Have you heard about the pregnancy mask or melasma?
What happens is the upper cheeks, forehead, and/or upper lip turns a tan, brownish color because excess pigment is deposited in the skin's upper layers - like a mask.
Many women get it, even I had it! Luckily it does go away in most cases after pregnancy. But there are some things you can do now to lower your chances of getting it and reduce the severity of spots.
The most important thing is to wear a good sunscreen all the time - that means in the car too! Preferably choose one that is organic to avoid all of those nasty chemicals.
In addition to that, the workout below is important to do to really take care of your skin during all the changes of pregnancy.
The Must-Do Skin Tips:
- Drink your eight glasses of water with either lemon or orange squeezed in throughout the day to help improve your metabolism, flush out toxins and increase absorption
- Take a daily dose of Essential Fatty Acids
- Humidify your home; dry air causes your skin to harden and your hair to be brittle/break)
- Moisturize your body morning and night immediately after your shower. This will help to lock the moisture in.
- Always finish your shower with a cold blast to close pores
- Protect yourself from harsh weather conditions by covering up as much as possible. A nice scarf is a great in the cold winter months.
- Exfoliate or dry skin brush to remove dead skin cells. Use a loofah brush in gently circular motions and then rinse off in the shower one to two times a week.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet to get all of the vitamins and minerals you need
- Although it’s important to be hygienic, don’t get into the habit of always washing your hands with soap (my problem); too much washing destroys the skin and removes the “good” oils. Use soap only when needed!
For more information go to: Pregnancy Without Pounds