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We’re sure you can tell, but our emotions go through turbulent, unexpected ups and downs during pregnancy from the very first trimester until post natal period. This is only one of the results of the hormone changes during pregnancy. The one much more visible to the eyes, in particular, is its effects on the skin.
Some expectant moms are lucky enough to get that ‘pregnancy glow’, but for others, it is almost the complete opposite of that! The dullness and breakouts – not to mention the scarring from it – can even prolong until after birth. What do we do, then? Lucky for you, you’ve stumbled upon this blog! We’ll go over five top tips that you can practise to get and maintain healthy skin after birth, both inside and out. Let’s get right into it!
Never Forget Your Sunscreen!
Yes…even if you only stay indoors all day long. Unless you stay completely in the dark, the sunlight can still penetrate your window glass and you may still get the sun here and there just from walking around the house. Therefore, whether you like it or not, you will need protection from the sun rays.
Protecting your skin is key to slowing down the appearance of visible ageing signs like wrinkles, fine lines as well as preventing bigger dangers like sunburn or even skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the recommended SPF number is 30, which is claimed to provide sufficient amount of protection. Of course, no harm in going above!
Follow a Balanced Diet
Now, this is one of the most popular pieces of advice there ever is when it comes to taking care of literally any part of your body, but rightfully so! Being the largest organ, it only makes sense that what we consume can affect both its health and appearance – just like it does gut, kidney, liver, and others. Hence, choose what you put on your plate wisely!
For a start, you can opt for more antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, spinach and other green leafy vegetables, and a bunch of yellow and orange fruits. You may also want to reduce your consumption of processed foods or food high in refined sugar as they are believed to be able to contribute to skin ageing. Yes, this is definitely not easy, but you can start slowly! One less teaspoonful of sugar every day is still progress.
You know how someone just ‘glows’? Well, often, that glow comes from one thing that everyone can afford; hydration! Fill yourself up with enough liquid throughout the day and you may just see improvement in not only your overall health but also your skin! Studies show that the outermost layer of our skin, if not given enough water, will lose elasticity and the texture may feel rough.
While there are no sufficient studies done to further prove the connection of this with keeping yourself hydrated with liquid intake, it is still better to be safe than sorry. Regardless, you still have to drink a lot of water.
Drinking water is not necessarily the only hydration method there is. You can also choose moisturising products that will do wonders for you! Since showering can also cause dryness to a certain extent for some people, you can start putting on hydrating moisturiser within a few minutes after you leave the bath or shower. This is the ideal time to apply moisturising products because your skin is still porous and thus absorbs better after a shower!
Get a Massage
Yes, you read that right! Getting a massage can help you maintain healthy skin after birth! Massage works because it helps with blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which is why the practice of facial massage is so common. It helps in slowing down the ageing process as well as helping you achieve youthful-looking skin! If you are not sure of the right techniques to massage yourself, you can simply look for a massage lady Singapore moms usually go with.
At PNSG, our Premium Postnatal Massage has been proven to be effective in brightening and smoothening skin. We also include the face acupressure point massage which helps to clear water retention as well as lifting your face.
Of course, taking care of your skin does not just mean taking care of your face. Our whole body needs to be cared for just as much. Otherwise, you would have youthful-looking skin and a body that looks older or not as well taken care of.
For this, our premium and slimming packages also include the body scrub and wrap that work to exfoliate your dead skin cells. Interested to know more about our post natal massage home service? Just reach us at +65 6417 9690, daily between 9 AM until 6 PM.
Cleanse Your Face
Given how chaotic life can feel at this point with a newborn in the house, it is easy to neglect our own upkeep. You may feel like you cannot spend a long time cleansing your face, let alone doing your extensive steps of skincare routine – that’s okay. But if you care about your skin, make sure to thoroughly cleanse them when necessary. There may be bacteria forming that can cause pimples
The general rule of thumb is to cleanse your face daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. Of course, this depends on other factors too, such as whether you have been super active throughout the day (which might require more frequent cleansing) or if you have extremely dry and sensitive skin, in which case one-time cleansing per day may be enough.
You may already practise some of these, but a simple tweak to your daily routine can go a long way! If your skin condition worsens, we strongly advise you to get an expert’s advice so you can be prescribed proper medications, if need be.
All in all, just make sure to not stress yourself out about this. Whatever changes you are going through, inside or out, are normal and will soon pass. Give yourself to adjust to the new routine and you’ll get back on track naturally when you are able to.
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