Women play such an important and sensitive role in the big picture that is mankind. Motherhood sets them apart from their male counterparts as women have the natural ability to carry and deliver another human being into this world. The risks they have to take and the difficulties they go through is unique to them that it is often a relief when the baby comes out. The thing is the real work begins once you have your little bundle of joy with you. The long sleepless nights can take its toll not to mention the pains of breastfeeding if you choose to feed your own child. With the countless obligations, unstable hormones, and the mere fact that your baby needs you all the time often leaves most mom unable to care for themselves. They neglect skincare and proper grooming as they usually are covered in baby spit and poo. Some even experience skin tags, that require specialized creams to remove.
What women should be aware of is that they can still look great and feel good in their own skin even with this added responsibility on their shoulders. You may not be able to religiously follow a 10-step skin care regimen that is all the rage now but you can definitely do something about maintaining your youthful looks and pleasant appearance. Various changes happened to your body during pregnancy and you may feel that you don’t look your best anymore but simply taking care of yourself can lift you up from your baby blues and help you fully embrace this new chapter in your life. You don’t even need to buy expensive skin care products to get that glow back on your cheeks or somehow make those unsightly stretch marks or other blemishes disappear.
Post pregnancy every mother gets complacent with her skin care regimen. Given that you have to be on your toes and vigilant 24/7 taking care of the new baby, the fact that you are able to breathe is like a blessing, let alone sticking to your pre-pregnancy skin care routine. But mothers, you still cannot be ignorant about your health and also your skin. As soon as the initial hustle-bustle settles down you have to get back to a healthy routine to reclaim your life back. This is easier said than done, especially when it revolves around skin care because a glowing and blemish free skin is a mother’s least worry. Here is why you should avoid going to parlours during pregnancy.
But postpartum as the hormonal levels fluctuate, makes you fatigued, lethargic and tired, it takes a toll on your skin too. Increased production of hormones HCG and progesterone increases blood volume during pregnancy giving that pregnancy glow. But the after effect on skin post delivery is exactly the opposite. Many moms may experience uneven skin tone, dark circles, eye bags, acne, patchy pigmentation (chloasma), stretch marks and dull skin. All of this coupled with a sluggish metabolism and baby blues can make things worse.
Simple steps like cleaning your face with a gentle cleanser, toner, and moisturizer can go a long way in making you look like your pre-pregnancy self once more. It won’t take so much of your time and you surely can still be there for your baby his/her every waking hour. Do this in between naps or when someone else is there to look after your newborn. Doing this twice daily at most is all you need, no need to overdo it. If you have more time on your hands, it won’t hurt to exfoliate too during your quick baths. It’s a great way to remove dead skin cells and leave you with soft and supple skin that you won’t be embarrassed to showcase in public.
Here’s some more good news: melasma typically dissipates after you finish breastfeeding. “On some women, it goes away sooner, but usually it takes a few months after you stop breastfeeding for your body to feel completely normal again.” If the spots don’t lighten on their own after you stop breastfeeding, you can also talk to your dermatologist about professional treatment options, like microdermabrasion and retinol creams.
Even skin changes like melisma during pregnancy can be taken cared of especially if you breastfeed since it usually disappears on its own if you are a breastfeeding mom. It is not common for these blemishes to persist way after you ceased breastfeeding but if it does and it bothers you, that’s when you’ll need the help of an expert on procedures like microdermabrasion that may cost you more than just a few dollars. Applying sunscreen can also help prevent more of these blemishes from appearing as well as lightening eye creams or slices of cucumber placed under your eyes to lessen dark under eye circles. What’s most important is that you get lots of sleep whenever you can no matter how impossible it may seem because enough shuteye will not only boost your mood but work like magic on your dull and tired-looking skin that has gone through so much since you got pregnant.