Mask with Niacinamide, Shea Butter, Avocado oil and Wild berries for an instant surge of hydration and intensive nourishment.
Unlike a lot of clay masks, it won’t leave you feeling tight and dry, instead, your skin will be left feeling smooth and nourished. A little goes a long way too. Apply to face, leave on for 10 minutes and remove with a cloth.
5. Mist. “Before you move onto serums, make sure to moisten the skin.”
6. Hydrating serum. “The Super Serum has quickly become my favourite Saya product. It helps to treat breakouts while also soothing, hydrating and strengthening the skin barrier.”
Vitamin A & Pregnancy
“Retinols, Retinals and retinoids - all ingredients that should be completely avoided while pregnant and even when breastfeeding. The good news is, there’s an impressive naturally derived ingredient, Bakuchiol, which acts in a similar way to Retinol. This is by no means a replacement for Retinol, but it is a great alternative for those looking for a pregnancy-safe option - it also doesn’t come with the typical side effects that using a Vitamin A has.
7. Moisturise. “After applying hydrating serums we want to lock this in with a rich cream. Apply a small amount of the Intense Night Repair all the way down to your décolletage. Bakuchiol and Pentavitin® will increase cell renewal and provide long-lasting hydration.
8. Face Oil. Lastly, press a few drops of the Renew Serum onto the skin. Packed with 15 different botanicals (including bakuchiol) to heal and nourish the skin.
* Always consult with your doctor before introducing any new products, even if they are pregnancy-safe as your skin can become more sensitive during pregnancy.