Paging that pregnancy glow! Chrissy Teigen was none too pleased with her especially rosy cheeks on Wednesday, April 27, nearly two weeks after giving birth to her baby girl, Luna Simone.
Lamenting the loss of her dewy pregnancy glow, Teigen, 30, shared a snap of her pink cheeks via Snapchat and wrote, “Goodbye pregnancy glow. Hi itchy red spots.”
As it turns out, she’s not the first lady to have unruly skin postpartum. According to celebrity dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman (a new mom herself!), the culprit is most likely rosacea, a common inflammation of facial skin. “[It’s] very common in postpartum,” Engleman tells Us Weekly. “A woman’s body goes through a lot during birth, so it is possible that the stress from birth can cause a flare-up. Hormones are another huge factor.”
Fortunately, rosacea is completely treatable with prescription drugs that are safe even for breastfeeding moms. But for an extra boost to recapture a pregnancy glow (which, if you didn’t know, is the combined product of increased blood production and pregnancy hormones), Engelman recommends these four products:
1. SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator
“The first sign of tired skin is dry skin,” the dermatologist shares. “I like the SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator because of its gel-like consistency. And because it has five different types of hyaluronic acid.” ($178, skinmedica.com)
2. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules
Engelman tells Us, “Ceramides are the essential lipids found in the outer layer of your skin. These capsules can restore a healthy skin-barrier function, all while supplying ingredients that your skin needs to look and feel its best.” ($76, elizabetharden.com)
3. Derm-Institute Anti-Oxidant Hydration Gel Masque
Engelman suggests you find products that can help you do double duty: “Finding time to sleep as a new mom can be difficult, so when [you do find time to snooze], give your skin as much TLC as possible. Derm-Institute Anti-Oxidant Hydration Gel Masque is hydrating … and specially formulated for overnight use.” ($110, diskincare.com)
4. Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer
And when you need a quick fix, Engelman relies on this heavy-duty concealer. “In addition to excellent coverage, the formula is extremely blendable,” she says. “Plus, it’s water and sweatproof for up to 16 hours, which is a huge plus during warmer months.” ($25, macys.com)
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