At Mother Muse we love simple, natural and quick solutions that accommodate to the busy lifestyle of our new journey into motherhood.
I wanted to share some of my favourite treatments I’ve personally tried and loved while pregnant that you can do in the comfort of your home.
How To Take Care Of Your Skin When You’re Pregnant
Whether you are pregnant or not, having avocado on-hand allows for incredible opportunities. They are full of healthy fatty-acids, fibre and a high source of potassium. But, they are also excellent for your skin and hair. Avocados are ultra-moisturizing, frizz-fighting and make the perfect hair treatment.
In a blender, mix half of one banana, half of one avocado, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 1/4 cup aloe vera gel. Blend the mixture until it is creamy. Massage it into your scalp and spread it over your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap.
Smooth over dry hair and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Now for mamas like me who don’t always have the time for a shower, dry shampoo will be your new bestie. Do yourself a favour and try this natural dry shampoo recipe and avoid the aerosol cans:
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or organic cornstarch OR 2 tablespoons arrowroot/cornstarch + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder. 5 drops of essential oil of choice (optional- I use vanilla) An old make-up brush to apply.
Put the drops of essential oil into the arrowroot or cornstarch and mix with a spoon. Store the mix in a small jar or old powder container.
Apply with an old make-up brush to the roots or oily parts of your hair. If you don’t use the brush, comb the powder through your hair and style as usual.
And since we are still enjoying summer, let’s not forget how easy it is to achieve your own dreamy beach waves at home with sea salt spray!
Just boil a cup of water, and add a tablespoon of sea salt and coconut oil. Again If you’d like, you can also add a few drops of essential oil. Put the solution in a mini spray bottle, and voilá, you’ve got beach waves.
Pregnancy is exhausting and I would say even harder when you’re dealing with the heat from the summer time. This simple soothing and cooling mask will be the perfect pick-me-up!
Turmeric powder helps you get rid of summer rashes as well as skin breakouts and mint works as a cooling agent. Prepare a fine paste by blending a few mint leaves in rose water and mix it with a spoonful of turmeric powder. Apply the paste and let it rest on your face for 10 minutes. This mask will help you stay fresh and rejuvenated throughout the day.
Your skin will feel so good especially if it’s dry or irritated, like after a day in the sun.
Probably one of the easiest and most forgotten beauty secret: a lip scrub. I cannot express how amazing a lip scrub is to achieve soft and smooth lips. Not to mention how easy to make your own lip scrub is at home!
All you need is a tablespoon of brown sugar and adding a dash of honey or
And lastly let’s focus on that beautiful growing body of yours! Make a soothing pregnancy belly balm at home to help with any stretch marks.
½ cup raw cocoa butter
¼ cup raw shea butter
¼ cup extra-virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
2 tablespoons rosehip seed oil
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
20 drops geranium, lavender, and/or frankincense essential oil
In a double boiler, gently melt cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil until combined. Pour into a glass container and cool to room temperature. Add in remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill in the refrigerator until butter starts to solidify (about an hour). Remove from fridge and whip with an immersion blender until the texture is similar to whipped cream. Pour into a glass container, seal tightly, and store in a cool, dark place. (The lotion will further harden.)
Apply to belly and breasts as needed. An all-natural stretch mark cream that actually works! With no parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances, or any other junk.
Photographed by Oonagh Bush for Mother Muse