Pregnancy brings a host of changes to your skin, not limited to your face.
Stretch marks appear when your body grows faster than your skin can adapt, causing tiny tears and damage. Initially, these marks might show up as reddish or purple, but they often fade to a lighter shade after pregnancy. Typically, pregnant women begin noticing stretch marks on their belly around the sixth or seventh month, but they can also occur on the breasts and buttocks.
Another effect of your skin stretching rapidly is dryness and itching. Your skin's natural moisture barrier, which consists of lipids, is responsible for keeping moisture locked in. However, when your skin stretches, it forms almost invisible cracks, allowing moisture to escape easily. This leads to dryness and discomfort, commonly known as a compromised moisture barrier.
The most effective way to prevent stretch marks and maintain healthy skin as your baby bump grows is to ensure your skin stays well-hydrated.
Properly moisturized skin with an intact lipid barrier can better shield itself from damage and handle stress. If you're interested in enhancing your skincare routine and pampering yourself, consider incorporating a pregnancy belly facial, if you're expecting and looking for a similar treatment, you can easily perform an at-home belly facial with just three essential products: a pregnancy-safe acid peel, a gentle physical scrub, and a nourishing oil!
What's a Pregnant Belly Facial, and How Can You Do It at Home?
A Pregnant Belly Facial combines chemical and physical exfoliation with nourishing oils to promote resilient, healthy skin. This blend enhances elasticity, reducing stretch marks, alleviating dryness and discomfort, and soothing itching. With over 30 years of experience as an esthetician, I've seen how a two-step exfoliation method can be incredibly effective in fading skin discoloration, including stretch marks.
Begin with clean, dry belly skin. Apply a thin layer of our pregnancy-safe Triple Berry Smoothing Peel to your entire belly. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse with cool water. This chemical peel features a potent blend of six skin smoothing AHAs, a hydrating PHA, and an azelaic acid derivative to combat discoloration, while promoting collagen and elastin production.
Next, employ the physical exfoliation aspect. Apply the Triple Berry Smoothing Scrub (companion to the peel) to slightly damp skin. Gently massage in a clockwise motion for 60 seconds across your entire belly. This process effectively lifts away loosened dead cells, allowing healthy, hydrated cells to thrive. The scrub uses smooth, rounded jojoba beads that won't scratch or irritate your skin.
Pat your skin dry, and then massage the Pro Remedy Oil over your entire belly. This oil boasts an ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, along with potent antioxidants. The result is incredibly moisturized, supple, and smooth skin.
How often should you get a belly facial?
To achieve the best results, consider doing an at-home pregnant belly facial once a week starting from the second trimester.
How to Maintain the Benefits of Pregnant Belly Facials:
Maintaining a robust moisture barrier for your skin is vital in shielding your belly from tears. This protective barrier can be fortified by consistently using topical creams, masks, and oils enriched with lipid-rich ingredients.
Small-scale studies have shown that pregnant women who regularly moisturize with creams tend to develop fewer stretch marks compared to those who don't moisturize consistently. The key takeaway from these findings is that the specific ingredients in the cream matter less than the frequency of application.
For a lightweight option that delivers soothing ingredients and deep cellular moisture, expert Lisa Stein at HEAD-TO-TOE ESTHETICS recommends the Hydraboost Rescue Creme. If you're experiencing intense itching, the Phytolipid Comfort Creme, with its rich blend of moisturizing lipids and calming plant extracts, is an excellent choice. The Pro Remedy Oil can also be used on its own or mixed with a cream, offering multiple benefits, including its effectiveness in preventing stretch marks.
It's worth noting that all the products used in the pregnancy belly facial are safe for use during pregnancy. To explore more about these products and their benefits reach out to Lisa, she is located in Crystal Lake, Illinois and you can reach out to her via e-mail or phone.
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