Essential Tips for a Healthy Skin Healing Journey
Embarking on a skin healing journey can be both exciting and overwhelming. With so much information available, it's easy to feel lost or unsure about the best approach for your skin's well-being. As someone who has experienced their own skincare struggles, I want to share some valuable insights that I wish I had known when I started my own skin healing journey. By avoiding harsh surfactants, high pH products, excessive vitamin C, routine exfoliation, and being mindful of fragrance and essential oils, you can nurture your skin effectively and achieve a healthier complexion. Let's dive into these essential tips!
Opt for gentle cleansers with bio surfactants:
- Many cleansers on the market contain surfactants that can strip the skin and compromise its natural barrier. Instead, choose products that utilize bio surfactants derived from microorganisms. These bio surfactants are gentler and more compatible with your skin's needs. Consider using the Clarifying Oat Cleanser, which incorporates bio surfactants to cleanse your skin effectively while maintaining its natural balance.
Embrace pH balanced products:
- Maintaining the pH balance of your skin is crucial for a healthy complexion. Your skin naturally has a pH level of around 5.5. Using cleansers with a high pH, such as Castile soap or bar soap with a pH of 9-11, can disrupt your skin's delicate balance and damage its protective barrier. Opt for pH balanced products that respect your skin's natural acidity, helping to preserve its integrity and overall health.
Gentle plant actives over strong actives:
- While strong actives like high concentrations of vitamin C or frequent chemical exfoliation might promise quick results, they can also compromise your skin's barrier function. Instead, explore the benefits of gentle plant actives that offer similar results without causing unnecessary harm. For brightening, consider using strawberry extract; for preventing breakouts, elderberry can be a valuable ingredient; and for addressing wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, Bakuchiol is a fantastic option. Try the Brightening Fruit Essence for a natural glow, and the Renewing Flower Serum for wrinkles, acne, and hyperpigmentation.
Be cautious with fragrance and essential oils:
- Fragrance and essential oils may add a pleasant scent to skincare products, but they can also sensitize and irritate the skin, particularly if it's sensitive or prone to inflammation. To protect your skin's healing journey, it's advisable to avoid products with added fragrance and essential oils. Instead, opt for fragrance-free options that prioritize your skin's health and minimize the risk of adverse reactions.
Embarking on a skin healing journey requires a mindful approach and careful consideration of the products you choose. By avoiding harsh surfactants, high pH products, excessive vitamin C, routine exfoliation, and being mindful of fragrance and essential oils, you can support your skin's healing process and achieve a healthier complexion. Remember, each skin journey is unique, so it's important to listen to your skin's needs and consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional if you have specific concerns or conditions. Share your thoughts in the comments below and let us know if these tips were helpful on your own skin healing journey. Here's to radiant and healthy skin! P.S. never treat your self-care as an afterthought, a mother’s care is just as important as the baby’s!
First pregnancies can be scary and the fear of birth paralyzing.
Instead of taking action, you’re overwhelmed. You can only hope that your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you.
I wish I’d been better prepared but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I felt like birth was just one of those miserable experiences women have to push through and endure.
Now that I’m in my third trimester expecting my second baby, I’m choosing to embrace birth with intention.
What I’m doing differently this time around:
Choosing a Natural Birth:
This felt scary at first, but I want a redemptive and peaceful birth. One where I have the autonomy to move my body into positions that support my baby’s efforts to enter the world.
Instead of letting fear take over, I’m absorbing as much information as possible. I’ve consulted with my midwife to craft my ideal birth plan. I’m also watching birth videos to get more comfortable with the experience.
I’m seeing a chiropractor to help me align my hips and back to help make the birth experience be more comfortable. I made sure to look for a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique to help ensure my baby is in optimal position for labor.
Pelvic Floor Specialist:
My pelvic floor specialist and I are preparing my body for birth. We’re doing exercises to learn how to relax certain muscles during delivery, strengthen my pelvic floor, and improve my postpartum recovery.
Postpartum Skin Care Products:
This time I’m not using the postpartum skin care products provided by the hospital. I didn’t know better the first time. I didn’t realize how many questionable ingredients were in those products that did nothing to support my healing process. Instead, I’ll be using my own products like the Boob Balm, Herbal Relief Body Mist, Lavender Soaking Salts, and Revitalize Postpartum Cream which I believe are the best postpartum skincare products. All of them can be found in my Postpartum Care Package.
I combine the stretching technique with the Baby Cheeks Barrier Oil to reduce my chances of tearing. The oils help the skin to become more elastic and the stretching helps the skin become more flexible. It also teaches you to release tension during intensity and allow your body to expand.
I’m incorporating strength workouts to reduce the aches and pains I felt during my first pregnancy. By working out at least twice a week I have almost completely eliminated back pain, sciatic pain, and abdominal pinching. I have been doing the Bodi Barre Prenatal workouts and absolutely love them!!
Pregnancy hormones like Relaxin cause the skin to be less firm and often lead to stretch marks and cellulite. I have been strengthening my skin’s elasticity throughout pregnancy with our postpartum belly cream: the Revitalize Postpartum Cream. It contains Lupin extract that produces type I Collagen and increases skin elasticity and firmness. I have no stretch marks. The cellulite on my legs that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy has all but disappeared.
Strengthening My Faith:
Even though I’m doing everything in my power to prepare my body and mind for birth, there is still a whisper of fear in me. I’m strengthening my connection with God to replace that fear with faith. Believing in the knowledge that I was built for birth and that I can trust in Him for strength.
Preparing and planning for birth has felt like an extra full-time job. But, I feel so excited.
I hope this empowers you to decide and take charge of your baby’s birth and motherhood journey.
I'd love to hear what you've been doing to prepare for your birth? Comment below!