Congratulations! You’re going to be a mommy soon. Now that there is a little one growing inside you, you need to be careful about what you eat or drink. We know that you are already doing your best to ensure that you use only the safest and healthiest things for your baby’s well-being.
While you are extra careful about the food you eat, there are other things that may confuse you during the months leading up to the delivery. You may be confused about the kind of products that you may use on the skin. During pregnancy, the skin undergoes many changes and it needs much care and attention. Read on and find out about pregnancy skin care.
Skin Care During Pregnancy:
All cosmetics aren’t safe to use during pregnancy. Many of these cosmetics can break through your skin barrier, and cause internal harm and in turn endanger your baby.
Following are some ways for pregnancy skin care tips you should include:
1. Consult A Good Dermatologist:
During pregnancy, your skin will suffer from a host of changes, right from acne to extra facial hair and more. It is always a good idea to start taking care of the problem before it gets out of hand.
- Take care of any rashes or bumps you see on your skin
- Don’t prick, pinch or itch these rashes or bumps.
- Consult a dermatologist to get proper advice on how to treat them
- Visiting the expert will ensure that you take the necessary precautions and you use products that are safe to use during pregnancy.
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2. Chemicals To Stay Away From:
There are certain chemicals that regularly found in everyday products that can be quite dangerous for pregnant women. You should pay extra attention to what you use, as these chemicals should be avoided during pregnancy. Remember to:
- Read the ingredient lists carefully before you apply anything on your skin
- Bad news for those of you who love coloring their hair. Hair color contains many harmful ingredients that can cause complications in pregnancy,
- You should avoid chemical ingredients like hydroquinone, harmful bleaching agents and steroids
- These chemical ingredients are commonly found in many over-the-counter drugs
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3. Avoid Stepping Out In Direct Sun:
Pregnancy is a time when your body goes through many hormonal changes. A product that may have suited your skin best earlier, may not suit you know and may even cause all sorts of complications.
- As the skin is more sensitive during pregnancy, you are more prone to pigmentation or dark patches springing up in the skin. Try and avoid going out in the day, especially during the day time.
- Try and cover up well, unless you cannot avoid it. Carry an umbrella or wear a hat
- Wear loose fitting clothes that cover exposed parts of the skin.
[ Read: Skin Darkening During Pregnancy ]
4. Use A Good Sun Block:
Of course it’s quite impossible to avoid the sun for the entire time you are pregnant. Whether you are at home or traveling in a car with tinted windows, the sun’s rays can still harm you.
- Talk to your dermatologist about a good sun block that is safe for pregnant women to use
- Use a good sun block that provides adequate protection. Ideally any sun block with a a level of SPF 30++ should work just fine.
- Remember that SPF refers to UVB sunlight and ++ refers to the UVA sunlight. It is important to protect yourself from both forms of sunlight. Read the labels carefully before you buy any sun block.
- Make sure you apply the sun block at least half an hour before you step out. It usually takes around 30 minutes for the sun block to take effect. So if you apply it and immediately move out, it will rarely do any good
- Use the sun block once in the morning
- Reapply another coat of sun block once every three hours , especially if you will be traveling in the sun
[ Read: Skin Allergy During Pregnancy ]
Your skin will go through some significant changes during pregnancy. Don’t worry; you will eventually get back to your pre-pregnancy skin again. Once you deliver the baby, the skin gradually starts getting back to how it was earlier. However, you must remember to take extra good care of your skin during these months.
Avoid all chemical products if you can. Stay away from applying dyes and colors and don’t get any new tattoos done. In fact, you should avoid these activities until you finish with the breastfeeding stage.
Please share any special tips and tricks for skin care during pregnancy.
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