Every pregnant woman wants to have that gorgeous ‘glow’ that people often talk about. If your skin isn’t quite dewy and radiant, here are some tips to get you looking fabulous.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Apart from flushing out toxins from the body as well as maintaining sufficient amniotic fluid, water will keep your skin dewy and moist and help your skin stretch. Aim for eight glasses of water daily because if your skin is not getting enough water, it will feel dry, tight, flaky and more prone to wrinkling.
SKIN CARE REGIMENT
If you are prone to acne, get into a good skin careroutine which gently cleanses and moisturizes your skin. Use products which are created for your skin type and if your skin suddenly becomes oilier, or dries up, adjust accordingly. Carry oil blotting tissue or face powder to deal with a shiny chin or forehead. Be aware that retinol and other harsh chemicals should be avoided during pregnancy and if you experience any irritation or reaction, inform your doctor or dermatologist.
MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE!
If your skin gets drier than usual, get a thick, creamy moisturizer. Use it all over your body immediately after your shower to lock in the moisture and reapply all through the day if necessary. Keep your hands and nails from becoming brittle by carrying hand lotion, and get good quality lip balm to prevent chapped lips.
To prevent stretch marks and dry skin you will need to apply some oils daily. They should be applied on your breasts, abdomen, thighs and buttocks as these are the areas prone to dry skin and stretch marks. Safe oils during pregnancy are coconut oil,olive oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, wheat germ oil,sweet almond oil and avocado oil. Great brands include Bio Oil and Mama Mio.
All women should use sunscreen everyday regardless of ethnicity. Don’t forget your sunscreen. Due to massive hormonal changes going on with your body, the pigment-producing skin cells react more strongly to the sunlight and can cause chloasma (aka “the mask of pregnancy”), dark-brown splotches on your skin. Avoid using sunscreen with ingredients like oxybenzone, homosalate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor, octocrylene and para-aminobenzoic acid as their safety hasn’t been proven.
Vitamin A, E and C are great for your skin. Vitamin A helps in the repair of skin tissue, vitamin E helps keep the skin membranes intact and vitamin C helps in the production of collages (an essential component to maintaining elasticity of the skin and regeneration of skin cells). To keep your skin glowing, include foods that contain Omega 3 fatty acids into your diet.
Taking care of your skin is not only good for your body, but healthy skin also makes you feel good, so give yourself the time to take of it.