Pregnancy can bring about a lot of changes to your body. It not only can cause morning sickness, a more frequent need to urinate, tenderness in the breasts, and fatigue, but it can also affect your physical appearance, especially your skin.
How can you get that pregnancy glow that you often read and hear about in pregnancy-related blogs and videos? What should you do to maintain a radiant look throughout this challenging yet exciting period?
Whether you are a first-time mom, surrogate mother, or expecting your third child, the following skincare tips should help you look radiant and glowing throughout one of the most wonderful and special times of your life:
Keep yourself hydrated.
Even if you are not pregnant, health experts advise that you drink about eight to ten glasses of water a day. With enough water, your body can efficiently regulate your body temperature, transport oxygen and nutrients to your cells, normalize your blood pressure levels, protect your tissues and organs, promote better digestion, and flush out toxins and other harmful substances from your body.Water can also keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.
Establish a skincare routine.
Washing your face every day removes oil, dirt, and sweat that can clog your pores and lead to acneand other skin problems. Using a gentle facial wash, clean your face in the morning and at night so that your skin stays clean and fresh.
Stick to skincare products that are safe and mild.
The body’s hormones tend to go into overdrive during pregnancy and they can cause the excessive secretion of oils that cause acne. Called pregnancy acne, this condition affects one in two pregnant women in their first trimester and can pop up not only on the face but on the back, chest, and neck too. To protect your skin, you should find a facial wash, body scrub, and other products that are gentle to the skin and not made using abrasive ingredients.
Hyperpigmentation is a common problem experienced by pregnant women. It is when darker patches on the skin appear due to excessive production of melanin caused by hormone fluctuations. To prevent it, you should always wear sunscreen, ideally one that has an SPF of at least 30, for optimal skin protection.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
Including more foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants in your diet such as eggs, avocado, tomatoes, strawberries, and blueberries can help moisturize your skin and protect it against damage. It is also good for your overall health.