Pregnancy and your skin

jessica morris

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In this blog, Jess talks about the effects of pregnancy on your skin.

During pregnancy blood volume increases by almost 50% which is why we get the coveted “pregnancy glow”. The blood vessels are visible just under the surface, giving a pink flush to the skin.

However, the surge in hormones associated with pregnancy can often wreak havoc with your skin and you may need to adjust your skin care regime to accommodate these fluctuations. Unless it is stated on the product packaging, skincare is generally safe to use during pregnancy. However, it is best to avoid products containing retinol if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are unsure
about a product then it is always best to check with your GP.

Excess oil
An increase in oil secretion is common during pregnancy but this can also lead to an increase in breakout activity too, particularly if you are prone to breakouts before your menstrual cycle or if you naturally have an oily skin type. Introducing a clay based cleanser could help if this is the case for you.

The increased stress that your body is under during pregnancy can sometimes trigger psoriasis, eczema or rosacea. If your skin has become more sensitive during pregnancy it is best to take your regime right back to basics and just use a sulphate free, un-fragranced cleanser and moisturiser, designed for sensitive skin. On the other hand, some women find their sensitivity is reduced at this

Hyperpigmentation affects 70% of women during and often after pregnancy. It is known as Melasma or the mask of pregnancy which often shows as a butterfly across the cheeks. This can cause an uneven look to the skin.

Avoid direct sunlight and wear an SPF 30 or above every day to minimise
the effect of the melanocytes (pigment producing cells), going into overdrive. A good, stable vitamin C serum can help to brighten and balance the skin while exfoliating with a lactic acid based exfoliator will help to gently exfoliate and brighten the skin.

If you have any skin concerns please visit a professional skin therapist. Visit Baboo Box homepage to view all of our products. 

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