Many women in Tucson find pregnancy to be a very challenging part of their lives. Even more difficult for many is trying to look good in the process. That’s where having a good skin care regime comes in. However, the question is, what skincare regime should pregnant women use? After all, you don’t want to use something that will compromise your pregnancy.
Fortunately, there are quite a few things you can do to maintain that increasing glowing skin throughout your pregnancy. (Getting a facial at Greentoes is just one of them). Here are a couple of skin care tips for when you are pregnant. However, you can continue to follow these tips post-pregnancy too.
Before we get into the tips, it is worth stressing that you should run every new product you are thinking of using or applying to your skin by your doctor. Only use skin care products that your doctor approves of and nothing else.
Skin Care Tips During The First Trimester
Many moms-to-be may find that their so-called pregnancy glow never shows up. Instead, they find that they need to deal with irritated and dry skin. This change is often caused by hormones that dry up the skin, sucking almost all the moisture and oil. This turns the skin into an itchy, red, and hard-feeling mass.
The best way to combat dry skin is to use an oil-based cleansing product and some soothing facial oil. Various high-quality products include jojoba oil that leaves your skin feeling clean, smooth, and fresh. However, you might have to apply the product multiple times a day for up to a week to experience a true transformation.
Skin Care During The Second And Third Trimesters
Your body is undergoing several changes as your bundle of joy is about to show up. The skin around your stomach starts stretching and expanding. While not everyone will develop stripe scars, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, your fluctuating hormones also play a role in them. That means you will have a higher risk of stretch marks if others in your family have it.
Regardless of how they look, your skin can become increasingly itchy as it begins to stretch, making the process increasingly uncomfortable. Fortunately, the most effective way to relieve stretch marks is to hydrate the skin. You will want to start by drinking lots of water and using a cream rich in moisture or a moisturizing product on your tummy.
Some of the best products include apricot body oil; others use jojoba, grapeseed, sea buckthorn, and apricot kernel extract.
Many experts recommend mixing a few drops of coconut oil in water and rubbing that on the itchy area. This helps hydrate the skin and ensures it remains hydrated for the longest time. However, you will want to apply it a couple of times daily.
You can also use essential oils; these are perfectly safe and do not hamper your pregnancy. Plus, they aid with sleep and body pain. That said, always check in with your doctor before using a product that contains these oils.
If you suffer from dry skin and cracked heels, mix coconut oil and milk cream with wheat germ to help combat it. You can also use wheat germ oil, rich in essential vitamins and fatty acids, to prevent the build-up of dryness.
During And Post Pregnancy Skin Care Tips
One of the things that almost every pregnant woman suffers from is acne. This acne is caused mainly by hormonal changes in the body and is incredibly frustrating to deal with because it continues to fluctuate throughout the nine months. However, the acne will resurface multiple times even after pregnancy. This is mainly caused by the buildup of HCG and progesterone, which increase the amount of oil in the glands, especially around the face.
While this increased oil leads to the so-called pregnancy glow, the oil can lead to clogging of the pores, and that means breakouts. Plus, post-birth women will experience a drop in estrogen levels and testosterone, which leads to pimples throughout the body as the body attempts to cope with the change.
Ideally, the breakouts can be treated using products from Greentoes that help stabilize the excessive oil production. Products with yucca extract are recommended. Not only will it improve the look of blemishes, but they also have an anti-aging benefit associated with their use. This also makes the skin feel firmer.
Another thing you can do is to apply a product that absorbs excess oil from the skin, improving the look and feel of your skin in the process. A skin tightening mask once every week will also go a long way towards removing excessive oil from your skin.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Pregnant women should also exfoliate their skin multiple times a week. Wash your face using a high-quality branded face wash each day. You can complement this with a homemade face pack, which helps restore your skin’s natural glow.
Use An SPF 15 Moisturizer
The essential skin care tip for pregnant women is to use a moisturizer with at least an SPF 15; this will offer broad-spectrum protection that works with UVB and UVA rays. When pregnant, your hormone levels trigger an increase in pigment cells, leading to facial blotchiness; this is an issue that sunscreen can help avoid.
Getting Better Skin While Pregnant
Pregnancy can be stressful on a woman’s body. The build-up of various hormones and the body being stressed by the expanding fetus can cause several skin issues. Fortunately, most of these issues can be remedied using the right skin care approach.
The issues are often caused by external factors like the weather and prescription drugs. However, it is rare for women to be prescribed drugs during pregnancy. That said, always consult with your doctor if the symptoms with your skin persist despite incorporating the tips above into your daily skincare routine.
Greentoes in Tucson is a trusted provider of healthy, natural skin care products, which are free of harmful chemicals. Schedule your next facial appointment to learn more or stop by one of our two convenient Tucson locations.