While some of you may never have to worry about these things, there are those of us that pregnancy brings puberty back to us with a vengeance. You know that pregnancy glow everyone talks about? Well, with me, it is not so much…well at least not with the help of a LOT of cosmetics. So I put together a list of things that are good to have on hand for when the hormones get the best of you, so that you can feel normal even if your body is working against you!
While many pregnant women brag about how thick their hair is now, I have had a lot of issues with greasy, oily hair that makes me look like I haven’t washed it in weeks, even if I just washed it that day. Because I have had hair extensions for much of the last two years, I have tested just about every dry shampoo under the sun. However, recently I discovered the “Not Your Mother’s” brand of hair products, and I absolutely adore their dry shampoo. I would highly recommend it for anyone with hair like mine or who just ran out of time in the morning to do a wash and dry. The best part is that it is relatively inexpensive and can be found at most drugstores.
Now about that pregnant skin. Pregnancy is nature’s revenge on me for having relatively good skin when I was a teenager. One product I really like is the Pure System from Yves Rocher. I use a gentle cleanser in the morning and then use this scrub and toner in the evening. It has really helped cut down on the number of breakouts which makes me incredibly happy because seriously, while it is nice to get mistaken for a teenager when you are in your 30s, rocking a baby bump and getting mistaken for a teenager in your 30s isn’t so grand.
One of my biggest must haves is Bio Oil. I had the stretch mark cream, and honestly, while Bio Oil is more expensive, it is worth every penny. Not only does it make your stretch marks less prevalent, it also works the best for me at reducing itchy belly caused by the growing stretch marks. You can find it at Babies R Us.
Now if you are like me and have skin problems while pregnant, you will want a good foundation and/or cover up. For this, I love Lancome and Mary Kay, but if those brands out of your price range, there are great ones by E.L.F and Yves Rocher. Just make sure you invest in a good make-up brush and/or sponge. Don’t use your fingers. You will only make the acne worse.
Finally, add some color to your cosmetics or nails. With summer approaching, I love having my toe nails painted at all times. However, as I get bigger, it becomes harder to bend over and paint them. That is where the Gelato Nail Polish comes in handy. It goes on thick. I only need one coat usually, and it will last for two weeks! I am rocking red piggies right now, and even though my feet are slightly swollen, they are still gorgeous!
So that is what is in my pregnancy beauty kit. Did I miss anything? What would you add? Please let me know in the comments below!