During pregnancy your hormones are literally running a marathon. And that ethereal glow that people keep talking about is not really the case. In fact, it is right the opposite for many.
All those jumping hormones will probably make your feet grow twice its size, provide you with a fresh growth of blemishes and cause your skin to darken.
Just because you are puking ten times a day, crying at the drop of a hat and have cravings for the most bizarre of food items is no reason to forgo your beauty regimen completely.
The idea is to make slight modulation in your skin care routine, to make it more feasible to your current situation. Before applying any product, know the ingredients, see if the product contains any chemicals that can be harmful during pregnancy.
Go for natural alternatives instead. Here is a curated list of a few safe beauty hacks for pregnant women that just make your life easier.
Soothe Itchy Skin With Oatmeal
Your stretched, stressed and intensely itchy skin will need some soothing. And what better than the super gentle yet effective oatmeal. Take a cup of 100% non-flavoured organic oatmeal. Grind it into a fine powder, and pack it into a muslin tea bag. Drop the bag in running hot water, soak and relax. It will soothe any inflammation and make your skin soft.
Treat Yourself To Lavender Foot Soak
Towards the end of your third trimester, your feet can take some major beating, thanks to the added baby weight. A foot soak or massage for the swollen feet can feel like magic. Fill a basin with hot water and add five drops of lavender oil to it. Soak your feet in the solution for ten minutes. It will not only boost blood circulation, but also relieve stress.
Rosehip Oil For Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are an inevitable part of pregnancy. While there is no cure to permanently wipe out the marks, there are still things you can do to reduce its impact. Application of rosehip oil twice a day during pregnancy is known to reduce stretch marks by 43% and scarring up to 41%.
Spray Cold Water To Keep It Cool
Core body temperature of a pregnant woman tends to be higher than normal people, which can be especially taxing during the sweltering heat of summer. Keep a spray bottle of cold water handy, and every time you feel your body temperature spiralling out of control, simply spritz some water to cool it down.
Raw Potato To Relieve Tired Eyes
Tired puffy eyes with dark under eye circles is a by product of pregnancy. Rather than opting for standard cucumber slices, try potato slices instead. They are far more effective and soothe eyes, instantly. Simply cut some slices and place them on your fatigued eyes and let it work its magic.
Go Sulphate Free
Sulphate laden shampoos and conditioners are a big no-no during pregnancy. Remember, all natural ingredients. Regular mayonnaise can work as an exceptional conditioner. And to keep your scalp clean try a concoction made of baking soda and vinegar. It will bring far better results than your sulphate-based shampoos ever can.
Use Olive Oil To Remove Makeup
There are quite a few chemicals in cleansers that are not recommended during pregnancy. Olive oil will work gently to remove makeup, while nourishing your skin to keep it supple.
After using olive oil, you will never again feel like shelling out money on those over-priced alternatives.
Natural alternatives can keep those troublesome beauty woes in check during pregnancy. If you have any more handy beauty hacks, do add it to the list!