A facial that specifically addresses a pregnant woman’s skin concerns: Thanks to a flood of reactive hormones, mothers-to-be can become photo-sensitive to sunlight and suffer from pigmentation patches on their faces (known as “pregnancy mask”) and other parts of the body exposed to UV rays. The complexion also tends to blemish easily in pregnancy and hormonal breakouts are another common side effect.
Skin can become dull and dry in pregnancy. Facials tend to range from calming and de-puffing, to stimulating andradiance-boosting, thanks to the use of clarifying oxygenating masks or impurity-extracting herbal clay masks for example. A deep cleanse, gentle exfoliation to help slough off dead skin cells and a balancing or hydrating mask are the arsenal that a hormonally-challenged complexion needs to reveal that all-important ‘glow’!
Pregnant women who don’t like having their body handled, or feel too tender and swollen for anything other than their face being touched.
…if you want a “results-led” anti-ageing facial. The complexion can become sensitised and reactive in pregnancy thanks to all those hormones, so spa therapists, understandably, tend to err on the side of caution with gentle sebum-balancing and skin-nourishing facials.
Chinese acupuncturists believe that stimulation of certain pressure points, e.g. on the fleshy tops of the shoulders, can help initiate uterine contractions. It stands to reason why pregnancy massage tends to be superficial and pampering!
Always check with your doctor if you are in any doubt whatsoever about whether a pregnancy spa break is suitable for your individual condition and stage of pregnancy.
Want to try other pregnancy spa treatments? Take a look at our Pregnancy Spa Guide section