Pregnancy is bittersweet. It gives you a lot of time to cherish the accompanying signals of the developing baby inside your womb. During this period, you also need to go through a lot of physical, emotional, mental, and even social challenges. These changes can bring in a lot of joy as well as a lot of woes. So, you opt to find every possible information that will allow you to enjoy the journey, all that goes with it — both positive and negative.
To ease the tension and make you feel naturally beautiful during these precious months, consider these natural pregnancy-friendly skin care tips that we came up with. Remember that you need to be extra careful of the things that you take in, put on your skin, as well as what you do, to make sure that you and your baby will be both happy and healthy throughout your pregnancy.
Common Changes During Pregnancy
There are several pregnancy-related changes that you will experience that are caused mainly by hormonal imbalance in your body. During pregnancy, the hormones in your body produce more than what they normally do, resulting in some unexpected changes in your skin. Below are some of the ways your skin responds to this hormonal imbalance.
- Formation of Stretch Marks. This is your skin’s natural reaction as the skin tissues in the dermis (the middle layer of the skin) gets stretched beyond its limit. You see this when your body accommodates a rapid growth in your body. Most expectant moms would see this visible sign of pregnancy as the baby inside the womb grows.
This does not mean that this pregnancy marks will be there forever. Once you have given birth, your skin will return to its original state. While you wait for your baby’s birth, you can use stretch mark creams and oils to lessen the appearance of, even remove, stretch marks. One of the most effective is to use coconut oil for pregnancy marks. Just rub it directly where the stretch marks are visible. Do this until the stretch marks fade off or lighten. If you opt to use stretch marks cream, opt for one that is made of natural ingredients.
- Formation of dark skin pigmentations or chloasma. During pregnancy, it is possible that you will see dark pigmentations on your skin. This is caused by the overproduction of melanin pigments in your body. During this period, your skin can also get easily burned when exposed to the sun. It is best that you wear sunscreen that provides full coverage (one that shields both UVB and UVA rays I and II from the body). Putting on some makeup made of healthy ingredients can also help protect your skin from the rays of the sun while covering the dark spots on your face.
- The skin becomes dry. Your baby will depend on you for all the nourishment it will need to develop, including the water that means most of what could have been for your skin will be passed through him. You have to make sure you maintain that moisture on your skin to prevent it from drying and flaking as it can lead to other skin problems as well.
Just relax and read on. You’ll find ways to make it easier to manage these common pregnancy problems.
- Go Natural. The first thing you need to remember is to use, as much as possible, products that are made from all-natural ingredients. Not only are these products healthier, they are also safer. Make sure to check the packaging for any ingredients that may put your and your child’s health at risk.
- Avoid these toxic chemicals. Following are some toxic chemicals that may be hiding inside the bottles or packaging of the products that you are using. The easiest way to detect them is if they care letters or numbers in the product label.
- Ethoxylated compounds. These ingredients are labeled with an ETH or PEG, numbers or dashes in product labels.
- Endocrine Disruptors. These toxic chemicals are indicated in product labels as nonylphenol, triclosan, BPA, phthalates and parabens and used to add fragrance, provide antibacterial effects, or lengthen the product’s shelf life. They disrupt the normal functioning of the endocrine glands, hence, should be avoided.
- Skin irritants. If you look at the product label, you will see them as sodium lauryl sulfate. This chemical ingredient can trigger allergic reactions, as well as other skin problems like dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and more.
- Petrochemicals and Synthetic Colours. Though these chemicals are not toxic, they may cause skin irritation and allergies.
- Choose the best natural ingredients. There is no need for elaborate and complex beauty routines. Just keep it simple and use natural ingredients. If you do, you will be sure to worry less throughout your pregnancy. Here are some of the best natural skin care ingredients that you can use.
- Coconut oil. Coconut oil is proven to be effective in fading and even, preventing stretch marks, as well as dryness that may cause itchiness. It is also effective in strengthening the health of the immune system as it contains lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid, all of which have antifungal, antibacterial, as well as antiviral properties. Coconut oil can also be used as a great hair care product. It has also been proven to be a good treatment for yeast infection, in improving digestion, as well as in losing weight.
- Broccoli Seed Oil. Broccoli seed oil is nature’s wonder oil that works as a perfect moisturizer. It contains Vitamin B as well as Vitamin C. Not only does it protect the skin from free radicals, it also keeps the moisture in during the day so it can deeply hydrate even during the night.
- Argan oil. Argan oil makes the skin soft and young-looking. It is filled with linolenic acid, antioxidants and also Vitamin E.
There are a lot more sources of essential nutrients that an expecting mom like you can use to maintain a healthy and good-looking skin. These can also help eliminate any unsightly skin problems like acne, skin pigmentation, stretch marks.
Keep your whole body properly cleaned and nourished with other naturally-nourishing ingredients like lemon juice, apple cider vinegar tonic, and turmeric milk. Say no to synthetic products and feel and look healthy throughout your pregnancy.