As every mother anticipating the arrival of a new baby knows, mobility becomes limited and the body takes on a life of its own. When shopping for a mother-to-be this holiday, you may be inspired by thoughts of baby socks and nappies.
However, an expectant mother's changing body and increasingly limited time likely mean that she's struggling with self-care. Consider items that she can use to pamper herself and are safe for her body and the baby instead.
Lighten her physical (and mental!) stress with thoughtful, conscious gifts that consider her wellbeing. The presents can also be used after the newborn has arrived, during those days and nights of irregular sleep, breastfeeding and constant diaper changing. She'll be so glad to have these conscious beauty products on hand.
Hydrating Lip Balms
Expectant mothers tend to experience drier, more chapped lips during pregnancy. This results from a few different causes: dehydration or a stuffy nose— which leads to breathing through the mouth.
Gift her a lip balm with effective natural hydration. Many lip balms on drugstore shelves contain drying chemicals that reduce their efficacy. With a natural lip balm created from botanical oils, the results will last.
£103.00 | 6 ml / 0.2 oz per balm
Just one seamless swipe of any of the five ultra-flattering shades, indulges in your every whim, occasion, or mood. The barely-there lightweight finish amplifies your natural beauty and nourishes your lips like never before.
£8.50 | 30 ml / 1 Fl oz
Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Coconut oil unite in this vegan lip balm which keeps lips hydrated for a long time.
For pregnant women, mineral-based sunscreens are the safest choice. They do not enter intact skin and are gentler on sensitive skin. We have written a full rundown on the benefits of physical sunscreens. Sunscreens should be used all months of the year, to prevent premature ageing.
During pregnancy, hyperpigmentation can happen. Darkening of scars, freckles, areas of the armpits, areas of the genitals, and areola can occur. This is a result of endocrinological (hormonal) changes in the body. Using a mineral-based sunscreen on exposed parts of the body can help reduce further darkening of the skin when exposed to UV rays.
SIMPLE as that
£19.00 | 100 ml / 3.38 Fl oz
A 100% natural, light-weight mineral SPF 30 sunscreen— non-greasy and preservative free— suitable for both face and body. Active ingredient: zinc oxide.
During pregnancy, medical professionals advise against using retinoids. Retinoids are a category of products that contain a specific derivative of Vitamin A. It's used in skincare because it is beneficial for exfoliating the top layer of skin, or stratum corneum. We talked about retinoids and must-knows in a previous article.
Retinoids may cause physical defects and abnormalities in a baby's development. Fetal retinoid syndrome is a characteristic pattern of physical birth defects in a baby that has been exposed to retinoids during pregnancy.
To help her get the exfoliation she needs, give her a simple scrub of natural quality ingredients.
£12.00 | 227 g / 8 oz
The TOFI sugar scrub in Coconut is so simple and so good. Brown sugar, olive oil and fragrant Cocos Nucifera.
£12.00 | 227 g / 8 oz
Polishes your skin to perfection, exfoliating dry skin to restore softness, while Almond, Avocado, Olive, Castor and Evening Primrose oils deeply penetrate to reveal smooth, glowing skin.
SIMPLE as that
£16.00 | 80 g / 2.82 oz
A gentle facial scrub for all skin types using the simple traditional exfoliating power of Rice Powder. Blended with fine Sea Salt and Raw Cacao. Feed skin with a dose of antioxidants to leave it glowing.
Moisturisers without Essential Oils
Essential oils, in topical applications, aromatherapy, or as fragrances in body care, are best avoided during pregnancy. As the body supports the growing fetus, expectant mothers experience sensitivities, discomfort and nausea. Essential oils applied to the body can irritate this sensitised skin.
Essential oils should not be taken orally. A number of essential oils pose toxicity risks when ingested— which can cause risks to a developing baby. Furthermore, some essential oils play a role in contractions and labour. Clary sage oil increases the oxytocin level in the body, a hormone whose function during labour is to induce contractions.
The Mango Girl
£15.95 | 150 ml / 5 Fl oz
Luxurious Shea Butter and Avocado Oil for silky-smooth, hydrated skin. It helps reduce dark marks, prevent wrinkles and breakouts, and can be used as sunscreen.
£18.00 | 180 ml / 6 Fl oz
Essential for baby and mama's skin. Shea Butter resolves, soothes and clears up skin irritations. Chamomile is excellent for calming and relaxing a baby after bath time. Also available unscented.
£18.00 | 180 ml / 6 Fl oz
Olive, Calendula, and Sweet almond oils minimise itching, heal sore, cracked nipples, restore elasticity and deeply moisturise and hydrate dry skin. Get started early on preventing stretch marks.
Haircare without Parabens
Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetics, but they are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that affect hormones. As an ingredient within cosmetics, they prevent mould and bacteria growth in moisturisers, shampoos, soaps, deodorants and makeup. Studies are showing that pregnant mothers using parabens on the skin or hair can have consequences on a child's weight development after birth.
Parabens might exert an influence on how hunger is regulated in the brain, which can lead to overweight children.
Expectant mothers should use paraben-free products during sensitive periods of pregnancy and breastfeeding.
£28.00 | 300 ml / 10 Fl oz
Enriched with the nourishing power of the Japanese ocean botanical Mekabu, this luxurious shampoo is low foaming, adding shine and hydration for all hair types.
£23.00 | 237 ml / 8 Fl oz
Start anew. This herbal rinse, with organic apple cider vinegar, eliminates buildup on the hair shaft while restoring the scalp to its natural alkaline pH level, leaving hair and scalp feeling fresh and healthy.
£15.00 | 250 ml / 8.8 Fl oz
A lightweight formula made with marshmallow root extract and behentrimonium methosulfate which provides slip. Aloe vera and water moisturise along with mango extract to strengthen the hair follicles.
Non-Toxic Nail Polish
When it comes to commercial beauty products, few are as toxic as nail polish. During pregnancy, when scents and substances can induce stronger reactions to irritation, the harsh toxic ingredients in off-the-shelf nail polish can also invite discomfort. Beyond that, removing nail polish involves applying harsh chemicals. Always use non-acetone nail polish to prevent breathing in acetone fumes, and to reduce harsh drying of the nail, nail cuticles, and surrounding skin.
Log Cosmetics, founded by Dami Adewole, commits to producing ‘10-free’ nail polish free of toxic toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), camphor, xylene, triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), parabens, fragrances, animal products and phthalates.
Kure Bazaar also creates ‘10-free’ nail polish, this time excluding toxic toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), synthetic camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, styren, nano colours and benzophenon 1-3.
Get pretty, vibrant nails with no threat to your sensitised skin and health.
£9.99 | Colour: Desert
A beautiful creamy, earthy shade that’s perfect for every skin tone.
A fast drying top coat that dries up to four coats of nail enamel to a high gloss shine in less than three minutes. It contains Etocrylene, a UV inhibitor that prevents nail discolouration and works as a protective sealer.
£15.00 | Colour: Toned-down Blush with a hint of Peach
A nail polish that preserves the vitality of your nails by respecting their natural cycle of regeneration. Vitamin E and Bamboo strengthen and repair your nails. Impeccable resistance and ultra-shine are yours.
Glossy, quick-drying top coat. Enhances the colour effect of your nail polish and helps prevent chipping.
Refreshing Shower Gels
Gift a mama-to-be and her sensitive skin with safe shower gels free of essential oils, parabens, or synthetic detergents that strip the skin barrier. The sweet and luxurious feeling of these wash gel and soaps can put her mind at ease as well as leave her with an intensely refreshing cleanse.
£20.00 | 118 ml / 4 Fl oz
Gentle gel cleanser for intimate areas. Coco Glucoside is one of nature’s gentlest cleansers, perfect for sensitive areas, while a blend of skin-calming Chamomile Flower Water, Calendula and Lavender Flower Water rejuvenate delicate skin.
£6.99 | 100 g / 3.5 oz
This creamy coffee and coconut soap is great for those with oily or combination skin. It works well to cleanse, nourish, and moisturise your face and body.
£18.00 | 118 g / 4 Fl oz
Lather up with these milky white suds for gentle cleansing that won’t strip the skin. Immediately comfort stressed skin by soaking in the goodness of a nourishing oatmeal bath soap liquid.
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