Top tips for great pregnancy skin
Beauty expert Helen Elldred of Effortless Skin offers the following tips on how to look after your skin during pregnancy
During pregnancy your skin can go through some major changes. Fluctuating hormone levels can affect the balance of oil and sweat production by skin glands, and your rapid growth can also stretch the skin. Here’s a few tips to help you care for your skin.
Simplify your skin care routine
Your skin can become very unpredictable during pregnancy so go back to basics and just use cleanser, serum, moisturiser and SPF while your skin adjusts to the change in hormones.
Look for natural ingredients
Use products that contain natural ingredients and oils to soothe dry, itchy skin and replenish fatty acid levels to help increase the skin's resilience. Avoid ingredients like salicylic acid and parabens which can be potentially harmful during pregnancy.
Use your fridge to store products for inflamed skin
Keep flannels and gentle vitamin E-based moisturisers in the fridge to cool and provide relief for stressed or inflamed skin
Use rich balms on your body
Use a rich, hydrating balm or butter on areas prone to stretch marks, like the stomach and thighs, as early as possible during the pregnancy, to keep them to a minimum.
Make sure you always wear a high sunscreen
Wear a high factor sunscreen on any areas of exposed skin to limit the damage done by the sun's UV rays and to minimise the risk of developing melasma/hyperpigmentation.
Try not to use hot water on your face
Avoid using soap-based products and washing in hot water, as these can dry out the skin and make it uncomfortable
Avoid using blemish makeup
Don't use any pore-clogging makeup to keep blemishes under control.
Try not to worry about the changes to your skin
Try not to stress about developing stretch marks or other skin conditions, as this can contribute to the development of acne, inflammation and oily skin.
How to help oily skin or acne
If acne and oily skin are becoming an issue, start using a clay based mask once a week to safely clean out the pores and absorb excess oil.