10 Homemade Exfoliating Scrubs for Skincare During Pregnancy

There are multiple options for homemade exfoliating scrubs to use during pregnancy. It's important that they don't irritate the skin.
10 Homemade Exfoliating Scrubs for Skincare During Pregnancy
Maria del Carmen Hernandez

Written and verified by the dermatologist Maria del Carmen Hernandez.

Last update: 13 February, 2023

Homemade exfoliating scrubs during pregnancy are a recommended option. In this way, chemical peels are postponed from the daily care routine. However, not all products are suitable for use in this type of procedure, due to their easy absorption or the ability to develop dermatitis or irritation.

Exfoliation during pregnancy

Exfoliation is based on the removal of dead cells and impurities found in the most superficial layers of the skin surface. In addition, they provide luminosity and smoothness to the skin of pregnant women, which is one of the many organs that suffer alterations during this stage. Hormonal changes cause greater secretion of the sebaceous glands and immunity is suppressed to protect the baby.

Therefore, the skin is more vulnerable and can develop hyperpigmentation in different regions of the body or dermatitis and irritations. Due to this susceptibility, choosing the right type of treatment to be performed is very important. In this regard, it’s best to avoid peelings with acids or solutions and to opt for natural products.

Homemade exfoliating scrubs during pregnancy

In most cases, skin care products are developed from plants. There’s a tendency to believe that if a product can be safely ingested, it’ll also be safe to apply topically. However, this isn’t the case. There are certain products that aren’t suitable for the skin, let alone pregnant women’s skin.

Aloe vera facial scrub

The aloe vera plant has regenerative properties. That is, it contributes to the renewal of the epidermis and the elimination of dead surface cells. It tends to soften the pores and control sebum on the skin’s surface.

A woman preparing a honey mask.
A honey facial mask stands out among the home exfoliants during pregnancy, as it helps to stimulate regeneration and healing of the skin.

Honey facial mask, one of the most used home exfoliants during pregnancy

Honey removes the layer of dead cells without acting abrasively and without modifying the acid layer of the skin. It also has soothing properties to reduce inflammation and natural antibacterial properties.

Strawberry body scrub

This type of scrub is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants that delay aging. Even at the end of the procedure, the skin will look smoother and brighter. In addition, it reduces inflammation, acts as a natural tonic, and removes dead surface cells.

Rosehip oil

Rosehip oil exfoliation helps to reduce dullness in the skin and provides a shiny, radiant surface. This function is due to its high vitamin A and vitamin C content, which renews skin cells and increases overall radiance.

Oatmeal scrub

Oatmeal-based scrubs help to smooth the skin’s surface thanks to the action of beta-glucan. This compound has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. This scrub is recommended for bath time.

Avocado mask

Avocado is one of the plants with the greatest natural moisturizing power. Not only is it rich in healthy fats, but it’s also a great source of vitamin C and vitamin E. All of which, can help accelerate skin repair and improve chronic conditions such as eczema and acne.

Homemade green tea exfoliating scrubs for pregnancy

Green tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects due to the fact that it eliminates free radicals. There’s even evidence that it provides a photoprotective effect and reduces DNA damage formed after UV radiation.

A green tea exfoliating mask.
Green tea is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, and antioxidants, which contribute to maintaining the natural glow and elasticity of the skin. Therefore, it’s an ideal product for homemade exfoliating scrubs during pregnancy.

Salt mask

Sea salt peels help to remove excess sebum from the skin’s surface. They also have a detoxifying effect by absorbing the toxins that cause acne. These masks are highly rich in minerals, which produce positive alterations in the skin, such as hydration and circulation.

Homemade sugar scrub

Due to the rough texture of sugar crystals, the use of this type of scrub should be avoided in areas where there are wounds, irritation, and rashes. It should be noted that brown sugar is the finest and least abrasive, followed by regular granulated sugar, which also works well; and organic sugar is the coarsest.

10. Coffee scrub

The tiny, abrasive particles in coffee remove dead skin cells and impurities from the outermost layer of the skin. Therefore, this contributes to faster regeneration of the skin and a smoother appearance. After the procedure, a moisturizing cream or oil for pregnant women should be applied.

Homemade exfoliating scrubs allow you to have ideal skin during pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the times when women shouldn’t give up on care products and cosmetic procedures. Due to the sensitivity of pregnant women’s skin, we recommend homemade exfoliants that are gentle and contain delicate particles that don’t cause irritation or dermatitis.

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