You might have a cabinet full of products that you give you beautiful and glowing skin but once you conceive, your skin can change so much. The hormone disruptions can speed up dehydration and make your skin sensitive and decreases your skin’s ability to resist dirt, wind and UV rays.
Your old skincare routine might not be working as well anymore. It’s time to switch it up for both you and your little one.
Moisturizing your skin
Other than all the hormones that can affect your skin, parts of your body are growing, expanding and stretching. This can cause tight and itchy skin that can make pregnancy uncomfortable.
You can use natural oils or moisturizers in the morning and at night to keep your skin soft and supple.
Moisturizers that are specifically formulated with natural ingredients like avocado peptides and ceramides to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
Additionally, pregnancy-safe moisturizers are hypoallergenic, compatible with breastfeeding, and safe for mom and baby.
What? I just wrote moisturize and now I’m repeating myself? It’s a general misconception that they are the same thing. However, hydrators are formulated to increase the water content in your skin. Ideally, you would want to apply a hydrator first to put moisture in to your skin followed by a moisturizer to seal the hydration through out the day.
This will create a good foundation for pregnancy-safe beauty regime.
Exfoliate Once a week
Exfoliating is so important, pregnant or not. It gets rid of the microscopic dead cells that can clog your pores. With those dead cells gone, and the new, fresh skin uncovered, your moisturizer and hydrator can penetrate deeper to where they’re most effective.
You can use baking soda as an exfoliator. It won’t harm your baby and is gentle on your skin. It can be used on any part of your body.
Treat And Prevent Stretch Marks
For expectant and postpartum moms, treating and preventing stretch marks is an important part of a pregnancy-safe skin care routine.
This helps minimize the scarring and fine lines that may form as your skin stretches to make room for your baby. You should massage areas like your stomach and hips every morning and evening for at least 2 months postpartum.
Firm And Tone The Chest And Neck
Weight gain is common during pregnancy and so your skin would need a little more attention.
Gently massage a firming gel or serum into your neck, upper chest, and bust every morning and evening for at least one month.
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Look closer at the labels
Chemicals that you should avoid completely include Accutane, tetracycline, topical salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.
Also, a chemical found in certain nail polish, dibutyl phthalate, can be harmful for your fetus. You’ll want to avoid formaldehyde and toluene.
Try going all natural
Your skin can be a lot more sensitive during pregnancy than regular days.
Remember what goes on your skin is eventually going into your body and bloodstream. It’s because you want baby exposed to good, healthy things and nothing too icky.
“Big ingredients to avoid are parabens, fragrances and petroleum,” says Kim Walls, CEO of Episencial, a natural skincare company.