Pregnancy Skin – Where’s My Glow?
Pregnancy causes hormonal changes in a woman’s body which can wreak havoc on her skin by triggering breakouts, dryness, and skin irritations. Changes in your Pregnancy skin care regime can dramatically help improve side effects and improve your overall skin health.
THE ELUSIVE GLOW
Most women expect to have beautiful and glowing pregnancy skin. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Since the “pregnancy glow” often attributed to the hormonal changes a woman’s body undergoes, different reactions are to be expected. Some women may break out during the whole term of their pregnancies while others may have pregnancy acne only during the first trimester. Some women also experience skin dryness and only a select few start and end their pregnancies all aglow. If you are pregnant and want to maintain great skin throughout your term, it is essential that you have a great skin care routine. The following tips can help you achieve that proverbial pregnant glow:
- UPDATE YOUR SKIN CARE PRODUCTS.
Your skin has different needs now compared to before your pregnancy. Since hormonal changes can cause your skin to become oilier or drier, you may need to adjust and change the products you use. Some skin care products may also contain ingredients that are not suitable for pregnant women, so it’s important to consult your doctor and dermatologist for skin care products that are safe for pregnant women.
- SWITCH TO MOISTURIZING BODY WASHES.
Aside from your facial skin, the skin on your body also needs extra care during the pregnancy. The stress and trauma caused by stretching due to your increasing bump and blood volume can make your skin dry and itchy. Using soaps can strip your skin off its natural oils and reduce its suppleness. Switch to moisturizing body washes that restore moisture on your skin and prevent itching and dryness.
- LOAD UP ON SUN PROTECTION.
Your skin’s sensitivity will increase during pregnancy. This means that it can get irritated and damaged easier when exposed to the sun. Avoid skin discolorations, dryness, and irritations by applying sunscreen as part of your daily skin care routine.
- PAMPER YOUR BUMP.
The skin on your abdominal area experiences continuous stretching throughout the whole term of your pregnancy. This stretching can result to unwanted stretch marks long after you have given birth. Prevent stretch marks by regularly massaging your tummy with a moisturizing pregnancy gel or cream.
- CARE FOR YOUR OTHER BUMPS TOO.
Your tummy is not the only thing that enlarges during pregnancy. Your breasts also increase in size to prepare for lactation. The skin on your breasts and nipples will be particularly sensitive which can lead to itching and dryness. Applying nipple creams on your breasts can reduce the dryness while wearing cotton maternity bras can help reduce the itching.
- GO EASY ON THE MAKEUP.
Less is more should be your motto when using makeup during your pregnancy. A foundation stick or concealer, loose powder, and a multipurpose colour stick are all you need to put on a polished face. Your pregnancy skin is sensitive and prone to irritations, choosing moisturizing, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic cosmetics is a must.
FINALLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY….. HYDRATION!!!
Your skin is made up mostly of water. It needs to be constantly hydrated from the inside out to maintain its ability to flush out toxins and sweat. Extremely high in antioxidants that help protect the skin from free radicals and improve blood circulation to the skin, MaterniTea’s ACTIVITEA herbal pregnancy tea blend is ideal for helping maintain a healthy skin regime. Simply add a cup a day to your routine and heal your skin from the inside out.
Following these tips can help you achieve great pregnancy skin. Aside from these, eating a balanced diet, doing regular exercise, and getting sufficient rest are still the most basic things you can do for a good pregnancy and even better skin.