By Dena White
When a woman becomes pregnant, her hormone levels go all over the place. With pregnancy comes an abundance of joy and happiness; it also brings hormonal changes that lead to acne, dry skin, brittle hair and nails, varicose veins as well as problems with pigmentation.
It is important to stay positive and feel good as much as possible during pregnancy; part of that is looking good as well, and so to that end we offer you these 10 easy, effective beauty tips for pregnancy and a bit beyond.
1. Avoid Or Treat Acne Naturally
One of the most common problems that pregnant women face is acne. However, it is recommended that you do not use any skin care products that contain benzoyl peroxide, any of the retinoids or salicylic acid. In fact, it is best to avoid using all products that contain any chemical ingredients. If you must use products containing chemicals, be sure to check with your dermatologist to determine which are the safest.
A natural way to steer clear of acne flare-ups is to properly clean your face on a regular basis. The face is the oiliest part of your body, and if your pores become clogged, it could lead to acne. Use a mild soap to gently wash your face a minimum of twice a day. Oil free cleaners, moisturizers and natural sunscreens can also help keep your face feeling clear and beautiful. Remember, eating right and drinking a minimum of eight glasses of water daily has been proven to improve skin.
2. Dry Skin Relief And Stretch Mark Prevention
You need to apply oils to your skin on a daily basis to nourish dry skin and promote stretch mark prevention. Oils can be combined together, used separately or you may find some natural products containing the best oils. The oils that provide the greatest benefits to the skin of an expectant mother are avocado oil, castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil and wheat germ oil. Use your favorite mixture on your abdomen, breasts, buttocks and thighs to prevent stretch marks and dry skin.
3. Some Essential Oils To Avoid
Not all essential oils are recommended during your pregnancy. In fact, during the first two trimesters, some essential oils can put your pregnancy at risk. The essential oils that you must avoid are Parsley, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Basil, Cinnamon, Juniper, Thyme, Myrrh, Pennyroyal, Sweet Marjoram and Rosemary.
On the contrary, several essential oils are ideal to treat the most common pregnancy symptoms. Consult an experienced aromatherapist to determine which oils are best.
4. Bye-Bye Brittle Hair And Nails
When you are pregnant, changing hormone levels cause the hair to go dormant, and you may even notice some hair loss. Hormonal changes also cause brittle or cracked fingernails. Your nails will require your constant attention during pregnancy. Consult a specialist who can recommend hair and nail strengtheners that are safe to use in your delicate condition.
5. Keeping Your Skin Moist
If your skin is oily, try a water-based moisturizer. If you skin is on the drier side, then you should try a moisturizer with an oil base. To keep your skin moist and beautiful throughout your pregnancy, establish a regular routine of cleaning and moisturizing.
6. Breastfeeding Relief
Creams with a lanolin base are a great way to treat sore, cracked nipples. Try a little after each feeding. In addition, leaving a little milk on the nipple may also help.
7. Preventing Varicose Veins
A relaxing walk every day will do wonders for your circulation. Try to avoid standing on your feet for long periods of time. When you sit, elevate you feet and legs. It is also not good to cross your legs. All of these methods will help prevent varicose veins.
8. Calming Skin Treatments
Natural soaps, which can be found at any health food store, will help prevent skin irritation during your pregnancy. The soaps that contain a little extra coconut oil are best. Use soaps made from vegetable oils, and stay away from chemicals, dyes and perfumes.
9. Put An End To Pigmentation Problems
The best tip to avoid the pigmentation problems that many women face during pregnancy is stay out of the sun as much as possible. If you must be exposed to the sun, check with your dermatologist to find out which natural sunscreen is best for you.
10. Soak The Itch Away
A great way to relieve the itchy skin that women often suffer from during pregnancy is adding some bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) to your bath. Just a cup will relieve itching and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.
It is difficult dealing with the stress of pregnancy. Unfortunately, a number of skin care products should not be used during your pregnancy because they could be harmful to your baby. However, there are many ways to get around such limitations to look and feel your best throughout your entire pregnancy.
DENA WHITE is a freelance writer and covers topics such as nurses assistant and medical careers, health care topics, and more.