Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful and amazing times in a woman’s life. It’s also a time to be safe about what products you use, since many things you put on your skin can be absorbed into the bloodstream. For example, you should check with your doctor about using tanning creams and hair dye. However, there are plenty of products that you can use without concern.
Dr. Sandra Lee Upland, a board-certified dermatologist from California, urges pregnant women to use sun screen to avoid discolorations, which are common. “Estrogen tends to rev up our skin and moles can change their appearance during pregnancy,” she says. “Stretch marks may form, especially in the last few months. Acne is another possibility. Safe products that can be used to combat complexion problems would be over the counter acne medications that contain glycolic acid. Salicylic acid should be avoided during pregnancy.”
That said, here are some terrific products that moms-to-be can use from top to bottom, without worry.
One of the dreaded side effects of raging hormones is bad skin. So try Grapefruit Acne Cleanser to prevent breakouts. This all-natural product gently washes away oil and impurities to leave your skin clean and fresh. It contains cocoa, green tea extract, and bark extract to minimize oil production and cleanse the face naturally. Use it twice daily on the face and neck. Follow with Mommy Skincare Toner for optimal results. It’s $19.91 from www.mommyskincare.com.
BE KIND TO YOUR BREASTS
A blossoming bust line is one of the perks of impending motherhood. But as they swell, you may find them tender and itchy. Mama Mio addresses this problem with Boob Tube Bust and Neck Firmer. The delicate skin on your chest is thin, fragile and not very elastic. Nourish and protect this delicate skin daily to keep it as elastic as possible. Look firmer and more youthful with Boob Tube. 3.4 oz is $45.00 from www.mamamio.com.
KEEP THAT PERKY LOOK
Getting a good night’s sleep is quite a trick and it can show with tired eyes and sallow skin. So try Avon Anew Reversalist Night Renewal Cream. It works overnight to smooth the skin’s surface by boosting your body’s natural repair molecules to help give you that pregnancy glow. Nearly 75 percent of women who tried it said they felt and looked reborn! $32 for 1.7 oz. from www.Avon.com.
FOR ALL OF YOU
Feel gorgeous and sexy with Mama Mio O*Mega Body Buff Exfoliator. Mama Mio products are free from parabens, petroleum, sulphates, synthetic fragrance and artificial colors. To help keep skin elastic try this safe and gentle blend of sweet almond oil, chamomile, aloe vera and vitamin E with micro-ground pumice. It removes dead skin cells and encourages cell renewal in only minutes. It’s $33 for 6.8 fl oz. at www.mamamio.com.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BABY BUMP
Prevent stretch marks before they become a problem or an embarrassment. There are numerous products on the market, and Mustela 9 Months Stretch Marks Intensive Action lives up to its reputation. Just a little bit every time you shower helps them fade fast. Use this mild product every day for maximum confidence. It’s $39 from www.mustelausa.com.
Bella B Tummy Honey Butter is the ultimate solution for the prevention of new stretch marks. This terrific product is all-natural, hypoallergenic and includes anti-itch ingredients to soothe, plus cocoa butter, aloe vera, vitamins D and E and a variety of exotic oils. It penetrates deep without leaving the skin feeling greasy. Tummy Honey Butter has a mild, natural cocoa butter scent. Use twice daily for best results. The 4 oz. container is $20 from www.learningcurve.com.
A TRIED AND TRUE FAVORITE
Chances are your mom used Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion. It has a distinctive aroma that will bring back fond memories every time you use it. Use it to prevent stretch marks throughout your pregnancy and after you deliver for the same skin smoothing results. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter comes in a convenient pump and retails for about $7 at drugstores nationwide.
Mama Mio pregnancy skincare products are made with high levels of Omega 3, 6 and 9 to ensure your skin has the best fighting chance against pregnancy stretch marks. One scoop of this Tummy Rub Butter and you’ll feel like a princess. It smells yummy and soothes tight skin. You’ll love putting this on day or night – let your man rub it on so he can bond with baby. It’s $35.00 for 4 oz. from www.MamaMio.com.
LOVE YOUR LEGS
Keep your gams relaxed and refreshed with Mustela Instant Comfort Legs. After applying this specially formulated product for expectant moms, you’ll get an immediate sensation of cooling menthol. The hyaluronic acid-based formulation is alcohol-free. This creamy gel is non-sticky and does not stain clothing. It’s $20 for 4.2 oz. at www.mustelausa.com.
WHERE ARE MY FEET?
Don’t forget those tootsies – even if you can’t see them. This daily foot treatment is just what you need for tired and swollen footsies. The peppermint and aloe blend in Bigelow’s Mentha Foot Tingling Foot Cream provides moisture for dry and cracked feet. It invigorates while checking foot odor, especially in hot, sticky weather. This 4 oz. tube is $14 from Bath and Body Works in malls or online at www.bathandbodyworks.com.