Meet the Founder: Louise Thomas-Minns, Skincare Visionary

Meet the Founder: Louise Thomas-Minns, Skincare Visionary

Louise Thomas-Minns has dedicated 27 years to the beauty and wellness industry, driven by a deep passion for skin health that began when she was just 15. Starting as a Saturday girl at a local beauty salon, Louise's career has flourished, making her a respected figure in the industry. She acts as an advisor to major brands, sits on boards as CEO and director, and continues to share her expertise through her signature skin care range, Louise Thomas Skin Care.

Louise's journey is marked by personal and professional milestones. After gaining her CIDESCO diploma and working for international skincare brands, she developed her own unique approach to skin therapy. Her personal battle with chronic acne over 15 years has given her an empathetic edge, helping her to develop effective treatments that resonate with her clients. In 2007, she launched her own skin therapy business, which quickly grew from a mobile service to a full-fledged clinic. Today, Louise balances her thriving business with motherhood, understanding the challenges of juggling both roles.

In this blog, Louise shares her top skincare tips for pregnant women, helping you to embrace your glow during this special time.

Embrace Your Glow: Skincare Tips for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy is an exciting journey filled with many changes, including those to your skin. Hormonal shifts, increased blood flow, and other physiological factors can lead to dryness, sensitivity, hyperpigmentation, and more. Here are some essential skincare tips to help you navigate these changes and maintain healthy, radiant skin during this special time.

Hydrate and Moisturise

Pregnancy can leave your skin feeling dry and itchy. To combat this, drink plenty of water and use a rich, fragrance-free moisturiser daily. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin to keep your skin hydrated. Our top recommendation? ‘The Hydrator’ from Louise Thomas Skin Care, which contains both of these hydrating powerhouses.

Use Gentle Cleansers

Hormonal changes can make your skin more sensitive than usual. Opt for mild, sulfate-free cleansers that won't strip your skin of its natural oils. ‘The Cleanser’ from Louise Thomas Skin Care is a perfect choice, designed to cleanse without causing irritation.

Sun Protection

Pregnant women are more prone to hyperpigmentation, such as melasma (the "mask of pregnancy"). Protect your skin by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, even when indoors. Additionally, wear hats and seek shade when outdoors to minimize sun exposure.

Treat Acne Safely

Hormonal changes can also lead to acne breakouts. Use pregnancy-safe acne treatments containing benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid, and avoid retinoids and high concentrations of salicylic acid. Always consult with a professional before starting any new acne treatment.

Manage Stretch Marks

As your belly grows, stretch marks may appear. Apply moisturising creams or oils with ingredients like vitamin E, cocoa butter, or shea butter to help maintain skin elasticity. While these products may not prevent stretch marks entirely, they can significantly improve skin hydration.

Address Hyperpigmentation

Dark patches, known as melasma, can develop during pregnancy. Use gentle, brightening ingredients like vitamin C and niacinamide to help even out skin tone. Steer clear of hydroquinone, as it is not safe during pregnancy.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Certain skincare ingredients should be avoided during pregnancy. These include retinoids, hydroquinone, high-dose salicylic acid, and formaldehyde. Always check with your doctor if you are unsure about a product's safety.

Pamper Your Skin

Taking time to care for your skin can help you feel more relaxed and reduce stress. Treat yourself to safe, gentle facials or at-home treatments like hydrating masks.

Combat Dryness and Itchiness

Hormonal changes can lead to dry, itchy skin. Use a soothing, fragrance-free body lotion regularly and consider adding a humidifier to your home to maintain moisture in the air.

Stay Active and Eat Healthily

A healthy lifestyle supports overall skin health. Engage in moderate exercise, eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, and get plenty of rest.

Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Ingredients

  • Hyaluronic Acid: Excellent for hydration.
  • Vitamin C: Brightens skin and offers antioxidant protection.
  • Glycolic Acid: Safe in low concentrations for exfoliation (seek professional guidance).
  • Niacinamide: Helps with redness, pigmentation, and hydration.
  • Ceramides: Strengthen the skin barrier and retain moisture.

For more personalised skincare advice and product recommendations, follow her on Instagram and TikTok @louisethomasskincare, and visit her website. Embrace your glow of pregnancy with confidence and care!