It’s no secret that women glow during pregnancy, when nature goes all out on the natural glamour front. Thick hair, beautiful bellies, beaming smiles: what’s not to love? Well… actually, there are a few pregnancy beauty woes your friends might not have braced you for like backne, darkened armpits and more. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Read on for the sneaky little pregnancy problems no one told you about, and for the natural, stay-gorgeous solutions that’ll keep you looking — and feeling– your best from bump to baby.
1) Beauty Woe: The Dreaded Backne
What is it: Hormonal changes stimulate the skin’s sebaceous (oil) glands. Sometimes these glands become irritated or infected, creating pustules or pimples just beneath the skin’s surface.
Why it happens: Hormones skyrocket during pregnancy, which can cause breakouts.
What you can do about it: Unfortunately, hard-to-reach, pimple-prone places like your back only become more difficult to access as your baby (and body) grows. Using a loofah with a long handle can help you to keep this area clean. Steer clear of harsh acne treatments, though, which can contain strong chemicals that might be unsafe for your baby. Instead, use a natural body wash like Nine Naturals’ Citrus + Geranium Soothing Pregnancy Body Wash to cleanse your skin without irritating it.
2) Beauty Woe: Cracked Heels
What is it: Parched skin on your heels can become cracked and painful.
Why it happens: If you tend to have dry skin, this problem can become more pronounced during pregnancy, due to hormonal changes and skin-stretching. On top of it all, your (already aching) feet may suffer even more as increased weight and changes in posture and gait cause the skin to crack under the added pressure.
What You Can Do About it: Hello, best excuse ever for a pedicure! Show your feet some extra love from the first trimester onward to ward off this painful problem. Keep your feet happy at home by soaking them in warm water mixed with a bit of sea salt before bed. Then, slather on an all-natural, deeply-moisturizing body cream like Nine Naturals’ Unscented Moisturizing Pregnancy Body Cream, which helps your skin retain moisture and elasticity with vitamin-rich plant extracts from broccoli seed, borage and comfrey root. If your heels are beginning to crack, apply the Nine Naturals Repairing Body Balm to your heels & cover your feet with socks, too; this will help heal any damaged skin while you sleep.
3) Beauty Woe: Darker Armpits (Yes, it will appear as if you decided to go au natural!)
What is it: You have heard about “The Mask of Pregnancy,” or “Linea Negra,” but your friends probably failed to mention that patches of darkened skin during pregnancy can occur anywhere on your body, not just your face or belly. Darkened skin, which is actually called chloasma or melasma gravidarum, is especially prone to occur inn areas that are already darker, like your nipples, or in places that tend to experience friction, like your armpits or inner thighs. This temporary condition is likely hormonal; your body increases its production of melanin while pregnant and it will taper off after you give birth.
What You Can Do About It: Sun exposure increases the appearance of darkened skin patches, so be sure to wear a high quality, all-natural sunscreen every day. Nine Naturals Natural Sunscreen SPF 32 contains just eight natural, luxurious ingredients. They’re all perfectly easy to pronounce, and, more importantly, they’ll keep you (and your baby!) protected from the sun’s harmful rays. And although you may still see some patches in your skin, they’ll fade naturally within a few months of delivery.
Beauty Woe: Stretch Marks In Weird, Unexpected Places
What is it: Bellies aren’t the only things that stretch during pregnancy; gaining about thirty pounds in a quick nine months means skin in other, unexpected areas, such as your breasts, hips, and yes even your butt, become vulnerable to stretch marks as well.
What You Can Do About it: Hydrated, healthy skin stretches more willingly, and forgivingly. You’ll want to prioritize using all natural, toxin-free products during your pregnancy. Your skin is highly absorbent, and ingredients found in many personal care products, like sulfates, parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances can be harmful to your health (not to mention that of your baby).
Focus on hydrating and healing skin by taking advantage of the benefits of both Belly Oil and Belly Butter in a daily skincare routine. Nine Naturals’ Natural Belly Oil is luxurious and features tamanu oil, which is rich in fatty acids and revered as a safe, natural remedy for a host of skin conditions, including dry skin, stretch marks and scars. Massaged generously into wet skin immediately after bathing, this nutrient-dense belly oil will dry to the touch within seconds, but continue working hard all day to improve your skin’s elasticity and keep your belly looking and feeling fantastic.
Our Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Belly Butter, one of our most popular products, pairs perfectly with the Natural belly oil as the other half of your healing pregnancy skin care routine. It battles stretch-marks and discomfort with moisture-rich, natural and organic ingredients. Cupuaçu butter triple-tasks as a moisturizing, free-radical fighting, and skin-protecting powerhouse, thanks to its naturally high levels of phytosterols, polyphenols and fatty acids.