Have you heard the news? We’re expecting! In celebration of Baby Black (due in April!), we’ll be running a #InnerBeautyBaby series here on the blog equipping you with all the information you need to keep your skin vibrant and healthy during pregnancy. Got any tips of your own? Tweet us!
Dry brushing is a centuries-old technique that’s recently picked up a lot of attention on the blogosphere for its regenerative qualities. Here’s how it works: Using a brush with natural (not synthetic!) fibers, you begin at the ankles, brushing upward in light strokes. As you move up the body, make sure you’re always brushing toward the heart, since that’s the way blood flows. The dry brushing method can help immensely with circulation and smoother skin, and it’s a great way to minimize stretch marks as well.
Utilize Natural Oils
Keeping your skin hydrated is always a good idea, but when stretch marks are on the horizon the habit becomes more important than ever. We like Bio-oil the best. Apply once a day or more, especially in areas that feel itchy.
Just any oil won’t work, however — there are some risks. Essential oil molecules are small, and there’s a slight chance they may cross the placenta and reach your growing baby’s circulation. For your baby’s health, use one drop of oil at a time, try not to use one oil for longer than 7 days and make sure to dilute with a carrier oil (like almond or grapeseed oil).
OILS TO USE: peppermint, tea-tree, eucalyptus and lavender
OILS TO AVOID: nutmeg, rosemary, basil, jasmine, rose, sage, cinnamon leaf and juniper berry.
If there’s any time you should be kicking back and relaxing at the beach, it’s during your pregnancy, but UV rays can cause some serious skin damage and totally accelerate the appearance of stretch marks. You need to be using SPF 45 or higher, and the formula must include Zinc or Titanium Oxide. This is a non-negotiable!
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that over 60% of pregnant women end up with stretch marks, and they’re absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Pregnancy is a beautiful, natural process and stretch marks are a testament to the life you’ve carried inside of you. As always, with any new product, make sure to consult with your doctor. One of the most important things to keep in mind during this journey is there are so many unknowns, so what worked for your skin before may not work for you now. Even if you don’t physically see or feel change, your skin will fluctuate constantly during pregnancy. Err on the side of caution — this isn’t a time to be experimenting with new products. Keep up with a routine. Less is best, from ingredients to steps. Focus on hydration (including serums!) and tons of SPF. You’ve got a lot to look forward to. Motherhood comes with concerns, but your skin shouldn’t be one of them. I’m on this journey with you — you’re not alone. If you have any questions, help is a phone call away.
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