During the cold winter months, it’s important to take care of our skin, and while pregnant it’s even more important. As your baby and bump grows, your skin will stretch leaving it more delicate and sensitive. Constantly changing temperatures from going inside (heated environment) and out (bracing the elements) can have a negative effect on your skin and so it is important to take a few extra precautions to make sure you are more comfortable and don’t suffer with common and irritable skin complaints.
Our Top Ten Tips for Pregnant Skin
1. Check the temperature before you go out – this way you always know what to wear and you’re prepared for any weather.
2. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise! There are plenty of creams, lotions and potions for pregnant skin. You don’t necessarily have to use one of these, but make sure your moisturiser is suitable for use during pregnancy and use it as much as possible, particularly over your bump.
3. Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water, this is not only good for your body but good for your skin too.
4. Protect your hands by wearing gloves when you go outside and use a non-perfumed hand cream to keep them moisturised.
5. Not only should you protect your body, but your face and lips too – apply an SPF moisturiser and lip balm before you go out to protect your skin from cold winds and rain.
6. Wear natural fabrics as much as possible. Natural fibres allow the skin to breathe making you more comfortable, particularly as you change from hot to cold environments.
7. Cover your bump – you may be trying to squeeze into your non-pregnancy clothes – maybe it’s time to buy some maternity trousers which add an extra layer to your bump. Your body shape is likely to change dramatically during pregnancy, particularly in the last few months and so it is important to cover up, from underclothes to outerwear – make sure you are warm and cosy. You can buy maternity clothes cheaper from highstreets to second-hand sites and sales.
8. When enjoying a relaxing soak, make sure the water is not too hot as this can dry out your skin and make it more sensitive. Do have baths though as these are a great way to relax and unwind and a chance to connect with your growing baby – just keep the water more tepid!
9. Eat a balanced diet – not only is this good for baby but it’s also good for your skin – avoid sugary pick-me-ups and try and increase your greens to help nourish your skin.
10. SLEEP!! Lack of sleep can make your skin worse, add to that cold weather and hot drying heating – sleep as much as you can now, while you can!
How are you protecting your skin during the cold weather? We’d love to hear your tips for good skin health. Post your comments on our blog here or our Facebook Page.
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