Being a new mom is sure to bring you lots of joy, but your thoughts may also turn to getting your body back to its pre-pregnancy state, especially your skin. A postpartum skincare routine can help improve your skin, but as a busy new mom, you probably don ’t have time for an extensive regimen. Here I’ve included my top 5 tips that you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you maintain that healthy glow!
- Women who have recently had a baby are often highly concerned about stretch marks and what they can do to improve the appearance of their skin. If this is a major concern for you, you ’re not alone – 9 out of 10 women develop stretch marks during pregnancy. There are a number of factors that increase the likelihood of developing stretch marks, including skin complexion, age, weight and family history. Using a topical cream can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Mederma® Stretch Marks Therapy is dermatologist-tested and has been clinically shown to reduce the overall appearance of stretch marks. You only need to use the cream twice daily, and after twelve weeks you should see a reduction in the overall appearance of your stretch marks, with noticeable results in as little as four weeks.
- Because of fluctuating hormones, many women experience acne both during and after their pregnancy. If you are still experiencing breakouts, be sure to wash your skin with a gentle cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid (your dermatologist may recommend a prescription-strength solution if you have severe acne).
- Don ’t underestimate the importance of moisturizing. Moisturizers keep skin hydrated by acting as a barrier to prevent it from losing essential oils. Additionally, if you developed dark spots, or chloasma, during your pregnancy it is important to avoid sunlight as much as possible while these fade, and use a moisturizer with at least a SPF 15 every day.
- A diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables provides skin with essential vitamins and nutrients necessary to keep it hydrated and help repair itself. Also be sure to drink plenty of water to keep skin supple, healthy and looking its best.
- Exercising is helpful for more than just getting back to your pre-baby weight. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine will help keep skin toned and bounce back from the stretching that occurred during pregnancy.
By making a few simple additions to your daily skincare routine, you can help your skin return to normal as soon as possible. You can stop worrying about the appearance of your skin and fully enjoy spending time with your newborn.PREVIOUS: Preparing Your Skin for Surgery: What to Do to Minimize ScarringNEXT: Skin Imperfections and Their Effect on Self Confidence