Pregnancy is a wonderful and at the same time difficult period for every woman. Hormonal changes can cause skin, hair and nail problems. The consequences of a pregnancy can be pigmentation, skin sensitivity, acne, or, conversely, skin dryness and flaking.
In summer human skin needs extra moisture and a powerful protection from harmful UV rays. But not all cosmetics are suitable for pregnant women. Many creams and sprays contain harmful and sometimes toxic ingredients that are not good for the baby.
Sunbathing Tips for Pregnant Women
Only in the shadow can a pregnant woman can feel secure. However high the protection of your cream is, pregnant women are strictly prohibited to sunbathe in direct sunlight. Such tanning can lead to overheating, which can harm your baby. Now your main task is to have fun and enjoy, without harming the fetus. Choose the right time to go to the beach. It is best to sunbathe in the morning (from 8 to 10:30 a.m.) and in the afternoon (from 16:30 to 18 p.m.).
Remember about the balance of body fluids – drink at least 2.5 liters a day. Drink little and often, preferably every half an hour.
Safe Tanning in Pregnancy: Face
It is best to use creams with the SPF of not less than 50, based on vegetable components and thermal water. Lip skin must be protected from the sun, as well, so use a special lip balm with UV-protection.
Safe Suntanning during Pregnancy: Body
Among all the cosmetic products with UV-protection choose creams. They have a richer texture that is not always convenient for the application. However, they make a thick layer on the skin and provide the best protection from UV radiation.
Choose a cream with a sun protection factor higher than 40. Creams with SPF make a special film that protects skin from direct sunlight. During your stay at the beach apply a thin layer of cream every two hours or after each bathing.
After-Sun Skin Care Tips for Pregnant Women
After sunbathing it is necessary to moisturize and soothe your skin. To do this, experts have developed special emulsions and after-sun lotions. Apply the product on clean skin and let it get absorbed. Choose an emulsion based on natural ingredients: milk, soothing herbs, cream, and vegetable extracts.
If you have no lotion at hand, use the old-fashioned method – apply curds on the skin. This will moisturize the affected area well.
Thermal water from a container is also good. You can apply it on your whole body just before bedtime. Thermal water not only nourishes and moisturizes but also cools the overheated skin.