With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’ve compiled our best skin care advice for all the moms out there. Whether you are pregnant now, or have given birth recently, you’re probably thinking about the importance of organic nontoxic skin and hair care in order to keep chemicals out of your children’s environment.
As we all know, pregnancy and childbirth can take a serious toll on your hair and skin, and even as you are madly in love with the new addition to your family, you still want beautiful, vibrant, glowing healthy skin and hair.
Skin Problems During and After Pregnancy
Both pre and postpartum, hormonal changes can wreak havoc on your hair and skin, beginning with frequent acne breakouts or conversely dryness and irritation in the first trimester of pregnancy. Your second trimester brings an increase in melanin production, which can cause hyperpigmentation (a condition called as Melasma).
You may also temporarily get dark patches around your cheeks, neck & forehead, which can be treated with our BioScience Peptide Serum and SunProtect SPF30+, both of which contain our proprietary “Deva-Bright” containing Uva Ursi, Licorice Root and Kojic Acid (naturally derived from mushrooms), the top three natural melasma fighters from nature.
By the third trimester, some mothers-to-be will also get rashes and small red bumps around their belly, which should be calmed down with an effective moisturizer.
Since the amount of blood increases by over 50% during pregnancy, your skin glows naturally due to all that extra circulatory system under the skin. However, this temporary effect reverses itself after pregnancy, leaving you paler and more dehydrated.
How to Take Care of your Skin?
There are various lotions, creams, and serums available over the counter that claims to resolve the after-effects of pregnancy such as pale skin, under eye dark circles, dark spots, skin sagging and stretch marks. However, while the efficacies of these products may be questionable, the toxic load is something to worry about.
Since you will get an urge to scratch your skin while it expands and develops stretch marks, you calm this unpleasant side effect down with Vanilla Silk Body Butter, our deep moisturizing organic liquid silk for the body, which is based in the luxurious, nutrient-rich (& fair trade harvested!) natural Shea Butter, and lightly scented with Pure Madagascar Vanilla.
Postpartum, the stretch marks may not go away completely, but they will eventually fade with time. Since your body is still undergoing hormonal changes, skin discoloration and acne may continue to bother you, but using an effective Cleanser, SunProtect SPF 30+ Sunscreen (with broad UV protection) and oil-free natural makeup, will help prevent dry skin, breakouts and dark spots. Large dorky hats, rash guards, and a natural mineral based broad spectrum sunscreen are your best friends in managing Melasma.
Rapid weight gain and loss may cause skin sagging and our safe and revolutionary BioScience Peptide Complex helps you to tighten and firm your skin.
Cleaning up your diet with pregnancy-specific nutritional foods that are Vitamin A, C, D, and E enriched and effective stress management can curb the after-effects of pregnancy and bounce back in no time!
Why you should use safe products?
Today, it is a well-established fact that chemically curated cosmetics and beauty products can overload your body with Xenoestrogens and other endocrine disrupting chemicals which can cause hormonal irregularities and affect the quality of your breast milk. Make sure that you use products labeled ‘organic’, ‘child-safe’, ‘non-toxic, and those which come with ‘no nanoparticles’.
During pregnancy and afterwards, you should make an effort to avoid skin care products whose labels read ingredients such as ‘eth’ in its ending (such as Sodium Laureth), the Paraben family (Methyl Parabens, Ethyl Parabens and Butyl Parabens), Glycols (Propylene Glycol and Butylene Glycol), PEG, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbates, dyes, additives, artificial fragrances, perfume and more.
These chemicals can affect birth weight and gestation period, shorten menstrual cycles, cause thyroid dysfunction, endometriosis and several other conditions that are currently being researched, such as autism and other genetic disorders in your baby. Avoiding detergent based products can help both you and your baby minimize the likelihood of developing skin conditions such as dermatitis (all forms), psoriasis and eczema.