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Can I Get a Facial While Pregnant?

Can I Get a Facial While Pregnant?

First

Let me congratulate you!  Being pregnant is a beautiful experience.  I’ve done it twice!  The intense trials and tribulations of physically getting through 9 months of carrying a child makes the journey of growing a human unforgettable. But, can you continue and enjoy a facial while pregnant?  The answer is yes, but with modifications.

 

Second

We never use any electrical tools like high frequency or microcurrent devices while pregnant.  We always err on the side of caution and it is best to wait until you are not pregnant to resume these modalities.  Leaving them out does not minimize the experience at all.  There are other ways like facial massage, extractions, and LED light to help with any skin condition that may occur during pregnancy.

 

Third

We don’t use essential oils during the first trimester.  Popular essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang are safe once the baby is more developed in the second and third trimester, but even so, very little is used.  There is enough natural scent in clean beauty products to enhance the facial experience.  

 

Essential oils to avoid during pregnancy according to Parents.com are: 

 

  • Arnica (homeopathic is fine) 
  • Basil 
  • Birch (sweet) 
  • Bitter almond 
  • Boldo leaf 
  • Broom
  • Buchu 
  • Calamus 
  • Camphor (brown or yellow)
  • Cassia 
  • Cedarwood/thuja 
  • Chervil 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Clary sage 
  • Clove (bud, leaf or stem) 
  • Coriander 
  • Costus 
  • Deertongue 
  • Elecampane 
  • Fennel  
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  • Horseradish
  • Hyssop Jaborandi leaf 
  • Juniper berry 
  • Melilotus 
  • Mugwort 
  • Mustard 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Origanum 
  • Parsley (large doses)
  • Pennyroyal 
  • Pine (dwarf) 
  • Rosemary 
  • Rue 
  • Sassafras 
  • Savin 
  • Savory (summer) 
  • Tansy 
  • Thyme red (large doses) 
  • Tonka 
  • Wintergreen 
  • Wormwood
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    Essential oils that are safe according to Parents.com during the second and third trimester are: 

     

  • Bergamot
  • Roman chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli
  • Petitgrain
  • Rose Otto
  • Rosewood
  • Sandalwood
  • Sweet orange
  • Tea tree
  • Ylang ylang
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    Lastly, AHA peels like lactic or glycolic are safe if they are 30% or less.  LED light is also safe.  Do not do lasers until after birth and breastfeeding… Combined, having a facial during pregnancy is not only relaxing but beneficial in keeping your skin healthy and strong. It also benefits your mental wellness. One more bit of advice, don’t be afraid to ask for a bolster or pillow when on the treatment table.  If your head or knees have to be supported, we are here to help you feel comfortable.  Don’t be afraid to ask! I recommend a 60 or 75 minute custom facial.  Longer than that might be uncomfortable.

     

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