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Beauty And The Bump

Beauty And The Bump

Written by Beauty Editor and Mother Samantha Silver

When you first fall pregnant there are so many things to think about and the ingredients in skincare products and how to avoid stretch marks is one of them. For me, it was like a wave of maternal responsibility had washed over me and it seemed as if the simplest act like washing my face could bathe my unborn child in harmful chemicals. Here’s what I learnt…

SKIN

Hormonal changes in pregnancy can increase any skin sensitivities so you might find yourself more sensitive to products that you previously tolerated. The volume of blood almost doubles in your body, causing flushing and redness. Arm yourself with a facial spritz to cool and calm skin (give a quick spritz to your ankles too). TryAmly Botanicals Radiance Boost Silver Rich Face Mist.

Some women’s skin becomes oilier yet for others, like me, dryness can occur. This is because your baby is sucking up all of hydration, zapping it from your skin causing your complexion to look tired and dull.  Try: Aurelia Revitalise and Glow Serum. I am obsessed with this gentle probiotic formula this calms immune triggers in the skin, rewinding skin back to it’s glory days.

BODY

I loved the ritual of applying products to my growing bump, it felt like a little bit of bonding time at the end of a hectic day.  No stretch mark oil is a miracle product as what is effectively happening is that the middle layer of skin (dermis) becomes stretched beyond its elastic limitbut, by keeping the skin hydrated using oil-based products, you can keep skin strong and supple, minimising the chances of over-stretching. Try: Grown Alchemist Body Treatment Oil or By Sarah Organic Body Oil. 

 

PERFUME

Pregnancy alters your sense of smell. Before my first pregnancy, I wore deep, dark, figgy scents but as soon as I fell pregnant, I couldn’t stomach them and my sense of smell was altered for good post-birth. Look for something cleansing and refreshing; citrus oils have been found to relieve nausea as well as alleviate stress and boost circulation. Try: Floral Street Wonderland Peony, the zesty blast of Sicilian lemon will ward off any waves of sickness.

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