Hello post-pregnancy skin conditions.
After giving birth, I’ve noticed a change in my skin. I have more pronounced melasma, discolouration, dryness and dullness, not to mention the ravaging effects sleep deprivation can have on my skin. And what is up with my hair? When I was pregnant my hair had never felt so thick and soft and shiny. Postpartum? I’m finding my hair is falling out at a rapid rate (Mums you probably know what I am talking about).
But guess what? All of this is normal.
Our bodies are amazing, and they go through so much when growing and birthing a new human. So, there are bound to be things that pop up as our bodies and our hormones begin to naturally rebalance.
Everything from dehydration, congestion and breakouts, uneven skin tone and pigmentation can occur during this rebalancing, especially in the first few months. The best thing we can do at this time is support our skin.
Now I know what you’re probably thinking. I can’t even finish a cup of coffee, let alone find the energy or time to dedicate to a skincare routine each morning and night.
I don’t like to overcomplicate my skincare, which is why I’ve kept my range simple and effective. But there are a few little hacks I do to save me time so I can maintain a skincare routine that supports my skin.
Keep reading to find out what they are, along with my postpartum skincare tips to support your skin.
How to Support Your Skin Postpartum
Pare your routine back to basics. Consider the essentials steps of cleanse, tone, exfoliant and moisturise, and keep it at that. Stick to gentle, natural products and definitely keep highly active products such as retinols to the side (a lot of these aren’t breastfeeding safe).
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Nourish From Within
Focusing on what you’re putting in your body is not only important for your baby’s health but also your skin’s health. Maintain a balanced diet and ensure to incorporate antioxidant rich foods and healthy fats like fruits, vegetables and nuts, seeds and avocado. These are all amazing ingredients to replenish your skin from the inside.
When skin is hydrated it functions optimally. Your skin is always losing water and even more so during breastfeeding. So, it’s super important to keep that water intake up. Aside from drinking water, it’s best to replenish your skin with a moisturiser every day – no matter your skin type!
If you’re experiencing breakouts and congestion post-pregnancy, opt for our Balance Moisture. It’s lightweight but packed with skin-quenching Hyaluronic Acid, Kakadu Plum, Argan Oil and Aloe Vera. If you’re on the other end and experiencing postpartum dry skin, our Intense Moisture is ideal to replenish the skin with rich oils like Shea Butter and Rosehip.
As hard as it is, it’s important to get as much sleep as we can (I’m the first to admit, I struggle to nap in the day. I can often be found catching up on work emails when my baby Samuel is asleep 🤦♀️). Our skin undergoes self-repair when we are in a deep sleep, something that is interrupted frequently with a new baby. When your skin doesn’t have this repair, it can have dire effects for your skin.
So, there is a new rule in our house. While Samuel is asleep, I try to take 20mins of lying in bed or on the couch. Just that small amount can make the world of difference.
But really the most important thing to do at this time is to try to be consistent (even when you’re so sleep deprived, you’ve lost track of what day of the week it is). As above, simplifying will help. Choosing the right time to do your skincare (like when baby is sleeping) is another way. As a new mum, I know time is precious. So, here’s some time-saving tips to make it easier.
How to Save Time & Self-Care
I try to do my skincare routine when bubby is sleeping. It gives me a little more time to work with, but really, it’s just plain nice to take a moment for myself and nourish my skin.
But that isn’t always possible, so I’m pretty lucky that my range is simple and effective without a lot of unnecessary over-complication. And in addition to that, I save myself time by doing the below:
Use a Moisturising Body Scrub
Moisturising my body isn’t something I have much time for anymore. So instead I use my Coconut Body Polish – it exfoliates and moisturises all in one, so even if my shower is very quick (if I get one at all!) or if it’s spent hopping in and out to check on the baby, at least I know a quick once over with this scrub is all I need to replenish my skin and leave it soft and silky. No more steps required.
A Buddy System
Exfoliation can be a step that gets left by the wayside when we are short on time. But it’s super important to try to maintain as it makes the rest of your skincare more effective (even just once a week makes a difference). So, I try to pair my exfoliation with another task – like popping it on in the shower as I wash my hair or while I brush my teeth. That way I am getting two tasks done at once.
Another super easy way I save time is to mix my serums and facial oils with my daily and nightly moisturiser. This way I still get all the benefits without the additional steps. It definitely helps that my range is adaptable and I love mixing a few drops of my Renew Serum with my Balance Moisture.
My Post-Pregnancy Skincare Routine
Cleanse (Morning and Night)
I start and finish my day by washing my face with the Foaming Cleanser. This is such a refreshing and gentle cleanser, infused with Kakadu Plum, Geranium and Marshmallow. It’s the best to revitalise and invigorate my skin.
Exfoliate (1-2 x Week)
I’m trying to exfoliate once or twice a week – whatever I can manage really. I’m using the AHA Face Exfoliant as it is really gentle so works well with the bit of Melasma I’ve been experiencing. I put it on in the shower and leave it to work its magic while I brush my teeth (#mumlife), then simply rinse! Couldn’t be easier.
Tone (Morning and Night)
After cleansing or exfoliating, a quick mist over my face with the Rose Water Toning Mist hydrates and helps rebalance my skin in a second. The spray bottle also makes one handed application easier when you have a baby in the other arm!
Vitamin C Serum (Morning and Night)
Vitamin C is THE essential ingredient for glowing, radiant skin (something this new mum feels she needs!). The Glow Serum is the perfect daily skin booster, penetrates deeply and replenishes my skin with all the lovely botanicals. I feel so much more hydrated, bouncy and just down right revived after popping this on.
I am using the Balance Moisture mixed with our Renew Serum. The Balance absorbs so quickly and all you need is a couple of pumps, so it’s really quick. Topped with Renew Serum, this mix really helps to target my post-pregnancy skin’s melasma, pigmentation and dullness. And because Bakuchiol is a gentle alternative to retinol, it’s safe for me to use while I’m breastfeeding. I’ve also perfected the one-handed application while holding bubby too.
In the evening I like a little something extra, so I’m using the Night Moisture again mixed with a few drops of the Renew Serum. This night cream is so creamy and nourishing. It gives my skin an extra boost of hydration which soaks in as I sleep (or let’s face it, as I get up to breastfeed throughout the night).
Since doing these steps, it has definitely helped improve the pigmentation, dryness and overall complexion of my skin, and I wake up feeling more fresh-faced no matter how many hours of sleep I managed the night before.
Bonus Extra: Hair Care
As I mentioned, I’ve noticed my hair falling out since giving birth. While this is normal, it is good to reduce the amount of chemical based haircare you use and instead opt for natural, sulphate free options.
I’ve been supporting my hair with our Argan Shampoo & Argan Conditioner. This haircare range is formulated with native botanicals of Kangaroo Apple Extract and Quandong Extract to condition, strengthen and hydrate the hair, and Banksia Extract which provides volume, UV protection and stimulates new hair growth.
Still growing a new little human? Check out ‘Saya’s Pregnancy Skincare Routine’.
Want to know more about Bakuchiol? Read the blog: ‘What Is Bakuchiol’.