Got a little one on the way? From hormonal acne to stretch marks, pregnancy can affect your skin in many ways – so you may need to switch up your skincare regime.
Here are some safe and pampering beauty buys that will help keep your skin looking lovely before and after baby arrives.
1. Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil
Following the announcement of her third baby, Kate Middleton’s favourite pregnancy multi-tasker is expected to fly off the shelves this autumn. Rich essential fatty acids from rosehip, it provides intense hydration for the face and body and is free from preservatives. The product is also known to lessen the look of scars and stretch marks caused by weight gain – no wonder it’s an award-winner.
£19.50, Look Fantastic,
2. Bio Oil
This Kardashian-approved skin hero is loaded with anti-ageing properties, making it ideal for mums-to-be. The oil might absorb quickly, but its ingredients such as chamomile oils and vitamins E and A will leave skin feeling soft and silky throughout the day. Massage into areas like the tummy, hips and thighs twice daily.
3. Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter
To prevent stretch marks and itchy tummies, you’ll need a soothing and protective treatment that’s rich in hydrating ingredients. Mama Mio’s Tummy Rub Butter uses sweet almond and coconut oils and shea butter to help increase skin elasticity and lock in moisture. Free from nasties like parabens and colourants, it can be used all over the body throughout pregnancy and 4 months after birth.
£23.50, John Lewis,
4. La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser
Altered hormone levels in pregnancy can lead to pesky breakouts. A mild cleanser will refresh your skin and remove impurities without drying it out. Try La Roche Posay’s milk-textured formula, designed to gently clean away dirt and makeup while providing instant relief to irritated skin. It’s also fragrance-free.
5. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Leg & Foot Crème
A richly textured cream that works to relax, condition and sooth tired legs and feet. The combination of peppermint oil and rosemary extract encourages stimulation to bring relief to aching muscles.
£12.95, John Lewis,
VERDICT: An all-rounder and one of Kate Middleton’s favourites, the Organic Rosehip Oil from Trilogy takes the top spot in our roundup. It provides incredible hydration to dry skin, boosts elasticity and helps reduce the look of stretch marks during pregnancy.