5 Awesome Beauty Tricks Every Pregnant Woman Should Know
The dos, the don'ts and the real deal on dyeing your hair
With great power (you’ve created a life!) comes great responsibility. And though you were already expecting to make certain lifestyle changes--namely to your diet and wardrobe--you probably didn’t think about your beauty regimen. Here, we address all of those nagging questions, like “Is it safe to dye your hair?” and “Are you doomed to have stretch marks forever?” so you can get back to the business of growing a baby.
Combat stretch marks with body oil
Take your moisturizing seriously. Slather on a body oil immediately after showering, while your skin is still slightly damp. Use it everywhere, but focus on the belly, breasts, hips and thighs. You’ll get instant relief from that tight, itchy feeling that typically comes on in the second trimester while improving the elasticity of your skin with continued use--key for keeping things taut during and after pregnancy.
Fight acne with baby-safe products
Thanks to a surge in hormones, your oil glands may be in overdrive. To keep bumps at bay, make sure that you’re using a mild cleanser twice daily. Anything scrubby or too stripping can further inflame the skin. Next, keep skin moisturized with an oil-free lotion as any dryness can signal your body to produce even more oil. Still seeing pimples? Spot treat those suckers with a tea tree oil or sulfur-based product. If acne persists, talk to your derm about safe topical alternatives.
Nix under-eye circles with hydration
Bags under your eyes? You can thank water retention for that. Luckily, the fix is pretty straightforward: Drink more water. The more fluids you drink, the less you will retain under your eyes (and around your ankles--whoo!). For a quick fix, place two chilled potato slices over your peepers for ten minutes to tamp down puffiness and follow with a generous helping of light-reflecting concealer.
Play up your gorgeous hair
So shiny and thick! By the second trimester, a surge in estrogen can make your hair grow faster and become less likely to fall out (which is why it may feel thicker than usual). Make the most of this time by scaling back on any heat styling. (Um, done.) As for the age-old question about hair dyeing, here’s the deal: Most derms and doctors say that it's perfectly safe. But if you want to take extra precautions anyway, opt for a vegetable-based or ammonia-free dye at home. Or ask your stylist for some strategic balayage so the color is applied directly to the hair shaft--as opposed to your scalp--to limit contact on skin.
You’re probably noticing that your nails are growing faster than usual. Which is another reason (apart from the chemicals found in many polishes) that you should skip your regular manicures. Keep your tips groomed with a buffer and a lightly tinted topcoat treatment instead.