Thursday, April 8, 2010
Pregnancy Skin Care Tips
Pregnacy can be one of the best or worse times for your skin. The increase of blood flow causes many women to experience what is called the pregnancy glow. Some women may find that they experince very little changes to their complexion, while others may feel like a teenager all over again.
Pregnant women may frequently experience dry, itchy skin on their stomach. The reason for this itchiness is that the skin is being stretched to its limit and it feels dry and very uncomfortable. There is also another skin problem some women experience during pregnancy and that’s skin acne.
Skin Acne During Pregnancy
Women may be more likely to experience problems with acne during pregnancy because of their changing hormonal levels. A word of caution, before using any acne treatment make sure and check with your doctor as some ingredients in the treatment may be harmful to your developing baby. Choosing gentle oil free cleansers and moisturizers, oil-free cosmetics and sunscreen are important. Drinking plenty of water and maintaining a healthy diet will give your skin a healthy glow.
The Pregnancy Mask
Melasma, or the pregnancy mask as it is commonly known is found among 70% of most pregnant women. The symptoms of melasma are dark, irregular patches commonly found on the upper cheek, nose, lips, upper lip, and forehead. These patches often develop gradually over time.
This is quite common and can happen in women of any skin color but seems to be more of a problem for women with darker complexions. It usually fades after pregnancy but with some simple precautions you should be able to avoid it. Melasma does not cause any other symptoms beyond the cosmetic discoloration.
Make sure you wear sunscreen all the time even on cloudy days. Your choice of sunscreen is important for healthy pregnancy skin care. The safest form of sunscreen is one that provides a physical block to the sun's ray's and does not contain any harmful chemicals for your baby.
Body Skin Care
When bathing choose a gentle body wash that does not dry out your skin and apply a good moisturizing lotion or body oil to skin that is still damp. By using moisturizing creams to keep your skin supple and more elastic will help to prevent stretch marks and keep your skin soft and moist. Keeping your pregnancy skin care routine simple, avoiding bad ingredients and protecting your skin from the sun are the best ways to keep your skin healthy and looking good while helping to protect your baby.
Isabella Oliver is delighted to carry a selection of beauty ranges that we hope you will love as much as we do. Providing skincare solutions for pregnancy and long afterwards, This Works is brands that will ensure your skin's silky soft from head to toe. Enjoy feeling truly pampered and protected during this special time, your deserve it.