Pregnancy is full of sacrifices: coffee, alcohol, energy. But there’s no need to add stellar skin to the list. While skin care ingredients like retinol, the gold standard in anti-aging, should be avoided during pregnancy (some prescription treatments are associated with spinal and/or facial deformities in a growing fetus), there are others that can do the job just as well, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Here, some skin-smoothing retinol alternatives—that don’t compromise your baby’s safety.
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