Top Skincare Tips For That Pregnancy Glow
Your body undergoes a lot of changes when you’re pregnant. Your appetite, sleep cycle, hair, skin, and nails are all affected during these nine months. While a few transformations are out of your control, you can take care of your skin and keep it feeling fresh and looking healthy during your pregnancy. Here are a few gentle products available to tackle pregnancy skin problems!
• Use a mild makeup remover
Due to the change in your hormones, the skin on your face may dry out and feel tight. Redness is more frequent during pregnancy and gets worse at certain times of the year, mainly in the winter. To protect your skin and prevent it from getting worse, use a mild makeup remover that is gentle on your skin and does not dry it out further. You can try the L'Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise Lip and Eye Make-Up Remover, which removes all makeup, even the waterproof ones, without stripping your skin of its moisture and essential oils.
• Hydrate your skin
To keep your skin hydrated throughout the day, use a moisturising product morning and night on your face and a rich nourishing lotion or cream on the rest of your body. The new L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence is a hydrating formula that penetrates up to 10 skin layers to reveal bright, radiant, crystal clear skin, with improved moisture retention.
• Choose the right products for sensitive skin
Don't wait until you suffer skin reactions to invest in products for sensitive skin. Constantly changing hormones may make your skin intolerant to products that had never bothered you before. The best solution is to adapt your pregnancy skincare to sensitive skin, and maybe even try organic products.
• Don’t forget to exfoliate
One of the most traumatising pregnancy skin problems is reliving your teenage years, with angry red spots! A lot of progesterone is produced during these nine months, which stimulates the sebaceous glands, which leads to spots. You need to deep-clean your skin and use an anti-acne cream to fight against these imperfections. You can also treat the most visible spots locally, with an antiseptic product. Finally, gently exfoliate at least once a week to avoid pores getting blocked. The Salicylic Acid in the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence accelerates skin renewal and mildly exfoliates to refine pores and skin texture.
• Sunscreen is a must
When you are pregnant, your hormones mess up the normal functioning of your body. Pigment cells can go out of control and the cocktail of hormones and UV rays is almost explosive. Therefore, expose your skin to the sun as little as possible and just at more gentle times of the day and never go out without sun protection, whether in winter or summer. Try the L'Oréal Paris UV Perfect UV Protector Transparent SPF 50+ (Non-Tinted). It absorbs excess sweat, making it a perfect choice for Indian summers, even in the extremely humid places.
• Relax your legs
The phenomenon of heavy legs is accentuated if you are pregnant during the summer and it gets very hot. This feeling of discomfort can be soothed by applying an anti-heavy legs product that contains menthol or camphor and massaging it up from your ankles to your thighs. You can also apply a jet of cold water at the end of your shower to soothe your legs.
• Take special care of your breasts
Over the first 12 weeks, some women can go up two cup sizes! To avoid any discomfort, you need to look after your new chest. Even though it might be unpleasant, finish off a shower with a jet of cold water on your breasts, to firm up the tissue. And don't forget to moisturise daily to ensure suppleness and softness.
• Start anti-stretch marks treatment early
Stretch marks are the number one enemy of pregnant women. Although we cannot prevent them, we can at least minimise their effects. When you gain weight, the skin stretches and must create more elastin and collagen fibres. But hormone changes slow down this mechanism and the skin's elastic fibres break more easily. Red or even purple streaks appear on the stomach, chest, hips, and thighs. From the beginning of your pregnancy, apply anti-stretch mark oils on your whole body once or twice a day. Continue this up to four months after giving birth.
Pregnancy is the time to pamper yourself and enjoy the journey. While pregnancy hormones affect different women differently, it usually brings about common skin issues like breakouts, dry skin, and pigmentations. Following these simple tips will help you to understand how to take care of your skin and protect your healthy glow.