Pregnancy is a thrilling time period but it also has its challenges. You might find it affects your mood, health, energy and appearance. Your skin stretches and morphs, your feet hurt, you feel fatigued, frumpy and bloated. Take heart – you can successfully maintain your beauty routine. This will ensure you remain confident,relaxed and radiant.
- Eat a healthy diet
Even though you may crave junk, try to stick to a diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables and lean protein. Foods rich in antioxidants will keep your skin looking healthy. Some supplements such as vitamin A, are not advisable during pregnancy. However, eating Vitamin A rich foods such as eggs, carrots, fish and dairy will help to keep the skin looking supple and young. The healthier your diet, the better your skin will look.
- Prevent Stretchmarks Entirely
Heredity plays a role in stretch marks therefore if your mother had them; you’re more likely to get them. Although you cannot prevent stretch marks, you can minimize their appearance and growth. Use oils or lotions that contain Vitamin A and E which are good for supporting the skins structure. These include coconut oil, Shea butter, cocoa butter, and carrot seed oil. You may also mix in a few drops of essential oils such as wheat germ oil which is rich in Vitamin E, or rosehip oil which is rich in fatty acids and healing nutrients. Many of the essential oils are rich in antioxidants which help to repair and protect the skin, and are therefore good for stretch marks. These natural oils are much more effective when used preventatively. Start applying them liberally as soon as you find out you are pregnant.
- Body Aches and Fatigue
To look and feel your best, ensure that you relax and rest whenever possible. Pregnant women need at least 8-10 hours of sleep every night. Rest is important to thwart eye bags and dark circles. Use lavender essential oil to help you relax and lull you to sleep. Baths with Epsom salts and essential oils help to relieve aches and pains. If you can, continue with your exercise routine as this will energize you and approve the appearance of your skin.
- Dry itchy skin
Stretching skin tends to be itchy and dry. Try to eliminate drying soaps and skin products that contain alcohol. Use natural soaps and natural skincare products because whatever you put on the skin, is absorbed into your body. To keep your skin well moisturized, add some vitamin E oil, lemongrass oil, or lavender oil to your lotion, mix well and use. This will enrich your lotion and make it more moisturizing. It is important to keep your whole body well moisturized, not just your belly.
If you do break out, remember that these skin changes will most likely resolve themselves within 3 months of giving birth. Wash your face with a mild cleanser twice a day and keep your hair off your face. Use an oil free moisturizer and avoid oily make-up.
Often, changes with pigmentation are among the most pronounced skin changes during pregnancy. Dark patches might develop on your face or on other areas of your body such as your inner thighs. Although these skin changes aren’t preventable, they can get worse with sun exposure. Stay in the shade when you can. If you must be in the sun, use plenty of sunscreen.