Mommy Beauty Tips: Pregnancy & Postpartum

I would like to start by saying that looks have never been the most important thing to me. Their importance to me has ebbed and flowed throughout my life. There is a fine line between taking pride in our appearance and being overly concerned with trying to fit in. Our “flaws” are often times what make us different and unique. Mostly, I just think that when people feel good about themselves, it radiates from within, and that is the most attractive quality.

From the time I got pregnant, everything was pretty much the same for me as far as cosmetics and general grooming go. The only concern that I had was the idea of getting stretch marks. My mom has stretch marks and I have heard that it’s genetic, so I expected that I would be getting them myself. Fortunately, there has been a really cool movement recently with women embracing their stretch marks and I prepared to embrace my own “tiger stripes” with pride. However, I also did everything in my power to keep my stomach moisturized and made sure to NEVER scratch my belly.

I moisturized a minimum of twice a day, probably an average of three times a day, rotating between virgin coconut oil and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks. Much to my surprise, I did not get ONE stretch mark (this time anyway). While I completely respect every woman and her body exactly as it is, I wanted to at least share my experience in case it might help someone else. Above all, I want to be clear that it is imperative that we all love and accept ourselves and our bodies exactly as they are.

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The real challenge in looking good came after my little man arrived. Getting ready became a luxury! I have gotten ready with at least full eye makeup since high school and I was going weeks at a time without a stitch of makeup (nowhere to go, no one to impress). By the time sleep deprivation started to set in, I knew I at least needed to start freshening up so I could feel more like myself and keep my sanity. Here is a list of items I would recommend using to get ready at a bare minimum so you can be feeling fresh and groomed:

  • Eye drops – the best for redness are Rohto.
  • Eyebrow gel – my favorite is Elf (clear eyebrow and eyelash gel in one).
  • Dry shampoo – my old salon, Umberto, in Beverly Hills has the best one and you can get it at Target!
  • pH feminine wipes – Summer’s Eve are the best… there will be times when you can’t shower and these will save your life.
  • Calming essential oils – I am nervous about having a bunch of chemicals around my baby but still want to smell good. Wearing these makes me feel and smell good!
  • Exfoliation and lotion – daily washing and moisturizing will combat the toll that lack of sleep takes on your skin.
  • Preparation H – nothing better for the bags under your eyes… get a tube that is JUST for your face though.
Some of the essential products I mentioned above: Umberto’s dry shampoo, Summer’s Eve pH feminine wipes, Rohto eye drops, moisturizing lotion, Elf’s eyebrow gel and eyelash clear gel, and Preparation H ointment.

These are the basics I would recommend for a well-groomed look and feel. Anything you can/have time for in addition to this is awesome. One more thing… drink TONS of water! Especially if you’re breastfeeding. That is always the best beauty secret under any circumstance!

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