From puffy eyes and dark circles to acne, pigmentation and stretch marks, your skin may go through a lot of changes, both during and after the pregnancy. And while most of those changes are temporary and will get back to normal in due time, there are still some things you can do to speed up the process and get healthy and radiant skin. Even though constructing a skincare routine might not be your top priority once your little one becomes your center of attention, all it truly takes is 10 minutes of your time every day to keep your skin looking great. So, here is the best beauty guide for postpartum skincare:
Cleanse every day
Although most women tend to use harsher cleansers or physical exfoliants after pregnancy in the hopes of speeding up the process of treating their skin issues, the truth is that using those sorts of product will only backfire on you and create even more problems for your skin in the future. Instead, start your new skincare routine by washing your face with a mild and gentle cleanser that will get rid of the baby food, makeup and any other residue that has accumulated in your pores during the day, and leave you with a clean and fresh face.
If you want to maintain a healthy and radiant complexion, it’s very important to stay hydrated. But apart from drinking lots of water throughout the day, this also means that you should hydrate your skin with a good moisturizer, ideally twice a day. Our skin is constantly losing water to the environment, and even more so during and shortly after pregnancy, which is why you need to use a moisturizer after every cleansing session, no matter your skin type, in order to keep your skin balanced and functioning optimally.
Avoid harsh chemicals
One of the best ways to take good care of your skin after delivery is to keep harsh and harmful chemicals at bay, and only opt for safe, natural products. There are many great natural skincare brands you can opt for, that offer everything from cleansers and toners to hydrating moisturizers. These products are made with natural ingredients that are very mild and gentle on the skin, and they help you get your glow back in no time, without damaging or irritating your skin in any way.
Don’t forget about your body
When our main focus is on the skin on our face, as we tend to pay attention to it more often, it’s very easy to forget about the rest of your body. However, pregnancy can come with dry skin and flakiness on any part of your body, which is why it is essential to use a heavier body cream or lotion that will help restore the skin and replenish the lost moisture. Even though there are some multitasking lotions that also tackle the problem of stretch marks, it’s always best to opt for a separate cream that is formulated to treat your specific skin concerns.
Always protect your skin
Harmful UV rays are arguably the most damaging influence our skin is exposed to, both before and after childbirth, which is why it is essential to finish your skincare routine by applying a generous amount of sunscreen on your whole body, including the face, even if you’re only outside for a few minutes every day. Adding sunscreen to your regular skincare routine will ensure that your skin is protected every day, and not just on those days when you visit the beach.
While mom life undoubtedly takes a toll on your body in more ways than one, by adding a few quick changes into your postpartum skincare routine, you will instantly feel and look better, and you will get that radiant glow back in no time.