Top 10 Pregnancy Beauty Essentials
During pregnancy, it is important to look after yourself and care for your body in a more intensive way than ever before. Opt for products that nourish skin with essential oils and vitamins such as A and E.
Stretch marks are a cruel side effect of pregnancy; keep them at bay by moisturising with specific products from your first trimester.
The following products are approved by pregnancy bibles worldwide and won’t break the bank. Plus, any excuse for a beauty product splurge is always welcome!
1. Palmers Cocoa Butter Lotion
This rich creamy lotion, made from pure cocoa butter enriched with vitamin E, is one of the most popular moisturisers in the world. Luxurious, affordable and widely available, this cult product softens, smooths and relieves dry skin while helping to smooth and blend marks and scars. Priced at €4.95 (250ml); available nationwide from department stores and pharmacies.
2. Bio Oil
Recommended for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, ageing, and dehydrated skin. Bio oil contains the breakthrough ingredient Pur-Celin Oil. This non-greasy formula also contains vitamins A and E, lavender, calendula, rosemary oils and chamomile extract. €10.99(60ml); available nationwide in department stores and pharmacies.
3. Kiehls Creme de Corps
This is rich all-day hydrating formula is ideal for pampering your skin. Key ingredients beta-carotene, cocoa butter and sesame oil help nurture skin that needs extra care. This product is best used straight after a bath or shower. Allow to dry after dressing- it takes a little longer to soak in, but is worth the wait! €31 (125ml);available from Kiehls Boutique 25 Wicklow Street, D2 and Dundrum Town Centre
4. Mama Mio Stretch Mark Butter
This yummy skin butter is loaded with omega 3, 6, and 9 -the superfoods that your skin needs in pregnancy to help fight against stretch marks. This butter contains sweet almond and rosehip oil that makes it smell wonderfully delicious, and make you feel gorgeous. €27 (125ml); available online.
5. Clairins Energising Leg Emulsion
Relieve tired and aching legs with this soothing cream from Clarins. Massage into feet and legs and let the camomile, mint and sweet almond oil work their magic. €33(125ml); available nationwide from department stores.
6. Cowshed Udderly Gorgeous Bath Salts
Create a spa-at-home atmosphere with these relaxing bath salts from Cowshed and relax your body and mind. Containing sea buckthorn oil, minerals and essential acids to pamper and protect the skin. €45.64 (250ml); available from Boots pharmacies nationwide.
7. Mama Mio Boob Tube Bust & Neck Firmer
Protect the delicate skin on your bust from post-baby droop with this nourishing cream from Mama Mio. Boob Tube’s blend of avocado oil, milk thistle, shea butter and CoQ10 helps prevent collagen degradation, so skin stays firmer even after you (unfortunately) go back to your old bust size. €33 (100ml); available online.
8. Dr Hauschka Blackthorn Body Oil
It smells great, the bottle features a handy pump and it absorbs quickly without leaving greasy residue. Daily use may help to prevent stretch marks during weight loss or gain. €20.89 (75ml); available from pharmacies nationwide.
9. Trigoly Rosehip Oil
This is a cult product that’s worth the cash. Nourishing, organic, hydrating and skin-soothing, it is a treat that dry and sensitive skin will thank you for. Sebum-prone types can use it too, as the oils are great for balancing the skin. €43 (45ml); available in selected pharmacies and health food stores.
10. Bloom and Blossom Nipple Balm
A key product in Bloom and Blossom’s unique natural and chemical free skincare range, this soothing balm will help and protect sore nipples during pregnancy, and can be used during breast-feeding when your baby arrives. It can also be used to treat other skin conditions such as dry and chapped skin and lips. €15.55 (30ml) available in selected pharmacies and health food stores.
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