Wondering what skin care products are safe to use during pregnancy? It often feels like you can never be too careful when you’ve got a little one on the way. It’s obvious to avoid alcoholic drinks, smoking, many prescription medicines and tanning beds while pregnant, but what about skin care products? All of your answers can be found on the label our retail box!

I’m not talking about the front of the label, where it says all the pretty stuff, like ‘made with argan oil’. You need to look at this part, with the formal ingredient list:



Once you find this list,  keep an eagle eye out for the following:


Salicylic Acid

Retinol, Retin-A and Renova (Tretinoin)

Benzoyl Peroxide (this is considered to be ok at low levels but it’s best to avoid it if you can)

Strong Fragrances (these MAY exacerbate nausea or even cause irritation.)


Oral skin medications like Accutane (isotretinoin, a form of Vitamin A), and Doxycyline are completely off limits, as they are linked to birth defects.

Over the counter products containing Retinol at low levels are thought to be safe, but no conclusive studies have been done to prove this. The motto with pregnancy is, "It’s better to be safe than sorry!" That being said, ALL Advanced Clinicals Products (with the exception of Advanced Clinicals Retinol Serum, Spa Size Retinol Cream and Wrinkle Repair Retinol Night Cream) are recommended during pregnancy.



Our favorites for stretch marks:


This Coconut-boosted body oil is blended with scar and stretch mark hero Cocoa Butter, along with Avocado and Neem oils.


Use this to massage stretch mark-prone areas daily. Fight the stripes with Coffee Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and brightening Licorice Root!


Our favorites for break-out prone skin:


A detoxifying clay mask that helps to draw out pore-clogging impurities. Also helps control oil without over-drying sensitive skin.


A natural antiseptic and antibacterial powerhouse, Tea Tree Oil is a great natural remedy for acne and clogged pores. Simply dab it on overnight to calm blemishes while you sleep.


Our favorite for dry skin:


This super-hydrating lotion is a favorite of moms-to-be because it’s made without fragrance. How cool is that?? Slather it on dry skin (pregnancy hormones are to blame) for a total moisture infusion.

Our favorite for spider veins:


Many women get their first spider veins or even varicose veins during pregnancy. Microalgae, Green Tea and Collagen all help to improve the look of unsightly veins.

Our favorite for hyperpigmentation:


Pregnancy can often come with hormone-induced changes in skin color, such as melasma or chloasma. You may see a darkening of your upper lip or even a mask-like tint to your face. Promote a more even tone with Vitamin C, the greatest and safest ingredient for hyperpigmentation, especially if you’re pregnant.


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Winter Is Coming: Time to Switch Out Your Skin Care

As winter temperatures fall and the air gets drier, your skin pays the price. In frigid conditions, the skin is less able to protect itself. This can lead to cracks in the outer layer of skin, loss of hydration, and ultimately, inflammation.

Many of us can benefit from a skin care upgrade to combat the blustery months ahead. To counter the drying effect use thicker moisturizers equipped to help protect the skin's barrier. Another skin saver? Kinder, gentler cleansers that hydrate (rather than harsh exfoliating or foam formulations), since skin irritation can increase along with dryness in winter months.

Finally, an effort to hyper hydrate and soothe the skin should never come at the cost of ditching daily sun protection. Sure, you may not see as much of the sun during the next few months, but UV rays — the aging and cancer-causing rays that penetrate through windows and clouds, and into the deepest layer of skin — are still kicking, all day, every day.

As you gear up to do battle with the elements, holiday shoppers, and other forms of winter warfare, here’s how to keep your skin glowing — even in the shortest and darkest of days.


Skin Type: Dry

Most people’s skin gets drier when temperatures drop. So, those with already dry skin should double down on the hydrating to keep skin looking luminous. Come winter use a cream or oil-based cleanser that is designed to prevent moisture loss. Upgrade your moisturizer to one with nourishing ceramides and ingredients that protect against the sun. I would also recommend to look for extra hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. 

Skin Type: Oily
The upshot of having oily skin? You can often skip moisturizer altogether in the summer and use light serums to hydrate and nourish instead. But truthfully, oily types can benefit from more moisture come winter. Look for a light, oil-free lotion with sunscreen to protect against cold and wind in winter months. While some may gravitate towards trying milky cleansers we would suggest to continue to regularly use alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and retinoids to help control oil production. Finally, for those who naturally produce more sebum should use serums instead of creams for retinoid use, since they're lighter on the skin.

Skin Type: Combination
Those with both dry and oily skin know that foam cleansers can do wonders to regulate excess oil in summer months. But, now is the time for those with combination skin to switch to a cream or oil-based cleanser. Skin is drier this time of year, so you need to be careful about potentially drying cleansers, like foam formulations. We would also suggest swapping your moisturizer for a more protective hydrator if your skin is looking dry or feeling tight. Try using thicker (but oil-free) moisturizers with ceramides. Ceramides improve moisture retention in the skin by helping to prevent evaporation of water and acting as emulsifiers (ingredients that allow oils and water to combine). 

Skin Type: Acneic
Those with blemish-prone skin have long known the virtues of exfoliation — after all, sloughing off dead skin cells can reduce future blackheads and breakouts. However, during this time of year, it's best to ditch the more robust exfoliators. Come winter, acneic skin may require gentler exfoliation. Many are also reluctant to moisturize because they fear that oil and water will further congest the skin. Au contraire. Grab an oil-free moisturizer and fear not. You can be oily and acne prone, but still lack hydration. Acne creams and treatments can cause more irritation in the winter when skin is lacking in hydration. Pick a lotion that’s gentle but also packs major hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid.

Skin Type: Dull
Sure, wind-chilled cheeks can radiate a rosy flush, but the accompanying cracking and drying elsewhere is enough to override that romantic aesthetic. My favorite trick for instantly brightening dull skin is to cleanse for one minute with a sensitive cleansing brush and glycolic cleanser. Immediately after, slather on moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and ceramides. This smooths, plumps, and protects the skin. Retinoids help brighten up dull skin. This will stimulate collagen and get rid of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin.

Skin Type: Aging
There are a lot of theories when it comes to what works in anti-aging skin care. But, the research shows that stimulating collagen growth is a great way to go, since it helps aging skin cells behave more like young, healthy cells. How can we trick cells into acting young? By using serums and creams pumped with retinoids and antioxidants. Along with peptides, these ingredients send messages to your skin cells that cause them to rev up collagen production, ultimately helping the skin to maintain its elasticity.

Skin Type: Sensitive
No matter what time of year, those with sensitive skin can benefit by steering clear of foam cleansers (which can dry the skin) and harsh abrasive exfoliators (which can trigger irritation). Also on the ditch list? Skin-care products with alcohols, sulfates or fragrance, since they can not only irritate but dry out skin, too. During the winter months, as skin is more likely to irritate, it may be necessary for those with sensitive skin to reduce the frequency of evening retinol use. Whether your skin tone turns pink around the center of the face or you suffer from a more severe case of rosacea, winter air can be particularly triggering. Rosacea can flare in winter, products with added anti-inflammatory ingredients — like niacinamide and licorice — can help.


Aloe Vera: Better than a Bouquet

If you’re a plant lover, then you’ll want to jump on the Aloe Vera bandwagon. Its reputation for healing, soothing and rejuvenating qualities is evident in the many products currently on the market. If you look closely, you’ll see many organic skin care products are focused around this key ingredient. In fact, many of our Advanced Clinicals products contain this lovely ingredient. Even the ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality.”

So what exactly are the benefits of Aloe Vera? Well, the real question here would be, what doesn’t it treat?



Aloe Vera Helps With…

Acne and Scarring: Aloe Vera gel holds anti-inflammatory properties from two hormones called Auzin and Gibberellins. These properties not only reduce your current acne, but also stimulate growth for new cells, which promotes faster healing in a non-harsh way with little to no scarring.

Dryness and Oiliness: Combination skin is one of the hardest to treat, as it can be very difficult to find a product that treats both major skin issues. Treating a shiny and flaky complexion, along with acne, can be a complete nightmare. Thank goodness for Aloe, as it miraculously balances both. It acts as a dry barrier on the outside, while holding in moisture by binding cells and water together promoting hydration and skin cell renewal.

Aging: Aloe leaves contain two properties anti-aging lovers scream over: moisture and antioxidants. It is filled with skin-beta carotene and Vitamin C and E, which stimulates cell renewal (have you noticed how we keep repeating this?) six to eight times faster than your cells would produce normally on its own. Encouraged cell renewal = firm and refreshed skin.

Irritation and Sensitivity: Aloe is an emollient which helps soften and soothe skin while supplying oxygen to the skin cells. This encourages blood flow and strengthens skin tissue.

Sunburn: Aloe Vera is a powerful healer. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional and antioxidant qualities, the skin heals quicker.

Stretch Marks: Aloe Vera gel can help these stretch marks by healing the wounds left on your body, either from pregnancy or rapid weight gain/loss.



How to Integrate Aloe Into Your Life…

Make-Up Primer: Spread a thin layer onto your face after moisturizing and before putting on your foundation. It will keep your skin moisturized all day, while creating a matte finish, which eliminates oil and shine. It also acts as a protection barrier between your skin and makeup. Hallelujah! Praise Aloe Vera!

Face/Body Lotion: Mix Aloe Vera gel with pure Coconut Oil (view our post on Coconut Oil to read up on the benefits of that ingredient). Use this as a body moisturizer after the shower. Your skin will feel refreshed and renewed.

Face Mask: Face masks are crucial to achieving youthful skin, and it doesn’t hurt to add a little Aloe Vera in there once in a while. Mix a bit of Aloe into your mask (we love mixing this with Raw Honey, but that’s for another post), and it will provide a soothing/cooling effect to your skin. Simply amazing.

Advanced Clinicals incorporates Aloe in almost every single product as well. Whatever your problem area is, Advanced Clinicals is here to help.



The Zoe Report

Stephanie Montes from The Zoe Report considers our Charcoal Detoxifying Mask as a Saturday morning ritual. 

Hustle & Halcyon

A lot of my skincare routine, currently, consists of taking preventative measures in terms of aging. The Hyaluronic serum is a gold medal winner in the wrinkle-prevention department. I’ve been using Vitamin C serum to even out my skin tone & prevent wrinkles ( double-teaming them ). You can physically feel your skin tighten after applying this serum to your face. The Rosehip oil gives my skin a natural glow. 

Stop, Drop, & Vogue

There’s nothing quite relaxing as drinking a glass of wine while watching Moana with a citrus face mask soaking into your skin. This is one of the most hydrating masks I have ever tried. I normally do a topical mask, but I really enjoyed this sheet mask! This is the PERFECT mask for summer because it improves the look of sun damage spots and age spots. It’s jam-packed with Vitamin C, among many other minerals this mask will deeply moisturize your skin. After using it mine felt soooo lush afterwards – even through the next morning!

       Public Lives, Secret Recipes

Yes, this is a spa size Coconut Oil Moisturizing Cream BUT you’re bound to become obsessed & take it everywhere with you this summer. As the weather finally changes your skin craves constant hydration & we’ve found this cream from Advanced Clinicals to be the absolute best. P.S. did we mention this spa size 16 oz container is only $15!

Chicago Woman Magazine         

When you combine technologically advanced skincare that is also easy on the wallet, you have our attention. Advanced Clinicals was launched by Chicago-based cosmetic chemists using powerhouse ingredients like vitamin C, retinol and collagen. With no product over $20, stocking up is a no-brainer. 

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Active, effective face serums can be pricey, but these are a bargain. From retinol for anti-aging to hyaluronic for hydrating, you will find a serum for most skin-care needs.

Introducing our Men's Grooming Collection!

While all Advanced Clinicals’ formulas are suitable for both women and men, we’re thrilled to launch a dedicated line just for men. We have a strong male customer base that shared their interest and preference for products geared toward men’s specific skin conditions and unique needs. Our product launch and expansion is a direct result of that feedback, with each product upholding our ongoing commitment to helping the customer see and feel results within weeks. Scroll down to find out more about our Men's Grooming Collection. 

Ultra-Hydrating Beard Oil (1.8 oz.) | $20

Advanced Clinicals Beard Oil gives your beard, face and mustache a softer feel thanks to its non-greasy and hydrating formula. Natural botanical oils enlaced with Vitamin E soften and tame unruly beards. The super moisturizing formula is infused with nourishing Sandalwood, Avocado, Argan, Jojoba, Neem, Evening Primrose and Olive Oils. This hydrating blend of oils promotes a healthy, soft look and feel for mustaches and beards, alike.

Charcoal Face Scrub (5 oz.) | $20

Advanced Clinicals Charcoal Face Scrub prepares the beard and mustache for a close, easy and comfortable shave. The exfoliating scrub cleans and promotes softer looking skin, and the detoxifying formula is infused with Charcoal, Tea Tree Oil, Caffeine, and antioxidant Vitamin E. Made with exfoliating beads to clean and rejuvenate dry skin for a fresh, clean feeling, the scrub will soften and sooth dehydrated and dull complexions.

Shaving Cream (5 oz.) | $20

Advanced Clinicals Shaving Cream is an easy-glide formula for a close and comfortable shave without irritating dyes or synthetic fragrances. Organic Aloe Vera and botanical Glycerin soften hair for an easier shave. The thick and moisturizing cream is infused with beneficial Vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil and Willowherb to help prevent razor discomfort.

Aftershave Moisturizer (2 oz.) | $20

Advanced Clinicals Aftershave Moisturizer is incredibly moisturizing and softens freshly shaven skin. The formula also soothes skin and balances oily, dry or combination complexions. The moisturizer instantly boosts hydration by up to 88 percent with a proprietary blend of fruit extracts. The non-greasy formula instantly absorbs with Jojoba Oil, Witch Hazel and Coffee Oil, while Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E calm and sooth angry skin.