Pregnancy brings with it various skincare woes. Add to that equation your growing belly the changing weather, and you’ve got yourself a rather pesky situation. Josephine Song, global head, new product development, VLCC and co-founder, Global Vantage Innovative Group (GVig), Singapore, shares a few tips and tricks to keep your skin healthy.
Pregnancy comes with its share of ups and downs. All expectant mothers go through a magical experience, especially if you are pregnant for the first time. But for some women, it can mean months of nausea and fatigue, as well as dermatological conditions ranging from acne to hyperpigmentation.
The monsoons tend to make these dermatological conditions even worse as both the skin and hair suffer due to high humidity. Now, it’s a known fact that one’s skin is unstable as on some days it becomes extremely oily and other days it’s too dry. You never know what to expect and this instability renders your complexion dull and lifeless.
This is precisely why it’s important to care for your skin with a routine that’s suitable to your pregnancy skincare needs. However, before you do, make sure you consult the doctor and discuss the skin care regime before introducing a new ingredient to your gamut.
While all women respond differently to skincare ingredients, taking into account individual factors like skin type and sensitivities, make sure your routine goes something like this in order to make your skin glow even more during this special time:
WASH YOUR FACE: It’s important to rid your skin of dirt at least two to three times a day, especially before you go to bed. The monsoons usually cause dirt and pollutants to lodge themselves in your pores. Use a toner if you have dry skin or an astringent if you have oily skin, to clean your pores thoroughly.
MOISTURISE: Using a good moisturiser during the day is not enough. Our skin naturally repairs itself at night and daily moisturising before you sleep will also help keep wrinkles at bay, and will ensure that your skin glows. Do make sure to moisturise during your nighttime skincare ritual.
EXFOLIATE: Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface. If we don’t exfoliate, the dead skin cells stay on our skin, making your appear dull and lifeless. Moreover, this can lead to hair loss, breakouts, grimy feet, and much more. Therefore, a healthy skincare routine should always include exfoliation at least once a week.
SUN PROTECTION: Being outdoors, especially during the monsoons doesn’t necessarily mean you’re protected from the harmful rays of the sun. It’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect your delicate skin. But remember, all sunscreens are not created equal and with so many options, you can opt for one suited to your skin type and requirement. Also reapply sunscreen every four hours if you are not getting wet. Make sure to apply a generous amount. The easiest way to protect your skin is to avoid sun exposure during afternoon. This is when the energy from the sun’s UV rays is at its highest.
STAY HYDRATED: Drinking plenty of water has multiple benefits. It’s not only a means to help transport nutrients to your baby, it’s also a great way to ensure your skin stays healthy. Moreover, dehydration is also a common problem during pregnancy, particularly during the monsoons when you on’t usually feel thirsty. Make sure you drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water a day. On a particularly hot day, make sure you increase your water intake, depending on your state of hydration. Add lemon or cucumber to your water for a refreshing change.
EAT HEALTHY: Glowing skin is not only a result of external skincare. You must eat foods rich in antioxidants and proteins. Add fi sh and eggs, because they stimulate collagen growth. Check with your doctor on which things to include in your diet. Adding healthy vegetables and antioxidant-rich fruits to keep your complexion glowing.
EXERCISE: Exercise not only keeps you fit and active but it also helps to get rid of toxins and keeps your skin healthy and glowing during your pregnancy. Do simple workouts like pregnancy yoga every morning to feel good and stay fresh. If you feel too lazy to work out, taking a short walk is a great option to keep you active, as well as help you sweat to stay fresh and even aids in keeping your skin healthy.
STRETCH MARKS: You’re tummy is rapidly growing and you are noticing stretch marks on your hips, tummy, thighs, arms and other areas of your body. These occur in up to 90 per cent of pregnant women is the result of your skin stretching. Stretch marks are also due to hormonal imbalance. During your pregnancy, it is vital to properly moisturise the stretch marks affected areas at least twice a day. Look for creams with vitamin E, collagen or elastin to help improve the elasticity of your skin, thereby reducing the likelihood of stretch marks.
While one’s skin can get adversely affected by the changing weather, it’s also one’s hair that can see a drastic change, especially during one’s pregnancy. The monsoon season can cause an excessive amount of hair fall and increased dandruff. And one’s hormones are all over particularly during pregnancy, it becomes important to take care of your luscious locks. Do not allow your hair to remain wet for a long time as this facilitates the growth of dandruff. Finally, make sure you check the expiry dates of the products you use to make sure you avoid skin damage, and more importantly, make sure your baby stays safe and healthy!|MB