When you finally hold your new baby in your arms, your focus naturally shifts to getting to know them and mastering the steep learning curve of how to care for a newborn. However, with all the excitement and exhaustion, it can be all too easy to put your needs to one side.
It is important for your mental and physical health to spend some time looking after yourself too so here we have some self-care tips to help new mums with post-partum skin and hair care.
SELF-CARE FOR NEW MUMS
The best post-birth shower gel
The post-birth shower is a sensitive experience and a gentle, natural shower gel is the perfect way to be kind to your body.
Our Scent Free Shower Gel has pure, plant-based bubbles and soothing Aloe Vera to gently cleanse and calm your skin.
The best natural moisturiser for new mums
Maternity wards are notoriously warm and whilst this helps keep you and your little one warm and cosy, having the heating cranked-up high can leave your skin low on moisture.
For a quick and easy way to replenish dry skin, apply a pea-sized amount of our Beauty Boost Skin Restore Cream to your face and neck. This restorative, organic skin cream combines skin-firming Wakame with nourishing Green Marine Macro Algae and delivers intense hydration deep into the skin.
The best natural nipple cream for breastfeeding mums
Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed is a matter of personal choice but if you do choose to breastfeed, you may experience cracked nipples. Adapting your baby’s latching technique can help your baby to feed better and reduce the likelihood of you experiencing cracked nipples but if your nipples start to feel sore, applying our Mum & Baby Rescue Balm can help to relieve the discomfort.
Lanolin-free and suitable for use before, during and after breastfeeding, this calming cream combines skin-soothing Calendula with natural Beeswax to help support the skin barrier and relieve sore skin.
The best natural post-pregnancy hair care
During pregnancy your hair can feel thick and full. These luscious locks are caused by a surge of hormones which drops after birth. Many mothers find that they start shedding a noticeable amount of hair when their babies are around 12 weeks old.
This is just the body normalising itself and is to be expected. There’s no quick-fix to hair loss but you can help the structure of the hair as it regrows with good quality organic hair care.
Our top product picks for new mums are the Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. Packed with nourishing plant proteins, this healthy hair duo works together to deliver strength and shine back into your hair.
For a deeply nourishing treatment, apply the conditioner to the lengths of the hair and then wrap hair in a towel. Leave the conditioner to nourish the hair for 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
Life with a newborn can often mean that time in the shower is short lived, so if there’s no time for conditioner, apply a small amount of our Quinoa and Avocado Hair Serum to the ends of your hair after you have towel-dried it. This lightweight natural hair serum can be used as a leave-in conditioner and contains antioxidant rich Avocado oil which conditions the hair whilst helping to boost shine and reverse hair damage.
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