If you’ve found that your skin has changed since becoming a mom, you’re not alone. From increased sensitivity to sudden breakouts, we take a look at some of new moms’ most common skin care concerns - and how to help manage them with these skin care tips for new moms.
Dr. Erin Gilbert, a Vichy consulting dermatologist tells us, “Adjusting to life as a new parent can be an incredibly overwhelming experience, with many first-time moms feeling as though they’ll never get back to their pre-baby routine. It is important to adopt a new skin care routine to target your new concerns.” Whether we’re talking sleep, work/life balance or even simply taking care of their skin. The changes our bodies go through both during and after pregnancy are often wonderful, sometimes surprising and - occasionally - completely unexpected. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the common skin problems new moms tend to experience, from sudden oily skin to recurring bouts of sensitivity. Naturally, if you are breastfeeding, consult your medical provider before starting a new skin care routine.
How Do You Treat Post-Pregnancy Acne?
If you’ve noticed that your skin seems to be breaking out left, right and center now that you’re no longer pregnant, don’t panic! The elevated levels of hormones in your body produced while pregnant may have affected your complexion, but now that you’re safely post-partum, your hormone levels may be all over the place – which could increase the likelihood of visible spots and blemishes. If imperfections or oily skin are a problem a few months after delivery, a cleanser formulated with salicylic or glycolic acid, such as Vichy’s Normaderm Gel Cleanser, can help to tone the appearance of skin while removing excess oil without drying it out too much or irritating skin.
What Causes Dull Skin Post Pregnancy?
Is that pregnancy glow that got you so many compliments now suddenly a thing of the past? If your complexion’s looking a little duller than it used to now that your baby’s no longer on board: it could be due to lack of sleep. Exfoliating can help to brighten skin, but to get to the root of the problem, it’s important to pay attention to your sleep pattern. In the mean time you can use a brightening serum like Vichy’s Idealia Radiance Boosting Serum, formulated with antioxidants, and Vichy’s Idealia Night Cream, which gives a renewed healthy-looking glow overnight.
Why Do You See Dark Spots After Pregnancy?
Melasma - also known as the pregnancy mask - is the term for those annoying dark spots or patches many women experience during pregnancy. Many expectant mothers report the development of melasma, with exposure to UV rays resulting in more pronounced symptoms. While melasma can fade once your baby’s made their appearance, the condition can recur with subsequent pregnancies or prolonged exposure to sunlight, so make sure your skin is properly protected with the right amount of broad spectrum SPF and reapply every two hours in addition to taking other sun protection measures. Add a daily SPF to your routine like Vichy’s Capital Soleil SPF 50 Sunscreen.
How Can You Combat Dry Skin After Pregnancy?
If you are experiencing dry skin after pregnancy it is important to properly hydrate. If you’ve noticed patches of dry or flaking skin, it’s a good idea to add a hydrating moisturizer to your routine, such as Minéral 89 which is a new generation of moisturizer. This hyaluronic acid face moisturizer will help lock in moisture and protect the skin’s external barrier. It is 100% paraben free with a luxurious, light-weight texture. Perfect for dry, yet sensitive skin. Day-to-day, hydrating skin with a spritz of Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water can also help to refresh and hydrate skin.
Vichy is an ideal brand for new moms - clean, safe and effective. The formulas are paraben free and dermatologist-tested. The textures are light and refreshing, and provide multiple benefits for busy, multi-tasking moms.