Naturally flawless skin. Only a few people are lucky enough to enjoy it. The rest of us, we constantly battle with blackheads, oily breakouts, dry patches, flakes, pigmentations..and the list goes on.
Ever heard of that “pregnancy glow” that is supposed to accompany every pregnant woman? Well…I’ve experienced just the opposite.
Those pesky pregnancy hormones left my skin in a terrible mess. Stretched belly skin, broken capillaries on my legs, pigmentation, and stains from acne all over my face, back, and chest.
Plus the first wrinkles that have slowly started creeping in. Oh my. When and how did this happen? I can’t believe this is my face!
I hate to break it to you, but:
The ability of your skin to recover from these hormonal changes decreases with age. The older you get, the harder you have to fight for your pre-pregnancy skin appearance.
I was totally unprepared for this! When my first son was born, I was only 30. No major skin changes there. Five years later and the second pregnancy, it is really starting to show off.
And because having a self-care routine is so much important for us moms, let’s spend some “me time” on our skin. No matter what skin quality you have, there are ways how to improve your skin health naturally, at home, and without any harsh cosmetic procedures.
Just a few small changes can have a huge impact on the quality of your skin.
Ready? Now bring on the challenge! 🙂
7 days to healthier skin
What can you accomplish in a week? Loose 2 pounds? Reduce that never-ending pile of laundry? Finish a book? Or, you can lay the foundations of your new skin care routine, that will get you healthier, glowing complexion.
Wondering how? Here is the deal:
Follow my 7 day postpartum skin recovery plan and by the end of the week, you’ll be on your way to the better-looking complexion. Include these tips into your daily routine and see how the quality of your skin transforms.
DAY 1 – SWITCH TO GENTLE BODY AND FACE WASH
As they say – less is more, sometimes. And that applies to cosmetics as well. Avoid fragranced cosmetics full of harsh chemicals which only irritate your skin.
Opt for a basic, natural body and face wash or soap that leaves your skin moisturized and nourished.
My personal favorite is Shungite soap.
This luxurious skin treat is one of those bathroom essential must haves. It contains unique ingredient – Karelian Shungite powder, best known for its antibacterial and regenerative effects. It acts as a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from premature ageing and helps to retain elasticity.
Thanks to its wonderful healing and conditioning properties, it can be used as your ultimate, All-in-One cosmetic product. It effectively cleanses, regenerates, and removes dead cells and irritation. Natural oils perfectly substitute a moisturizer cream or body lotion.
Shungite soap is suitable for all skin types and daily use. It perfectly mattifies oily skin, reduces inflammation and acne, soothes redness, and helps to eliminate eczema and even psoriasis. Also great for sensitive and dry skin, thanks to the 100% natural oils.
I have very oily skin on my face plus very dry skin all over my body, and this soap works perfectly for me. It has become my ultimate top-to-toe product. I even use it for washing my toddler, who has very sensitive skin prone to eczematic breakouts. It helps us to keep eczema under control.
DAY 2 – HYDRATE FROM THE INSIDE
Water is essential in order to improve your skin condition. If your skin doesnt get enough water, it will become dry, flaky and more prone to the signs of aging.
Hydrated skin maintains better its elasticity which is crucial for returning into its previous shape.
Staying hydrated will help you to burn calories more effectively and reduce water retention in the abdomen area. Goodbye “mommy tummy”!
Aim for drinking at least eight glasses (8fl oz) of water a day. Getting enough water into your body throughout the day not only helps to keep your skin healthy and supple. It also aids the release of toxins from your body.
Speaking of water. Ever heard of Shungite water?
With Shungite water filter, you can turn your regular tap water into perfectly clean and healthy water that is packed with antioxidants and minerals.
Shungite water is biologically active water with antibacterial and antioxidant effects. It perfectly hydrates the w
There are many studies that show Shungite is capable of removing harmful substances from drinking water such as chlorine, heavy metals, pesticides, phenols, and dioxins.
Making Shungite water is pretty simple. All you need is Shungite stones/chips, a pitcher or a jar and tap water. Then you just put the stones into the jar, pour the drinking water over them and leave it to stand. Optimally saturated Shungite water is achieved within 1 – 24 hours.
We actually got so used to this water that we don’t drink anything else at home. I even use this water when preparing meals for my toddler.
DAY 3 – WEAR SUNSCREEN. EVERY DAY. RAIN OR SHINE.
This is something that most of us tend to underestimate. Regular use of sunscreen (SPF 30 at least) is an essential part of preventing wrinkles. From now on, you will be putting sunscreen all over your face, neck and chest every morning. Promise?
Photoaging of the skin is caused by repetitive exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation. According to this study, “UV causes photoaging by generating reactive oxygen species, and this subsequently triggers a cascade of signaling mechanisms and eventually causes a decrease of collagen, inflammation, epidermal DNA damage
Sunscreen use is needed every single day of the year. Why? Because the sun damages your skin cells even when it is cloudy or raining outside.
Think your skin is protected because you are at home, in the car or office? The UV rays can even penetrate windows! Crazy, right? Thats why daily sunscreen use should be the foundation of your new routine to a healthy, youthfull looking skin.
When choosing your daily
What you want to look for is a facial moisturizer, primer or a foundation with a built-in broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater. You can even layer multiple skincare products with built-in sunscreen for even better protection.
DAY 4 – EXFOLIATE REGULARLY
Exfoliation helps you to clear away the dead cells from the top layer of your skin. Regular exfoliation provides plenty of benefits to every skin type, from acne prone to aged skin. It removes dullness, gives your face instant glow and helps to clear clogged pores. By removing the dead cells layer, exfoliation lets your other skin-care products (as serum or moisturiser) to penetrate deeper into your skin.
And it gets even better:
Exfoliation should be a main process of your skin-care routine also because of its amazing anti-aging effects.
By stripping away the dead cells, it allows newer, healthier skin cells to develop which leads to increased collagen and elastin production.
These two proteins are crucial to youthful-looking skin, as they strengthen the skin structure and diminish wrinkles.
How and when to exfoliate?
How often should you exfoliate depends on your skin type. Every skin reacts diffrently, so you might have to find out what works for you the best.
The general rule, according to dermatologist Dr. Flamenbaum, is to exfoliate twice a week. However, if your skin is oily and acne-prone, it can be exfoliated up to 5 times a week.
Regular exfoliaton can work wonders with your postpartum body, too. Use brush with natural bristles for dry brushing your tummy, tights ang buttocks just before you hit the shower. Dry brushing combined with this wonderful home-made coffee scrub will reduce the appearance of stretchmarks and cellulite. Look forward to amazingly rejuvenated and supple skin!
DAY 5 – STIMULATE COLLAGEN AND ELASTIN
When it comes to improving the quality of your skin, collagen and elastin are your allies. These are the most commom proteins that keep our skin elastic and healthy. They work together to give the skin its shape and texture.
The good news is that you can easily boost collagen levels by eating foods that stimulate the body to increase its production (high-protein and vitamin C-rich foods). The amazing thing about collagen is that the more your body has, the more it is able to produce and preserve.
Your task will be to kick start the production of collagen and keep it going by giving your body the right kind of nutrients:
Eeating protein-rich foods such as cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, legumes, tofu, nuts, and fish can help to improve the quality of your skin, as they contain collagen and elastin forming components.
Vitamin C is a super antioxidant that works great with sunscreen skin-care to further protect skin from environmental damage.
Another great way how to boost collagen is Aloe Vera. This wonderful plant has unique cell-growth stimulating properties that can help boost collagen production in your skin.
For best results, use Aloe Vera in the purest form both internally and externally.
- As a moisturizer – hydrates the skin without giving it a greasy feel. Perfect for anyone with oily skin or as a natural primer before applying make-up foundation. If pregnancy has left you with stretchmarks, applying Aloe gel can help diminish new and fresh stretchmarks by healing the minor tears in the skin layers.
- As a drinking gel – Aloe Vera is nutrient-packed miracle plant. It’s loaded with over 70 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, lignin, saponins, sterols, and amino acids. According to this study, regular drinking of Aloe gel significantly improves wrinkles and elasticity in photoaged skin, increases collagen production and decreases the collagen-degrading.
I have been drinking Aloe gel for more than 3 months now and I have to say: Give it a try! I mean, if Cleopatra used Aloe in her daily skin treatments, it must be damn good, right? 🙂
I can tell you from my own experience, as far as the skin hydration goes, there’s nothing better out there than Aloe.
DAY 6 – WEAR A MASK
A facial mask is an important part of a skin-care routine. While it may provide some benefits alone, it is much more useful and gives more radiance to the skin in the context of using sunscreen daily, cleaning, and regular exfoliation.
When applied on throughly cleansed face and neck, masks can deliver higher concetrations of active ingredients deeply into the skin.
When choosing the right face mask, look for ingredients based on your skin type:
- oily/acne prone skin – salicylic acid
- dry skin – hyaluronic acid
- fine wrinkles – antioxidants (Vitamin C, retinol, Vitamin E)
- pigmentations – licorice root extract
Depending on your skin condition, dermatologists advise to use face mask ideally 1-2 times a week.
DAY 7 – CLEAN UP YOUR DIET
Right. This one s a bit tricky 🙂 The truth is, your skin is projection of what is going on inside your body. That means the simplest way to keep your skin healthy is to eat right and stay hydrated.
You dont have to turn your meal plan upside down. A few little tweaks in your diet can make a huge difference.
Focus on foods that contain a lot of antioxidants and are naturally inflammatory. All bright red and dark green veggies (tomatoes, peppers, spinach, kale, broccolli..etc) and foods containing Omega 3 fatty acids (avocados, olive oil, wild salmon, walnuts, chia seeds) are wonderful for your complexion.
Thats it! No fancy salon treatments, just a few simple and natural ways to improve your skin health without spending a lot of time and money.
Until we find that fountain of youth, the second best thing to give our skin a chance to glow again is accepting this challenge 🙂
Im courious to know how did that work for you. Drop me a comment, I would love to read about your skin challenge!