From applying dry skin lotion to drinking lots of water, here are some post-pregnancy beauty tips for when you are short on time but desperately in need of some self-love.
It can be hard to prioritise your beauty and personal care when you have the welfare of your baby to think about. However, this kit of beauty items can help you to feel great without too much time or effort so you can focus on developing the special bond with your little one.
Item #1 Prenatal vitamins
It takes your body a while to adjust to the birth of a baby. It is a demanding experience that takes its toll on you both physically and mentally. Prenatal vitamins contain the nutrients your body needs to support your post-birth activities, boosting your immune system and giving you more energy.
Item #2 Plenty of water
You lose a lot of fluid during birth and breastfeeding. You will become insatiably thirsty in the days and weeks after giving birth. This is your body letting you know that you need fluids – so listen up! Drink plenty of water to ensure that you maintain the balance of liquids in your body. Proper hydration aids in digestion, absorption, circulation and even skin health.
Item #3 Body and face lotions
Treat your skin as the precious commodity it is. Use skincare products with antioxidants and boost hydration to maintain that pregnancy glow well after you have given birth. It is after giving birth that your skin can swing between extremes – from very dry skin to very oily skin. Use lotions that are tailored to your skin’s needs. In fact might be a good idea to keep both oily and dry skin lotions on hand – just in case. Stretch marks may also appear on your body, especially your belly, post-birth. These marks can be alarming but don’t stress – simply keep your skin as hydrated as possible. Skin firming creams and oils can also work wonders if you are feeling concerned about your stretch marks.
Item #4 Soap and body wash
Time is limited when you have a little one, especially if you don’t have help. But even if you do, it can be difficult to just sneak off for some “me time”. The solution? Make the most of simple, daily tasks, like a shower or a bath, and use luxurious and indulgent bath and shower products to pamper yourself.
Item #5 Shampoo and conditioner
Many women experience hair loss and even a change in the texture and colour of their hair after giving birth. Combat very dry or oily hair with a shampoo that targets your specific concern. Use good quality products to boost the way you feel without having to spend hours achieving your goals.
Item #6 A sunblock for your face
Dark marks or hyperpigmentation is a common side effect of all the hormones that are surging through your body after having a baby. You may not be able to prevent the marks from appearing, but you can certainly stop them from getting worse by applying a sunscreen specifically designed for your face before going outside.
With the needs of a small baby top of mind, it can be hard to put yourself first. However, this beauty kit of essential items can help you to feel like you matter without overtaking the importance of your little one in your day.
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