These days it is much easier for mums and mums to be to care for their skin during, and after pregnancy. But it is easy to get overwhelmed with the different types of products available and struggle to decide what is really necessary. And that’s before you even start to consider all the different brands. We’ve discovered what it is you really need irrespective of which brand you buy, and interestingly the magic four products includes the sugar in your kitchen cupboard!
Firstly, make a visit to your local department store or pharmacist and speak to a skincare consultant. These appointments are usually free and will provide you with a useful skin analysis. Remember you don’t have to buy anything they recommend, but it is a great opportunity to find out what is right for you and your skin.
Your skin type will usually stay the same after pregnancy as it was before you became pregnant, but its condition may alter slightly. For instance, if you have dry skin, it may be drier than usual. This shouldn’t impact on the type of creams you are using.
Skincare doesn’t need to be complicated or time consuming. These tips are all ones that will ensure your skincare regime is both quick and easy to use. Before you start, beauty expert of 20 years, Ida Niedrich advises: “Choose products that you can remove easily. If you are going to buy waterproof ones, be aware that you HAVE to take the time to remove them properly. At a time when you are time poor, easily removable products are probably your best option.”
If you are going to wear make up, then make sure you have a remover. Keep it in the shower so you remember to use it on a daily basis.
Moisturiser with SPF in it
Your skin will be in constant need of hydration and protection from the harsh elements of the sun. Apply this every morning.
This is a vital ingredient for time poor and tired mums. This cream not only helps the skin round the eyes, but also acts as a conditioner for your lashes and helps prevent them breaking off. The lashes will absorb the eye cream from the newly moisturized area.
According to Niedrich this should be applied carefully: “Put the eye cream on your ring finger, and halve it again with the other finger on your right hand. This makes it hard to be rough applying using these fingers. Then go in a moonshape round the orbital bone and move it gently round the eye area.”
If it feels puffy or uncomfortable you have probably used too much and it should always be applied sparingly. Niedrich recommends a cream rather than a gel, because it will provide extra moisturisation, which is very helpful to new mums.
You don’t need to buy a special one at all. Instead Niedrich suggests taking some cupfuls of sugar in the shower with you. “Douse your body in it while in the shower. The sugar will act as a peel on your skin and stimulate it. Start at the legs and work towards your heart and do the same with your arms. On your stomach make sure to exfoliate clockwise. It contains no chemicals and won’t harm your skin and is also inexpensive. It’s also easy to clean up as well!
You can exfoliate your lips with sugar and it will leave a lovely soft finish.”
Essentially the sugar acts as to retain moisture and will work with the water and break down the dead cells. You can do this once a week. If you are going to use it on your face it should be applied sparingly however.
It is also helpful to note that skincare products should always be applied using an upward and outward motion.
There are multiple other products you can add to your skincare regime of course, but these basics are a terrific place to start. A couple of great extra items that can be added to the “nice to have” list are:
Remember that while you are caring for others it is important to invest some time in yourself as well. Having your skin in tip-top condition is a terrific way to care for yourself without dipping in too much to the precious “me” time you have.