Beautiful skin from bump to beyond

Beautiful skin from bump to beyond

Pregnancy brings about numerous changes to a woman’s body. A growing bump might be the most obvious, but ask any pregnant woman how she’s feeling, and she’s likely to have noticed a myriad of transformations to mood, appetite, tastes, energy levels and physical health.

Skin can also undergo a variety of changes, too. Occasionally this can be the sign of a serious condition, but generally the changes are harmless, but irritating.

Ditch that itch

Skin tends to feel more sensitive during pregnancy, due to hormonal changes in the body. The risk of sunburn increases, and conditions such as acne or eczema can flare up.

If your skin is itchy, what products are safe to use? Remember that the skin absorbs into the bloodstream many of the chemicals applied to it (just think of the various medicines delivered through the skin in the form of patches and gels). Rates of absorption depend on a number of factors – body temperature, concentration of a chemical on the skin surface and the area of the body exposed. It’s important to check with your GP before using topical eczema or acne medication if you’re pregnant.

Keeping skin nourished and healthy is a way of avoiding eczema or acne flare-ups. Cleansers and moisturisers don’t come with health warnings for mums-to-be, but why take any chances at such a vital time? Avoid beauty products that contain controversial ingredients such as parabens or phthalates - harsh chemicals that have been linked with various health risks including hormonal disruption to the body.

Instead, choose mild and gentle plant-based products, such as Eternal Skincare’s Aloe Cleanse and Soothe, and Aloe Super Hydrating Moisturiser. Rich in organic aloe vera, this luxurious moisturiser is perfect for expectant mothers, leaving skin silky smooth and naturally nourished.

If your skin is severely itchy, especially at night, talk to your midwife or GP. Rarely, it can be a sign of a liver problem called obstetric cholestasis, which can be treated and usually disappears once your baby is born.

Safe for stretch marks

Whether or not you develop stretch marks during pregnancy depends on certain genetic factors, such as the elasticity of your skin and family history.

But research has shown that massaging the skin and keeping it as supple as possible can help to counter the problem. There are hundreds of creams on the market claiming to prevent or treat stretch marks, but beware - many are laden with potentially harmful chemicals.

With Eternal Skincare’s natural Aloe-based range, you can relax in the knowledge that only the safest and gentlest ingredients are being applied to your skin. Along with aloe vera, our creams contain vitamins, antioxidants and essential plant extracts. The perfect choice during pregnancy!

Kind to baby’s skin

Once baby comes along, you’ll want to use only the purest ingredients for washing and moisturising. In fact, in the first few weeks after birth, the NHS advises that there’s no need to use anything other than water, as your baby’s skin matures and develops its naturally protective barrier.

After this stage, treat your baby’s skin with respect. Eternal Skincare’s Aloe Super Hydrating Moisturiser is safe on even the youngest and most tender skin. Massage in after a bath for a soothing end to the day.

To find out more about our aloe-based skincare range, visit our online shop, and don’t forget to read our latest reviews on Feefo.

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