Let’s face it, when you’re pregnant and can barely reach your toes to give them a fresh layer of nail polish, there’s not much that can make you feel good about yourself. You can feel fat, bloated and blotchy with dull skin, dry hair and break-outs.
Unless you’re one of the lucky few blessed with glowing skin and luscious locks in pregnancy, you should stock up on these beauty products and you’ll feel like a goddess in no time at all.
Mama Mio Lucky Legs, R495
Visit www.poisebrands.co.za for stockists.
Mama Mio Lucky Legs instantly cools and eases swollen and sore legs, helping to increase microcirculation and relieve that tight feeling from water retention.
Dermaflix CircleLight Dark Circle Corrector, R415
Available from www.dermafix.co.za.
This anti-ageing gel quickly and effectively diminishes dark circles and helps to minimise fine lines and puffiness.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks, R65
Available from Clicks.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter is dermatologically tested to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It contains elastin, vitamin E, collagen, and relaxing lavender.
Palmer’s Coconut Body Oil, R63
Available from Clicks
Your skin is more sensitive when you’re pregnant, so before shaving, lie in a warm bath for 10 minutes to soften it and open the hair follicles. Buff your legs with an exfoliating mitt or cream, then shave in steady strokes against the direction of your hair growth for a smoother finish. Use Palmer’s Coconut Body Oil as a shaving cream and soothing balm afterwards.
Dr Pawpaw Original Balm, R95
Available from Dis-Chem.
Dr Pawpaw Original Balm can be used for lips, skin, hair and cuticles. This multi-tasking product should be a handbag staple.
Freeman Beauty Infusions Revitalising Peel-Off Mask with Pomegranate, R149
Available from Dis-Chem.
Freeman Beauty Infusions Revitalising Peel-Off Mask with Pomegranate gently purges dirt and excess oil from your skin for a cleaner, more refined surface, while the antioxidants guard against free radicals.
Lamelle Research Laboratories Pelo Baum Revitalising Solution, R640; Shampoo and Conditioner, R190 each
Available from www.lamelle.co.za.
Your hair may be drier than usual during pregnancy. To combat this, try a weekly pre-shampoo conditioning treatment. A temporary change to a moisturising shampoo and conditioner may also be helpful.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day.