Essential Pregnancy Skin Care

So you're pregnant? Congratulations! Or maybe you're not, but you plan to be? Pregnancy skin care is something that interests you, right?

Great! I don't know about you, but when I was pregnant, what mattered most to me was health and safety -- mine and my baby's. Sure, I wanted to look good (who doesn't?), but not at the expense of my health or my baby's. And so I was extra careful about skin care during this special time.

Because the skin absorbs chemicals (and everything else) and passes them into the bloodstream, I used natural skin care products that did not contain harmful chemicals. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

During pregnancy, your body releases a lot of hormones -- these guys and gals do some serious partying and not just at night! This non-stop hormone carnival changes the nature of your skin big time. So how do you boast a big tummy and a radiant complexion at the same time?

Elementary, my dear Lady.

Pamper your skin. And do it safely. Become a label detective. Your baby needs to be protected from toxic chemicals so choose your pregnancy skin care products sensibly. OK, OK, you get the point so I'll get off my soap box.

Your skin works hard all of the time, and pregnancy is no exception. Pregnancy makes real heavy demands on the whole body, especially the skin. It's the largest organ in the body and it deserves some tender loving care. Skin care for pregnancy is important so just do it.

You can start by exfoliating your skin to remove dead cells. Skin cells are constantly being renewed. In fact, these cells replace themselves faster than any other cells in the body. So exfoliate to help bring the new cells to the surface.

Next, cleanse your face with a gentle and creamy cleansing lotion. Please don't use a bar soap because many of them have a drying effect on the skin.

After cleansing, follow with a toner (preferably alcohol-free, to avoid irritation). This will remove excess grease. During pregnancy, the sebaceous glands may produce more sebum (oily stuff) than usual. If this is the case, you may find it helpful to use a clay mask twice or three times a week.

If your sebaceous glands go into overdrive, this may cause pimples to appear on your face, chest and back.

You may find, though, that your sebaceous glands produce less sebum than they used to. If this happens, your skin may feel tight and stretched. Try using a hydrating or moisturizing mask twice a week to remedy this.

Good pregnancy skin care will help you look radiant, and prepare you for dealing with conditions like stretch marks and brown marks.

If brownish or yellowish marks appear on your face, don't worry. Easier said than done, I know. Seriously, though, try not to stress out if you find brown patches on your face or other parts of your body. They will usually disappear after you have had the baby. Mine did. It's called the mask of pregnancy for a reason.

A good skin care routine will help you deal with the skin changes in pregnancy so if you don't already have a daily routine, it's time to start one.

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