Sassy Mama gives you mamas-to-be our top 5 beauty wishlist products
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean your beauty regimen should fall low on your priority list. This is the perfect time to make the swap from conventional to natural beauty products, and the transition can be easier than you think! We searched high and low for the best natural beauty products to keep soon-to-be Sassy Mamas looking good.
Try out these Sassy Mama must-haves and gain that beautiful pregnant glow as you await the arrival of your new baby!
Nine Naturals is a pioneer in developing shampoo and conditioner specially for pregnant women. The most amazing part of Nine Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner is the specially formulated fragrance designed to alleviate morning sickness and fatigue. All ingredients are natural (of course), pre-screened for health and safety during pregnancy (and breastfeeding) and certainly do not skimp on performance. They also have a full range of body products worth trying, including a belly butter with vanilla and geranium.
Looking to prevent the dreaded stretch marks that come with pregnancy? Bio-Oil is a tried and true favourite in this department. This lightweight, dry oil is stocked with vitamin E and C, calendula oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil and chamomile oil that work wonders in the combat against scars, uneven skin tone, ageing skin and dehydrated skin. For best results, use twice daily and massage the oil in circular motions from the start of your second trimester (before marks actually appear) to stretch mark-prone areas.
Available at Watsons, Shop G1A, G/F, Melbourne Plaza, 33 Queen’s Road Central, Central (For a full list of their store locations, click here.)
Another affordable beauty brand to try during pregnancy is Avène. Your skin will be one of the first things you notice changing during pregnancy. Hormonal shifts can make certain zones on your face particularly oily, while a higher turnover in skin cells lead to dry patches in other areas. The trick is to choose products with as simple a list of ingredients as possible. Avène skin care products are all tested for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding and are specially developed for ultra-sensitive skin (including eczema). Try Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser, Avène Eau Thermale Spring Water and Avène Rich Skin Recovery Cream if your current three-step system isn’t up to speed.
The mere thought of touching up your colour raises the issue of exposing your baby to ammonia, 4 ABP, PPD, and a whole host of other toxins you should do without. Lush Hair Henna is a completely natural alternative to colouring your hair. Made of the finest quality Persian henna (a plant commonly used in the Middle East to colour skin and hair) and cocoa butter, Lush henna bricks come in four gorgeous colours – brun, marron, noir and rouge – and will subtly boost dimension, colour and radiance in your hair. Disclaimer: don’t expect it to bleach or drastically change your hair colour as a chemical dye would!
Nails – just another part of your beauty routine forever infused with a long list of chemicals. It’s definitely best to lay off the polish while you’re pregnant, but if you can’t stand to have unkempt nails, choose a lesser of the evils. Zoya Nail Polish is a vegan-friendly formula that is free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate. Did I mention that you have over 250 shades to choose from? You can find it at A Polish Hong Kong.