Pregnancy is quite possibly one of the most defining experiences a woman can have in life. To make room for the growing child, the entire body undergoes constant changes throughout the 40 weeks of pregnancy. During this time, the skin faces a unique endurance test. In this blog post, we will tell you how to optimally care for the skin during pregnancy and why it makes sense to use natural products.
The growth hormone oestrogen is responsible for skin radiance during pregnancy. Oestrogen levels rise steeply during pregnancy and are primarily responsible for the growth of the embryo. A side-effect of this is that the growth and renewal of skin cells are also stimulated. The oestrogen also causes water retention in the deeper layers of the skin, which pads out the epidermis and causes small wrinkles to disappear. That’s the secret of the “pregnancy glow”.
The skin’s needs can change during the course of the pregnancy – as can its ability to tolerate cosmetic products. The skin can become more sensitive or greasy and suddenly need a whole new skin care routine. When choosing products during pregnancy, you should pay particular attention to the ingredients: paraffins, synthetic colours and fragrances, artificial preservatives and chemical sun protection factors can be harmful to pregnant women. You won’t find any synthetic fragrances or preservatives or substances of a petrochemical nature in the products of Susanne Kaufmann™.
Establishing a skin and body care ritual during pregnancy is a wonderful opportunity to ‘understand’ the changes the body goes through. Regular, gentle massaging of the abdomen and hips can help to avoid stretch marks and improve the elasticity of the connective tissue. The Susanne Kaufmann™ Strech Mark Oil has a high content of Vitamin E, which supports the tissue and optimally prepares it for stretching. The arnica extract has a calming and beneficial effect. The oil is best applied on damp skin and massaged in using gentle, circular movements.
If you already use natural cosmetic products, you should avoid the large-scale application (oils, baths) of products that contain labour-inducing essential oils, such as camphor, ginger, verbena, laurel, marjoram, nutmeg, clove, rosemary, thyme, juniper, cedar wood and cinnamon.