Basically, I’ve been loving my self-care chill-out routines – can you tell? Pregnancy can be a stressful, daunting and challenging time, so it’s a no-brainer to look after your physical and mental wellbeing. Also, with less partying comes more box sets and nights in, and more time to indulge. That, and a bit of jungle DJing and Glastonbury coming up. It’s all about balance in pregnancy.
Entrepreneur and founder of haircare brand, Ceremonia, Babba Rivera, recently gave birth to her second child, Selma.
How does your beauty routine change when pregnant?
It didn’t change too drastically this time as it’s my second baby – I already went through the biggest shift with my first. Through my first pregnancy, I discovered a lot of wonderful clean brands and products that I decided to keep in my routine even after birth and breastfeeding. A big favourite of mine is Tata Harper. Not only are most of her products pregnancy-safe, but also extremely efficient and high-performing. I had their minis packed in my hospital bag.
When it comes to your beauty routine, what are the things you have to think about when pregnant?
The main thing is to look out for active ingredients, such as retinoids, salicylic acid and chemical sunscreens. While it can feel daunting to go through every product, I found it to be quite a fun journey to hit the reset button and finally question some of the old beauty products I’d been using. Instead of going through every product one by one, I opted for brands I could trust. Some of my favourites are Tata Harper for skincare and body (love their Body Scrub and Body Oil), Saie for skincare-infused make-up (I love their Brow Brush, Mascara, Tinted Moisturiser and Glowy Supergel), Merit for additional make-up products (I use their Concealer, Blush and Lip Oils) and my own brand, Ceremonia, for all things hair.
What skincare products are you loving now?
I love layering serums and, because I experienced extra sensitivity during this pregnancy, I opted for Tata Harper’s sensitive line. I like to start with lightweight serums and build up from there. I begin with Furtuna’s Face and Eye Serum and follow with Tata Harper’s Superkind Serum, layered with the Superkind Fortifying Moisturiser. I also mix with a few drops of Face Oil from Vintner’s Daughter for extra moisture. At night, I end with a layer of face oil and the Furtuna Eye Cream.
I swapped out products with strong active ingredients, such as acids and retinol, mainly because I didn’t feel like I needed them as much during this time, and I didn’t want to engage with anything too harsh. The main compromise for me was giving up on the facials I usually do. I love Tracie Martyn and her red-carpet facials, but they’re not pregnancy safe because of the technology used. I still visited for a modified facial though. I also miss doing laser hair removal, especially as I’ve found that I have more hair growth than usual – even on parts of my body that have previously been laser treated.
Are there any wellbeing practices you’ve taken up that have helped you?
Yes, pre-natal massage, HypnoBirthing meditations, swimming and naps. I was never able to nap before, let alone in the middle of a work day, but with the help of my rainbow relaxation audio from my HypnoBirthing course, I’ve been able to go into instant relaxation at any moment I decide.
Content creator, Kavita Cola, is mother to three children, She recently gave birth to her son, Hari.