Pregnancy is an incredible journey for women as their body goes through significant changes to accommodate the little baby boy or girl that is developing within. As wonderful as that may be, there’s no denying that your body will experience both positive and negative side effects of these, varying in intensity. Some women are lucky enough to experience that renowned pregnancy glow as a result of the sudden surge in oil production. However, some aren’t so fortunate and may experience facial and body acne, particularly during the first few months. Women who have had problems with acne in the past are more susceptible to experience it again while pregnant. While hormones are unstable at the best of times, the last thing you want to be worrying about is the condition of your skin. Fear not prospective mums, as we’ve put together some of the best ways you can keep your skin glowing throughout pregnancy and beyond!
Wash your Face Twice Daily
Keep your face fresh and oil-free by cleaning it with a soft face cloth, but limit to twice daily, so you don’t deprive your skin of the natural oils it needs. Excessive washing can be counter-productive; the skin will overproduce oil, resulting in an oily complexion that allows acne to thrive. Within five minutes of washing your face, we recommend applying one of our vegan and organic face creams to ensure you skin continues to feel fresh throughout the day.
Avoid the Face!
Skincare golden rule number one: do NOT touch, pick or come into contact with any spots under any circumstances. This habit is sure to spread the bacteria, resulting in even more unwanted pimples popping up left, right and centre. Instead, clean your skin thoroughly before applying a treatment product to the affected area every evening and morning.
There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep! When you’re carrying a little human around inside you, it’s more important than ever to get a minimum of eight hours per night. You often hear of women eating for two while with child, but what about sleeping for two? Pregnancy makes you even more tired than usual, and that will cause dark circles and tired-looking skin. To avoid this, make sure you head up to bed early and treat yourself to a long and relaxing lie-in whenever you see fit. You’ll want to get as much sleep as possible before the baby arrives as those precious hours of shut-eye become few and far between!
It goes without saying that it’s more important than ever to have a balanced diet during pregnancy, for both you and the baby. Taking extra care of what you are eating will also benefit your skin and help it to appear more radiant. Consult a doctor for a suitable diet chart that is best for you and be sure to eat lots of foods that are full of natural goodness! But never forget to wash fresh produce thoroughly so you can avoid any harmful pesticides.
Avoid Harsh Soaps
One way to undoubtedly remove the good, natural oils of your skin is by using harsh soap bars as part of your daily routine. Swap these for a moisturising body wash and facial cleanser. Not only is this better for you, but you can also treat yourself to a little luxury while your body is experiencing some changes.
When pregnant, you should still try and remain active! Adjust your usual workout routine and do a daily workout to increase circulation and blood flow, while also reducing stress. When you sweat you eliminate toxins, this will make your skin look much healthier and lead to that natural pregnancy glow!
Wash out the toxins in your body by drinking lots and lots of water. Keeping hydrated will also help you maintain a certain level of amniotic fluid within your body, contributing to the health of both yourself and the baby. Some women find that they don’t like the taste of water during pregnancy, so you may need to change your approach. Consider consuming other liquids with a high content of H2o, such as coconut water, so that you can keep your hydration levels high.
Use Sun Cream
Sun cream is vital for protection against sunburn, but when you are pregnant, the importance is even more apparent. When you are as uncomfortable as it is, the last thing you need is a sore, red burn to deal with. So make sure that you are always topping up your sun cream! Those with particularly oily skin or suffer from acne problems can opt for a cream that is specially formulated with these conditions in mind.
Again, this might seem like a no-brainer, but having a sufficient amount of rest and downtime, even during the day, is an absolute must for all expecting mothers. With baby nurseries to prepare and a whole host of things that need to be completed pre-arrival, this is easier said than done. But it is down to you to ensure you give time to yourself for some self-care. Book a prenatal massage or put your feet up for an hour away from everyone else. Doing this will benefit your skin significantly, with fresh, healthy skin as a result.
Here at Myreen Young, we have recently launched a range of pregnancy products to help you maintain a high-quality skincare routine during such a magical time. We have skin supple body lotions, stretch mark oils and pre-labour bath oils! All of these products are vegan and organic to provide you with the best possible skin conditions during pregnancy. Once the bundle of joy is here, our organic baby lotion is a must-have for any new born. It provides the essential care their skin needs. For more inspiration, check out our recent baby-related blog posts, including Tips for Treating Nappy Rash.