Pregnancy can be amazing, like when you have your first scan or you first feel your baby moving. But there are downsides to it, too. Like the food restrictions, the increasing lack of bladder control and the fact that hormones suddenly become your enemy. Like many expectant mothers, I eagerly awaited my pregnancy glow. I’d seen photographs of pregnant women who were glowing with the hue of health. They looked happy, their skin healthy, and I was damn well envious. I’m six months deep and so far the only change to my complexion has been overnight acne, dry skin and severe cases of petechiae from aggressive bouts of morning sickness.
Well, ladies, the infamous pregnancy glow may have never arrived during your pregnancy but there are some easy ways to fake it using products that will help you get your glow on. Not pregnant? These products will revive your glow as well!
Keep It Clean Skincare
When it comes to your skincare you’ll want to keep it as clean as possible. Pregnancy hormones not only make you cry at the drop of a hat but can also make your skin super sensitive and blemished. If you’re not already someone who has a beauty regime, now may be the time to start one.
Cleanser: Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm is a balm that both loves and cares for your skin, but will also help to give you the revered pregnancy glow. This beauty balm can be massaged into dry skin, which feels like a moment of pure luxury, and will melt away make-up and dirt while also cleansing, detoxing and exfoliating the skin. You can even apply to your skin overnight for an extra boost!
Facial oil: Skin can become both dry and dehydrated during pregnancy. I love using a natural oil on my skin to not only give it a glow (I’ll take it where I can get it) but to also nourish my skin and banish blemishes. I’ve used rosehip oil for some time now, and the essential fatty acids and vitamins have helped to target problem areas of my skin, including uneven skin. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is fabulous.
Moisturizer: A rich moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated and smooth, but you don’t want one that is going to clog your pores and cause breakouts. Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream is indulgent feeling, without being too heavy for your skin. Not only will it work to brighten the appearance of your skin, it will also delivery a steady dose of moisture to your skin throughout the day and night.
Pregnancy is a rollercoaster, and hormones can have you feeling euphoric and happy one minute and crying uncontrollably the next. Hormones can also cause your skin to turn into a war zone, so taking the time to pamper your skin is vital. If you’ve got the time (and the spare cash) why not book a monthly facial? They will leave you feeling both pampered and refreshed. Looking to take care of your skin at home? There are a few tools you can use to really give your skin the boost it needs.
Spin brush: The day I first used a spin brush, I felt like I was grasping the holy grail of skincare. Spin brushes work to clean you from head to toe; they buff off dirt, excess oil and dry skin leaving your skin soft and smooth. When you get rid of dead skin cells your skin can better absorb masks, serums, and moisturizers, making them more effective. Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin Face & Body Cleansing Brush is a great option as it comes with 4 brushes; a Daily Cleansing Facial Brush for daily cleansing, Exfoliating Facial Brush to banish dead skin cells once a week, the Pumice Stone attachment to tackle problem areas like cracked heels, rough knees and elbows, and the Body Brush for harder to reach areas such as arms, legs, back and torso.
Face mask: Once a week, take the time to incorporate a face mask into your routine. This will not only make you feel pampered, it will help to keep your skin as calm as possible and allow a gorgeous glow. Use a face mask that is formulated from pregnancy safe, natural ingredients such as Cowshed Palmarosa Revitalizing Face Mask for Women. The mask includes kaolin clay, which helps to clear skin, while almond oil soothes the skin, leaving it fresh and clear.
Makeup to Make You pregnancy Glow
Highlighter: So, when you don’t have the glow, fake the glow. Choose a product like RMS Living Luminizer that is made with non-toxic ingredients to make your skin look dewy, even when morning sickness hits you hard.
Bronzer: A bronzer is a great way to have that sun-kissed look, without using a self-tanner (which is off limits when pregnant). However, if you’re like me and going through your pregnancy pale and pasty, a bronzer may be a little harsh. A BB cream is a great way to maintain great skin and give your skin a subtle glow. Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream will not only cover blemishes, it will minimize the appearance of pores while smoothing and brightening your skin. The BB cream comes in 9 different shades, so there’s a tone out there to suit all skin types.
Statement lips: Girls, you know the power a bold lipstick can have on you. You can go from feeling bland to magical with just one coat, so let lipstick brighten your mood if pregnancy gets you down. When it comes to picking the perfect lipstick, go for one made with pure, organic ingredients like Axiology Organic and Natural Lipstick Vibration. The avocado butter and coconut oil will leave your lips feeling hydrated while the long-lasting color will provide you with hours of wear.
Body Beauty Products
It’s not just your face that can get dry and irritated during pregnancy, your body can, too. Your otherwise soft skin can start to resemble a lizard, especially as your bump grows and areas of your body become harder to reach. However, by investing in a few body products, you can help to ensure that your skin is taken care of, from top to toe, leaving you glowing like a gorgeous Greek goddess.
Bath oil: Using a bath oil is a fantastic way to both relax and allow your skin to be nourished. Palm Springs Body & Bath Oil is created using minimal and natural ingredients and can be used as either a body or bath oil. Made with cold pressed oil that contains healing and rejuvenating properties, this oil will restore the moisture to your skin after a shower or a bath.
Stretch mark oil: One thing women try to prevent during pregnancy is stretch marks! And if you’ve been lucky enough to escape them before pregnancy, it can be hard to accept when they start popping up during the later stages of pregnancy. So, invest in a good stretch mark oil and use it from the start of your pregnancy to help keep them at bay. Pai Skincare Pomegranate & Pumpkin Seed Stretch Mark System is organic and vegan, and comes in a handy duo; a cream to use during the day and an oil for bedtime. It will also help to soothe the itchiness and irritated skin that can come with a growing bump.
Hair Care for Dry Hair
It’s not just your face and body that needs a little extra TLC throughout pregnancy; your hair may well be in need of a little love, too. While you may get hair cropping up in random places on your body during pregnancy, the hair on your head may suffer from dryness and it’s not uncommon to experience hair loss as well.
Hair mask: I noticed that my hair snapped easily during pregnancy, so I started spending a little extra time taking care of my hair. I massage coconut oil onto the ends of my hair 3 times a week before washing, and I also use a hair mask to give my hair added TLC. Pureology Superfood Hydrate Treatment is a silicone-free hair treatment that is perfect for managing your color-treated locks during pregnancy. Thanks to its recipe of superfoods, it works to moisturize your hair and give it some life.
Hair oil: There’s nothing more challenging than glittery skincare. You want that pregnancy glow, but you don’t want to end up looking like a 70’s disco ball. Invest in a multitasking dry oil such as Avril Multi-Purpose Shimmering Dry Oil. Not only is it subtle enough that you can apply it to your skin for a delicate sheen, but you can add it to your hair to make it look and feel healthy and vibrant.
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