Do women without kids have less wrinkles? It seems like an unfair question. After all, the enjoyment of bringing someone into the world should have the added benefit of ensuring you have fewer wrinkles, right? After all, the joys are plenty: breastfeeding, the nuzzling and cuddling of babies, sweet kisses, the first steps, and on and on.
Why can’t your post pregnant skin just pop right back to the youthful look and feel it had before the babies? Well, to answer that question, let’s see exactly what happens to your skin during pregnancy and after birth.
There are definite physical and physiological changes that affect mothers. Weight gain, for example, is a common culprit. It can also be normal for some women to lose that extra weight after the baby arrives, just as quickly as they gained it. This kind of weight fluctuation can cause a loss of collagen and elastin as well.
Lack of sleep can also contribute to facial aging. Dark circles around the eyes and dehydrated skin are the result of stress and long, sleepless nights. Breastfeeding especially leads to dehydration, which means premature wrinkling and skin damage.
Stretch marks are one of the longest lasting results of pregnancy. Thin lines on the stomach, hips, breasts and butt usually start out red and then lighten over time. Usually within a year. Genetics have a lot to do with the intensity of your stretch marks. The earlier you start to treat them, the better your results.
Tips for mothers to fight aging
Increase your nutrients intake. Replenish your vitamin and minerals. It could take up to two years to replenish the vital nutrients you used when you were pregnant. Increase your intake of Omega-3’s, iron, folic acid, calcium and zinc. Work with your doctor to make sure you’re beefing up your vitamin and mineral intake safely.
Get enough sleep. When you’re stressed you don’t sleep. If you don’t sleep, you’re more prone to stress. Stop looking at your iPhone and other devices a couple of hours before bed time; turn your TV off; curl up with a good book before bed to ensure you get sound, restful sleep.
Stick close to your support system. A good support system decreases stress. Good neighbors, a stable babysitter, mom groups, your close friends and family. Good, well balanced people around you can help to alleviate worry and stress, in turn helping your body to be healthy.
Exercise. Get active and plan out your day’s schedule, making sure that there’s a few hours of light and heavy exercise in there. It can be as simple as a walk in the park, or an hour of intense exercise at the gym, or some yoga to decompress.
Use a good Retinol cream, which stimulates collagen production and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Use a good, medical-grade silicone pad such as SilcSkin’s anti-wrinkle pads. SilcSkin’s Original Silicone Decollette Pad can be used on stretch marks on your belly and butt area. It’s made in the U.S.A and is manufactured using a platinum curing process that holds its strength and adhesive quality. Silicone has been used in the medical industry to get rid of Keloid scarring and has worked effectively on wrinkles and fine lines.