Working and a mum to be? Or know someone who is? It can be hard to find the time to look after your skin when you’re busy and constantly on the go, but during pregnancy it’s more important than ever supporting and protecting the skin’s natural processes. Several changes can happen during this time and many women find these difficult to deal with. But take a little time to follow a few basic tips and you too can have that beautiful pregnancy glow.
Protection is one of the key elements of any skincare routine, but during pregnancy it becomes especially significant. Some beauty products contain harsh ingredients, so always check the label to be sure that you’re using a product that’s suitable for use during pregnancy. Topical retinoids are usually a no-go. If you aren’t sure, consult a dermatologist or beauty advisor for their recommendations. You also need to protect your skin against factors such as the sun and wind. Don’t underestimate the havoc these can play with your skin!
So how can you go about protecting your skin during pregnancy? First of all, you need to consider the state of your skin. Even if you’re naturally prone to dry or oily skin, pregnancy and the changes that it brings may change all that. Many women find they have oily and acne-prone skin during the first trimester, thanks to the sebaceous glands stepping up their oil production. Mild cleansers and gentle facial scrubs can help to deal with that. Skin can also become redder, more sensitive and itchy. If this is the case, take extra care and use milder products.
Once you’ve considered your skin type, you need to think about moisturising. This is one of the most important components of any skincare routine and is vital to protect your skin during pregnancy. Moisturising not only protects against dryness, it also soothes and firms the skin, improving elasticity and tone, to protect against stretch marks. So always use a firming moisturiser or firming cream throughout pregnancy (at least from the second trimester onwards) as well as afterwards. You can think about selecting the most useful beauty products during pregnancy as mum to be gifts.
Working mums to be often don’t have time for full-on skincare routines, but there are some other steps that shouldn’t be missed. One of the best ways you can protect your skin is by using sunscreen throughout the year. You can combine this with moisturising by choosing a moisturiser with SPF 15 or higher. Any kind of multi-purpose product like this will save time and is definitely recommended. Use rich creams or oils after exposure to the sun or wind to replace any moisture loss.
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