Every pregnant woman is faced with the task of packing her hospital bag in preparation of the big day. Packing for your baby is easy; figuring out what you’ll actually need is the hard part. It’s easy to overpack when you haven’t been in this situation before. Most women pack all of the toiletries and products that they use at home in their normal routines, but when they get to the hospital they realize they didn’t need nearly any of it! Your skin will be COMPLETELY different after having your baby. It will be puffy, and oily, and sensitive. Your hormones are all over the place yet again. So what will you want to use on your face in the hospital?
Keep It Simple
Most likely you won’t have the energy to deal with your skin (after all, you have more important things to think about!), so you should keep it very simple at first. Don’t bother bringing your serums, your separate daytime/nighttime lotions, or eye creams. You should bring facial cleansing wipes for times when you just need a little freshening up, a lip balm, a travel size cleanser meant for sensitive skin, and a travel size moisturizer meant for sensitive skin. Keep it very basic, because you have no idea what your skin will be like those first few days (Hormones, remember?).
The First Few Weeks After Delivery
Your skin will continue to change those first few weeks after delivery, so continue to use products focusing on sensitivity and slowly add in your other products, one at a time. If you’re breast feeding, remember to read the labels on your products and make sure none of them contain retinoids, or salicylic acid. If you are struggling with acne breakouts, or discoloration you should check with your dermatologist on what they recommend for you to use during the breast feeding period.
What’s In My Bag
For facial cleansing wipes I recommend the Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Facial Wipes. Stock up on those because you will definitely use them!
Don’t forget the lip balm so your lips don’t get chapped. I love Burt’s Bees lip balms and refuse to use anything else, but of course you can use your brand of choice!
Just remember, you won’t be thinking about much else but your sweet new baby, so don’t worry about making yourself carry on a long skin care routine. If you are able to do so, more power to you! Don’t stress yourself out about it, because it will take quite awhile for your skin to return to a somewhat normal state. Treat it with care and gentle products and you’ll have your beautiful glowing skin back before you know it!