Body Care - Showering and Bathing

Everyday Showering Tips For Moisturised Skin | Glamrs Skin Care (September 2018).

every pregnant woman knows this: the intensive examination of her own body leads to a new sensibility and to another form of body awareness. With every bath, shower or cream you can feel the changes: So daily body care offers you the ideal chance to get to know your body better and to feel how it reacts to the pregnancy. By the way, your baby also enjoys stroking the cream or gently lapping the water on her stomach in the bath or shower.

But remember: showering and bathing deprive the skin of natural fat and moisturizing factors, and over-generous handling of foaming care products enhances this effect. Especially dry skin suffers from foster care. However, pure water does not protect the skin from the typical symptoms of dehydration, ie feelings of tension, redness, dandruff, itching and sometimes skin blemishes. Because the skin needs help for self-help. Choose as mild as possible, moisturizing products that only lather a little - they cleanse the skin very gently and protect it from drying out. Suitable products are available from many companies, but also in the private labels of drugstores, discounters and supermarkets - they are priced between 25 cents and 30 euros for 100 ml.

Showers

Short showering is generally better for the skin than bathing , Again, not too long, not too often and not too hot. At most ten minutes and a maximum of once a day - for very dry skin shorter and no more than three times a week. The water temperature should not exceed 35 ° C. Because four minutes under a stream of hot water are enough to bring the acid mantle of the skin out of balance. Soap and conventional shower gel leach out in addition.

Cleansing lotions and so-called washing pieces have a softer effect and their pH roughly corresponds to that of the skin. The acid mantle of healthy skin has a pH between 4 and 6, 5 - a pH of 5 is considered ideal for skin care.

The skin compatibility of a shower gel depends not only on its pH, but also on the surfactants used - these are the substances that make the shower additive foam first. Rule of thumb: The more the product foams, the more it can impair the function of the fat film of the skin.

  • If you have sensitive or dry skin, you should opt for a so-called shower cream.It is additionally enriched with moisturizing substances, meaning that it contains a good dose of nourishing fats, which means that no fat is removed from the skin during cleaning and the greasy film remains as it is.
  • For people with very dry skin, shower oils are ideal - they contain a particularly high proportion of moisturizing and nourishing oils, such as jojoba, macadam or almond oil, and they also use fewer surfactants. Often they also contain active ingredients such as panthenol, rose or borage seed oil, evening primrose, lemon balm, St. John's wort, lavender, calendula or chamomile - they moisturize, improve the resilience of the skin and counteract skin irritation and itching. Often they also donate a pleasant scent. But be careful: shower oils form in the tub a thin film of oil on which you can easily slip. So take care and clean the tub immediately after showering.

Relaxing in the tub

Good for the soul, bad for dry skin: A long, hot bath removes much more fat and moisture from the skin than a short shower. But you do not have to do without during pregnancy to switch off and recover in the bathtub. If you consider a few points, nothing stands in the way of the pampering program. Do not bathe for longer than 10-15 minutes. The water temperature should be between 37 and 38 degrees, slightly cooler water is better for the skin and less stress on the circulation. Bear in mind that bubble baths dry out the skin in particular, and bubble baths with bath tablets put a strain on the circulation. Better is a moisturizing oil bath - but take into account the risk of slipping in the tub!

For particularly dry and sensitive skin, it is advisable to choose an oil bath without chemical emulsifiers. They also deprive the skin of fat and partially negate the positive effect of the skin care oils.

How to make yourself a full bath without chemical emulsifiers:

Aromatic Baths with Essential Oil

The most convenient way to mix your bath with yourself is to use aromatic oils from the pharmacy. These essential oils are manufactured according to the pharmacopoeia, impurities and contamination (eg by pesticides) are practically excluded. The low dosage makes a self-made aroma bath also attractively priced, because for a full-body aromatic bath you need only six to ten drops of essential oil. When choosing the aroma oil, go according to your nose or your current needs: Rose oil or lavender have a relaxing and balancing effect and soothe irritated skin. For bad skin, a relaxing bath with balm oil is the right thing to do. The refreshers among the oils are lemon, bergamot and orange. Some oils, such as verbena or rosemary, are not recommended for pregnant women.

Note, however, that an essential oil should never be added to the water.Oil and water do not mix and so the oil floats concentrated on the water surface, which can cause skin irritation. That's why you need an emulsifier - two tablespoons of cream, for example. Alternatively, you can mix the essential oil with a fragrance-neutral bath and put into the water.

Wellness baths from the natural kitchen

Finally, two bathing recipes with ingredients from the kitchen or from the garden. Since these products are made from fresh foods or flowers, they do not need to be preserved by chemical means and are therefore completely natural.

  • Cleopatra Bath Legend has it that the Egyptian ruler Cleopatra bathed in donkey's milk to take care of her body. Nowadays, olive oil and cow's milk help each other out. Beat one tablespoon of olive oil in half a glass of frothy milk and add the whole thing to the bath. After bathing your skin feels baby soft and silky.
  • Rose petal bath A bath with roses is pure relaxation and a treat for the beauty. Put a handful of freshly picked rose petals in the bath. No real roses at hand? Mix two drops of essential rosewood oil and rose geranium oil and one drop each of rose oil damascena and oil petitgrain (citrus oil) with three tablespoons of cream. The bath creates beautiful little pores and makes the skin soft as velvet.

Dab gently instead of rub firmly

After showering or bathing, gently pat dry with a towel. Powerful scratching boosts the blood circulation, but also removes the skin's own fats and protective care oils. Afterwards you should absolutely cream yourself with a rich lotion - preferably as long as the skin is still warm and the pores are open. Body oil can even be spread on the still moist skin, because in this way it develops a particularly high care effect. Read more tips on personal care during pregnancy:
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