What Can I Use for My Dry Skin for My Face When I'm Pregnant?

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During the course of pregnancy, your body gives its attention to the new life forming within. As your body is reallocating nutrients and going through hormonal changes, you may observe that your growing bump isn't the only way your body is changing. Dry skin is a common pregnancy issue. As your body diverts moisture to take care of the baby, it leaves your skin dry and itchy. To ease the discomfort and restore your appearance, a natural approach is both safe for the baby and effective for you.

Washing

Consider what you’re using to wash your face. Check the ingredients, and look for things such as added fragrances and alcohols. If your face soap contains these things, get rid of it. Avoid acne medicated soaps, especially those for oily skin. These will strip away oils, which your dry skin needs. Replace these problem products with a mild fragrance-free soap. An all-natural exfoliating soap is helpful for gently removing dead skin cells from your face. Always use warm water, as hot water can dry out the skin further.

Moisturize

Moisturizing is a key element in fighting the battle against dry skin. If you decide to use a face moisturizer or lotion, check the ingredients. Again, avoid alcohols and fragrances. Often the lotions that smell the best are the worst for your skin. For the most natural approach, look for natural items such as olive oil and petroleum jelly. Moisturize your face twice a day.

Face Masks

Treat yourself to an all-natural facial. Your kitchen may already have all the things you need to give your dry skin a much-needed facial. Mash half an avocado with 1 tbsp. raw honey, 1 tbsp. olive oil and juice from half an orange, and apply it to your skin. Leave the mask on for at least 30 minutes before removing it with a warm, damp cloth. Bananas, avocados and raw oatmeal with water are all excellent skin moisturizers by themselves. Use a face mask two to three times a week.

Precautions

Protecting your skin from the elements is essential to avoid undoing all of the work you have put into replenishing your dry skin’s moisture. Wear sunscreen when you go outside that is SPF 15 or higher. Avoid excess sodium, and increase your water intake to keep your body and skin hydrated. A humidifier keeps the air around you from drying out your skin, so keep one in your bedroom while you sleep. Use a cool damp cloth to soothe itching. Place it over your face, and lie down for a few minutes to soothe the discomfort. If your skin is drying out and leaving painful irritation, or you simply can’t seem to correct it, talk to your doctor for recommendations.

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