It’s time to put a spring in your step with Jenni Baden Howard’s top maternity beauty treats to get you glowing from head to toe…
One of the most buzzed-about beauty ingredients of the moment, Argan oil is renowned for its nourishing benefits for both the skin and hair. The new Argan+ Mum To Be range, exclusive to Waitrose, includes an Argan+ Stretch Mark Body Oil (£14.99) to help keep skin smooth and supple. It smells delicious, too – super-fresh and soft.
Blissfully restorative soak in the bath, anyone? Relaxing bath products aren’t always suitable during pregnancy, but Maternelle Mum To Be Relaxing Bath Soak (£4.99 at Waitrose), part of a new range completely formulated for pregnancy and early baby days, is a great choice. Enriched with rose hip and vitamin E, the subtle lavender scent is blissfully soothing.
A clever new product that’s already become a family ‘standby’ in our home, Bioderma Cicabio Arnica+ (£7) is a topical cream which helps to soothe swelling, relieve soreness and bruising after minor knocks and bumps. Part of this popular French pharmacy range, it’s suitable for babies, children and adults. Available at escentual.com.
A Little Spring-Time Treat
I’m loving the lip balm-meets-sheer-lipstick hybrid that is the new Clarins Instant Light (£18). Choose from six lovely, spring-ready shades and your set to take on the world. | clarins.co.uk
Beauty and the Bump
What better excuse is there than pregnancy to put your feet up and indulge in a relaxing massage expertly tailored for a mother-to-be? Here are my three favourite treatments.
✽ ESPA Prenatal Treatment: This treatment includes gentle body exfoliation, a nourishing massage and body mask and a de-stressing scalp massage. I love the products for home use, too – they genuinely recreate that ‘spa at home’ feeling. (It’s important to always check whether suitable to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding before applying any product). | espaskincare.com
✽ Clarins Mother-To-Be and New Mother Treatment: Clarins therapists are well-trained in the very specifically tailored massage movements that help to reduce fluid retention while relieving aches and pains. Adapted to all pre and postnatal stages, this wonderfully relaxing, top-to-toe treatment focuses on relieving backache, fluid retention and improving skin tone and elasticity. | clarins.co.uk
✽ Decleor Pregnancy Treatment: Another French powerhouse, this tailor-made body treatment for mamans-to-be targets fluid retention, stretch mark prevention and aches and pains and even includes a ‘tummy mask’ and mini-facial. | decleor.co.uk