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Blogtober: The ultimate guide to pregnancy skincare
21 Oct

Pregnancy is an exciting time; filled with all the joy and anticipation of the arrival of a brand new tiny being.

But when it comes to caring for your skin and body, it’s not all about that mythical pregnancy ‘glow.’ With hormones in a constant state of flux, it’s easy for our skin to become upset, which can manifest itself in a whole host of ways.

So, what can we do to keep our beauty and well-being regimes in check through pregnancy? Read our ultimate guide to taking care of your skin during this special time…

What happens to your skin during pregnancy?

The first step to taking care of your skin while expecting is to understand exactly what is happening to it - a feat that’s often easier said than done.

“During the 9 months of pregnancy, the face and body change daily in response to the demands made on the body by sharing it with another” explains Noella Gabriel, Co-Founder of ELEMIS. “The obvious change is that the skin can become extremely dry and, in some cases, flaky. Some women experience severe acne, while others develop sensitivity - issues far removed from the so-called ‘pregnancy glow.”

How to deal with stretch marks

The number one issue surrounding pregnancy and skin has to be stretch marks. Caused by drastic weight changes, including pregnancy, these lines are actually scarred dead tissue and can be very difficult to manage. However, a good bodycare ritual can help reduce their severity or the chances of them from forming in the first place. A true hero product, ELEMIS’ Japanese Camellia Oil is a great product to use through pregnancy, as it keeps the skin super hydrated, helping to improve elasticity over the bust, bump and bum, therefore supporting the body’s changes through pregnancy.

Ways to deal with fatigue

If there’s one side effect that almost all women will experience at some point in their pregnancy, it’s fatigue. Your body is working double-time to care for both you and baby, so it’s important to listen to what it needs and take some time out for yourself. There’s never been a better time to practise a little self-care - especially when you’re battling swollen ankles or an aching back.

Instant Refreshing Gel is revered as a pregnancy essential, thanks to its ability to ease muscle tension. A multi-functional body reviver, its powerful blend of soothing Arnica and cooling Camphor and Menthol works wonders on tired temples, shoulders and legs.

And if you’re in need of a real treat, book yourself in for the ELEMIS Peaceful Pregnancy Massage in Fusion Spa. This specially developed spa treatment re-energises, stimulates circulation and targets body tone and texture. The result is that it helps induce sleep – proper, nurturing sleep that will help with that sluggish feeling you may experience when your body hasn’t been able to rest properly.

How to tackle pregnancy pigmentation

The hormonal fluxes associated with pregnancy may contribute to excess pigmentation. These brown spots occur when melanin, which is produced at the basal layer of the skin, becomes activated and over-stimulated.

ELEMIS’ White Brightening line is formulated with a unique complex of Daisy and Pea Extracts as well as encapsulated Vitamin C, helping to visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots, age spots and existing imperfections. Comprising a cleanser, serum, lotion and targeted corrector, it has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of uneven pigmentation in just 28 days.

Enjoy every moment

So by now we hope you understand a little more about the amazing changes your body and skin go through during these 9 special months. Making small tweaks to your beauty routine can have a really positive impact on the condition of your skin and comfort of your body. But don’t forget - the most important thing is to embrace the changes and enjoy every moment.

Pregnancy Treatments in Fusion Spa

It is possible to enjoy a spa day or babymoon break when you are pregnant.  The Fusion Spa team are all fully trained and can give expert advice regarding what treatments are available and are suitable at your stage of pregnancy.  However we recommend speaking to your midwife for further information.  Treatments can include facials, manicures, pedicures or even a seated massage. 

You should note that only the pool can be used during pregnancy.  Unfortunately using the steam room, sauna, hydro spa or Jacuzzi is not recommended.  This is because an unborn baby is unable to regulate its body temperature and any increase in your body heat may affect the flow of blood and nutrients to your baby. 

How far in advance should I book, and how should I do this?

Fusion Spa can be fully booked up to 6 weeks in advance, especially on weekends.  Bookings can be made on 01495 225950, on our website (coming soon) or general enquiries can be sent via email fusion@brynmeadows.co.uk

We are taking part in #Blogtober which means we will be posting a different news article every day.  The challenge is to create new and exciting content for you to read throughout October.

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