Pregnancy isn’t easy.
Giving Up Wine!!
...It’s a tough job but totally worth it.
But while your belly is expanding to watermelon size you might not always be feeling like a glowing goddess.
The right skincare regimen can give you a boost of confidence that will last long past your due date. Here are some tips for skincare that are safe for mom and baby.
Try To Pronounce The Ingredients…Just TRY.
If your skincare products include a long list of ingredients that just look like a bunch of random letters, it might be time to find something simpler.
Parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, toluene, chemical sunscreens, dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and aluminum chloride are found in many skincare products and we’re not sure yet what kind of long term effect they will have on you and your baby.
Stick to natural, plant-based ingredients like coconut oil, vitamin C and aloe.
You Might Need To Take A Few Extra Trips To The Bathroom
It might be annoying but drinking lots of water will help keep skin plump and youthful.
It’s also extra important to stay hydrated during pregnancy. Add some fresh fruit to sparkling water for a yummy anti-oxidant boost.
Make Every Day A #NoMakeup Monday.
Or at least simplify your routine. Stick to mineral makeup with natural ingredients.
Avoid makeup products with parabens, added colors and fragrances. It might be the best time to try a nude lip look as red lipsticks have been found to contain traces of lead.
A 9 month break from heavy foundation just might make you rethink your makeup bag. Chances are, your skin will look healthier anyway.
Naptime Isn’t Just For Kids.
It’s ok to leave those dishes in the sink, your body is busy making a baby! Let your body rejuvenate and give it lots of rest.
Not only is sleep good for you and the baby but you’ll look refreshed too. When you don’t get enough sleep your body releases more cortisol, a stress hormone.
This can lead to inflammation which can be damaging to your skin and the rest of your body. It’s ok to recruit some help with household chores and make sleep a priority while pregnant.
Avoid The Frozen Face Look
Ok, so maybe Botox doesn’t really freeze your face but it’s best to avoid injectable treatments while pregnant. Botox, fillers and chemical peels are not recommended during pregnancy.
The good news is you can enjoy a relaxing organic facial... and bonus, it doesn’t involve needles!
Just be sure to let your esthetician know that you are expecting and choose ingredients that are safe for you and baby.
Try Cucumbers - The Multitasking Vegetable
Not only are they good for you to eat but they have amazing anti-inflammatory properties. The benefits can also be seen when applied topically.
Place cucumber slices over the delicate eye area to reduce redness and puffiness.
It might look a little funny but you’ll look like you got a full night's sleep even if that newfound heartburn has been keeping you awake.