October 10, 2017

what causes the pregnancy glow?

There are many physiological changes and common concerns that comes with pregnancy such as nausea, fatigue, or swelling. However, the pregnancy glow is one of the physiological changes many women look forward to while they are pregnant. The pregnancy glow is one of the skin changes that is caused by the changes and increase of hormones during pregnancy. If you are experiencing the pregnancy glow, count yourself blessed and enjoy it while you can.

what causes the pregnancy glow?

The specific cause for the pregnancy glow is not concrete, but there is solid educated explanations that suggest it is related to a couple of physiological changes that occur during pregnancy. As noted above, many of the skin changes are attributed to the influx of hormones. These hormones cause your glands to produce more oil, which makes your face more shiny.

Another contributing factor is the increase in blood flow. During pregnancy, your body increases the production of blood by approximately 50%.  The proposed theory is that this increase in blood flow and circulation leads your face to be brighter, or more fuller.

how can you manage the pregnancy glow?

The pregnancy glow is a natural part of pregnancy. Most women appreciate the glow or shine that is revealed in their faces. Many people call this physiological change one of the blessings of pregnancy. However, the increase in oil can make your skin too oily and sometimes trigger acne, also known as pregnancy acne. If this proves to be the case, you should be using an oil free moisturiser such as our Blossoms in Spring Illuminating Day Cream which is lightweight in texture, but powerfully formulated.

This deliciously light, ultra-hydrating day moisturizer penetrates the skin with powerful and scientifically proven botanical extracts and vitamins to optimise skin rejuvenation and vitality – leaving a velvet-matte finish as beautiful as blossom petals.

Hopefully, you will be able to display your pregnancy glow and avoid the mask of pregnancy. Unfortunately, one of the physiological changes during pregnancy is the change in pigmentation of skin. This “mask of pregnancy” involves brownish spots or patches that develop around the neck and face. Many women find these to be less desirable than the pregnancy glow.

Our day moisturiser diminishes skin pigmentation and evens out skin tone thanks to one of it’s key ingredients, collagen-enhancing Actipone® Mulberry GW. This scientifically proven botanical extract to effectively address hyper-pigmentation issues and uneven skin tone.

Massage daily in upward motions to a cleansed face and neck.

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Compiled from the following resources:
(1994). Robert V. (Ed.), Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year (281).  New York, NY: William Morrow and Company, Inc.
Cunningham, F. Gary, Leveno, Kenneth J., et al (2005).  Maternal Physiology in Williams Obstetrics 22nd edition (126). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.