Baby-friendly cosmetics for new moms and moms-to-be
Most women like to look their best, and new moms or moms-to-be are no exception! But pregnancy – which brings an expanding figure, stretch marks, and even blotchy skin or acne caused by hormone imbalance – can be tough on a woman’s confidence. What’s more, when it comes to using cosmetics and skin products, moms should be extra cautious, because many of these products contain chemicals that may be harmful to the baby. Here are a few beauty products that Song Yang, professional beauty stylist at Jimmy Studio, recommends as pregnancy- and nursing-mom friendly.
Women who fret over stretch marks on thighs, hips and tummies may be interested in Vichy’s Complete Action Anti-Stretch Mark Cream (RMB 258), which is enriched with silicon and nourishing plant oils to help reduce the risk or appearance of stretch marks. Or they can try Clarin’s Tonic Body Treatment Oil (RMB 460), which firms and tones tissues to prevent the appearance of stretch marks.
Breastfeeding can be both physically and mentally exhausting, especially if you find yourself doing it several times a night! And it can be hard on the skin, too. Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream Gel and Night Lotion (RMB 560/600) help fight the first signs of lines. Korres Yogurt Cream (RMB 350), enriched with active plant extracts, is made with real yogurt and provides proteins, lactose, minerals and vitamins for very dry skin. The Yogurt Mask (RMB 320) makes for the perfect complement.
When it comes to regaining your pre-baby figure, you can supplement your workout regimen by applying Clarins Total Body Lift (RMB 420), a specialized treatment for reducing stubborn cellulite and refining body contours. Vichy’s Lipocure Anti-dimpling Decongesting Serum (RMB 248) also helps eliminate fatty deposits that accumulate in certain areas of the body.
When going through pregnancy, women quickly discover that it isn’t just the belly that expands – the breasts do too. Clarins Bust Beauty Gel and Lotion (RMB 560/480) – packed with botanical extracts – firms the tissues, nourishes the skin and fights against signs of aging in the breast region. It’s suitable for use during pregnancy but not recommended for nursing moms.
Don’t let the discomfort of soreness interrupt nursing: Lansinoh Lanolin (RMB 115), recommended by La Leche League International, not only moistures but also soothes and relieves pain caused by baby’s suckling.
Sunblock is always important and should be applied anytime your skin is exposed to the sun. Vichy Capital Soleil Spray Enfants (SPF 30, RMB 238) is safe both for you and your little ones.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Mom & Baby Balm (RMB 185) is suitable for use both during and after pregnancy to massage and soothe stretched skin.