How to look luminous when you’re feeling anything but

Pregnancy is said to create enviably radiant skin, yet morning sickness, sleepless nights and hormonal changes can wreak havoc on a once-calm complexion. Thankfully, with a few well-chosen products and a little know-how, you can easily achieve that lit-from-within look – and bask in the compliments.

BE GENTLE: An enviable glow starts with the right cleanser. And when you’re pregnant, it should be natural and free from salicylic and glycolic acids. Use Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser, which avoids oil, fragrance and parabens, twice a day for best results.

BALANCE THINGS OUT: Thanks to fluctuating estrogen levels, you might be facing blemishes and sensitivity. Avoid traditional treatments – they can contain harsh chemicals – and invest in a skin-balancing moisturiser such as Dr Hauschka Melissa Day Cream, that’s built to create a calm, radiant complexion.

CHOOSE A CLEVER COVER: It’s likely there are days when applying full make-up seems impossible. The secret? BB cream – a brilliant multitasker that hydrates, smoothes, illuminates and offers UV protection in one little tube. Decleor’s Hydra Floral BB Cream 24hr Moisture Activator SPF 15 is the perfect pregnancy option.

FAKE IT: For an instant pick-me-up, a luminizer offers maximum impact with minimum effort. Choose a healthy, mineral-based buy, such as bareMinerals READY® Luminizer Duo, and blend over cheekbones and temples with a large, fluffy brush. Dullness, adieu.




Words by Emily Taylor