Dec 13, 2010 1 Comment
Hormones changes mean that your hair may appear thicker than usual, or in some woman the opposite happens and the hair loss increases so that the hair looks thinner. Dry hair may become even drier and oily hair more greasy. Whichever condition applies to you, just wash your hair using a mild shampoo. If your hair tends to be very dry, use a good conditioner after every wash and, if possible, allow it to dry naturally rather than using a hair dryer.
Pregnancy hormones can affect the colour and texture of your skin. Uneven patches appear and darkskinned people may even get a butterfly shaped patch of pigmentation across the face which is known as “the mask of pregnancy”
Concealing foundation will help hide these marks and a UVA sun screen will prevent any further increase in pigmentation. Pregnancy “bloom”, which is caused by an increase in the tiny blood vessels under the surface of the skin, can be toned down with green cream or powder. It is a good idea to use hypoallergenic skin-care products as your skin may be particularly sensitive at this time.
Your body retains more water than usual during pregnancy, so your hands and feet may become slightly swollen and you may find that your eyes get puffy and your face looks fuller. The best solution is to get as much rest as possible, sitting with your feet higher than your heart, as this will help reduce the swelling in your feet and ankles.
While you are resting, place some cottonwool pads soaked in witch hazel, or slices of cucumber, on your eyes. This will soothe them and reduce any puffiness.
You can disguise a fuller face by applying blusher below the cheekbones and blending a darker shade of foundation along your jawline. Alternatively, you can draw attention away from your face by wearing a colourful scarf or a chunky necklace round your neck.
Try not to be too critical of your looks; many other people will consider that this new, softer look to your appearance makes you seem younger and healthier.