You may swear by a reliable skin care routine and a set of products that you use for a beautiful and glowing skin but pregnancy can make this reliable routine go for a toss due to multiple physical changes that your skin goes through during the entire journey of pregnancy. Blame the surging hormones, your skin tends to become dry, flaky, prone to itchiness, dehydration and scars. The delicate balance of the skin gets altered during pregnancy making it sensitive.
Along with a healthy balanced diet and exercise, a consistent skin care routine is the key to beautiful skin. During pregnancy, this care needs to be accompanied with some extra precautions and safety. Here is an ultimate guide to a perfect skin care routine during pregnancy that is not only safe for you and your baby, but is also a simple and reliable one.
Treat Stretch Marks & Pigmentation
One of the most visible skin related changes during pregnancy is the increasing stretch marks. Your body is stretching in order to accommodate your growing baby. These stretch marks can get dry and itchy resulting in darker marks. Using Purcellin Oil based Bio Oil can help reduce the possibility of forming stretch marks without leaving any residual stickiness. It can also help improve the appearance of existing stretch marks.
Pigmentation, another skin change during pregnancy can result in an uneven skin tone. These pigmentations and blemishes can be caused due to sensitive pregnancy skin being exposed to excessive UV rays and hormonal fluctuations.
Applying an anti- stretch mark cream or a natural plant oil twice a day everyday helps as an intensive moisturizer for your skin and helps replenish the skin’s natural oils that strip away over time. It also helps in lightening pigmentation, blemishes and scars and maintain an even skin tone.
Moisturize - Bye Bye dryness
Morning Sickness in first trimester, stretching skin in second trimester and peak pigmentation in third trimester are some of the little struggles a happy expecting mom experiences. Morning sickness can make you and your skin dehydrated while an uneven skin tone, patches of pigmentation and acne breakouts can change your skin tonality.
Moisturize your skin twice a day, once in the morning, preferably after bath and once before bed to help your skin stay soft and supple. A moisturizing oil that is enriched with essential oils like Chamomile and have the soothing fragrance of Lavender or Rosemary, help soothe your skin and keep it hydrated. Moisturising regularly with an oil that is rich in Vitamin A and E helps improve skin elasticity and makes the skin softer, smoother and conditioned.
Take required amount of moisturizing oil or cream and apply gently over your face and body twice a day for a healthy skin. Bio Oil also known as dry oil is one such recommended oil, that is rapidly absorbed into the skin, without leaving greasy residue and hence helps prevent breakouts.
Stay Hydrated-Sip, Sip, Sip
General fluid needs increase during pregnancy in order to support fetal circulation, amniotic fluid and a higher blood volume. You must take at least 8-10 glasses of water in a day to maintain the required fluid volumes. Apart from water, drinking plenty of other forms of liquid like fresh fruit juices that are rich in Vitamin C, buttermilk, milk etc. not only replenish the lost moisture of your skin but also help you stay hydrated. Increased fluid intake help alleviate constipation and keep toxins at bay.
Additionally applying a skin hydrator topically, also prevents the skin from excessive drying. Use a hydrator that is fast absorbing, non greasy and non-comedogenic (a formulation that does not block your pores). Revitalize your depleted complexion with skin care products that contain Vitamin C. It helps your skin retain its lost nutrients and preserve its moisture.
Meditation & Massage
During pregnancy, your body undergoes a lot of stress, both emotionally and physically. While this can affect your skin by resulting in dark circles and puffiness under eye, it can also make your body tired.
Meditation can help you cope with a variety of physical and emotional stresses during pregnancy, enabling you to relax, lower your blood pressure and enhance your peace of mind while helping you sleep better.
Massage is another way to relax your body and mind by way of enhancing better blood circulation. While a good circulation helps prevent swelling in feet and get rid of aches and pains in your body, a good facial massage helps relax your skin and give a perfect glow.
Massage your face with an oil or cream consisting of basic natural nutrients like Vitamins, twice a day to get a healthy looking skin. Massaging your under eyes with a safe and clinically tested under eye gel can help lighten up those dark circles and reduce puffiness.
Protection is Prevention
Skin during pregnancy is more sensitive than normal. Exposing the skin bare to sun can result in tanning, dryness, blemishes, pigmentation and so on and so forth. Never step out in the sun without applying a protective layer of sunscreen with SPF greater than 30 to maintain your skin’s pH balance.
If you are the person who cannot step out without a light makeup, then ensure you go for cosmetics that are non-comedogenic and have no harsh chemicals like sulphates, parabens or dyes. While concealers are the best way to cover up those acne spots or blemishes, avoid using them too often. Keep your skin as naturally treated as possible.
Exfoliate your skin a few times in a week with a gentle exfoliant to remove dead cells and prevent breakouts while preserving your skin’s delicate balance.
Avoid washing your face with warm water to avoid dryness. Also do not wash your face too often.
Every pregnancy is different and so is the individual skin. While eating a healthy and well balanced nutritious diet is the key to a healthy body and skin during pregnancy, the above regime can definitely add as a bonus to the existing pregnancy care routine. However, you must always consult with your Doctor or healthcare provider before you make any kind of switch, be it a product or a routine like massage. Pregnancy is a beautiful journey with lots of ups and downs. All you need is that extra touch of care to make it enjoyable and safe.
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