So, you’re pregnant. Yay. But did anyone tell you about the pigmentation changes?
It’s super common for patches of skin to darken during pregnancy. Another one of those weird things you don’t really hear about until you’re going through it. Oh, the joys.
What causes pregnancy hyperpigmentation?
First of all, it’s totally normal and natural to experience hyperpigmentation.
Loads of baby mummas report dark patches appearing on their face, inner thighs, areolas, private bits and armpits.
Why? When you’re pregnant, your body goes through some pretty wild changes (it’s possible you’ve noticed this already). And one of those changes involves producing excess melanin.
Melanin is the natural pigment found in our bodies that gives colour to our hair, eyes, and skin.
Places that are naturally more rich in melanin are the places that become more noticeably dark during pregnancy.
What about melasma from pregnancy?
When this increase in melanin happens on your face or arms it’s called melasma. Actually wait, during pregnancy it’s called chloasma. Why are there so many different names? Don’t ask me, I just work here.
Melasma during pregnancy gets the nickname “the mask of pregnancy” because the darkness can look like you’re wearing a mask. Fun.
Never fear, how to get brighter skin is here.
How to brighten darker patches from pregnancy?
- Rosehip for the body.
Rosehip oil is jam packed with skin brightening fatty acids. Using my Rosehip Duo pre, during, and post pregnancy can help brighten, soften and add glow to your skin.
My combined Rosehip Body Scrub & Cleanser exfoliates while cleansing and softening uneven skin.
Bonus: Feels like a luxe at-home experience, which every baby mumma deserves.
My Rosehip Dry Body Oil contains a blend of three nourishing oils to heal, fade, and brighten.
Bonus: The dry oil format makes it super fast absorbing and easy to slap all over at every stage of pregnancy.
- Vitamin C for the face.
Vitamin C brightens skin and can help fade melasma. Which is why my Brightening Vitamin C Mask is your guy when it comes to preventing and improving hyperpigmentation.
Bonus: It only takes 5 mins, easy peasy.
- SPF for everywhere.
SPF always. Duh. You might be a whizz at wearing face SPF all the time but don’t typically worry about your body unless you’re spending a day at the beach. This is your sign to use sun protection all over.
Hot tip: Even on cloudy days.
- Waxing nowhere.
Waxing won’t help your irritated skin, especially where you’re already sensitive.
Also, who can be bothered?
So… does pregnancy pigmentation go away?
Typically hyperpigmentation fades within a few months post pregnancy, so don’t stress.
Exfoliation and hydration are your friends for soft, even, glowier skin.
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