After giving birth, the last thing you want to worry about is the way you look. Taking care of your newborn is first priority, of course. But taking care of your appearance can also boost your self-esteem and can help get rid of those postpartum blues. We've rounded up some tips on how you can carve your own path to beauty recovery after the nine months are up.
First of all, don't expect to look your best after pregnancy. For some women, it takes months to get back to where they were physically pre-baby. Aside from the excess weight, it's normal to have some hyperpigmentation (flaky, red skin around the forehead, eyes, and mouth) after giving birth. Factor in late-night feedings and the lack of sleep, these first few months can really take its toll on your skin.
Remember to get enough sleep and to drink plenty of water. Even though you're getting up in the middle of the night to feed your baby, take some time out during the day to take intermittent naps. When you're well rested, it’s not just your skin that benefits from it but your baby as well.
Start a cleansing routine using mild cleansers for your face. Choose exfoliants and scrubs with chamomile and aloe vera that are gentler and soothing to the skin. And most of all, remember to moisturize. Moisturizers with vitamin E and C are especially beneficial.
Remember to apply sunscreen daily. This not only protects your skin from the harmful rays of the sun but it also moisturizes it as well. Avoid products that contain hydrocodone as this can have adverse side effects when it comes in contact with your baby.
Apply lotion to your whole body after bathing. Use products with organic ingredients that are free from parabens, which are harmful for the baby. Be sure to stay away from salicylic acid or retinoids that are common in skin scare products because they can also be dangerous to your baby, especially if you’re breastfeeding.