Forget the blues and the emotional roller-coaster. I enjoy being pregnant. My hair is fuller and thicker, my nails are longer and my skin is positively glowing. Not forgetting the brand new curves and cleavage. Pregnancy is one of those exceptional periods a woman can be effortlessly beautiful and radiant.
Using natural resources to take care of your skin during pregnancy is really easy and doesn’t involve spending millions on products that may serve as potential risks to you and your unborn munchkin.
Here are 6 SAFE and natural skincare tips that worked for me during pregnancy
If you missed the train, you might want to catch this one. Water is the best gift you can give your skin. Hydration is extremely necessary. You do not want to suffer dehydration during pregnancy, too many health complications. Have a bottle of water with you always and take a few sips on the go. It brightens up your skin and helps in the prevention of stretch marks. This was really hard for me because I occasionally forget to drink water, so I left bottles all over the house to remind myself.
You ought to hydrate your skin as well. Moisturize often. Its not even a secret that I swear by Shea butter and coconut oil. They serve as effective treatment for acne, eczema and under eye circles. They even out your skin tone while brightening it up and will help prevent stretchmarks and skin discoloration.
THE SUN IS YOUR ENEMY!!!
You especially need to protect your skin from sun rays during pregnancy. Wear hats, scarves and get a safe sunscreen, or you can just be like me and spend most of your day time indoors. Anywhere I need to be at waits till the sun goes down. The skin is a lot more sensitive during pregnancy and being exposed to the sun causes rashes and a bad case of chloasma ‘pregnancy mask’.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and causes your pregnancy glow to be more prominent. It reduces the risk of stretch marks and lightens dark spots making your skin brighter and less blotchy. Here are some homemade recipes to try out right now (you’re welcome)
- Sugar with coconut oil or olive oil.
- Oatmeal and honey
- Honey and coconut oil or olive oil
Good sleep is vital to a healthy pregnancy and also works magic on your skin. You need rest to prevent dull skin and baggy eyes. Lack of sleep caused me a heavy sense of lethargy. It will speed the ageing process as you’ll be constantly tired and make some skin conditions worse. You need to relax to feel refreshed plus you have a free ticket to snoozeville. Everyone can see you’re pregnant so they won’t need to ask “Why are you sleeping upandan?”
Brisk walking has become a thing for me and is one of the safest exercises you can do during pregnancy. Although chances are you may not feel up to it, but exercising (if your doctor okays it)is essential in pregnancy. It increases blood flow to the skin making it look better, it prepares your body for labor and keeps you fit.
Most importantly, surround yourself with positive vibes and…
Happiness is skin deep. Your body listens to your emotions. If you’re happy, it will show. And it is a known fact that happy mothers produce happy babies. It’s like Abraham Lincoln said “most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be” The itty bitty fact that a life is growing in your very center should be cause for happiness, bask in that miracle then tap into it and watch the mirror as you blossom.
Ms Ssygala, is the mother of two rambunctious kids and blogging is her last line to sanity
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