BY BRENDA BARLOW
How do we reach chart-topping skin after pregnancy? Mothers, as we all know, pregnancy may or may not take a toll on your skin. This gives you a good reason to give your skin the all-pampering pregnancy glow it needs. Take a scroll through Instagram or YouTube and you can find all the radical skincare treats and beauty fixes piling in your feed. From coconut hydrating facial masks to honey-avocado skin nourishing masks, you can be sure you will be lost for choices, especially during your pregnancy. Feel even more confident as you enjoy your trimesters with our beauty tips.
Change is inevitable.
Here’s to all my perfect Moms out there!
The highs and lows of hormones.
They can wreak havoc on your skin, mostly when they go into overdrive, causing breakouts on once porcelain-perfect skin. Perhaps it’s time to give your skin a well-deserved break or even maybe a pampering treatment to keep breakouts at bay.
During pregnancy, there is a temporary increase in melanin, the substance that gives skin its natural colour. Also known as melasma, it shows up almost everywhere on your face, like your forehead, cheekbones, upper lip and chin. It’s no wonder it’s also called the “mask of pregnancy”. Melasma is a skin pigmentation disorder that appears on your skin during pregnancy. This is a part of hormonal changes stripping the skin of its natural oils, dehydrating it. Also, a lack of sleep can bring on dullness and dark circles, which is something we all do not want to get into. As your skin is experiencing changes, the least we can do is to up our skincare game. This is when you either change your skincare routine or simply introduce a new product that can improve your pigmentation that can be caused by hormonal changes.
Here are 5 beauty fixes for all you mummies to look and feel confident in your skin. Get ready for the “#hitthecharts” look by reading what The Skin Reporter has dutifully uncovered for you.
1. Get Your Fight Game On
When you know you have a problem, the first reaction is to stop it. Especially for mothers who experience breakouts during pregnancy or are prone to pigmentation, you should immediately run for cover. As they all say, “prevention is better than cure”.
Either visit a dermatologist, sit down, check, clear and clarify your skin’s condition to better gauge what it might be experiencing. Usually, most discolouration fades away about three months after birth. If it persists, then a spot treatment should suffice! The Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Targeted Spot Brightener could be a potential spot corrector that consists of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid and advanced skin brightening actives. It helps in removing uneven skin tone and texture, dark spots as well as dullness. This can be easily purchased at Sephora at a retail price of $58.00.
Alternatively, you can opt for laser treatments. They have special treatments specifically targeted at your problem areas at SW1 Clinic. The Pico Discovery Plus is known for being the most powerful laser in the market and is a great solution for combatting hormonal changes such as melasma.
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2. Say No To The Bad Ones
There are a few products to avoid during pregnancy. They may cause side effects that can pose a problem to your baby’s health. Even seasoned beauty editors have the tussle of discerning which formulas are fair game and which are not. Contrary to what many may think, natural products could potentially have risky side effects for pregnant women. For instance, rosemary oil can raise blood pressure and cause uterine contraction at high doses.
Benzoyl Peroxide is generally safe to be used but products containing salicylic acids are not and can lead to birth defects. These ingredients will be absorbed into the bloodstream and the effects on fetuses are unknown. It’s always best to check in with your doctor on the use of any skincare products and/or oral medication you plan to continue with during your pregnancy.
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3. Make it Simple
Sometimes, all it takes are simple solutions to clear away your problems. Sticking to a simple skincare routine can go a long way. If you have your basics met, then there is nothing much to worry about. If breakouts are a problem, you should turn to a gentle face wash or anti-inflammatory product to ease the condition.
A good facial wash to try is Cleanance Cleansing Gel for face and body. It is a soap-free gel cleanser which consists of a combination of unique ingredients. It is a reliable product as it eliminates impurities and excess oil without stripping the skin. If you are a believer of natural cleansing, this product can give you that as it contains Avene Thermal Spring Water which is known for its soothing properties for skin.
Another alternative would be Clear Bliss Clearing & Soothing Gel at the SW1 Clinic Shop. This is an ultra-light gel which helps to reduce shine visibly. It aids in tackling clogged pores and bacteria all at the same time. Its key ingredient, niacinamide aloe, has many anti-inflammatory properties you won’t have to worry about the ingredients being too harsh or causing over-drying.
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4. Use The Right Sunscreen
Using the right products can save your skin a lot of troubles during your pregnancy. It is recommended to use mineral products as they are more effective than chemicals. During birthtime especially, it is important to induce yourself with as many nutrients while avoiding harmful ingredients that may hurt your baby. The ingredient oxybenzone in sunscreens has been linked to low birth weights. It is known to interfere with the body’s hormones and cause developmental problems in unborn babies. Fret not, as we have found a sunscreen without this ingredient so that you can safely lather them on even while you are pregnant. The Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face is perfect for all skin tones and is readily available at Sephora. This quick-absorbing formula is great even for sensitive skin and is gentle enough to use around the eye.
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5. Going All Natural
Sometimes, it is a good idea to take a break from the chemicals and put them aside in your cabinet. Your skin now may be more sensitive than before. The fewer chemicals your body is exposed to, the better it is. Coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties and is one of the best choices out there to fight your breakouts! Just smooth it over your face regularly and you will see a difference in no time.
Good skin while pregnant is not a myth and with just a few beauty fixes, your skin should be in its prime, just as you are.
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