Pregnancy. It’s meant be all glowing skin, blossoming bumps and glossy hair. The reality can be quite different! Most days I feel very frumpy, with terrible spotty skin and my hair is usually more greasy than glossy.
With this being my second pregnancy, I’ve been determined to look after myself a bit more this time and take more time for ME to pamper myself and nourish myself from the inside out. These are my favourite products that I’ve been using over the past few months to really treat myself.
Lorem Skin Relief Oil
Made from Australian Emu oil and a combination of other essential oils and natural ingredient, Lorem skin relief oil is the perfect natural remedy for aching muscles and damaged skin. As well as being perfect to treat those pesky stretch marks which invariably pop up during pregnancy, it can also be used to help nappy rash, cradle cap, eczema, chicken pox and insect bites meaning it continues to be an invaluable product once pregnancy ends.
I was sent a little sample to try and was impressed with the non greasy formula. The oil rubbed into my skin easily and left it looking healthy and glowing. I’ve been using it mainly on my face to try and combat blemishes and I’m excited to try it on Dexter next time he has a bad case of nappy rash (although touch woods this occurrences are few and far between)
I had never heard of emu oil and was surprised to read it is used by aboriginals to cure a wide range of ailments. Lorem mix the emu oil with chamomile to create a powerful anti inflammatory which can penetrate deep into the skin to begin the healing process. A gorgeous treat for pregnant skin.
A 30ml bottle of Lorem is £12
Wiley’s Finest Fish Oil DHA Supplements
I’m all for taking supplements during pregnancy as I am really guilty of eating rubbish food more than not. Supplements make me feel a bit better that the growing baby inside my belly is getting the nutrients they need while I’m pigging out on cottage pie and cake.
Wiley’s Fish Oil DHA Supplements not only provide pregnant mums and their unborn child the vital intake requirement of Omega-3, but research also suggests that DHA may reduce the risk of post natal depression while reducing the risk of the unborn child developing allergies and asthma.
Each bottle comes with a month’s supply of supplements and I took two tablets each day. I saw a slight improvement in my mood and felt better for knowing that consuming the important fatty acids meant I was supporting the brain development of my unborn baby.
Aduna Baobab Powder
Baobab fruit is one of the world’s most nutrient rich superfoods and African inspired health brand Aduna has created a handy powder rich in vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants perfect for keepign your immune system strong and more importantly for me, keeping my digestive system going as I tend to suffer from constipation when pregnant.
The baobab powder has a naturally sweet and citrus flavour and I love stirring it into my morning porridge and adding it to a bowl of fruit and yoghurt. Each serving provides 33% of your daily recommended amount of Vitamin C which also helps with iron absorption- something else I tend to struggle with during pregnancy.
Better You Magnesium Flakes
Magnesium is an essential mineral which promotes overall wellbeing, relaxes muscles and aids skin health- all things I need during these long, hard pregnancy months. Better Youhave developed these magnesium flakes to add to your bath to help you cleanse, purify and renew. When added to a bath, mafnesium flakes are absorbed by your skin through to blood vessels avoiding your digestive system which can often not absorb nutrients.
The 1kg pack is available for £9.95 and gives you enough flakes for four baths. I love the feeling of pure relaxation when I have a bath and these flakes are an added bonus.
Better You Vitamin D Oral Spray
In the UK we don’t see that much sunlight, especially during the winter months. Despite it being one of the hottest summers on record, I seemed to have missed most of it due to working full time and my viatmin D levels do concern me. Better You have a range of vitamin sprays and I tried the vitamin D one to try and boost my levels.
The spray is super simple to use: once a day you spray it in your month. The spray doesn’t really taste of anything and doesn’t leave a strange taste as you might expect. The super soft tissues in the mouth means the vitamin D supplement is absorbed straight away helping get the vital vitamin to your blood stream quickly. I love this spray and carry it in my bag for a quick spray after lunch.
Colief Mum to Be Moisturising Cream
I love this Colief moisturising cream, especially formulated for Mums to be; it has a beautiful smell and doesn’t feel a bit greasy when applying it like many creams can. It is packed full of vitamin B5 which is a natural skin healer and protector. I find my skin can get dry and itchy during pregnancy and this cream just makes it feel that bit more moisturised and stops me scratching away. It also claims to be a secret weapon against stretch marks which makes it a double winner in my book.
Palmer’s Stretch Mark Cream
Using pure cocoa butter, shea butter, collagen and elastin, Palmer’s Stretch Mark Cream helps to keep skin supple for up to 48 hours allowing it to stretch easily and therefore avoiding stretch marks- a winner in my book! I suffered with stretch marks during my first pregnancy on my ‘muffin top’ so this time I am determined to keep them at bay with this gorgeous cream which smells divine and is a pleasure to smooth all over my body after a hot bath.