1. Keep your beauty rituals simple and effortless. Make relaxing baths a part of your daily routine, suggests Sylvia Calingo, M.D., OB-Gyne at The Medical City in Pasig City. Clean your face with mild soap and water. Keep in mind that your skin may not be at its best due to hormonal changes. It is thus better to use products that are mild, hypoallergenic, and made of natural ingredients, she says.
2. Watch out for breakouts with your hormones going on overdrive, your skin may produce too much oil resulting in spots and acne breakouts. Before dabbing anti-acne cream on your face, seek your Ob-gyne’s advice. Carolyn Jean Chua, M.D., resident of the Department of Dermatology at the Jose Reyes Medical Center in Manila, says some anti-acne formulations may be potentially harmful to your baby.
3. Minimize stretch marks. Though you cannot totally erase nor prevent this physiologic change, says Dr. Chua, you can minimize them by slathering on oil and cream rich in vitamin E over your abdomen, the sides of your breasts, and your thighs. She adds that the best ingredients to keep your skin moist and supple are cocoa butter, vitamin E, oatmeal, and virgin coconut oil.
4. Moisturize your skin daily advises Annette Coronel, professional model. Coronel also heads ACC One of a Kind, which specializes in handmade accessories. She suggests using aloe vera on preggy mom’s hair and skin. “Aloe vera is widely used in the cosmetic industry as a moisturizing ingredient. It improves skin elasticity and reduces signs of aging,” she says. Aloe vera also speeds up healing, minimizes scarring, and soothes sunburns and insect bites. Monica Eleazar-Manzano, entrepreneur and co-founder of Indigobaby, a line of products for mommies and babies, says lavender helps prevent stretch marks and heals cuts and scratches; tangerine helps prevent cellulite.
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SOURCES: Sylvia Calingo, M.D,, obstetrician-gynecologist, The Medical City, PasigCarolyn Jean Chua, M.D., resident, Department of Dermatology, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, ManilaMonica Eleazar-Manzano, entrepreneur and co-founder of IndigobabyAnnette Coronel, professional model and jewelry designer