We talk about so many different things when it comes to being pregnant. Hormone changes,
body changes and food cravings, to name but a few. However one thing that is not discussed so
much is how pregnancy can affect our skin. Looking after our skin whilst being pregnant is extremely important as there are many changes that can happen that may be unexpected. As the infamous pregnancy ‘glow’ doesn’t unfortunately happen to all of us, here is how to ensure that you are looking after your skin and looking and feeling your best.
Colour Changes to Your Skin
One common skin condition that pregnant women is experience is uneven skin tone. Pigment changes in skin is down to changes in hormones which manifests itself in many different ways, your skin included. As many as 70% of women experience uneven skin tone whilst being pregnant so it is definitely worth finding out what your options are should this ever happen to
One of the best ways to combat this skin condition is to make sure that you are eating foods that are rich in folic acid. You can find folic acid in a wide range of foods from spinach, kale and leafy greens to green vegetables such as broccoli and asparagus, peas and avocados. Seeds and nuts are also high in that all important folic acids which is so effective at stabilising those hormones and therefore balancing out your skintone. It is also recommendable to stay out of the
sun and take the recommended daily allowance of skin boosting vitamin C on a daily basis.
A lot of women experience dry skin whilst being pregnant. Whether you already have experienced dry skin conditions such as mild plaque psoriasis before or whether you have never experienced any dry skin condition, you can never be quite sure how your skin will react to being pregnant. So if your skin has become more dry, or has become dry for the first time whilst being pregnant, there are a couple of simple home remedies that you can try in order to get the moisture and glow back to your skin.
Using extra virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil on your skin is a super cheap and a really effective and natural way to combat problematic dry skin. Smooth onto skin at least a few hours
before bedtime (to give it time to sink in) before getting into bed to avoid oily sheets. Not only will your skin benefit from the natural moisturizing elements in these oils but you will also smell
good enough to eat.
Another common complaint of pregnant women is oily skin. If your skin becomes more oily during pregnancy then you should make sure that you are washing your skin twice a day with a gentle, pH balanced cleanser. Treat yourself to a deep cleansing face mask twice a week and stick to lots of lovely organic fruit and vegetables.
We hope the above tips go some way in giving you back your glow and help you to feel great in the lead up to your big arrival.