As the nation recovers from the excitement of the arrival of HRH Prince George of Cambridge, our thoughts here on the Grazia Beauty desk have naturally turned to new mum Kate and her post-baby beauty action plan. Although Kate looked absolutely stunning when she emerged from the hospital last week, we can’t help but think the next few months are going to be pretty tough for the duchess- sleepless nights, erratic mealtimes and the efforts of breastfeeding are guaranteed to take their toll on Kate’s hair, skin and body. Well, Kate, fear not! We’ve pulled together some expert advice for you….
During pregnancy, women often experience their thickest hair ever thanks to increased oestrogen levels, but post pregnancy the dramatic oestrogen dip can cause hair loss in the weeks and months that follow. K-Mid is known for her lusciously thick mane, so it’s key she gives it the right nutrition and care to ensure her blow-dry remains forever bouncy. Hair expert Jo Hansford recommends a diet rich in good fats, vitamins and Omega 3 oil to promote healthy growth and nourish hair such as fish, avocado, beans and pulses. Let’s just hope Wills is happy to hit Waitrose! Although it sounds obvious, Jo also stresses the importance of treating hair gently- when towel drying, don’t rub too harshly, as this will only pull hair, leaving it prone to damage, tangles and dullness. If hair is on the thinner side post-baby, arm yourself with Nanogen's Shampoo and Conditioner, from £7.95, for a perky mane!
Kate looks great with her hair tied back- and this is a practical solution, too for a busy first-time mum!
With hormones racing all over the place postpartum, it’s likely that Kate’s skin will become dehydrated or pimple-prone, as well as being susceptible to hyperpigmentation. Sarah Chapman, skincare guru, says a good moisturising mask and a daily moisturiser with SPF is a new-mother’s best bet (try Sarah Chapman's Instant Miracle Mask, £38) What’s more, during breastfeeding, it’s likely that vital nutrients will be zapped from your bod, making skin look dull and neglected. Alongside a lack of sleep (crucial for skin regeneration), this can make for a lacklustre complexion, so Chapman recommends a serum with hyaluronic acid to give tired skin a real boost. Above all, don’t panic. Treat your skin gently during this time and remember that once hormones rebalance, many issues will re-settle themselves naturally.
Kate has naturally glowing skin- get her rosy hue with a sheer powder blusher
Although she reportedly had a difficult start, royal reports now confirm that Kate is breastfeeding baby George- “Prince George has a healthy appetite. He is a very hungry little boy!” Way to go, Kate- we’re thrilled you’re embracing breastfeeding, although it’s crucial to remember this is not the time to diet, stresses Bodyism founder James Duigan. “It’s important not to cut down on calories and carbohydrates too much since your body still needs enough energy to produce milk. You could burn up to an extra 500 calories a day while breastfeeding, but remember to stick to healthy carbs like sweet potatoes, quinoa, fruit, etc.” Lorna Driver Davies, Nutritional Therapist at Nutri Centre recommends Revital Essence by Zita West, £25, a post-birth and breastfeeding multi vitamin and mineral. Lorna says, “After an exhausting labour it is important that the mother recovers properly so she can care for herself and her new baby. This formula contains important basics for energy like iron, B vitamins but also bonus extras like co enzyme Q10.” This nifty supplement also contains zinc- crucial to support natural hormone balance to help new mums feel less over-emotional.
Kate is determined not to give George a dummy- breast is best!
Don’t get us wrong- we think Kate looked absolutely amazing when she exited the Lindo Wing (and full marks to her for showing off her post-birth bump with pride) although we can only imagine that Kate is bound to feel under pressure to get her body back into shape over the next few months. Bodyism founder James Duigan’s advice is to move a little every day, whether it’s a brisk walk, a swim or a gym session. However, Duigan emphasises the importance of avoiding intense exercise whilst breastfeeding (take note, Kate!) as the body will release toxins which will get passed on to the baby. Fitness First Pregnancy Expert Felicity Cole recommends waiting 4-6 weeks after birth before starting strenuous exercise again, and stresses the importance of giving the body time to recover from the birth. Cole says, “The initial goal is to enhance the new mum’s general well-being and make her feel better, although as pregnancy can completely change posture it’s important to correct this before progressing on to other exercises.” Oh, and remember to hydrate, Kate! This is key!