For pregnant Mamas, skin irritation and itchiness can lead to stretch marks and keep you from achieving that coveted pregnancy glow you want. But all these blunders are easy to avoid with just a few changes to your skincare routine.
Mistake #1: Not exfoliating correctly
Chilly winter air can dry out skin and leave you ashy with patches of dry skin. To liven up your complexion, choose a gentle body exfoliant to buff away dead skin cells and reveal beautiful, polished skin.
At least once a week, use a toxin-free organic sugar scrub like The Spoiled Mama's Indulge Body Polish, which will nourish skin with cold-pressed oils and leave your body with a dewy sheen all day long.
The sugar scrub for stretch marks will also help alleviate itchiness from dry, stretching bellies, which aids in the prevention of stretchies. However, be careful to not over-exfoliate either. Especially for those with sensitive skin, frequent use of topical exfoliants can cause irritation and redness.
Mistake #2: Using light duty moisturizers for heavy duty jobs
Seasonal weather changes mean you should reassess your skincare changes accordingly. While your lightweight moisturizer is perfect during summer's balmy months, it probably won't cut it when winter's brutal cold and wind hits. Switch to heavier creams to make sure your skin is getting the nourishment it needs.
Our pick? For a pregnancy-safe body cream, The Spoiled Mama's Tummy Butter is the perfect mid-weight treatment to lock in skin's moisture. For the ultimate double whammy, try our pregnancy oil after showering. With more than 10 cold-pressed oils, Bump Gloss adds hydration and elasticity to make your skin feel younger and springier!
Mistake #3: Skipping sunscreen
Just because the sun appears to be in hiding doesn't mean its harmful rays aren't doing their damage! Make sure to slather on SPF 30+ daily, and -- most importantly -- reapply every two hours. Pay special attention to SPF coverage if you're experiencing pregnancy hyperpigmentation (otherwise known as melasma or "the mask of pregnancy"), which can be exasperated with sun exposure.
Mistake #4: Forgetting the tiny details
Beauty is all about paying attention to the little details. Cold weather can wreak havoc on the most sensitive parts on your body, like your lips, hair, hands and even nails. Listen to what your skin is telling you (it may change from week to week!), and adjust your routine as needed.
Mistake #5: Not getting enough H20
It's easy to guzzle down the water during sticky hot summer months; however, most of us tend to cut back on our water intake during the winter. Not only is water essential to your overall health, it helps hydrate your skin and make you look more radiant and glowing.
For pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, your water consumption needs will be slightly higher than average: Aim for 12-13 eight-ounce glasses to keep yourself properly hydrated.