Among the many things that change during a pregnancy are your skin, hair and nails. Skin can glow but it can also become drier, prone to breakouts and may develop pigmentation. Hair can become either dry and lifeless or conversely thick and luxuriant. With all those hormonal changes, skin care during pregnancy assumes greater importance.
1. Cleanse and Moisturize
Your skin may need extra attention because it may be greasier or drier than usual. Use a mild soap free cleanser regularly and use oil free moisturizer to help your skin maintain its balance. Use products that do not clog your skin and try not to overload your skin with too many products. It is best to keep your skin care during pregnancy as simple as possible.
2. Avoid chemicals
Acne medications with salicylic acid, anti aging creams with retinoids, are best avoided during pregnancy and lactation. Oral acne medications are prohibited altogether during pregnancy. Also try and avoid skin care products with parabens, fragrances and other chemicals because skin could be more sensitive at this time.
3. Try massage
Body and face massage with pregnancy friendly products can be relaxing for you and rejuvenating for your skin. Include this in your skin care during pregnancy. And don’t forget to regularly use a good quality moisturizer on your baby bump. While there is no way of preventing stretch marks you can control the itching and discomfort of dry or stretched skin in the abdominal area.
4. Look after yourself
Sleep well, take a mid-afternoon rest if required, eat healthy and drink plenty of water. Make time for some rest and relaxation for yourself and reduce stress in your life. Stress is bad for your pregnancy and for your skin as well.
5. Take the time to look good
Many women find that growing as big as a house is not great for self esteem. So it is important to take the time and make the effort to look good. Wear flattering maternity wear (not just tent size clothing), put on a little make up, and look after your hair. This will give your mood a big boost.
6. Postpone the makeover
Don’t make too many drastic changes such as getting your hair permed or straightened. Also try to avoid coloring during pregnancy if possible. If you’re bored with your current look, try a new hair cut and some smartly designed maternity wear rather than opting for any chemical treatments. These are best left till later.