Pregnancy Safe Skin Care: Are you doing it correctly?
Many changes can happen to your skin during pregnancy. It’s best to know what’s safe to use with a baby on board. We have asked the advice of Kelly Hekkenberg from www.freddyskin.com regarding skin care for pregnant mamas.
Causes and Natural Remedies
Hormonal changes cause progesterone levels to skyrocket during pregnancy. Progesterone is one of the main driving forces to keep pregnancy going, so it is vital even if it can result in a less than perfect skin. The sebum or oil production may increase and clog the pores.
It is thus recommended to avoid oily foods as much as possible. Hydration is also very important, so keep drinking plenty of water. It would also be best to keep your moisturizer at hand, whether you have oily or dry skin. It aids in locking in the good moisture that you want for your skin, rather than the oils that are naturally produced.
Skin Care Routines and Self Care for Mamas
Having a skin care routine is highly recommended, even when you are a first time mama. If you have a newborn, it would be good to shorten your routine but still have it in place. Try to squeeze in the cleansing and the moisturizing at the very least. This is to make sure that you get rid of dirt on your face that is naturally produced, and also for you to lock in the hydration your skin needs.
Especially for mamas, it’s best to remember that it’s not a luxury to look after your skin. Sometimes it can be tough to go against our current culture where mums are always busy and don’t even have time to take showers. It’s all about taking care of yourself so that you are the best version of yourself for your family. Mamas shouldn’t have to feel guilty to find the time to pamper themselves.
Ingredients to Avoid
When there’s another life growing in you that you are responsible for, you tend to be more wary of what you’re putting on your skin and body. During pregnancy, definitely avoid retinol, also known as Vitamin A. Especially prescription retinoids, because they are linked to severe congenital defects. It’s also best to avoid too many chemical ingredients in the products you use. Vitamin C products are a good alternative to this, if you find it agrees with your skin.
When it comes to slowing down the aging process, hyaluronic acid can really help lock in the hydration that your skin needs.
Having a regular skin care routine is definitely highly recommended, but we advocate for women to love the skin they’re in.
Practicing compassion and appreciating the incredible functionality of your pregnant body can help with embracing the constant changing landscape of pregnancy :)
Check out www.lennyroseactive.com.au where you will also find abundant resources for your maternal activewear needs. It also has loads of tips on pregnancy and motherhood related concerns.