How to feel beautiful during pregnancy

My skin reverted back to its teenage self when I was expecting my second baby – and spot creams only made the problem worse. I felt (and looked) about as far from glowing as is possible. Either I went into hiding for nine months (not an option given I work in an open plan office) or I found some products to help. Here is a list of the things that enabled me walk out the door during my second pregnancy, when I was feeling fat, ugly and exhausted.

Bobbi Brown soothing cleansing oil, £31

It felt wrong to be rubbing oil onto my greasy skin but when I showed my nasty, spotty face to the woman at the Bobbi Brown counter promised it was thCleansingOil_NEW_FH12_RGBe right thing to do. Her view was that by using harsh spot creams I was encouraging my skin to produce more oil but it would stop doing this if I introduced oil into my skincare routine. Her advice worked and within a couple of days the spots had gone. Magic.

Mama Mio lucky legs lotion, £19.50

I was sceptical about a cream that promises to give relief from heavy, tired legs but became addicted to the cooling, tingling (slightly weird?) sensation created by menthol, spearmint and lemon.

 

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Bobbi Brown protective face lotion SPF, £35

A lightweight moisturising lotion with SPF 15 to protect against the damaging rays of the sun. It also contains vitamin E to fight against damaging free radicals and, crucially, contains chamomile to sooth and calm the skin.

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Bobbi Brown extra SPF moisturising balm

I love this stuff. It’s more natural-looking than foundation and gives a dewy (glowing, even!) complexion with an even skin tone and also protects against the sun’s rays. Apply with a foundation brush for the best possible results. If you haven’t heard of a foundation brush, you haven’t lived… Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 14.07.04

Lazy Cow soothing body lotion, £18

I’d be lying if I said I noticed its “calm-inducing” properties but it makes the skin feel moisturised and toned after a long soak in the bath. And the dairy cow connotations work somehow.

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Babes with Babies poncho, £98

If it’s good enough for Zara Phillips… Completely covering and comfortable while stylish.

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Asos maternity leggings, £14

Stretchy and soft. I ended up wearing them for weeks afterwards (until my husband threatened to burn them) as they didn’t interfere with my c-section scar.

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Cloud 9 straighteners, £99

There’s nothing like good hair to cheer you up. I’d never owned a pair of straighteners before as they typically made my flat, straight hair just flatter and straighter than usual but these are really good for creating a bit of volume or some loose waves, even though I’m useless at using them and have no patience.   Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 14.16.53

 

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Nails Inc Gel effect nail varnish, £14

The gel effect range from Nails Inc dries quickly – great if you don’t have time or patience – and looks professional, even if you’re no expert at applying it.

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