During pregnancy, fluctuating hormones and a rapidly changing body can cause skin to become more sensitive. Simple and natural routines are best during this time which includes facials. Instead of splurging on expensive spas, consider establishing a home routine that can continue after baby is born by making everything from scratch and to order.
The typical home facial can include cleansing, an herbal steam to open pores, and a mask followed by a scrub.
During pregnancy some of these steps can cause already inflamed skin to become more irritated, so the herbal steam and scrub can be skipped in favor of an enzyme or fruit acid mask/scrub. The enzymes and fruit acids act to break down dead skin cells so that gentle scrubbing can sweep them away.
This spring/summer facial recipe can go on when one is in the shower:
In a dry blender pulverize a handful (about 1/3 cup) of oatmeal and a teaspoon of flaxseed. Add 3-4 overripe organic strawberries, 1-2 tsp of raw honey and 1 Tbsp of melted organic virgin coconut oil. Pulse until smooth. The consistency should be thick enough to not run off the skin when applied and wet enough to spread easily. Place in a plastic bowl (don’t want broken glass in the shower).
After initially wetting the skin, liberally apply mask to face, neck, decoletee and hands. Smoosh all over avoiding eyes. Feel free to taste . . . yummy! Shower as usual. Before leaving shower activate mask by gently massaging with a little water. Continue adding water and massaging until the mask has been rinsed off. Pat dry and moisturize.
This mask can be used weekly. Other fruits can be substituted like pineapple, papaya or banana. Alternatively, avocado is great as well! If you need cooling on a hot day try using cucumber with a dash of lemon juice.
Maggie Mahboubian is the creater of Lalun, individually handmade products for face & body.