Now you may be wondering what you can apply on your face that is safe for baby. With so many lotions and potions on the market, finding the right product may be a challenge.
#1 Use moisturizer and have lots of rest
Adequate sleep does wonders for your skin especially during pregnancy. Also, keep cool and moisturised. Use gentle soap substitutes and moisturize regularly to maintain a healthy skin barrier. If you suffer from eczema during pregnancy, do check with your dermatologist which creams are safe to use. In general, most topical steroid creams are safe.
#2 Use a sunscreen
Use a broad spectrum sun screen on your face daily, to minimize the risk of developing melasma, AKA “mask of pregnancy” and avoid being out during the hottest hours of the day usually between 10 am and 4 pm. Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF factor (sun protection factor) of at least 30. While it's best to avoid the sun if possible, that doesn't mean you have to pass on your beach picnic with your family. Plan ahead for long outing under the sun. Wear a sunhat and hide under an extra-large umbrella to keep your skin shaded from unforgiving rays.
#3 Stave Off Stretch Marks
Keeping your skin moisturised emanates the well-known pregnancy glow. Soft, supple and well-moisturized skin is also more resilient to stretch marks.. Give yourself a good dose of moisturizer after bath, while your skin is slightly damp to “seal in” the moisture.
#4 Eat well and healthy
Eat well! Staying hydrated and eating balanced diet are essential to have healthy skin. Drink at least 6 glasses of water. A diet high in fruits and vegetables is the first step to a healthy pregnancy glow. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids, found in flaxseed, walnuts and enriched eggs, contribute to the barrier that maintains your skin barrier. Food that are rich in antioxidants, such as berries, broccoli and tomatoes, regenerate damaged skin cells. As you crave for your morning coffee, remember that caffeine dries out your skin, so drink less coffee during your pregnancy.
- Dr Rachael Teo