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Pregnancy -- Skin Care Must-Haves and Must-AvoidsWhen asked which ingredients pregnant women must have in their beauty arsenal, Dr. Murad says that "in addition to a rich [body] moisturizer containing vitamin E and Shea Butter (try Palmers Shea Butter Formula Jar, $12), I recommend that pregnant women use products for the face that contain vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid." The rationale? "The vitamin C will brighten the skin while providing antioxidant protection and flooding the skin with vitamins and minerals. As women tend to experience drier skin during pregnancy, Hyaluronic Acid will attract and retain moisture to the skin."
Of course, when you're pregnant, it's important to be careful with what you put into -- and on -- your body. (Learn about the 8 ingredients to avoid while pregnant.) As doctors Rodan and Fields say, "we're often asked whether various drugs or procedures are safe during pregnancy. Our response is generally this: It's always best to wait until after delivery and breastfeeding to start on any kind of new treatment or medicine. Not only is the physiology of your body in a constant state of flux but also the health and wellbeing of your baby are your first priority."
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