Understandably, your skin undergoes so many changes after giving birth, but with caring for a newborn at the top of your priorities a proper skincare routine can easily become a thing of the past. Forging a healthy postpartum routine will not only allow you to reclaim your glowing complexion, but it will also allow you to dedicate a little time to love and care for yourself, which is often pushed aside during the busy postpartum period.
Here are three healthy postpartum tips to support your skin through this time of changing hormones, stress, and sleep deprivation.
1. Make Sure Your Getting Enough Nutrients
While you’re busy caring for your newborn you’ll probably find that you won’t have as much time for preparing meals as you once did. Despite this, it’s extremely important to try and keep supporting your body with enough nutrients, especially if you’re breastfeeding.
A lack of nutrients can lead to a number of health concerns, including lacklustre and dull skin. Try to avoid not eating enough, or having too many takeaway meals on the go. Remember to lean on your family and friends for help while you’re finding your feet as a new mum.
2. Hydrate Your Body From The Inside Out
In between changing nappies and trying to sneak in some sleep, it’s important to remember to drink plenty of water each day. If you’re a breastfeeding mother, your body will be losing as much as a litre of liquid a day (how amazing are women!) so it’s vital that you’re conscious of your water consumption.
Dehydration can also lead to skin issues and on top of the lack of sleep your skin is probably going to be screaming for some extra hydration. Push aside any mum guilt and find some time each morning and night to ease your way back into a structured skincare regime. Give your face an extra boost of moisture before you go to bed by applying a hydrating and nourishing moisturiser all over the face and neck (our Natural Face Moisturiser is a good place to start).
3. Prioritise Getting Some Sleep
Welcome to the world of late-night feedings and interrupted sleep. When we’re not getting enough sleep, we don’t give our skin the opportunity to repair itself and we can start to see the impact of this through the appearance of dark circles under our eyes, changes in skin texture, dry skin, and the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.
While we know some minor sleep deprivation is unavoidable during the postpartum period (goodbye 8 hours a night), it’s important to get in some extra sleep where you can and allow yourself the time to reset.