7 Ways To Take Care Of Your Skin In Summers During Pregnancy

7 Ways To Take Care Of Your Skin In Summers During Pregnancy

7 Ways To Take Care Of Your Skin In Summers During Pregnancy

“I was really worried when I began getting rashes on my arms and legs, along with itchy skin. I even discovered red patches on my skin following which I had to consult my doctor. I also experienced breakouts on my face.” 

Pregnancy is one of the most blissful phases of a woman’s life. It is a roller-coaster ride of emotions, which brings you joy and other beautiful and not so beautiful feelings as you prepare to welcome your little angel into your life. But along with all the ecstasy, Pregnancy may also give you a few skin conditions, which may get aggravated further by the red, hot summer. Most gynecologists say that new or pregnant moms often tend to ignore skincare. Furthermore, they recommend using natal-safe products that moisturize, soothe, and heal the skin. 

The moms-to-be can encounter a number of skin issues including skin irritation, pregnancy acne, prickly heat, heat rashes, stretch marks, and stretched skin. And, in order to bid a goodbye to these problems, taking proper care of your skin while incorporating the right skincare regime is a must. As long as you befriend your skin, you are good to go embracing the beautiful journey of motherhood while enjoying the summer at the same time.   

How Does Summer Affect Your Skin?   

With the arrival of the summers, as the weather grows warmer and more humid with every passing day, the sebaceous glands present in our skin start producing excess sebum oil (natural oil). The oil released gets stuck on the surface of the skin, causing stickiness, grease, clogged pores, and breakouts. One of the most common problems that come with summers is acne breakouts. People with oily skin are more susceptible to it because bacteria and oils in the skin combine with sweat, clogging pores and creating acne. Melanin production increases when your skin is exposed to harmful UltraViolet rays of the sun in order to protect your skin from sun damage. Melanin possesses photoprotective qualities. Excess melanin causes tanned, darker skin. Skin irritation, prickly heat, suntan, and rashes are some of the other symptoms of sun sensitivity.  

Doctors say that the skin becomes extremely delicate at the time of pregnancy, undergoing several changes during the various stages of pregnancy.  Thus, exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun is a big NO for pregnant moms. 

What else do the UV rays do to our skin? Well, the list certainly gets longer. The cruel UV rays of the sun rip the cells and tissues of our skin, rendering it vulnerable. It also weakens the immune system, which is harmful to your baby's health, while also increasing the risk of skin cancer and other issues. So, dear moms-to-be, these problems can turn out to be extremely concerning with time, and thus, they demand extra care and nourishment during the summer. If you are not caring about the largest organ of your body already being overwhelmed by embarking on a new blissful journey, it is high time you start doing the needful, because not doing so will inflict detrimental impacts on your health, and we cannot let that happen because we care for you. 

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Changes That You will Spot on Your Skin During Pregnancy? 

While some expecting moms can be bestowed with a radiant glow of their skin, rosy cheeks, and lustrous hair, others may not be as lucky as them and may experience certain skin conditions. Let’s have a look at the possible skin condition that a childing mom can face.   

  1. Hyper-Pigmentation
    Many women, during pregnancy, may face hyperpigmentation on their skin which can be a consequence of excessive sun exposure or hormonal fluctuations. The dark patches on the skin can turn out to be extremely annoying for a prospective mother and can be found on the arms, legs, abdomen, and even on the face at times.      
  2. Acne  
    During the summer, one tends to sweat more, which can lead to unpleasant breakouts and acne. During the summer, sweat glands are more active, making it essential to regulate the levels of sebum oil in the skin. The increased moisture on the skin clogs the pores, resulting in severe acne on the skin. 
  3. Rashes 
    Heat rashes are caused by excessive sweating and an increase in the moisture content of the environment. Clogged sweat ducts on the tendons and between the thighs are the most common cause of rashes. Excess fat forms on the folds as a result of the extra weight gained during pregnancy, obstructing sweat ducts and causing more rashes. 
  4. Dry and Itchy Skin
    Activities like swimming, spending prolonged periods of time in air-conditioned areas, and excessive sun exposure extracts the moisture and the natural oil from the skin leaving it dehydrated, rendering it vulnerable to skin dryness, itchiness, and irritation.  
  5. Stretch Marks
    Stretch marks can appear anywhere the skin is rapidly growing and stretching. While it’s common for pregnant mothers to expect stretch marks on their stomachs, many moms are left surprised when they discover pink and red stripes on their breasts, buttocks, and thighs. The stretch marks brought about by pregnancy and other weight fluctuations also induce extreme itchiness, particularly in the tummy region. And, we all know summer always adds to the itchiness, thanks to the excessive sweat and prickly heat. But dear moms, please don’t scratch the areas since it may aggravate the appearance of your stretch marks. Scratching, particularly on a thin skin will make your stretch marks look darker, and you don’t want that. Right? They say, “Prevention is better than cure”. Let’s see what can be done in order to prevent stretch marks - Stay hydrated. Hydrate your skin twice daily. You can also consider using creams and oils dedicated to stretch marks. Exfoliate the areas where you have stretch marks, and other stretch marks prone zone. Try massaging the zones gently which will help the cream absorb into your skin better, breaking any stretch marks that may have begun to form. It also enhances blood circulation.

What Can You Do to Take Care of Your Skin in Summers?  

Beloved mothers, pregnancy comes with joy and it also involves a long list of responsibilities. Mothers often tend to ignore themselves and their well-being, in the process of embracing the new role assigned to them, and we understand that. Here are a few things that you can do in order to take care of your skin. Your wellbeing matters to us. So, don’t worry, we have got you covered.  

1.    Stay Hydrated 

Water is not only beneficial for your body, but it also helps to keep your skin moisturized and healthy. To stay cool in the heat, you can sip coconut water, kokum sharbat, juices, infuse water with mint leaves or seasonal fruits, or have a glass of lemonade occasionally. You can also infuse your water with lemons, limes, or even frozen raspberries that will work wonders in hydrating you while keeping your skin soft, supple, and glowing.  Seasonal fruits are the best storehouses of vitamins and minerals which can prove to be extremely beneficial for you and your little baby. You can rely on fruits like watermelons, bananas, and cantaloupe which are great for boosting your hydration because of their high water and electrolyte content. They are also well known for flushing out the toxins from the body, thereby improving skin and hair health. Add cucumbers to your diet. Cucumbers are just great when it comes to hydration and contributing to skin health. Have them raw, or infuse your water with cucumbers. They will work wonders either way.

2.    Eat Good Food

Eating good food is inevitable since your little munchkin’s well-being depends on the food you eat. And, in times when the cruel summer is torturing you like hell, you have to look out for food that provides you with hydration along with good nutrition. Stick to fruits like watermelons, cucumbers, cantaloupes, and bananas. Make fruit juices and smoothies that will treat your taste buds. Take pieces of watermelon, cucumber, kachcha mango (or lemon), along with a small strand of mint leaves, a small piece of ginger, and sugar (if you are craving sweetness), and grind them well in a mixer grinder, and relish. This will be a perfect glass of magic to beat the summer heat, calm your food craving, and provide you with nutrition.  In a blender, blend pieces of one banana, half a cup of milk, one teaspoon of peanut butter, and three ice cubes, and enjoy a chilled glass of banana-peanut butter smoothie. You can also have chicken broths and soups, which are rich in proteins. Have yogurt. Yogurt is a rich source of protein and is just another wonderful food item that will beat the heat. 

  1. Avoid the Sun and Definitely Use a Sunscreen When You Step Out 

During pregnancy, your skin is more sensitive to the sun, and hence, more susceptible to damage. Ideally, the moms-to-be should avoid the sun as much as possible. However, we do understand that avoiding the sun completely is almost next to impossible, particularly for those who work outside. So dear moms, please do use a mineral-based, pregnancy-safe sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 that will shield your skin against the harmful UV-A and UV-B rays. 

It is advised that you stay away from the sun between 10 am and 4 pm, since the rays are the strongest during these hours. Use about a teaspoon for the face and neck, and an ounce or so for the rest of the body for adults (about the size of a shot glass). There is no recommended rule of thumb for children; simply apply to all places that are exposed to sunlight and reapply frequently. Apply sunscreen before going out in the sun. Reapply every two hours (or more frequently if it's a particularly hot day) and after swimming. Pay attention to the cheeks, nose, ears, tips of feet, and shoulders in particular. Use on overcast days (remember, UV rays still pass through!). If you're seated near a window (for example, while driving or flying), or even if you are at home, applying sunscreen is inevitable, because sunlight reaches you at all costs. UV rays may travel through a variety of materials, including glass. Cover the exposed areas with clothing if possible. Stick to lighter fabrics. And, make the umbrella your companion whenever you step out.

Check the ingredients in your sunscreens. If you find that your sunscreens contain ingredients like benzophenone, homosalate, octinoxate, octyl-methoxycinnamate, or oxybenzone, it’s time to throw them away. Because ingredients like these are not natal-safe, and can severely hamper the proper development of your baby. Some of these ingredients are endocrine disruptors that will end up being the enemy to your little angel, affecting their growth inside your womb. So, moms, it’s high time, that you take charge of not just your skincare needs, but also begin to monitor the ingredients that go into the making of the products you use.   

  1. Befriend the Moisturizer

Rapid weight gain and stretched skin caused by pregnancy lead to dryness and stretched marks. The dry air of summer and heat can dehydrate your skin, robbing it of much-needed moisture. Natural oils like seabuckthorn, jojoba, and rosehip, as well as body butter, are essential for providing profound nourishment and hydration, which not only avoids stretch marks but also improves skin suppleness and decreases itching. Remember to moisturize other regions of your body, such as your knees, elbows, and nipples, as these can become dry as well. 

  1. Look After the Pigmentation and Dark Spots 

Wear textiles that are breathable and lightweight. You must also avoid using soap on PUPPP-affected skin and avoid sun exposure. You should also choose face creams and serums infused with natural Vitamin C, with powerful antioxidant effects, and can help to brighten and lighten the skin. 

  1. Prevent Acne and Breakout

Your skin may become more susceptible to acne and breakouts due to hormonal changes and augmented oil secretion if you are already prone to acne. Select a face wash and mask with natural clays and activated charcoal. While clays absorb excess oil and eliminate sebum from the skin, activated charcoal exfoliates the skin, allowing blocked pores to open and their appearance to be reduced. 

  1. Avoid Heavy Makeup

Too much heavy Makeup inhibits the breathing process of your skin, which is further worsened by the presence of humidity and heat. If makeup is inevitable at all costs, you can consider using a tinted lip balm and a tinted moisturizer in place of heavy foundations and other Makeup products. 

    Home Remedies to Get Glowing Skin in Summer 

    We are here to provide you with a few easy-to-execute home remedies that will help you fight the skin concerns, particularly pigmentations that snatch away your healthy glow from you. 

    • Lemon Juice and Turmeric
      Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric, and apply the mixture to the affected areas. Wash off with cold water after 5 minutes. This helps significantly in reducing pigmentation. 
    • Aloe vera Gel
      Apply aloe vera gel on the face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water and you will notice the changes. Aloe vera is well known for fighting pimples, acne, and pigmentation.  
    • Almond and Honey
      Prepare a paste of almond and honey, apply it to the affected areas, and leave it for 15 minutes before washing it off in order to get soft skin with an even skin tone.  
    • Potato 
      Potatoes are a fantastic way to reduce pigmentation. By gently massaging a cut section on the skin on a daily basis, it can be used. A mixture of grated potato and lime juice can also be used to achieve a noticeable difference in skin tone. 

    Use Natal-Safe, Toxin Free Products 

    It’s very important for the expecting mothers to know and understand that not every ingredient is safe to use during pregnancy, since a few ingredients can have adverse effects on the baby as well the mother’s health. Ingredients like Retinoid, Hydroquinone, Arbutin, and Salicylic Acid must be avoided at all costs.  Retinoids can be harmful to the fetus and should be avoided. Yes, retinoids can cause birth abnormalities in children, so be cautious. Skin lightening lotions contain Hydroquinone. While there isn't enough research to confirm its danger, it's still best to stay away from it. As a result of its exposure, it may increase the chance of deformities or other comparable disorders. While Arbutin is a derivative of Hydroquinone, doctors prescribe using products with Salicylic Acid no stronger than 2 percent.  

    Talking of Sunblocks; Sunscreens containing benzophenone, homosalate, octinoxate, octyl-methoxycinnamate, or oxybenzone should be avoided because they can enter the skin and some of them are endocrine disruptors that can disrupt proper fetal development. Instead, opt for mineral-based sunscreens that contain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, which sit on the skin's surface and repel UV radiation without being absorbed.  

    You don't have to give in to the heat, humidity, and other harsh elements of the summer. These summer skin care tips are certain to produce long-term results. You can prepare your skin for the rigors of the season by changing up your skincare routine to suit the shifting weather conditions. Your complexion will surely glow this summer if you use the right combination of skincare products and treatments.


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