There is so much joy the first time your newborn baby is placed in your arms. Although the aftermath is exactly the opposite. I recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy but was soon faced with "battle scars". I am not only referring to the C- section scar on my abdomen but on my skin as well. The uneven skin tone, dark under eye circles due to sleepless nights and acne brought about by hormonal fluctuations of the body. It is crucial I get back on my feet and get my skin back in the groove. I highly recommend these few tips to include in your daily routine.
1. Cleanse and Exfoliate
Use a mild cleanser that does not cause stinging to your skin which can effectively remove dirt and oil to prevent acne. Human Nature Balancing Facial Wash has natural manila elemi that naturally balances exfoliation and moisturizes at the same time. Wash twice a day.
Pregnancy uses a lot of extra blood and water to sustain the growing baby so moisture is virtually sucked out of your skin. Use a water- based moisturizer or even better a serum (absorbs 10x more) that regular creams in the morning and the evening. Hyaluronic Acid serums can hold 1000ml of water/gram (seriously?) and locks in moisture giving skin youthful appearance.
3. Eat and drink healthy
Eat dark and green leafy vegetables such as spinach, arugula, brocoli and kale. These are filled with vitamins and minerals to nourish your skin. Drink at least 7-8 glasses of water per day. This helps cleanse your liver and stabilize hormone levels.
4. Apply sunscreen daily
Cover up with an umbrella or a hat when going out doors. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen 50 spf with physical protection such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to protect your skin to help fade pregnancy related pigmentation patches called chloasma.
5. Get enough sleep
Proper sleep is essential for healthy skin. When you sleep, your body repairs and renews itself. That process goes on at the cellular level in your skin. Chronic sleep deprivation is bad for your health, and can increase your risk of many diseases. Sleep when the baby sleeps.
6. Ask for Professional Help
After exhausting all means with "Dr. Google" with your skin problem and still faced with queries do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with your family physician or dermatologist. They can help you understand what you are going through and can give you the best treatment suited for your condition.