Whether you want to enhance your pregnancy glow or fake one even if you’re not pregnant, I’ve put together a list of my favorite must-have beauty products that I’ve personally come to love so far during pregnancy. Hormones are partially responsible, and an increase in blood volume also brings more blood to the skin, giving it a radiant look. Although this “pregnancy glow” comes from within, you can definitely play it up it by taking care of your skin.
1. Lotions & Potions
With all the growing your body is going through, your skin starts to feel itchy and generally uncomfortable. I’ve been loving Mustela’s Stretch Mark Cream – it’s creamy yet penetrates very quickly and has some pretty amazing stretch mark claims. I’m definitely prone to stretch marks, but I’m going to keep using the Mustela until the end in hopes of lessening their severity.
Also, your skin starts to feel itchy as it stretches, so thick creams, oils, and butters can provide huge relief throughout pregnancy, whether or not you care to combat stretch marks. My favorite belly oil is the Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil and favorite belly butter is Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter.
To help that pregnancy glow show through even more, exfoliate regularly. I love using my Clarisonic with both the face brush and the body brush in the shower.
3. Aluminum-Free Deodorant
Most traditional antiperspirants contain aluminum, which has been linked to possibly causing breast cancer. Since we apply deodorant so close to our breast tissue, I like to play it safe most days with LAVANILA’s aluminum-free deodorant. However, it’s not the most powerful deodorant on the market, so I try to wear it when I work from home or when I’m just going to run some errands. For important meetings, etc., I do still pull out the “big guns,” like Secret.
4. 3-Free & 5-Free Nail Polish
Nail polishes are stinky, so I was a bit worried about breathing in the fumes while pregnant. I still wanted to wear nail polish, so I did some research and found out which lacquer brands are 3-Free and 5-Free. 3-Free nail polish has No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde; 5-Free has no No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.
5. Safe Lipstick
Apparently women eat close to 7 pounds of lipstick in their lifetime. Since we inevitably ingest it as we wear it and what we eat goes to baby, why not opt for something a little safer. Bite Beauty, for example, uses food-grade ingredients in their lip products, so you don’t have to worry about heavy metals accumulating inside of you and your growing little one.
Yup, plain old water. Dress it up with lemon or other fruit infusions. Get a pretty refillable water bottle, either glass or BPA-free plastic. Heck, sometimes I put water in a wine glass when I get bored of drinking it. It’ll help with your pregnancy thirst and keep your skin looking and feeling nice. Think of drinking water as a beauty treatment, and it’ll help you fulfill your daily minimum.
7. Dark Spot Corrector
One of the common skin changes during pregnancy is called the “mask of pregnancy” or melasma. Melasma causes dark spots to appear on a pregnant woman’s face, commonly on the forehead and cheeks. I’ve been using Burt’s Bees Brightening Dark Spot Corrector (along with SPF) to hopefully prevent these dark spots since day one. Since Burt’s Bees is 99% natural, I feel pretty safe using their skincare line during pregnancy. As a plus, this dark spot corrector feels like a quick-absorbing serum, so I usually use it as my serum before applying face makeup.
8. Tinted Moisturizer or BB/CC Cream with SPF
To prevent melasma dark spots during pregnancy, you want to use a good SPF product. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream has an SPF of 50+ (physical SPF only, not chemical) and also happens to be an awesome all-in-one product to help save time in the morning. It’s a full-coverage color-correcting cream, anti-aging serum, and broad spectrum SPF. I know this will be especially helpful when baby arrives.
9. Moisturizing Lip Balm
My lips tend to get dry during this pregnancy, so having a really good moisturizing lip balm on hand is definitely a must-have. Dior’s ‘Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm also has an SPF of 10. It’s a true little luxury, and pregnant mamas deserve those every once in a while!
QUICK TIP: My eyes suddenly started burning from my usual Duo lash adhesive during this pregnancy for some reason, so I recently discovered the latex-free Revlon lash adhesive and the similar latex-free Duo option, which has made it possible for me to wear lashes again!
Better yet, get eyelash extensions. You’ll wake up looking beautiful without any eye makeup.
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