Pregnant? Get the softest skin this winter
Skincare is a big concern during winter- just the thought of dry skin and chapped lips makes you cringe. This anxiety intensifies when you’re pregnant and have to deal with unexpected skin problems like itchy belly due to dry winter skin. Follow some simple beauty tips to keep skincare woes at bay this winter.
While you may be lazy to go and wash your face with cold water this winter, it is extremely important to remove your make-up well before you call it a day! Opt for a cleanser that removes all of your makeup especially near the eyes as a lot of eye liner and mascara can be left behind even after proper washing. A good cleanser leaves your skin non-irritated without redness or after wash tightness.
Achieving the mythical glowy complexion of pregnancy is not all that difficult. Bid farewell to tired pasty skin by moisturizing your skin at least once a day. Not only will it keep your skin nice and plump but may also help reduce signs of aging.
Dr. Kiran Coelho, Celebrity Gynecologist, recommends application of moisturizers and oils containing Vitamin E, Lavender, Calendula and Rosemary as it helps repair damaged skin tissue that causes stretch marks. The same can be used after pregnancy also on the abdomen breast to reduce stretch marks.
While nobody will actually look down and notice your feet, the leg and foot massage you receive during a pedicure is beneficial for your circulation. Additionally, the pampering will pump up your mood and improve your whole pregnancy attitude.
It is of upmost importance to exercise in moderation for a healthy pregnancy. It will improve your blood circulation, reduce back pain and joint pain that escalates during winter. Try a mix of yoga, pilates and low-impact cardio that does not cause too much exertion. Expecting moms should get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week (half-hour a day for five days). Working out regularly helps you maintain a healthy weight which helps reduce stretch marks and makes it easier to shed your pregnancy weight after the delivery. Exercising will also brighten up your mood and chase away the winter blues and pregnancy mood swings.
Everyone enjoys a long, hot bubble bath for at least 20 minutes when they’ve been out in the cold, but long exposure to hot water can strip moisture from hair and skin- leading to dry skin and itchy scalp. It can also make you dizzy when you stand up.
Pregnant women should especially avoid saunas and hot tubs as it heats up the core. The heat makes your blood vessels wider which can cause fainting and the risks associated with falling. Very high body temperatures during early pregnancy may affect the development of the baby’s nervous system so it’s best to avoid saunas during pregnancy. Limit the warm showers to no more than 10 minutes, and not more than once a day.
The more the merrier!
Your body will ensure that your unborn baby has the best climate to be in no matter what the external weather is. Women are more prone to catch a cold during pregnancy, especially as the bump gets bigger and heat is lost through the increased surface area. Ensure you use fabrics that trap moisture. Put on cotton gloves over moisturized hands for warm and supple skin.
Drink more water
Agreed, that people do not feel as thirsty in winter as they do when it is summer, you must drink not just when you’re thirsty but at regular intervals to maintain an ideal body temperature. While it is important to take care of your skin by applying moisturizers and other external measures, it is also essential to be hydrated from inside too for glowing and healthy skin.
By Dr. Kiran Coelho, Celebrity Gynecologist