As you head into your second trimester, here are five ways your pregnancy hormones might affect your hair and skin
Stretch marks: These marks happen when your skin stretches to make room for your baby. They are thought to be genetic, although some women like to use a targeted body cream to keep their skin feeling moisturized and supple. Most marks will fade over time after your baby is born
Blemishes: Changing hormones mean the glands in your skin produce more oil, which can lead to spots. Help keep oily skin clear by double cleansing at night. Use a gentle cream cleanser to remove all make-up and oils and follow with a lightweight, water-based moisturizer.
Glowing skin: It’s not all bad news, the ‘pregnancy glow’ you hear about is real! Your skin retains more moisture during pregnancy, which gives a plumping effect. Hormones also increase your body’s circulation for rosier cheeks and a radiant glow.
Sensitive skin: Increased circulation may also make skin more sensitive to your usual beauty products. If this happens, swap them for gentler, non-fragranced versions. Your skin will also be more sensitive to sun and heat, so keep cool and use an SPF where needed.
Hair changes: Expect your locks to look and feel thicker as changing estrogen levels stop hair shedding. Some women find their hair changes texture too – it may get straighter, shinier, curlier or drier, so invest in a new shampoo and conditioner to complement your hair type.
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