Miranda Kerr, Heidi Klum and Gisele Bundchen may have all been blessed with supermodel skin while pregnant – the illustrious pregnancy glow, as it’s known.
However, in the real world, hormonal changes and exhaustion can leave many women feeling as though the ‘glow’ of pregnancy that is meant to transform their skin into the stuff of supermodels is just a myth. That’s because, largely, the idea that your skin is glowing throughout your entire pregnancy isn’t the experience a lot of women have.
How pregnancy glow works
Your skin retains more moisture during pregnancy, which plumps it up, smoothing out any fine lines and wrinkles. The pinkish glow that makes some women look radiant is caused by increased levels of the hormone progesterone, and by the extra blood circulating round your body. This may also make you feel slightly warmer and sometimes flushed.
The downside of this effect for many is that you may look puffy from water retention, and any red patches that you already have on your face may become more visible. These will eventually calm down once you’ve given birth. If this is your experience, remember to drink plenty of water – your skin will benefit if you keep well hydrated, which actually helps with fluid retention.
The reality of pregnancy skin changes
For the first three months, skin can be more prone to spots. Hormonal changes mean skin often produces more oil so women who’ve never experienced spots, suddenly find them popping up regularly while women with already spot-prone skin can find the problem exacerbated.
You may develop acne in your first trimester. Higher levels of hormones encourage the production of sebum, the oil that keeps your skin supple. Too much sebum causes pores to become blocked, resulting in greasy skin and spots. If this is you, use a daily foaming cleanser rich in antioxidants to gently remove make-up oil and grime from the skin. If your skin feels dry, look for a moisturiser rich in essential fatty acids to lock in moisture and keep the skin supple.
Top 5 Tips For Skincare While Pregnant
1. Pregnant? Professionals only: Always make sure you are taking advice from an advanced training skincare professional. Let them make some recommendations and treatment plans related to causing change in your skin
2. Say ‘No’ to soaps and high pH products: They can strip the skin’s natural protection leaving it permeable, and vulnerable to environmental damage.
3. Avoid Salicylic Acid: While small amounts of salicylic acid have been deemed safe, high doses, or use of multiple products containing low doses of salicylic acid, in oral form have been shown in studies to cause birth defects or pregnancy complications. The greater amount of the product used on the skin, the greater the absorption into the bloodstream. It is safest to avoid salicylic acid during pregnancy.
4. Small Soy: While soy based products are generally safe to use during pregnancy, It is best to avoid it if you are already prone to hyperpigmentation or reduce your intake to smaller amounts.
5. Avoid A in all forms: Accutane, Retin A, Tretinoin, Retinol, Resorcinol. High doses of Vitamin A can cause birth defects.-news.com.au/MYNEWSHUB