Pregnancy is a wonderful time, but it also comes with a ton of changes to your body, especially your hair and nails. While you might have glowing, beautiful skin during your pregnancy, the post-delivery changes may not be quite as nice.
The good news is, most of these changes are temporary and due to things like hormone fluctuations that will sort themselves out over time. However, there may be some issues that you want to treat at home to help you look and feel your best during a busy, stressful time of life.
Below are 10 quick and effective beauty tips for taking care of your post-pregnancy skin.
Even if you’ve never had a blemish in your life, pregnancy breakouts are normal. Treat them with a gentle, salicylic acid wash and a benzoyl peroxide cream to get rid of spots quickly.
You probably aren’t getting much sleep with a newborn, which can quickly lead to deep, dark circles under your eyes. On days you don’t have time for concealer, you can keep a tub of hydrating under-eye patches in your fridge. These cooling, hydrating gels will make your face look more refreshed and awake than you may feel.
Discoloration of the skin is normal after pregnancy and some of it will resolve on its own. To keep the issue from getting worse, be sure to wear sunscreen every day. Gentle exfoliation can help speed the recovery process as well.
Dry skin is an itchy nuisance that new moms don’t have time for. If slathering on lotion just isn’t working, try an in-shower body oil to lock in more moisture.
Lack of sleep can leave your face looking swollen or sallow. If napping isn’t an option, making sure you drink enough water will help. You can also apply a soothing, cooling moisturizer to help reduce swelling.
Shea butter and creams rich in olive oil are lifesavers for reducing the appearance of stretch marks and preventing new ones. When you have time, massage shea butter onto your problem areas as often as needed, something Eugenia Shea suggests it’s products can help with.
Itchy or Dry Scalp
Don’t forget that your scalp is skin too. Wash your hair at least twice a week with a nourishing shampoo and follow up with conditioner to keep your hair and scalp healthy.
Permanent removal of spider veins may require laser treatment, but you can diminish their appearance using witch hazel. Engaging in gentle exercises like yoga or walking can improve circulation and help as well.
While severe cases require professional treatments, mildly saggy skin can be remedied with consistent, weight-bearing exercises and some patience.
Red, Irritated Skin
Hormone spikes can leave your skin more sensitive than normal, so if you notice redness, bumps or itchy rashes, try switching to hypoallergenic or sensitive skin-friendly products. If it’s gentle enough for your baby, it may be perfect for you.