Beauty tips for pregnancy
Pregnancy is a natural and beautiful time. So, here’s a few simple and natural pregnancy beauty tips you can use to pamper yourself with.
At a glance
Pregnant skin is more sun-sensitive than ever. Keep safe from the sun with a good sunblock
Eat healthily, drink lots of water and get lots of sleep
Avoid make-up with certain chemicals, like parabens
Rub natural oils onto your bump to help prevent stretch marks
Eat well and keep stress to a minimum.
Pregnancy can be wonderful but your body is going through a lot of changes. So it’s important to take time out to pamper yourself.
Pregnancy skin care tips
Does your skin have a lovely glow? Lucky you. For other mums it might be drier or greasier than normal. Here’s a few easy pregnancy skin care tips:
- Aqueous creams are great for dry skin. Check with your pharmacist which product is best for you.
- Coconut oil, shea butter or sweet almond oil are great on very dry patches.
- Your skin is more sensitive to sun exposure during pregnancy. It can even cause brown spots to appear. Now’s the time to ramp up the sun-safety. Pop on a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Use sunblock on any exposed bits.
- Stress can cause the hormone cortisol to be released, leading to inflammation of the skin and acne. So try to avoid any stressful situations or environments where you can.
- A varied diet will do wonders for you skin. To help you eat well, here’s our guide on what to eat when pregnant.
- While the term ‘beauty sleep’ may not be backed by science, sleeping beautifully has its benefits. While you sleep your body delivers fluid to organs and tissues that need replenishing. While other excess fluids are removed. You also release human growth hormones while you sleep, which helps you produce collagen. This is the protein that helps make hair shiny, nails strong and skin glowing.
Sleeping during pregnancy can be tricky, so follow our steps to a more comfortable night’s sleep.
How to prevent pregnancy stretch marks
- Rub creams or oils on to your bump, breasts and hips every night.
- If you prefer natural alternatives, try almond or avocado oils.
- Get a professionally fitted, non-underwired bra that gives you the support and comfort you need.
- Eat foods containing healthy unsaturated fats as found in oily fish, avocados, vegetable oils and nuts – as long as you’re not allergic. Eating the right amount of oily fish during pregnancy is a bit of a fine art. While it’s good to get some on your plate, you shouldn’t eat more than two portions of oily fish a week.
- Remember you only need to eat an extra 200 calories a day in the last trimester.
Pregnancy make-up tips
Pregnancy can make you feel like reaching for more make-up to hide the signs of tiredness or brown spots. If you choose to wear more make-up, try to avoid products that include chemicals such as parabens. Any cream you put on your skin has the potential to seep into your bloodstream (and possibly baby’s too). Before using anything, check the ingredients or check with your doctor or midwife. Here’s a list of what to avoid: parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, toluene, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), aluminium chloride, salicylic and beta-hydroxy acids.
Now, onto a few simple ways to combat the symptoms without using tonnes of product:
- Feeling puffy in the face? Use a lightweight bronzer for contours. It helps to highlighting bone structure and there are some great how-to guides on Instagram and YouTube.
- Instead of heavy foundations that go greasy as you warm up, try a light-tinted moisturiser to bring out your natural glow without drying out your vulnerable skin.
- Suffering from a rash or random case of acne? Your skin will settle down soon enough. Until then, treat yourself to a good concealer.
- Double duty – a cream lip-and-cheek combo can save you time and bag space. Choose one made with crushed mineral pigments which is good for your skin and the environment.
- Buy an eyelash curler – if you don’t like mascara, it’s a quick, chemical-free beauty fix that only takes a few seconds.
- If you like mascara, invest in a good one, free from all those pregnancy chemical no-nos. You won’t need much else.
- A facial mist might seem like an extravagance, but it can help give you a fresh glow if you’re feeling exhausted.
- Try out a different colour lipstick or lip tint. Change can just feel good sometimes.