For the past few months I’ve been preparing myself mentally and physically to become pregnant so that my body will be healthy and in shape to carry a baby. I’ve been reading magazines, blogs, forums, and books about being pregnant and what to expect.
What I’ve learned is that women go through many skin changes when they are pregnant, so I wanted to share a few of the most common questions regarding maternity beauty and the tips offered from the experts at Proctor & Gamble Beauty…
How does pregnancy affect hair?
Just as everyone’s hair is different, pregnancy affects women’s hair differently. Your hair may or may not change depending on your hormones and how you deal with stress. Dr. Lefkowicz, Head & Shoulders’ global dermatologist, says that to maintain healthy hair, she recommends a well-balanced diet and making sure moms-to-be get all the necessary nutrients.
Teca Lewellyn, a P&G Beauty Scientist, recommends switching your shampoo to account for the changes happening. She says, “If hair tends to get dry, switch to a moisturizing shampoo, or if it becomes curly, try switching to a curls shampoo. Just pay attention to how your hair changes and work with it.”
What does pregnancy do to skin?
This is the area where women probably experience the most changes. I’ve read that some women go through the “mask of pregnancy” in which brown patches appear on the face. Other skin changes include dryness, itchiness, acne, and stretch marks. P&G Beauty Scientist Rosemarie Osborne says that many of these issues will resolve at childbirth.
I would recommend stocking up on moisturizer and good ole fashioned cocoa butter. You might want to try Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, which is supposed to help restore the volume and shape of the skin’s surface cells while smoothing the skin and restoring elasticity.
A baby on the way means limited time to focus on my makeup routine – how can I achieve an effortless look with limited time?
I personally will still make time to do my usual makeup routine when I’m pregnant, but I’m sure there will be days when I will be lazy and tired and just want to do the bare minimum.
Celebrity Makeup Artist Jake Bailey recommends looking for products that are multi-taskers such as the Covergirl + Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation is easy to apply and contains Olay serums that keeps the foundation from drying. To give your face some color, I love using Pixi’s Succulent Lip Twin which is a lip balm, cheek tint duo that contains aloe vera, jojoba and lavender oil.
Do you have any pregnancy beauty tips to share?