For upcoming parenting and beauty features, please do consider these top tips from highly-experienced facial therapist, Bravura London founder (www.bravuralondon.com) and Mum of Three, Amanda Elias.
Top tips to being a Yummy Mummy with Minimal Effort
Being a mother to three girls, I know how difficult it can be to keep up with basic grooming during pregnancy and after your little bundle has arrived. Here are my top tips to be a yummy mummy with minimal effort:
Cleansing: if you use a cleansing wash then you may want to swap to a creamy cleanser. When I’m tired the last thing I want to do is wash my face; massaging a creamy cleanser onto the face and removing with a warm flannel is quicker and easier for us time-stricken mums.
Tanning: Just because you’re pregnant or have a new baby that doesn’t mean you have to give up things like fake tan. Tans such as Cocoa Brown 1 HOUR TAN (www.feelunique.com/cocoabrown) are quick for applying in between feeds. You’ll need some help to do your back; now is not the time to be stretching and reaching.
Teeth: I found my electric toothbrush made me really gag during pregnancy, so you may want to swap to a manual brush for the time being. You get free dental treatment during pregnancy and for a year after your baby has been born, so if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, now is the time to go!
Stretch marks: Your skin is going to stretch throughout pregnancy and it can get very itchy. Mama Mio Tummy Rub Oil is great stuff on stretch marks and smells amazing! I also liked their Lucky Legs cooling serum which really helped to sooth my aching legs in the evening.
Acne: If you suffer with breakouts you need to be careful with the products you use during pregnancy. Many acne preparation products use salicylic acid which should be avoided so opt for an alternative such as Bravura London’s Dermaflannel (www.bravuralondon.com); a fantastic Facial in a Flannel, quick to use and offering similar results to a chemical peel without the need for any chemicals.
Skin: You may notice some dark or yellow patches appearing on the skin during pregnancy. This is called chloasma and is caused by the change in your hormones. While it’s not harmful and fades post-natal, it can be unsightly. Use a glycolic acid based product to help this fading. The sun will make the patches go darker, so always make sure you use a high SPF and re-apply regularly.
Hair: The last thing you want to do is sit and straighten or curl your hair when tiredness takes over – that’s where Sleep-In Rollers (www.sleepinrollers.com) were my saviours! Their large bun ring takes about 2 minutes to put in and is far more glamorous than just tying your hair back.
Wellbeing: Hormones and lack of sleep can make us very teary and emotional. A simple manicure can do wonders, or how about a pedicure if you can’t reach your feet? If you’re not a fan of the salon environment, take a few hours to pamper yourself; relax in the bath and apply a face masque.
Esteemed within the skincare industry, Mum-of-three Amanda is an expert when it comes to all things parenting and beauty. Please do let me know if you’d be interested in an interview/ Q&A/ Ask the Expert/ Mumpreneur feature.
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