Thursday, December 13, 2018


By Helen Bradford

6 Tips For Skin-Care
To Follow After Delivery

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Hormone fluctuations during the pregnancy have probably caused some big changes when it comes to your looks, more precisely, your nails, hair and especially your skin. While you don't have to be alarmed because these changes are temporary, you probably want to help your skin get back on the track after you've had your baby. Here’s what you can do:

1. Dark circles

There's a good chance you're not getting enough sleep now when you have a newborn. The result will be dark circles under your eyes. You know that you won't have the time to apply a concealer on your face to hide them (and sometimes it simply doesn't work), so you should always keep a tub of patches in the fridge for hydrating the area under your eyes. They are actually cooling gels that will help the skin under your eyes look fresh. 

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2. Annoying acne

Even though acne usually appears due to oily skin, they can also occur due to hormonal fluctuations in your body after the pregnancy. Try to resist the temptation to use an anti-acne solution to fight them, which will dehydrate your skin and consequently force your skin to produce even more oil - talking about a vicious circle!

A better solution is to take care of your skin by hydrating it and providing it with nutrients. Green tea can be of great help here because it's rich with antioxidants. Due to the high level of catechin, green tea has an incredible anti-inflammatory effect. Bacteria on your face (also responsible for acne) can be removed by polyphenols found in green tea. Vitamins B2 and E are also present in green tea, moisturizing your skin.

3. Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation (discoloration) of the skin after pregnancy is a usual issue, but most of it will probably resolve on its own after some time. Still, you can prevent it from getting worse by applying sunscreen every day, even though it's not summertime. Also, gently exfoliate the skin while having a shower - it will speed up the process.

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4. Sagging skin

If saggy skin on your body after pregnancy is mild, you will probably manage to get rid of it by regular, weight-bearing exercises that you should do at least three times a day. You also need to be very patient, as this issue won't disappear as fast as you are used to when it comes to losing weight. It simply takes time. However, many new mums end up with pretty severe cases of saggy skin or simply don't have the time to exercise regularly because of their new obligations, so they seek professional help at Panthea clinic or other expert clinics.

5. Irritated skin

Red and irritated skin is a common problem for many new mothers. The reason behind your sensitive skin are the hormones raging in your body. Your skin can get red, itchy or even be prone to bumps. In this case, you should switch to hypoallergenic skin products or those specialized for highly sensitive skin. Whatever products you use for your baby's skin can be equally good for you, so try them, too.

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6. Stretch marks

Stretch marks frequently appear on the belly as it rapidly grows to make room for the baby. They can also appear on your thighs, breasts and butt, as your body gets bigger to prepare for the baby. 90% of women will get stretch marks during their pregnancy to a certain extent and most of them will tell you they are proud of them because they represent their motherhood. Most of the stretches will fade after a longer period of time but you will probably want to get rid of them as soon as possible as many new moms find them ugly.

To help your skin get rid of them, try applying shea butter on the affected areas on regular basis. Use rich body butters where you want your skin to be extra soft. A combination of shea butter and cocoa butter is probably the best option, smelling delicious, boosting collagen production, hydrating the skin and making it smoother.

The most important thing regarding dealing with skin issues after the pregnancy is to be patient. The positive change can't happen overnight - give your body the time it needs to recover.

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