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What can happen to your skin during pregnancy
Pregnancy is a joyous time for women. You’re looking forward to finally meeting that little bundle of joy and maybe taking it a bit easier around the house. This is the perfect time to start spending a little extra time focusing on you and taking care of your skin. Here are a few tips from our friends in the skincare industry about some changes that may occur and how to care for your skin during pregnancy.
The beginning stages of pregnancy can make you feel like a teenager mid puberty with all of the hormonal changes that your body is going through, especially when you start breaking out. The surge of the progesterone hormone around week six, as well as inflamed dehydrated skin, can cause excess sebum levels, resulting in blocked pores that lead to breakouts.
What you can do
We spoke to our friends at Pure + Simple who provided us with some information on keeping your skin healthy and beautiful during your pregnancy.
Beautiful skin be maintained with these simple steps morning and night:
Cleanse gently with a milk cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin such as the Pure + Simple Sensitive Skin Cleansing Milk
Use a serum for sensitive skin types that reduces redness and dehydration and that improves the appearance of premature-aging in skin.
Finish your skin routine with a good moisturizer that slows down moisture loss so that your body doesn’t try to overcompensate with a pore clogging amount of sebum [an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin].
Your skin stretches a lot during pregnancy and this can cause your skin to become very dry very easily. Your body can also get depleted of some of it’s natural oils and elasticity and this can contribute to the ever dreaded dry skin battle.
What you can do
Avoid products containing retinoids, alcohol, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, fragrances and perfumes, as they can all contribute to dry skin. Consuming your full daily water intake-of 2.7 litres- can help in avoiding dry skin.
Apply moisturizer right after exiting the bath.
To heal and protect your skin’s moisture, use products containing natural oils such as cocoa butter, almond butter and coconut oil.
Our Matraea Belly Butter is made of organic ingredients and has everything you need to hydrate and make your skin feel soft and supple, like a babies bottom!
If your mother had them, then we are sorry to say, you might experience them as well.
As we mentioned previously, your skin loses some of its moisture and elasticity during pregnancy and that makes you more vulnerable for stretch marks to occur.
What you can do
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
The skin around your bump becomes thinner as the skin stretches to accommodate your growing baby. You’ll want to use products that have an oil base to help not just moisturize your skin, but also repair your skin. Look for natural ingredients such as Rosa canina (rose hip oil) which is high in essential fatty acids that aid in the maintenance of healthy skin.
Always read the labels before buying products that are ‘all the rage’ to find out what’s in them and if they truly are worth the buzz. One product we suggest is Shoosha Serum. It’s USDA Certified Organic and doctor recommended for reducing the appearance of scars, age spots, stretch marks and also helps to even out your skin tone.
Our final advice
Consulting a skincare professional is always a good idea to help you develop a simple and natural skincare program that is customized for you. Of course, if you have any concerns or skin irritants contact your doctor. Especially during this time, you want to ensure that you’re using products that are right for you and safe for pregnancy.