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Dry skin or dehydrated skin during pregnancy?

A growing belly is not the only visible sign of pregnancy. This is also noticeable on the skin, which may appear drier and less well hydrated. Here are some tips on how to do this safely for you and your baby.

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Why does my skin look drier during pregnancy?

Hormonal influences cause many changes in the mother-to-be during pregnancy. Inside the body of course, but also for the skin. These include, of course, acne, which can appear or reappear, or the pregnancy mask - a hyperpigmentation of the skin linked to sun exposure. Progressively stretched, its elasticity is also put to the test, and stretch marks may appear. In some women, skin may also become drier.

In reality, it is mainly dehydrated: hormonal changes upset the skin's balance and alter the hydrolipidic film that is supposed to protect it. To restore its barrier function, regain comfort, prevent the appearance of stretch marks and limit the itching that can occur during pregnancy, the skin must be nourished with fatty substances, of course, and above all with moisturizing agents.

Dry or dehydrated skin, what is the difference?


I had acne-prone skin. Ever since the birth of my daughter, I have had skin that feels tight. Now I use cream at night to make my skin comfortable again.

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Pregnancy: moisturizing the skin inside... and out

Drinking enough water is essential to keep your skin supple. Even though, like many pregnant women, you are subject to water retention, it is essential to drink 1.5 to 2 litres of water a day. And don't forget fresh fruit and vegetables, which are also good sources of water. Cucumber, for example, is made of 96% water!

To avoid aggravating the dehydration of your skin, also avoid atmospheres made too dry by heating (if your pregnancy takes place in winter) or air conditioning (if it takes place in summer). Do not hesitate to place an air humidifier in your bedroom. And in the bathroom, opt for products and treatments that are suitable for pregnancy.

How to care for dehydrated skin?


Cleanse and dry your skin to protect it during pregnancy

Here are some tips on how to gently cleanse and dry your skin.


How to wash during pregnancy

Dehydrated skin and hot water don’t make good cleaning, especially when water is hard: tightness is increased. On a daily basis, opt for warm water showers and the use of a rich, creamy shower gel. It will provide the necessary nourishing and moisturizing agents to restore comfort to your skin.

How to dry yourself during pregnancy

During pregnancy, dry skin requires gentle gestures to aggravate dehydration and the feeling of dryness in your skin. During these few months, use your towel to pat your skin all over your body, particularly if you suffer from slight itching, especially normal during pregnancy.


Pregnancy: choosing sensory products safely

After showering, it's time to moisturize your body. Different levels of texture are available for you depending on the degree of dryness in your skin. Smooth or rich treatments, in the form of milks or balms, the choice is yours! To quickly dress after moisturizing your body, try formulas that leave no oily residue on the skin.

To prevent cosmetic ingredients that are not recommended during pregnancy due to their potential toxicity for you or your future baby, choose the rigorously controlled dermo-cosmetic products you can find in pharmacies and parapharmacies.

Properly hydrate the face during pregnancy

Properly hydrate the face during pregnancy

The dehydration of your skin during pregnancy is related to the changes it undergoes. During this particular period, it can be helpful to change your face care routine by choosing products that are richer and more nourishing and hydrating than normal. And as with your body, choose those that will respect your sensitive skin from pregnant women.

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