Taking care of your skin during pregnancy

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Pregnancy can turn a woman’s world upside down with a whirlwind of changes both to your life as you know it, and to your body. Here are some easy ways to take control and look after your skin.

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Go gently with sensitive skin

Baby products are great for mums-to-be when skin can be sensitive. Look out for products that ditch fragrances and harsh chemicals and are designed to be gentle, simple and sensitive-skin friendly.

Keep yourself watered

H20 is important at any stage of life, pregnancy included. Good hydration can prevent constipation, aid sleep and keep your skin fresh. Add lemon, dilute some squash or opt for sparkling if you want something a little more refreshing and tasteful.

Get a head start on breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can cause cracking and soreness, so help to prevent this by ensuring your nipples are conditioned and soft before the baby arrives with a nourishing balm designed especially for nursing.

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Tackle stretch marks early

The changes to your tum and hips in particular can be a cause of frustration for new mums as stretch marks take hold. While they are usually an unavoidable element of pregnancy, the earlier you manage them the better your chance of minimising their appearance, so make stretch mark oils and creams part of your moisturising routine.

Take note of abnormalities

Most skin changes during pregnancy are common and totally harmless, however, there are times skin may need further treatment. Details on changes you can expect and those you should watch out for can be found at http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-family/a9135/skin-changes-during-pregnancy/. Speak to your GP or pharmacist if there’s anything you are worried about.

Get a cleansing routine

Aim to use a gentle cleanser twice a day to tackle oil and spot-prone skin and finish this with a daily moisturiser for oily skin, such as the Vichy Normaderm Anti-Blemish Hydrating Care found here http://www.lifeandlooks.com/vichy-normaderm-hydrating-care.html. A purifying mask or oil absorbent sheets can also help with excess oils.

Changes to skin tone

Pigmentation can change during pregnancy with the storm of hormones running wild. A varied diet that packs in plenty of folic acid, such as nuts, broccoli and leafy greens, can help promote glowing skin. Ensure safe UV protection if your skin is seeing the sun and opt for creams with antioxidant rich vitamin C to combat toxins.

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