Glow like a goddess through your pregnancy with these simple hints and tips for radiant skin, glossy hair and gleaming white teeth!
We’ve all heard of that radiant glow that appears during the early stages of pregnancy – the one that will have friends and family commenting on how well you look, while you and your partner exchange sneaky glances because you have a secret that nobody else in the world knows!
Well why not give your natural glow a little boost with these simple pregnancy-safe tips:
There are no shock revelations or secret shortcuts here (well maybe just one, but we’ll get to that soon enough)! The main way to ensure radiant skin fit for a goddess, is to lead an equally saintly healthy lifestyle. That means drinking plenty of water and eating good anti-oxidant rich foods like grapefruit, watermelon and broccoli to flush out toxins. Ideally you should also be getting plenty of exercise to boost oxygen flow, and sleeping at least 7 hours a night to banish dark circles around your eyes.
When it comes to your skincare routine, every goddess is different, so all we can really advise here is that you find a regime that works for you and your skin and then stick to it – though of course through the summer it’s always important to protect your skin with a good quality SPF30 sun cream with both UVA and UVB protection. You may find that your skin becomes more sensitive during pregnancy, so it’s a good idea to steer clear of heavy duty products, opting for the gentler ones instead.
And here is that secret shortcut we mentioned earlier: If you’re in need of an instant boost – before posing for the camera at a special event or heading into an important meeting – try sucking on an ice cube! This will chill all of the cells in your cheeks and lips, boosting circulation to your face and providing a plumper, rosier complexion! Works like a charm!
For glossy, goddess-worthy locks, there are just a few simple changes you can make to your hair care routine, which will make a world of difference. First of all, it’s no news that heat is damaging to your hair, but you may not know how easy it is to counteract the effects: Finish your shower with a quick cool rinse, then make sure to use the cool shot setting on your hair dryer while blow drying and you’ll be left with smooth and shiny hair! Another easy change to make is to switch your nylon hairbrush for natural bristles – these are gentler and less likely to cause split ends, and they work to distribute the good natural oils through your hair.
Did you know that different hair colours behave differently? Lighter hair is more porous, and will be more prone to build-up, so blondes are at their glossiest when their hair is freshly washed. Whereas those with darker hair are at their best with well-conditioned second-day hair! Learn how your hair behaves and you’ll be able to wash wisely for your next big event.
Aside from the obvious (brush twice a day and don’t forget to floss), the main message when it comes to keeping your teeth pearly white is to eat plenty of crunchy fruit and veg like cucumber, celery, broccoli and carrots – sounds like some crunchy crudités and hummus is in order! In fact some fruits like apples are particularly good tooth whiteners, as they are crunchy and are known to contain malic acid – a chemical actually used in commercial teeth whitening products to dissolve stains!
Strawberries are another great source of that miraculous whitening agent malic acid, and can actually be used to make a fantastic organic home whitening treatment!
- Mash 1 strawberry together with ½ teaspoon of baking soda.
- Apply the mix to your teeth with a soft toothbrush
- Leave to work for 5 minutes
- Brush thoroughly with toothpaste to remove the berry mix
- Repeat up to once a week for a permanent pearly gleam
Of course once you’ve achieved your goddess-like glow, there’s no better way to show it off than in a striking maternity maxi dress! Then complete the look with jewelled sandals and our Shimmering Platinum Waterfall Maternity Cardigan for a truly iridescent look!
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