Ever since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry entered into wedlock in May 2018, the internet has been rife with speculations about the Duchess of Sussex being pregnant with couple’s first child. The official announcement made earlier in October has put all such commotion to rest and people world over can’t stop gushing about the baby bump and the evident glow on her face. However, not every woman is blessed with glowing skin like Meghan Markle during pregnancy, thanks to fluctuating hormones levels that leave you with a host of problems during the nine months. But, worry not. Here are a few tips to help you gain a compliment-worthy glow (or maintain one if you’re already basking in it) as you prepare to welcome your little one.
Cleanse and moisturise well
Sweat, dirt, and pollutants can make your skin dull and lifeless. Cleanse your skin every morning and night with a mild face wash. Follow with a moisturiser suited to your skin type. Use gentle, home-made exfoliants such as gram flour or oatmeal powder to scrub your face once or twice every week. Never sleep with makeup on as clogged pores can soon become breeding grounds of bacteria that cause acne and other skin problems.
To avoid or bring down the effect of suntan, hyperpigmentation etc., which are caused by sun exposure, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects from UVA as well as UVB rays. Use natural aloe vera gel to soothe irritated or sunburnt skin.
Pamper Yourself with a face pack
Face packs help breathe a lease of fresh life into dull and tired-looking skin. Prepare homemade face packs using ingredients found commonly in the kitchen – fruits, veggies, lemon, yogurt, besan, milk etc. Natural ingredients tend to be gentler and safer on the skin, which typically turns extra sensitive during pregnancy.
Eat right and drink well
A good, nutritious diet adapted to changing body (and baby) needs as well as sufficient amounts of fluids keep you healthy, which in turn gives your skin the innate glow. Consume homemade organic diet as much as possible. Cut down on refined sugar, caffeine, soda, and saturated fats. Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and keep your skin moisturised.
A word of caution – Not all skincare products or ingredients are equal. Before you use them, remember to discuss your choices with the doctor to ensure that the formulations are safe for you and your baby.
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