Friday, September 08, 2006

Top 5 Pregnancy Beauty Woes

Pregnancy affects just about every aspect of your body, including your skin, hair, and weight, as well as how much water you retain and the amount of blood circulating through your veins. The bad news is that some of these changes may leave you feeling less than beautiful. But the good news is that most of them will disappear after you deliver. In the meantime, the following easy tips can help resolve many of these pregnancy beauty woes:

Acne Increased hormones coursing through your system can cause breakouts the likes of which you haven't seen since puberty. But before you reach for your usual acne treatment, check the label. Certain acne fighting chemicals, such as the vitamin-A derivatives Accutane and Retin-A, are not safe to use during pregnancy, while the safety of others, such as glycolic and salicylic-acid sloughers, is still unclear. Until more research is performed and the safety of these substances is established, it's best to play it safe and stick with a simple clay mask that clears impurities from your pores.

Stretch Marks Unfortunately, the likelihood that you'll develop stretch marks really depends on your genetics and there's little you can do to remove them once they show up. However, you can cover their appearance using special makeup, such as Dermablend Leg and Body Cover Cr?me. And after you give birth, a V-beam laser or Retin-A treatments can help to fade them.

Dry, Itchy Skin To ease dry, tight, itchy pregnancy skin, turn down the heat in your shower. Hot water robs your skin of moisture, so take lukewarm showers instead. Use a mild, moisturizing cleanser and always apply a thick lotion all over when your skin is still damp after every shower. And be sure to drink enough water throughout the day to replenish your skin's moisture from the inside.

Puffy Eyes During pregnancy you retain more fluid, which can cause under-eye bags. Fortunately, your fluid levels will return to normal after you deliver; but until that blessed day, use a cooling eye gel, a good concealer, and an eye-opening mascara to reduce puffiness.

Melasma This "mask of pregnancy" appears as splotchy, brown areas on your face and is caused by hormone changes and exacerbated by exposure to sunlight. You may not be able to prevent melasma, but you can minimize its appearance by using a broad-spectrum, SPF 15 or greater sunblock every day and apply a bronzer to even out your skin tone. After your baby is born, the spots should fade; however, if some remain, you can use an over-the-counter or prescription bleaching product to fade the remaining marks.

Source: Maternity & Style