Make the most of that pregnancy glow! Find the safest healthy pregnancy beauty tips to keep you looking and feeling your best.
Some days you look amazing but others you may need a little beauty boost. Naturally, you want to be conscious of avoiding chemicals now more than ever.
Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to the potential risks of the endocrine disruptors contained in cosmetics (source). Pregnancy is a vulnerable time for the development of the embryo and fetus because of their immature metabolism.
Keeping this in mind, here are healthy, safe ways to help keep stretch marks, itchy skin, hormonal changes, and sleepless nights from taking their toll.
Make the most of your pregnancy glow.
Make time to wash and care for your face each night. For those days that your skin is just not cooperating, use a paraben-free concealer or corrector for uneven pigment splotches. A pure mineral powder without any dyes is your best bet to keep your skin clean and clear.
Make every bite count, and drink plenty of water.
Choose nutrient-dense foods. The easiest way to do this is fill your plate with organic greens and veggies and avoid white flour and white sugar. Keep a pretty decanter of pure filtered water (add lemon slices or fresh mint) on the kitchen counter or your desk, and drink half a cup every time you pass by or begin a new task. You will have more energy, better sleep, clearer skin… and your baby will reap the benefits.
If your stomach is up for it, incorporate more antioxidant-rich, nourishing spices into your diet… and your natural beauty routine! Here are two spices that are great
Cloves not only add a sweet, warm and spicy scent but also have natural antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and stimulating properties. They can be used in helping to get rid of breakouts and scars. Clove oil is also great for dental hygiene and can be found in toothpaste and mouthwash.
Nutmeg adds a delicious taste to the dishes it enhances as well as a seductive scent. It’s known for decreasing muscle fatigue and aches and increasing blood circulation. A small amount of nutmeg can also be combined with milk or honey for a paste to place on pimples.
Be sure to check this list of herbs that are safe to use during pregnancy, as it also includes a list of herbs to avoid.
Try these quick makeup tricks.
What’s a list of healthy pregnancy beauty tips without a few tricks for the days when you feel less than your loveliest. Curl your eyelashes. Use a pink toned blush to perk up tired looking skin. Add highlighter to cheekbones, under brow bone, and on the inside of the eye area near your nose. A great boar bristle brush will keep your hair shiny and hydrated and will help prevent breakage.
Choose better beauty products.
Be as careful about what you put on your skin as you are about what you eat. Avoid the toxic dozen in terms of ingredients, such as phthalates, parabens, dyes, and most synthetics. The information is out there, or consider getting to know a healthy beauty expert who will take the time to understand you and your individual needs.
Choosing healthy products that contain no synthetic fragrance will keep phthalates out of your beauty routine. Phthalates are hormone disrupters, which can have an impact on your growing child. Pure essential oils like Sacred Mountain or Harmony add a touch of scent without harming your developing baby.
Healthy Child Healthy World created this infographic to help educate expecting mothers about the known dangers found in common personal care products, as well as the safer alternatives to try while pregnant.
Most importantly, practice self-care and enjoy this miraculous time in your life.
- Natural Cosmetics: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - April 14, 2016
- 5 Healthy Beauty Tips for Expecting Moms - January 24, 2013