Pregnancy is an exciting time for women, but it comes with many health-related changes. Raging hormones can wreak havoc, meaning you’ll need a maternity wardrobe just for your skin! It is estimated that at least 50% of pregnant women experience melasma to some degree, which is why it’s often referred to as the ‘mask of pregnancy’. Melasma is the formation of irregular pigmented patches on sun-exposed areas. Not to worry, the Cranley Clinic has a pigment programme including peels, lasers and targeted products.
New mums should apply their SPF day cream daily. My best-selling Super Charged Day Cream offers SPF15 and UVA protection. They should also use my Super Light Skin Tone Perfector Cream morning and evening. It combines potent lightening extracts and vitamins with anti-oxidants and radiance boosters to reduce pigment production and reveal a more even, luminous complex.
Pregnancy aside, looking after a young child is a huge stress on the body. Too much stress releases the hormone cortisol into the body, weakening the skin and causing issues, such as loss of radiance and dryness.
Eyes are the first place to show the effects of dehydration and late nights. The skin here is very thin, so any changes in routines can send the aging process into overdrive. Our Dark Circles Correcting Cream harnesses powerful skin lighteners and tighteners, next generation peptides and illuminating light reflecting particles, leaving eyes looking brighter and more youthful.
When pregnancy hormones disappear your face can suddenly go from glow to dull. Most people experience sallow skin when they have a young baby, due to stress and tiredness. Introducing an exfoliator to the mix will help remove dead skin cells. My Cooling Menthol Facial Scrub uses gentle spherical micro beads to smooth the skin, purify pores and help stimulate cell renewal. It’ll leave skin feeling as soft as a baby’s bottom.
Hormones affect collagen in the skin, this combined with exhaustion can reduce the release of the human growth hormone, which is very important for skin thickness and cell turnover. The collagen peptide, Hexapeptide-9, found in my Secret is Out Lift and Repair Night Cream, is proven to help the repair and regeneration of skin cells. With regular use, fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced the skin looks more youthful, fresher and more radiant.
Lasers are a new mother’s best friend. Our Clinic is recognised internationally in the field of laser and light surgery and has the most advanced technology for a variety of skin problems. We use the latest intense pulse light and visible light treatments to rejuvenate, improve skin colour, texture, Rosacea, acne, and melasma, the so called ‘mask of pregnancy’. Our radiofrequency treatments can also help reduce stretch marks, but wait for three months to see if they improve by themselves.
Mum’s no longer the word on how mum’s can achieve good skin.