Olivia Smith is a writer for Amaira Skincare, a natural skincare company focusing on products for sensitive skin.
Skin is the largest organ in the body. It endures a lot of testing day in and day out against your local weather conditions, diet, and skin care routine. During pregnancy, your body goes through many hormonal changes that can affect the way your skin looks, feels, and even grows.
However, it’s not just your skin that you have to think about now that you have a baby. Babies have very sensitive skin compared to adults. It’s imperative to establish a decent skin care routine from day one so that neither mom nor baby suffer.
Here are some fabulous skin care tips so that you can both have healthy, glowing, and strong skin.
Skincare conditions for mothers
During pregnancy, your skin endured rapid stretching and then sudden rapid shrinking. This can leave your stomach looking, and feeling, very out of shape. Not only that, it can leave you feeling self-conscious about the way your body now looks. While this is totally normal and you should embrace all of the changes that motherhood brings into your life, it’s understandable if you want to regain confidence in your body.
Remember that during pregnancy, your baby absorbs nutrients from your body to help them grow and flourish. So this does mean that your body (especially your skin) will now be paying the price. Have you noticed that your skin is dry, cracked, and even prone to breakouts? Your hormones have contributed toward some of this, but don’t worry, it’s not permanent!
As you may have already guessed, the health of your skin starts from what you’re putting into your body. Since your body has lost so many nutrients bringing your bundle of joy into the world, it’s sometimes recommended to try multivitamins to bring your body back up to speed. These are especially useful if you’re choosing to breastfeed!
You may want to consider approaching a skincare consultant. Certified skincare consultants are trained in working directly with clients to develop a skincare routine that works for them. You’ll undergo a skincare assessment where they’ll identify any underlying skin issues. They’ll then recommend products with active ingredients that directly address your skin’s needs! You’ll walk away with a routine that works.
Skincare conditions for babies
Babies don’t need to use harsh chemicals to cleanse their skin as they don’t sweat at such a young age. This means that any dirt they do build up on them can be washed off with gentle soap baths or simply water, if you wish.
Your baby may suffer with a condition called cradle cap at some point or another. This condition often panics new mothers because they think they’re doing something that might be causing skin problems for their babies. Remember that cradle cap is very common, and it’s not caused by any products that you’re using!
There isn’t a conclusive reason why this condition appears on infants. Many hypothesize that it’s a baby’s way of adjusting itself to being outside the womb! If you’re worried about cradle cap, though, it’s always best to speak to your family doctor for further information.
Skincare tips for mothers and their babies
As a new mom, it’s likely that you and your baby are going to spend plenty of time enjoying some skin-to-skin contact. There are some incredible ways of achieving this without damaging either of your skin.
- Having baby in a tepid bath with you for some quality skin to skin contact is an incredible idea. Adding a bath emollient such as E45 bath emollient will help lock in moisture to both of your skin without the need for harsh chemicals or perfumes. Just be wary that your bathtub will become very slippery!
- Using the same products as your baby to moisturize your skin will help your baby recognize your scent and help with the bonding process. Plus, products that are designed for babies are unlikely to irritate even those with a sensitive skin type.
- While your baby will be drinking milk to begin with, introducing water into his or her system when they are old enough will help flush out any toxins. Thus, it keeps their skin and general health in better condition. The same goes for you. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin clearer, softer, and also help it regain its elasticity. Your body will likely bounce back into shape faster!
Maintaining a good skin care routine for both yourself and your little bundle of joy is now easier than ever. And finally, congratulations on becoming a mother!
Got any other skincare tips for first-time mothers and their newborns? Leave a comment!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I am a wife and mother to four little boys, an avid horror and zombie fan, and a Doritos and V energy drink nut! Along with makeup artistry, I also love to dabble in photography and cake-baking. With all my passions and hobbies, I always strive to perfection—you can call me a perfectionist!
Why did you decide to go into makeup artistry? What about it appeals to you?
I guess it really came down to inspiration. I never used to wear much makeup at all; however, upon getting my makeup done for my wedding, my makeup artist really inspired me. Since then, I began practicing more and buying a lot more makeup products. It wasn’t until I came across QC that I seriously considered a career in makeup. I decided to have some faith in myself and my abilities to give it a go. I’m grateful I took that leap as I feel I’ve found my calling.
In regards to Special FX makeup, I’ve always been in awe of the creations that can be made within this field. Special FX can really be anything you can imagine! It comes down to creativity and your wildest imagination, which is what I love about it. You can transform from nothing to an amazing creature in record time.
You cover a broad range of makeup styles in your portfolio. What is your favorite type of makeup service to provide?
I love it all! But you guessed it, I’d have to say Special FX, for sure. I love to create looks that make people say “wow”! They fall in love with it, whether it be creepy or uniquely different. It’s something where no two days will be alike, and it provides a fun challenge to test my makeup skills.
What’s one thing you wish someone had told you before starting your makeup training?
I wish someone had told me that applying makeup on other people was so much different than applying it to yourself. I had always thought it would be easier, but no two faces are the same! What works for one makeup client isn’t necessarily going to work for another client.
How do you think QC Makeup Academy has prepared you for working in the field?
Wonderfully, I cannot express my gratitude in words. My whole experience has been a dream, and has really given me the feedback and knowledge that I require to further myself in the industry. The information provided within this course are highly valuable. To be taught by prestigious experts within the makeup industry is priceless, I wouldn’t change a thing.
I am definitely aiming to complete all beauty-related courses with QC!
What was your favorite assignment during your Master Makeup Artistry course and why?
Oh, that’s are hard one—they were all so much fun. If I had to choose just one, it would have to be the “Create a Stage Character” assignment from Unit F. The door is open wide to create whatever character look you please. I created a female tin-man. Although, looking back now and knowing what I know now, I really think I could have created something better, something more unique.
Check out her Before and After photos for Unit F Assignment 3 below!
If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would have to be my brow palette. I cannot live without having my brows looking perfect. I use the Brow Obsession Palette in Brunette from Younique.