Effective Solutions To Address Your Post-pregnancy Skin Concerns

Mums, here's how you can address your post-pregnancy skin problems.

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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Simple Guide to Skincare for Mums Post-delivery

 
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.

Skin Lightening Cream for Dark Spots

More than just a cover up, this product penetrates deep into your skin, reducing the look of age spots, freckles, and evens out blotchy skin tone for youthful, revitalised skin. It also whitens skin without discomfort with its light texture and refreshing mango scent.

EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 40

The tint here is the added bonus, giving you an even skin tone—without the cakey makeup look. This facial sunscreen also provides instant hydration, soothes red and itchy skin without causing breakouts.

Dermlogic Dark Spot Corrector Cream

Your skin will feel like a million bucks with its hydrating factor. It minimises the appearance of skin discolouration and dark spots for both men and women while visibly fading and tackling acne scars and scarring. Best of all, it is hydroquinone free and contains no harsh chemicals.

SCOBUTY Skin Bleaching Cream

No matter your skin type, this cream can be used to help to brighten the skin tone of your face, body, neck, and even your bikini line and other sensitive areas. Apply a small amount to the affected area until fully absorbed, twice daily. DO: use sun blocking agent or protective clothing during and after use of this product.

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.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Have dry skin? This dermatologist recommended water-gel face moisturiser contains hyaluronic acid that will leave your skin looking smooth and supple day after day. It is long lasting and great for daily use under your make up. Oil-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free. 

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Face Moisturizer

Suitable for all skin types, this daily face moisturiser is clinically shown to help improve tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness, and brown spots. Reveal your naturally radiant skin with consistent usage. 

Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal Hydrating Lotion

Made from a blend of moisturising oils, coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter, this hydration-rich cream helps prevent visibly flaky, dry, or ashy skin all day. It is your best partner to ensure you get the much needed relief all day. 

Aveeno Eczema Therapy Daily Moisturizing Cream

If you are prone to eczema or face red, dry and irritated skin, this is your go-to cream. Having been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Approval, this nourishing formula is allergy-tested, steroid-free, fragrance-free and is safe for daily use on the body.

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. 

Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

Users rave that this eye cream does reduce puffy eyes. As for the coffee smell factor? It just adds to the whole experience—although the scent eventually goes off. The cream is rich enough yet non-greasy. Great to pop it into your purse for whenever the occasion calls for it.  

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Liposome Eye Crème

Free from parabens, this rehydrating eye cream reduces the appearance of dark eye circles by boosting circulation around the eyes. It also reduces fine lines and puffiness, brightens and improves uneven skin tone with anti-inflammatory properties.

Kerstin Florian Correcting Brightening Eye Crème

This magical cream addresses the top concerns of most women: expression lines, dark circles and puffiness. In two months, this correcting brightening eye cream boasts a 19% reduction in dark circles under the eye and a 45% improvement in wrinkle depth. 

 

LANEIGE Time Freeze Eye Serum

Six weeks is what it takes to see noticeable results and a more youthful look! Look forward to improved elasticity in the eyelid and reduced appearance of fine lines and dark circles around the eyes. 

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

Brooklyn Botany Arabica Coffee Body Scrub & Face Scrub

This multi-purpose scrub is great for combating cellulite and stretch marks naturally—an option for postpartum mummies who are looking towards a smoother and pleasant smelling after-shower skin! 100% natural with no alcohol, parabens, or sulfates. 

Palmer's Stretch Mark Lotion

Hypoallergenic and dermatalogist tested, this product that is safe for use during and after pregnancy.  Created with a special blend of pure Cocoa Butter, Natural Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Bio C-Elaste, reducing the appearance of stretch marks visibly. 

BOTANIC HEARTH Scar and Stretch Mark Soothing Massage Oil

Soothing and moisturising, this massage oil can be used as a body or facial massage oil to rejuvenate the senses. It is formulated with beneficial ingredients such as Grape Seed Oil, Frankincense Oil, and Lime Oil, known to visibly reduce the appearance of scar and stretch marks. Use it consistently to see results.   

Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy

Paraben free and a nourishing cream formula to help prevent stretch marks. It may be used DURING pregnancy, beginning in the second trimester. Breastfeeding mums can continue using it as well with an ease of mind.

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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Jia Ling

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