Postpartum beauty routines can be very different from what we were used to before motherhood. Of course, there is no greater joy than becoming a mother, but things definitely change when it comes to our skin. This is due to raging hormones and the toll pregnancy can take on our bodies while nourishing another human for 9 months. Giving birth and sleep deprivation can also leave us looking and feeling depleted. Tweaking your routine to a postpartum skincare routine will make the world of difference to how you feel about your complexion.
Not only will you love the results. Studies have shown that new moms benefit from investing 5-10 minutes in themselves while practicing selfcare. A simple skin care routine can feel like such a treat when you’re exhausted and sleep deprived.
Changes we see in our postpartum skin:
The most common changes we see in our skin during the postpartum period are the:
- occurrence of Melasma which is hyperpigmentation due to hormonal shifts
- a dull complexion due to dehydration and lack of sleep
- fine lines this can be caused by dehydration and stress
Even out your skin tone and treat Melasma:
Melasma is the appearance of discolouration on the face usually on the cheeks, forehead and nose this occurs during pregnancy because of the surge in hormones which triggers our Melanin production. In most cases Melasma doesn’t disappear but we can do the following to help reduce its appearance.
1: Exfoliate with an enzymatic peel –
Using an enzymatic peel twice a week to exfoliate and slough off dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. It’s a gentle non-invasive way to up the glow and even out the skin. Steer clear of anything granular as your postpartum skin will be more sensitive than usual. Granular exfoliants can cause redness and irritation.
2: Use an SPF daily –
As mentioned the surge in hormones ups our melanin production.
When we are exposed to the sun hormonal, sensitive skin will burn more easily and Melasma is likely to appear because of this.
3: Incorporate a vitamin C serum into your routine –
There are so many wonderful skincare benefits to incorporating a vitamin C into your routine. But the best one for postpartum skin is its ability to fade dark spots and even out your complexion. Apply your vitamin C serum to a cleansed face in the morning and top it off with a hydrating moisturiser.
Boost your Glow!
Remember Megan Markel’s post baby glow? I don’t know about you, but I personally don’t have access to a full beauty team on a daily basis. Not to worry incorporate these simple steps into your day-to-day routine and you too will have glow that will make the Royals envious.
1 – Take a collagen supplement:
Collagen is important to our skin as it helps with elasticity, reducing wrinkles and of course adding moisture back to the skin. Most collagen supplements are fine to take while breast feeding but double check with your doctor.
2 – Add a hydrating serum to your beauty routine:
Serums make the biggest difference to our skin when it comes to boosting hydration. Serums are comprised of smaller molecules than a moisturiser allowing them to sink into the deeper layers of your skin. Layering a hydrating serum under your moisturiser in the evening will change your skin dramatically! You will love the newly hydrated look and feel your postpartum skin has.
3- Faux your glow
As a new mom there is barely any time to apply makeup. Use an illuminating primer before rushing out the door in the morning is a huge game changer! An illuminating primer adds the most beautiful fresh and subtle glow to the skin. It’s a fool proof pick me up and you will feel fabulous while pushing your stroller around town.
This may be obvious but keeping your skin and body hydrated will be the best thing you can do for yourself during your postpartum journey. Drinking water hydrates, helps reduce bloating and flushes toxins from your system.
When we drink water, our skin will look so much happier, refreshed and of course hydrated.
If you’re not a huge fan of drinking water opt for a delicious non caffeinated herbal tea.
If there is one thing you need to do for your postpartum skin it is moisturising! Moisturising is a MUST. Your skin needs moisture in order to protect and replenish itself. Nursing, lack of sleep and recovering from childbirth will deplete your skin of natural moisture. Invest in an intensely hydrating moisturiser to lock in moisture.
Congratulations is you’re reading this and don’t forget to take care of yourself too mama!
I hope you found this postpartum skincare article helpful.
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