Expectant mothers often complain of pregnancy dry skin and itchiness. Now, why does the skin get dry? The answer is simple. As your baby grows, your belly gets bigger and your skin glands do not produce enough oil to keep the stretched skin moisturized. One of the most common dry skin conditions is a rash that normally starts near the belly button and tends to spread to the nearby areas. If you have an overall itching during pregnancy, that’s normal too. You can seek out a soothing pH balanced moisturizer for immediate relief.
What can be done to ease pregnancy dry skin?
• Water hydrates your skin from the inside out; so the more you drink, the softer your skin. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water daily to keep your skin well hydrated
• Avoid caffeinated and aerated drinks
• Avoid body products like harsh soaps, cleansers and shower gels, that dry your skin. Instead, cleanse your skin with a soap-free cleanser or a cleansing bar with a good pH balance
• Moisturize regularly with a rich emollient based moisturizer that contains natural oils
• Use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 20, to be applied at least 20 minutes before going out
• If your skin is extra flaky, remove the dead skin cells with a scrub or an exfoliator. If you keep your pores open, it will help expel waste and increase the absorption rate of moisturizers
• Avoid bath and body products products containing irritants such as parabens, paraffin, propylene glycol, phthalates, etc.
• Take short (say 15 minutes) and lukewarm water showers
To think of it, they are rather simple tips to bear in mind. The only way to combat pregnancy dry skin is to think of ways to keep your skin well moisturized.