Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Maternity Beauty: Clear Pregnancy Skin

With all of those new hormones floating around, trying to obtain perfectly clear skin during your pregnancy may be somewhat impossible. However, that does not mean that you have to give in to the spots altogether. Adopting a clear skin diet that is well-suited to the needs of pregnant women is a great way to enhance your maternity beauty routine, and make the most of your health at the same time.

What clear skin diet foods can pregnant women eat?

Before turning to the clear skin diet foods you can eat while pregnant, focus on one nifty little trick: staying well hydrated. Not only does a diet fortified with water encourage collagen production (bye bye stretchmarks), you will experience less spots. Pregnancy benefits include reduced constipation, and those who experience restless, itching, or achy legs will feel their symptoms alleviate.

Second to water is vitamin C. Again, this encourages collagen production, and it is also rich with the antioxidants needed to say goodbye to some of those spots. Orange is an obvious source, and you will also find that most pre-natal vitamins are vitamin c fortified.

As many spots are exacerbated by the inflammatory process, you should consider investing in some nettle tea. With its calming and healing properties, nettle tea is perfect for reducing the appearance of those angry spots. It also aids in digestion, which is a key culprit in bad skin incidents.

Finally, you could try dairy substitutes. While the jury is still out on whether dairy and bad skin are related, there is no guarantee that this will work. However, there is no harm in giving it a go and seeing how it works for you. While excess amounts of soy may make problems worse for many pregnant women, you could always try an alternative like oat milk, rice milk, or almond milk. These milk forms can also be found in many dairy free yoghurts and deserts.

Are there pregnancy beauty products available?

Why yes, there are! The pregnancy beauty industry has seen a little spike lately, and more major brands are catering to mums-to-be. For example, Burt's Bees have a Mama Bee range, and Mama Mio is designed specifically for pregnant women. Check out their ranges at Feel Unique.