Post-Pregnancy Pick-Me-Ups for New Moms
Pregnancy can take a huge toll on a woman's body. Besides the obvious, many women experience some HUGE changes after giving birth to their lovely little bundles of joy. As many mommies can probably relate, I had the ever-so-wonderful pregnant mama glow. Everyone always used to say the famous words, "Carly, you are GLOWING!" I had beautiful skin, my hair was shiny, strong, and growing faster than it ever had before, and surprisingly, I was in pretty good shape, as I was able to continue running throughout my entire pregnancy.
ALL of that came to an abrupt halt soon after Addy Mae was born. Not sure what happens, but for me, it seemed like my little stinker literally sucked the life out of me. Here are a few at-home spa and salon-grade products that I found to work wonders while I was VERY short on time, but needed a little pick-me-up.
First and foremost, my skin was a disaster! I went from beautiful, clear, and glowing skin to blotchy, dry, and for the first time in my life a face full of acne. Philosophy's Microdelivery Peel was my saving grace. This resurfacing and replenishing peel is packed with vitamin-C and peptides to immediately rejuvenate your skin. PLUS the Lactic/Salicylic Acid in the activating gel provided a gentle exfoliation that almost immediately zapped away my "sixth grade pimples." For $40, this lifesaver can be found at www.philosophy.com.
As most women do, I ended up chopping my hair off a few weeks after giving birth to my baby girl. Not only was she grabbing and pulling my lovely locks at a very young age, but my hair had gone from strong and silky to brittle and breaking. Biosilk Silk Therapy was my go-to! It is a weightless, leave-in silk treatment that acts as a leave-in conditioner, but BETTER! Those awful split ends and crazy "fly-aways" that suddenly appeared after our 9-month journey were no longer once I got my hands on Silk Therapy. You can purchase Biosilk at biosilk.com, and worth EVERY PENNY.
Lastly, you don't have to be a physically active mommy to know that your sore muscles and body aches sky rocket during pregnancy. Luckily, this little gem was a miracle-worker POST pregnancy. Elemis' Aching Muscle Super Soak was my "one day a week, let me spoil myself, spa-like treatment, in the comfort of my home, perfect little bath time" REMEDY. Its mineral-rich sea salts and juniper oils helped to remove toxins and de-stress. The lavender, rosemary, thyme, and chamomile were also a major PLUS to help me enjoy any ounce of relaxation I could get. This product also works as a wonderful foot soak, for tired and swollen feet. Find this Super Soak at www.dermstore.com for $63.50.
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