Winter is round the corner and there’s a nip in the air…and sometimes in the skin too!
Winters are undoubtedly harsh on the skin, often leaving it dry, flaky, and itchy. Moisturizing the skin becomes imperative during winter to maintain its elasticity and suppleness. Pregnant women especially need to maintain a consistent skin care routine as the skin becomes sensitive and is prone to itching. Incorporating the right skin care products in your regime is also essential since one needs to be careful about what goes into the skin during pregnancy.
Need For Moisturizing In Pregnancy
Some women tend to look ravishingly beautiful in pregnancy, but winters could take their toll on that wonderful pregnancy glow, leaving the skin dry and listless. The itchy and flaky skin could be due to a lack of hydration, which leads to premature ageing of the skin. Expectant moms should use organic skin care products, free from chemicals like parabens and sulphates, and that are certified by dermatologists.
Hydrating your skin after bathing is important as the hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and stretched. Right after a bath is also the best time to moisturize as it locks in some of your skin’s natural moisture. Make sure you use a toxin-free moisturizer that not just nourishes the skin; but also protects it against damage and minimizes the occurrence of stretch marks.
Top Tips To Moisturize Right:
- Tank up on water, natural fruit juices, and fluids; this keeps the internal organs hydrated while maintaining skin elasticity and imparting a radiance to the skin. Limit your caffeine intake during pregnancy.
- Massage your face and body with sweet almond oil or coconut oil. Almond oil is rich in vitamin A, E, and contains fatty acids that restore moisture levels and impart a glow to the skin. Add a dash of jojoba or extra virgin olive oil to your bath, for complete body nourishment.
- Cocoa butter and shea butter are must-haves in your pregnancy skin care regime. They contain healthy fatty acids and vitamins that penetrate deep into the skin and provide intensive skin care in the winter months, essential to prevent the occurrence of stretch marks. Body butters are a great way to treat yourself to some deep skin nourishment, which regular moisturizers may be unable to provide. Maintain a daily night time routine of moisturizing the belly, hips, and breasts with body butter and follow it up once during the day.
- Massage your skin with natural stretch oil that is rich in vitamin E and contains ingredients like sea buckthorn oil and rosehip oil, that promote skin regeneration and stimulate collagen synthesis. These oils protect the skin cells against damage, and soothe the dry and irritated skin.
- When stepping outdoors, cover yourself well. Moisturize the body and face with a light lotion that keeps the skin supple and fresh.
- Moisturize your hands every time you wash them, to retain the lost moisture levels. Massage your face with a moisturizer at least twice a day, morning and night. Repeat if the skin still feels dry during the day.
Moisturizing is an integral part of the winter skin care regime for an expectant mom. You could look for a non-toxic range of pregnancy skin care products that contains natural ingredients. And yes, treat your skin with its daily dose of organic moisturizing to maintain the lovely pregnancy glow.