Giving birth is one of the most amazing and life changing experiences for a woman. During your pregnancy your body goes through some major changes and after you have given birth your skin care regime is a priority.
Some women can develop Melasma which is a darkening of the skin pigmentation around the mouth, forehead and cheeks, as the body produces more melanin and excess pigment during and post pregnancy. To help with this condition you should avoid being exposed to the sun without using lots of high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin.
Non-specific dermatitis can also develop. This is due to the hormonal changes within the body, which can lead to red, flaky patches on the face and other parts of the body. Always use products that are fragrance free, contain natural ingredients, and are anti-inflammatory and suited to sensitive skin.
You must always take time out before you get into bed each night to cleanse your face; sometimes this may be easier said than done but spending five minutes on removing your make-up and following a rigorous skin care routine is vital, as you don’t want your sebum glands which provide the natural oils to your face to become blocked, which ultimately can lead to pimples and spots.
Acne can also be a huge problem for many women during or after pregnancy as Elevated progesterone levels produced by the body can increase the secretion from oil glands, sebum build up which results in clogged pores. This is why it is important for you to treat your skin with the upmost care and attention.
Once you have given birth to your little bundle of joy, exfoliate your skin with a good natural exfoliator around twice a week. Exfoliation will help with cell turnover and bring the fresher, non-pigmented skin to the forefront.
Stretch marks are small, depressed streaks in the skin that appear most often on the stomach during pregnancy when the belly is rapidly expanding. Some women also get them on their buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts. Stretch marks are caused by changes in the elastic supportive tissue that lies just beneath the skin. They start out pink, reddish brown, purple, or dark brown, depending on your skin color. They do start to fade after six to twelve months after giving birth. Keep the areas that have the stretch marks well moisturised with special cream such a Stretta stretch mark treatment that will target the effected areas.
Following a good nutrition plan is extremely important during and after your pregnancy. Always follow a healthy, organic well balanced diet which consists of plenty of fruit and vegetables, lean meats and fish. Drinking at least 2 liters of mineral water each day to keep you well hydrated.
Finally, don’t forget that the key to health and wellness for your skin starts with not only a balanced diet that I mentioned above but also regular exercise. This, in combination with your new skincare routine, will keep your skin looking radiant.