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The Essential Pregnancy Beauty Guide

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Awaiting the arrival of your newborn can be an exciting yet anxious time, the specialists at Bloom & Blossom are here to tell us the best methods to boost your pregnancy glow as well as keeping the stretch mark worry at bay with their rich & effective targeted range. What are the must-have body care products pregnant women should include in their beauty regime? Your skin goes through a lot during pregnancy, so it’s worth investing in some anti-stretch mark products. It’s best to start using them before those silvery lines appear. Try to choose a natural product - at Bloom and Blossom, we steer clear of nasties such as parabens, petroleum, sodium laureth, sodium laurel sulphate (sls), xenoestrogen, phthalates, artificial colourants, synthetic fragrance, petrochemicals, harsh detergents or other toxic ingredients. We’d recommend applying our Anti-Stretchmark Cream or Oil as soon as you get the great news that you’re pregnant and use daily until after you’ve given birth. Having swollen ankles and feet can be one of the most uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy. Putting your feet up above heart level, as often as you can, will help to reduce swelling (we’re thinking more lying down with your feet propped on a couple of pillows rather than standing on your head ! ) A cooling spray can also help, our Revitalising Leg and Foot Spray comes in a handy 100ml bottle so can be used on a flight or popped in your bag for use throughout the day.

Are there any products or treatments expectant mothers should avoid? What ingredients should they steer away from? During pregnancy, we would recommend avoiding essential oils which are known to thin the blood or cause cramping or contractions. Such essential oils include – clover, fennel, cedarwood, jasmine, juniper, peppermint, and rosemary. Used under proper dilution, most of these oils should not cause any problems during a healthy pregnancy, but it is always best to be cautious and if any concerns always ask your midwife. With regards to treatments, you will find that once a spa knows you are pregnant your treatment offering is limited somewhat. They will always show caution, so our advice would be to lean on their knowledge and understanding. Always pick the pregnancy focused treatments and if all else fails choose a pedicure – those feet deserve it. What ingredients should pregnant women look for in their bath and body products? Why are they so effective? At Bloom and Blossom, we believe that what goes into the product is just as important and what doesn't go into it. Our research has proven that pregnant women and new mums really do care about what they put on their skin, they want to understand the ingredients, know that they work and most importantly know they are safe. They want indulgent, solution focused and stylish products and that is our philosophy. Key ingredients:
  • Bergamot - Helpful for cystitis during pregnancy.
  • Chamomile - Soothes pain from muscular aches, headaches, toothaches, and indigestion.
  • Cypress- Helpful for varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and swollen ankles
  • Eucalyptus - Helpful with respiratory congestion.
  • Geranium- Eases aching legs and is good for poor circulation.
  • Grapefruit- Helps with water retention.
  • Lavender - Helps soothe aches and pains of pregnancy, encourages cell renewal and helps with fluid retention.
  • Lemon/Lime- Useful as an inhalant for morning sickness and in massage for varicose veins.
  • Mandarin - Can ease fluid retention in leg and ankle massages.
  • Neroli -Useful in pregnancy to promote healthy skin cell regeneration and for easing nervous tension.
  • Patchouli - Eases confusion, indecision, and apathy.
  • Petitgrain - Helpful in dealing with pre or postpartum depression.
  • Sandalwood - Helpful for cystitis during pregnancy.
  • Tangerine - Helps to prevent stretch marks. Found in our revitalizing leg and foot spray
  • Tea Tree - Can be used to treat thrush during pregnancy.
  • YlangYlang - Restorative when overworked or tense.
If a woman wants to pamper herself a little during pregnancy, what do you think are the best products or treatments she should indulge in? We are big fans of spoiling yourself during pregnancy. A simple manicure or pedicure can give you a real confidence boost, especially as pregnancy hormones can make your nails grow faster and become more brittle. Or try a facial to enhance that famous pregnancy glow, caused by an increase in blood volume in the third trimester. Just make sure that any beauty professional you go to knows you’re expecting. Definitely, book yourself in for a pregnancy massage – it will help with any back pain or general tiredness and we always sleep better after a treatment. Sleep is the best medicine.

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