Pregnancy means a lot of changes happening in your body. Pregnancy beauty tips are all about adjusting your beauty regimen to suit the needs of your changing body and the baby inside it. Here’s how to look and feel good up to your due date and beyond.
Pregnancy, along with the famous glow, also may result in skin problems like stretch marks and melasma (pigmentation of the face) or acne and dry skin. So it is important to pay extra attention to your skin care regime and choose beauty products with care. While some mothers to be find their skin problems subsiding, others may suffer from breakouts or dryness. A pregnant woman’s hormones go through a transition period, leading to weight gain and mood swings. This might cause the skin to change its behavior and it makes sense to adjust your skincare routine accordingly. Some let’s go through these simple pregnancy beauty tips and join the list of beautiful mummies.
Rapid weight gain during pregnancy can cause stretch marks, dryness and itchiness of the skin. Pregnancy stretch marks are pink or purple lines that appear on the belly, thighs, hips and breasts when the body expands to accommodate the baby, fluid and extra weight. To avoid stretch marks use thick creams rich in Vitamin E, coconut and cocoa oil on your body from the first trimester. Also have 10 or more glasses of water and avoid hot showers to prevent the skin from drying. A generous application of moisturizer enriched with soothing herbs like calendula, marshmallow root and Aloe Vera will help itchy skin and keep it soft and lubricated. Go for pregnancy beauty products that can help you in feeling good about yourself.
Dry, Itchy Skin
For dry facial skin this pregnancy beauty tip can do wonders. Use a gentle face wash or face cleanser followed by a heavy moisturizing lotion or cream depending on the season. Exfoliate once a week to get rid of dead cells and dirt. If using anti-aging creams, make sure you consult your doctor about it, as it usually contains retinoid-vitamin A derivatives lauded for reducing wrinkles.
Acne and Oily Skin
Women with acne prone skin may find the problem worsening during pregnancy. The solution lies in following a simple routine and not asphyxiating your skin with too many complex beauty products. Choose a fragrance free cleanser to wash your face morning and night and follow it up with a non-alcoholic toner, oil-free moisturizer and a water based sunscreen.
Avoid any kind of face and body peels with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Most fairness creams too should not be used in pregnancy as they often contain hydroquinone, a chemical that strips off the outer layer of skin, making it appear brighter. Hydroquinone is believed to cause some serious side effects and should be avoided in expectant mothers.
Melasma and Spider Veins
The mask of pregnancy called melasma and chlosma are dark spots that appear on the face due to increased pigmentation. This usually disappears or lightens post-pregnancy, and avoidance of the sun is the only preventive measure that can be taken. Applying a quality sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher is sure to help. Spider Veins are small red spots caused by increased blood circulation. This disappears soon after delivery. To counter this, increase your intake of Vitamin C and also include citrus rich creams in your skin care.
Another important pregnancy beauty tip is motherhood massages. Essential oils are excellent for massages and for uplifting mood. Some essential oils however have abortive effect during certain trimesters. So better to ask what you are buying. Massages are especially healing for women suffering from back pain and swollen feet. It’s a good idea to get pre-natal massage from an experienced masseur.
Resist the urge to go for a totally different hairstyle or hair color when pregnant. It’s best to have a low maintenance haircut during this time and ideal that you ditch color in your first trimester. This is because color contains chemicals and the baby is most susceptible to birth defects during this time. One can go for safer alternatives like henna treatments. For the glam look, light streaking is safer as the ammonia does not come into direct contact with the hair shaft.
So use these pregnancy beauties tips and get that glorious look of expectant motherhood.