Want to get that pregnancy glow and avoid stretch marks? Co-founder of Mama Mio, Tanya Kazeminy Mackay, shares her skin secrets for mums-to-be
'Focus on building the strength and elasticity of your skin - especially the area from your boobs to your bottom - as your bump grows. If your mother has stretchmarks, you're probably more vulnerable, but think about it this way: genetics has a hand in the wrinkles around your eyes and we all use eye cream to minimise them for as long as possible.
'Look for products rich in fatty acids, such as omega 3, 6 and 9 oils, as they're highly moisturising - your usual body lotion won't do. When it comes to your face, you may need to combat hormonal acne and you will need extra sun protection. Some women develop dark patches, known as chloasma, as a result of excess melanin, which can get worse with exposure to sun.'
'Although treatments involving your tummy area are not a good idea, you can still enjoy pedicures, facials, and head and neck massages. Many women want to switch to products containing less chemicals, such as solvent-free nail varnish, and also worry about using essential oils. In fact, after the first trimester, many common oils such as lavender are safe - just use a few drops at a time.
'Ones to watch? Clary sage encourages uterine contractions, and jasmine, peppermint and eucalyptus should be avoided completely because they have a stimulating effect.
'When booking a spa treatment, ask the therapist if they have special maternity beds, which have a space for your bump, allowing you to lie comfortably on your front. Try Elemis spas.'
'Everyone needs essential fatty acids (EFAs), but when you're pregnant, your baby is using them to make its brain and eyes. This means your levels are at their most depleted just when your skin is undergoing its biggest challenge. So include plenty of EFAs in your diet (from oily fish, nuts, seeds and green vegetables), and use EFA-rich skin products - look out for oils such as rosehip seed, wheatgerm and sweet almond. And keep this regime up after delivery - if you breastfeed, you lose 50mg to 80mg of fatty acids each day.'
Read on to find out what should be in your pre-baby beauty kit...
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