Tips From Lana - Canadian Living - November 2003
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An adult guide to zapping acne.

By Lana

If that expectant-mother glow looks more like fatigue, beautiful accessories and a little make-up can work wonders to perk you up, says Lana.

  • Accessories are the best style investment: “They pull an outfit together, and you don’t have to be pregnant to wear them,” she says. “I love a scarf as a super quick hair fix.” ·Dark under-eye circles make you look haggard. Concealer is key: dab on a creamy formula in a shade as close to your skin tone as possible, blend lightly, then set it with loose powder.
  • “I always wear mascara and lip gloss,” says Lana. For a wide-awake look, curl your eyelashes before applying mascara. “But if I’m looking really, really tired, I’ll also wear my shades,” she says.
Dr. Lisa Kellett, director of dermatology at SpaMedica in Toronto, is expecting her third child and enjoying a couple of the benefits of being pregnant: “Healthy, shiny hair and great nails!”
  • Many pregnant women develop melasma (or pregnancy mask), which is a flat, brown pigmentation that can be exacerbated by sun exposure. Always use sunblock. “I also wear a hat,” says Kellett. Melasma usually disappears postpregnancy.
  • If acne is a problem, try topical solutions rather than antibiotics. Avoid salicylic acid and vitamin A (consult your doctor). Consider a moisturizer with alpha hydroxyl acids, such as glycolic or lactic acid, to help exfoliate the skin.
  • Although her hair looks healthier than ever, Kellett, like many expectant mothers, expects some hair loss postpregnancy. “It will grow back, usually within a year of delivery,” she says.
  • Stretch marks affect almost 90 per cent of pregnant women. While rich creams and cocoa butter might not prevent them, moisturizing the area can’t hurt. The marks do fade following pregnancy and can be treated with lasers, says Kellett.

    Donna Hudson, national education representative for Kiehl’s, which specializes in beauty and well-being, says pregnant women often seek out fragrance-free products from Kiehl’s and other companies because hormonal changes increase their sensitivity to smell.

  • To combat dry skin, use a gentle scrub such as Ultra Moisturizing Buffing Cream once a week. Moisturize daily with Crème de Corp, a super-enriched nourishing treatment with the antioxidant betacarotene.
  • Now really is the time to indulge in a little pampering. If scents don’t bother you, increase your chances of getting a good night’s sleep with a warm, soothing soak in Lavender Foaming-Relaxing Bath with sea salts and aloe vera or Mineral Muscle Soak Foaming-Relaxing Bath.
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