The postpartum state is a dramatic situation in the sense that every physiologic
parameter is in "anti-climax". After you give birth, there are so many changes
that occur within your body. For example - there is a sudden drop in hormone
levels such as estrogen, progesterone and others, and the associated loss of
salt and water. There are also psychological implications such as the
anti-climax of having completed the job that has been the focal point of your
life for the past 9 months. These three effects have a significant impact on
the appearance of your skin and the way you feel about yourself.
The drop in the female hormone, estrogen, after childbirth is well documented.
During pregnancy your estrogen levels are high so the hormone that regulates
its production tells it to stop making any more. After your pregnancy there
will be a sudden drop in your estrogen level. Postmenopausal women, who have
lower estrogen levels, have skin more like a man - it is drier and less supple.
Normal estrogen levels normally return about 2-3 months after childbirth - at
the same time that you resume your menstrual cycle. When this happens your skin
should be less dry and more flexible and resilient.
During pregnancy increased levels of progesterone and estrogen cause the kidneys
to retain salt and water. As a result, during pregnancy your body will be
swollen and your skin taut and supple. After childbirth there is a sudden drop
in the hormone levels which results in a loss of salt and water. Consequently,
the skin looses its turgor and looks less "plump".
There are also psychological effects that make you feel less attractive after
childbirth. During pregnancy your body is producing higher levels of
progesterone, which elevates your mood. After delivery the progesterone level
drops and you may feel depressed, which may affect the way you feel about
yourself and the way you look.
In addition, many new mothers do not have the same amount of time to care for
their skin when they are caring for a new infant. For safe, effective and quick
relief - no matter how dry your skin gets- you can trust LINACARE to improve
the appearance and texture of your skin. It provides the longest-lasting
moisturization available - the longer lasting the moisturizer - the fewer times
you need to apply it during the day.
LINACARE has been tried, clinically tested and proven safe for even the most
unpredictable skin. It's even safe and gentle enough for you to use on your
newborn! While it is highly moisturizing it is also non-greasy, and
non-comedogenic so it does not cause acne. It was specially formulated to help
keep your dry skin soft, smooth and problem free.
Tips for Softer, Smoother skin
Keep your skin as moist as possible by using moisturizers regularly. For best
results, apply twice daily
Apply moisturizer while the skin is still damp to help seal in moisture.
Choose cleansers, cosmetics and sunblocks that moisturize the skin as well.
Avoid soap, alcohol and other drying formulations.
Keep the humidity high, especially when the central heating is on. A humidifier
or a bowl of water placed in a room will help to keep moisture in the air.
If you have dry skin on your hands, avoid too much contact with water. You can
also wear cotton gloves inside waterproof gloves for all household tasks that
involve water, detergents or chemicals.