Maternity Spas: Something New Mothers Can Finally Indulge In!

Being pregnant is a special time in a woman’s life that can also be pretty scary. Because your body is in such a delicate state there is always the worry that something you do, eat or drink could put your little one at risk. After a few months of being super cautious, however, many pregnant women would give anything to feel free to indulge in a little pampering. Thankfully that is what maternity spas are for!

Never heard of a maternity spa? As the name implies it is a spa that is specially designed to cater to pregnant women. Remember, expectant mothers have to be very careful of what they subject their bodies to – even certain traditional spa treatments can put an unborn baby at risk. Luckily, you won’t have to worry as much when spending some much-needed time at a maternity spa.

Not all maternity spas are the same so it is a good idea to do research online first to find local spas in your area. If they have an official website that is even better because this allows you to learn about what types of services they offer, their price ranges and hours of operation. If you happen to know another expectant mother that has attended a maternity spa you can also ask for a personal review.

Massage is one of the most common treatments offered in maternity spas. While traditional massage treatments at your typical day spa may be cautioned against, those offered in a maternity spa are created specifically for expectant mothers. Often known as prenatal massage, this treatment uses the benefits of massage to take care of a number of ailments that pregnant women often suffer from.

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This includes, but is not limited to swollen feet and ankles, cramps, headaches and poor circulation. Because the massage therapists employed by these kinds of spas specialize in maternity spa treatments, they’ll know firsthand what to do and what to avoid so that you and your baby are safe at all times. In fact, it is important that you find out prior to making your appointment whether the massage therapists working at the maternity spa you plan on going to are certified or have other relevant licenses/paperwork to perform prenatal massage.

Other services include facials and the much-loved manicure and/or pedicure. Hydrotherapy is another type of treatment that some maternity spas offer. Pregnant women can greatly benefit from the right kind of hydrotherapy, which involves treatments such as steam baths, sitz baths, warm water baths, wraps or compresses. However, not all forms of hydrotherapy are appropriate for pregnant women so it is best to check with the maternity spa to find out which type they recommend.

It is vital that any expectant mother first checks with their doctor before visiting a maternity spa. This is especially important if you happen to have a high-risk pregnancy or are currently dealing with a preexisting health condition. In such instances, a maternity spa may not be suitable for you. Additionally, many maternity spas advise against pregnant women in their first trimester receiving prenatal massage.


Makeup For Your Ski Vacation

Your ski vacation is coming up. Your wardrobe is ready. You’ve checked the snow conditions and memorized the five-day forecast, but have you thought about your makeup? Here are a few quick tips to help you prepare for your week in the snow and to help keep you looking your best on the slopes and off.

Sunscreen

The sun is always shining –even if it doesn’t seem like it to us. Even though cloud cover and snow, the sun’s rays are still hitting the earth and your face. In the winter, the earth is actually closer to the sun and if you add in the reflective nature of the snow-covered ski slope, your skin is being hit by more UV rays than on a summer cruise in the Caribbean. So no matter what else you pack, be sure to take along a sunscreen (or at least be sure that your other skincare products carry an SPF of 15 or more).

Moisturizer

Between the cold wind that hits your face on each run down the mountain and the continuous evaporation of perspiration of the rest of your body a ski trip can strip your skin of its moisture faster than you may think. Add to that the time spent in front of the fireplace (dry) and those long showers (hot water actually dries out your skin) and you need to be sure you have a good quality moisturizer on hand. Look for products that include vitamin E and amino-peptides to help renew your skin’s outer layer. Also, consider emu oil (or products that contain it) to help your skin absorb the moisture and nutrients you are giving it.

Eyes

Odds are that you’re going to be wearing ski goggles a lot, so sweatproof eyewear is a great idea. Look for waterproof shadows in light shades for daytime use. Some water-resistant mascara and a thin line of the dark liner should do the trick nicely without looking over-done or being prone to runniness.

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Cheeks

Pack some self-tanning towelettes – they are already moistened with the right amount of self-tanner and they go on easily without streaking. Best of all, they enhance your skin’s natural tone and give you some subtle color among all that white. If you still want some foundation, look for sheer waterproof coverages that will stay put under scarves and goggles and withstand all that spraying powder.

You’re going to have a natural flush from the cold and from the physical exertion of multiple runs down the hill, so blush is out. Try a light rose waterproof cheek stain instead.

Lips

Without oil glands to keep them moist, your lips are the first part of your face to feel the effects of winter’s bite. For a day on the slopes, save the lipstick for your fancy dinner out and apply some tinted lip balm instead. Look for fun shades with a high SPF – they’ll protect your delicate lips and look great doing it.

Nails

Your hands are going to be covered for most of the day, so a durable gloss may be all you need. Your cuticles will bear the brunt of the damage from the constant perspiration and evaporation taking place inside your gloves, so be sure to be proactive about it and apply some revitalizing cuticle cream before that first run of the day. Look for products with vitamin E, sweet almond oil and beeswax to repair damage and help lock moisture in.