Most women flaunt the glow on their face along with their baby bump. Unfortunately, I did not get so lucky. My skin texture deteriorated as months passed by during my pregnancy. I had pigmentation around my neck, and dark patches on my face, stretch marks on my tummy and dark armpits. My skin became dull and dry and would breakout easily.
Being a skin care fanatic, i tried a lot of products to control these problems. But nature had it’s own will. My hormones wanted otherwise.
Post delivery, now that all my hormones were getting back to how they were. This was the right time to pamper my skin and achieve that flawless glow..
Here are some rules i followed to attain that radiant glow on my face.
Most things that change about the skin and hair during pregnancy or postpartum are temporary and will be back to normal in the due course of time. The key is to not panic, but work towards better health of your skin and hair.
The oxytocin makes us forget ourselves and shower all our love, time and energy on our little baby. Well, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We all want to embrace the new found love in our lives. At the same time there is nothing wrong with taking some time off for yourself. We women are masters at multitasking. With some practice and time management you can manage all that you love to do and be good at all of it too.
So without any guilt, don’t forget to pamper yourself and your skin.
Do not use your baby as an excuse for neglecting yourself.
Dress up. Doll up. Wear that favorite outfit. Doesn’t fit? Doesn’t matter. Go and get another favorite outfit. Pamper yourself. Love yourself. You are a mommy, you deserve to be loved :*
Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate!!!!
Drinking plenty of water, fluids, juices and shakes will do magic to your body. This wont just improve your skin but has a lot of other benefits too. It prevents your body from getting dehydrated while you breastfeed your baby. It prevents UTI and other infections.
Also keeping yourself hydrated boosts your energy levels and wont let sleeplessness and fatigue of early mommyhood show on your face.
1.Breast milk is a magic potion. It works wonders for your skin too. So, express some milk either manually or with a pump and freeze it in the ice cubes tray. Rub the milk cubes on your face. It made my skin supple and baby soft.
2. Borrow some milk powder from your baby. Add honey and a pinch of cinnamon powder to it. Add rose water to make a smoother paste. Apply it all over your face and neck. Wash it off after 10 minutes and experience the difference on your face that very moment.
3. Use a mixture of powdered oats and honey for exfoliating your skin at least once a week.
Cleanse, tone, moisturize and protect!!
Religiously follow the golden rule of cleansing, toning and moisturizing your face. Wear a SPF, even if you are indoors.
You can use apple cider vinegar, mixed with water in a ratio of 1:1, as a natural toner for your face. Invest in a good moisturizer that suits your skin type.
One of the reasons for pigmentation is weight gain. Speak to your doctor about when and what kind of exercises can you do post delivery.
With exclusively breastfeeding my baby, small walks and babywearing, I was back to my pre pregnancy weight within two and a half months post delivery.
Make sure what you eat is healthy and full of antioxidants. Incorporate a lot of fresh fruits and veggies in your diet. Ditch that extra spoon of ghee in your meal. Starvation is not the key. Eat to your heart’s content, but eat right.
Add vegetable and fruit juices, coconut water, nuts and energy giving foods to your diet.
Don’t forget your supplements.
There is a reason why your doctor prescribed the calcium and vitamin supplements. Your body needs those to recover. The will also help your skin get back its sheen.
Most of us are haunted with haifall after about three months of delivery. Rising level of hormones had reduced the hairfall during pregnancy. But now as the hormones get back to normal our usual hairfall cycle resumes too. The hairfall may appear excessive unusual but is normal. You are not going bald. Your hair will come back to its natural self within a couple of months.
Here are some haircare tips:
Keep your scalp and head clean.
Wash your hair with an anti hairfall shampoo atleast twice a week.
Avoid chemical treatments like colouring, perming, straightening etc for a while.
Ask your doctor to prescribe vitamins to reduce hairfall.