Makeup, Skin Care and Pregnancy

Staying Glamorous while Gestating

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It’s not a surprise that pregnancy changes a lot about your body, but many women simply don’t think about how their skincare and makeup routines may change in pregnancy. Since the hormones that affect the body also change the complexion, you should consider reviving your makeup as you progress through pregnancy.

Keep Your Makeup in Pregnancy Routine Simple

A bit of make up might help you feel better about your appearance, even if you only wear a bit of make up.

Remember that makeup doesn’t have to be the full body deal, just a bit here and there to help you hide certain areas and enhance others.

Your makeup routine should be something simple. In the first trimester, you’re likely to feel very tired and cranky. Having to roll out of bed for a fifteen minute make up work out is probably not high on your list. If you’re used to wearing make up, going without is likely to also leave you looking as green as you’re feeling in your co-worker’s eyes. So try to bring it down to basics. Consider doing simply your eyes, cheeks and lips quickly, leaving off the foundation.

Skin Problems in Pregnancy

If you find that the glow of pregnancy is only radiating blotchy skin, or chloasma (the mask of pregnancy), you can alter that somewhat with makeup. A nice foundation or concealer can help to hide the uneven tones and blotchiness when you're feeling like it matters.

Remember not to use foundation over concealer as they tend to cancel one another out. Also find something that works well with your skin tone to avoid having your face a different color than your body. 

If you’re experiencing acne or oily skin from pregnancy, you may want to switch tactics when it comes to makeup.

You may find that your tried and true essentials simply aren’t cutting it because of the changes in your skin in pregnancy. Consider looking for makeup with oil control that is acne friendly. Or adding something like witch hazel to your face routine. Also be sure to remove any makeup that you wear - sleeping in makeup is a great way to promote acne or other complications of your skin.

If you find that your skin is dry, even on your face, consider a nice moisturizer. To combine steps, you may want to try to find a moisturizer that is also a sunscreen. You can also find lipsticks that do double duty as well.

Don't Be Drastic with Pregnancy Routines

Pregnancy is probably not the time to jump off the deep end. Resist the urge to go for a totally different look. You have enough changes going on in your life and don’t need to figure out what you were thinking when you walked into the hair salon and ordered them to take the hair off into a more “mommy friendly” do.

Skincare Caution

When selecting makeup be sure that it is something that you can tolerate. Your skin may be more sensitive during pregnancy. You should also watch out for certain chemicals in makeup because your skin absorbs chemicals from everything.

So avoid products with harsh chemicals, including those with mercury and vitamin A and its derivatives as these can cause birth defects. Many moms also like to avoid parabens and petroleum. There are also products that are made just for pregnancy.

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