Why make your very own DIY pregnancy beauty treatments? The answer is simple- you know exactly what you have put in a jar, you can customize the beauty products for your own skin needs, your potion is freshly made without any harmful ingredients, not to mention that you can choose eco-friendly packaging and create a product with your exact ethical specifications (e.g. vegan, organic, fair-trade, etc.).
Here are 3 simple recipes for DIY Pregnancy Beauty Treatments:
1. Belly Balm:
This belly balm is an all natural DIY beauty product that is designed to make your skin supple and aid stretching of the skin when pregnant. It would help you avoid those mama tiger stripes aka stretch marks, not to mention that it’s a great DIY moisturizer. You’ll need the following 3 ingredients to make the balm: cocoa butter, apricot kernel oil and hemp seed oil.
Hemp seed oil is highly nutritious and packed full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids. It has calming and healing properties which enrich any skincare product. Much like almond oil, apricot kernel oil is softening and moisturizing when used on the skin. It’s a light oil that penetrates into the top layers of the skin at a reasonable speed.
Apricot kernel oil has been found to help with dry, itchy skin.
Cocoa butter is very high in fats and antioxidants. It helps reduce skin aging and appearance of scars meanwhile busting up overall skin health. Imagine now what a cocktail of these super ingredients can do to your skin!
Here is how to make the belly balm:
- 70g organic cocoa butter
- 20 ml or 4 tsp organic apricot oil
- 10 ml or 2 tsp organic hemp oil
Melt the butter and oils together in a double boiler and pour into a suitable soap or ice mold. Leave to set till it’s hard. Remove from mold and wrap in a waxed paper. Massage over breasts, hips, thighs and belly at least twice daily. Those are the common areas of appearing pregnancy stretch marks.
Note: Don’t let moisture penetrate into your balm and don’t keep it more than 2 months.
2. Washing grains:
How about making your own natural exfoliating face wash? Another great DIY pregnancy beauty treatment to make are the washing grains. All you need is love and some adzuki beans. Adzuki beans are very well known skin care ingredient in Asian countries and are a secret to flawless skin of Asian women. Saponin, a natural foaming agent, is contained in Adzuki beans, which helps to get rid of dead skin cells and removes the dirt out of skin pores. So here is the recipe to pregnancy safe natural face wash:
- 2 tbs dried whole adzuki beans
- 2 tbs water
Grind up the beans into a gritty powder in a coffee grinder and add some water. Wet the skin and pour the mix in a hand. Gently massage the fine grains over the face and rinse. These warm and silky grains will gently polish and clean your face. Adzuki beans can be found in most supermarkets and health stores.
Note: Use it fresh, but if you want to keep some, keep the powdered grains separately from water.
3. Choc-mud face
This sexy chocolate and vanilla DIY mask can be used as pregnancy beauty treatment for face. It is full of antioxidants and gorgeous smells which will intoxicate and invigorate even the most tired looking complexion. You’ll need the following:
- 20 g raw organic cocoa powder
- 20 g rhassoul mud powder
- 30-50ml coconut milk
- Half a vanilla pod
Scrape out the black seeds of the vanilla pod into the coconut milk and leave to infuse for half an hour or so. Mix together the mud and cocoa powders in a bowl and slowly add the infused milk stirring constantly, until it is creamy but thickish glop of chocolatey-ness. And don’t forget no matter how good it smells, DO NOT EAT IT! Plaster this sexy blend all over your clean and dry face and neck, lie back and inhale the gorgeous smells while the nutritious blend brightens and tones your skin.
Note: Use it fresh, there is no shelf life for this face mask.
The main point to keep in mind, when making DIY pregnancy beauty treatments is that the skin is part of the whole body and is actually our largest organ. Treat your skin with the same respect as you’d treat your liver. In the end, if you wouldn’t put methyl paraben on your liver or eat it, probably it would be prudent to avoid it to the skin as well. Also, always talk you your doctor before using any essential oils in you DIY pregnancy skin care routine, as some of them are dangerous to use during pregnancy.
Do you also choose home-made and the fresh over the preserves and processed skin care? What’s your favourite DIY pregnancy beauty product?