The Best Beauty Products for Moms-To-Be
Where possible, incorporate organic and natural products into your routine during pregnancy. Check out our Natural and Organic Skincare issue for more ideas on products that you can use while pregnant.
A skincare brand created by four beauty experts who developed products for problem areas (stretch marks, bust firmers, and a cooling serum for the legs). Their products have what they call “no nasties” in them, meaning no parabens, petroleum, phthalates, colorants, sodium laureth, sodium sulphates, synthetic fragrances, or xenoestrogen.
This is an organic prenatal vitamin that GP took during pregnancy that contains nutrients to maintain general health (and great hair and nails too).
Earth Mama is a great line of products for expecting and recent moms—teas, balms, oils, and body butter, that all aim to make pregnancy and breast feeding more comfortable. GP used their Stretch Oil and it worked for her.
A Pregnancy Beauty Routine
We asked Melissa Schweiger, author of Belli Beautiful to offer some guidance on a baby-safe skincare and makeup routine.
“Instead of applying mascara at the roots of the lashes, apply it only to the tips of the lashes.”
“Stage a ban on all synthetic perfumes. Instead, use essential oils (we love jasmine and citrus scents) and dab them onto your hair.” “Rather than getting a single process hair color that sits on the scalp, opt for highlights instead. Or get an ammonia-free glaze to keep the grays at bay. But wait until the second trimester to do any hair coloring treatment. Our motto is ‘When in doubt, wait it out!’”
“Stay away from finger bowls and foot spas at the nail salon. Instead ask for a waterless manicure and pedicure.”
“Swap your highly pigmented red lipstick for a gloss.”
“Shampoo every other time—or even every third time—you wash your hair to lessen the number of chemicals you’re putting on your scalp. And apply conditioner to only the ends of the hair.”
“Cancel your waxing appointment and throw away any depilatories or body and facial bleach. Laser hair removal is also a definite pregnancy no-no. Instead stick to good old shaving for the body and plucking or threading for the face.”
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