After a new baby is born you start to notice dark circles , acne , skin discoloration , stretch marks – the rosy glow of pre pregnancy from the raging hormones is quickly being replaced by acne .
If you are lucky to have avoided post partum acne , stress , and sleep deprivation , along with zero time for skin care definitely takes its toll . Every time you look at the mirror you ask “ is that really me ? ’’
Young mothers face skin discoloration post childbirth .
The forehead , nose , cheeks and upper lip appear to be dark and splotchy .
This “ mask of pregnancy ” called chloasma or melasma goes away when the body stops producing the excess melanin that it produced when you were pregnant .
As you wean your baby , these irate spots begin to fade away . To alleviate the problem of melasma and prevent skin damage , use a sunscreen of SPF 30 upwards , no matter if it’s cloudy or sunny .
Between feeds and diaper changes there are a hundred other things you need to attend to and the last thing you want is skincare added to your “ to do” list .
Here is a quick skin care routine for young moms – look pretty for those adorable baby pictures !
Switch to cleansing wipes .
Keep the pre-moistened ones handy – close to your bed or nursing chair and cleanse your face when you get time . Try to cleanse twice a day to keep zits and blemishes at bay . If you’ve run out of your wipes , use baby wipes .
If it’s good for the baby it’s great for you .
Toners and astringents take a back seat now. If your oily T-zone bothers you, use the witch hazel liquid from the hospital to combat this oil .
Use your baby’s cream if you have run out of your moisturizer .
If your hormones are giving you acne and pimples, you could look at using a moisturizer that works double time for you .
To treat break outs you can use products containing glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Skip products that are based on salicylic-acid formulas until after you have weaned.
Use a repairing night cream packed with anti-oxidants such as green tea, Vitamin C or Vitamin A to re-hydrate the skin , making it look firmer and younger .
A simple cleansing , toning and moisturizing routine is far better than not having a skin care routine at all.