Whether you’re striking a hot yummy mummy or radiant Mother earth figure, natural beauty and skincare are oh, so key. Monica Perdoni writes.
The skin is the largest organ and during pregnancy that becomes all too obvious – feeling coy about showing your midriff is not an option! But with a little bit of know-how and natural skincare, body conscious worries of stretchmarks to dry scaly skin can become the least of your pregnant worries.
A report from WWF and Greenpeace revealed that in a study of 40 mothers, every mum tested positive for an array of chemicals – not good. With claims that we absorb up to 60 of what we slap onto our skin it’s crucial that the products we use are toxin-free, natural with a capital N and good for (all of) us.
Holistic practitioner and author of The Holistic Beauty Book, Star Khechara agrees:
“It is definitely much more important to be careful what you use on the skin while pregnant. There is no way near enough research done on the harmful effects of certain chemical skincare ingredients to ascertain whether or not they could harm a growing baby.
“With this in mind, it is much better to err on the side of caution and to stop using any skincare products with synthetic chemicals in at all. I would go even further and say that organic, not just ‘natural’, skincare would be the best bet for mother and baby.”
Essential Oils must-know
So what to use? Well, oils-wise just remember that Gaia’s ingredients are powerful so pay heed to the following piece of advice from the only ‘living’ skincare range around, Raw Gaia.
“Pregnant women should not use any essential oils within the first three months of pregnancy, they are not good for the hormonal system and some can have a stimulating effect on the kidneys and liver and some have a stimulating effect on the uterus, which could cause miscarriage.”
“Grapeseed oil and Jojoba would be good to use either during or after pregnancy, have wonderful regenerative and moisturising properties being especially effective at reducing the look of stretch marks.” Raw Gaia recommends: “Grapeseed oil has excellent emollient properties; in other words, it makes the skin feel more supple and smooth because it locks in the moisture.” You can buy cold-pressed Organic Grapeseed Oil, £10.50 for 50 ml.