Effective Solutions To Address Your Post-pregnancy Skin Concerns

Jia Ling

Every new mum should be aware that pregnancy and post-pregnancy comes with its share of skincare-related challenges. A proper skincare regime can help to overcome these challenges and enjoy this new phase thoroughly. Here’s a guide on skincare for mums.

The first time a mum sees those much-awaited two blue lines, a sense of thrill awash her. While she spends almost the whole year being pregnant, there are bound to be a wave of change occurring within her body. Her pregnancy glow, almost glass skin complexion, and shinier hair, together with a lot of compliments, making this delightful journey even better. And after nine months of growing her little baby inside her, she can wait no further to hold him in her arms.

Childbirth brings immense joy in a woman’s life, however, she might not be as prepared for the after-effects that comes along with it. Her world revolves around her baby. With primary focus on him/her, she might also have neglected her post-partum body, which had undergone massive changes due to hormonal imbalances. The glow was gone, eyes were puffy, and skin dry and itchy. However, food loaded with antioxidants, increased intake of water and a proper skincare routine for new mums, it is possible to get back your glowing skin. 

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To help you in your recovery journey and to restore your natural radiance, we have collated effective skincare tips for some common skin-related issues that many mums faced post-pregnancy, and we wish to share the same with all the new mums out there.

Melasma

The National Skin Centre has reported about 1,500 cases of women suffering from this skin condition, every year in Singapore. The dark patches on certain parts of the face like nose, cheeks and forehead occur due to high levels of pregnancy hormones like oestrogen and progesterone that triggers melanocytes, leading to brown patches on the skin. These can get aggravated with sun exposure. To prevent the condition from worsening, use a good sunscreen of at least SPF 30 at least twice a day, even if you do not step out of your home.


Dry and itchy skin 

This skin condition is highly common post-pregnancy; you can blame it on the oestrogen levels. During pregnancy, oestrogen levels are high and drop suddenly after the baby is out. Skin dryness and irritation can be quite an annoying affair. However, the good news is that it is not long-term. Some of the remedies that can help regain your supple youthful skin are good hydration, nutritious food, adequate sleep, exercise and a good moisturising cream.


Puffy eyes and dark circles

Skincare for mums can be quite challenging! As a new mum, it is quite likely that there are thousands of things going on in your mind, however, a sound sleep and some rest might not even be on the list! This results in tired eyes and dark circles. Although this condition cannot be totally avoided, having a diet rich in folic acid, iron and vitamins will definitely help. Also, cut down your intake of caffeine and wear sunglasses whenever you step out in the Sun. 


Stretch marks

Stretch marks are very common during pregnancy and usually form around thighs, stomach, breasts, arms, etc. These are caused due to hormonal changes. It is no surprise that stretch marks are pretty stubborn and can be painful too. It is not easy to get rid of them, however, a healthy diet, staying hydrated, exercise and moisturisation using natural oils like olive oil can help big time. stretch marks cream


Being a new mum is exciting and at the same time intimidating. We totally give up our time and energy in making sure that our little one is comfortable and happy. However, in this bargain, we tend to neglect our bodies and even our minds. It’s easier said than done, but as you shower your baby with love, make sure that you enjoy some “me” time too. Go for walks, do yoga, watch a movie and enjoy a pampering skincare regime that will not only help you relax, but also make you feel beautiful from inside and outside.

Also read: 4 Common Skin Concerns During And After Pregnancy And How To Treat Them Effectively

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