Salt scrubs have been used since ancient times. The health benefits are vast - exfoliation, moisturization, improved circulation, stress relief. Ah YES just what the doctor ordered following the blistery, winter months. But let's face it, spending a ton of money on expensive brand name skin treatments just isn't worth it when most of us barely have time to get in a regular shower! Whether you have little ones grabbing at your ankles, a demanding job or a helpless husband time is a precious commodity. According to Boca Raton Whole Foods Healthy Eating & Green Mission Specialist, Abigail Nagorski “Feeding your skin with natural ingredients you can find right in your kitchen is the best way to protect it from harsh weather conditions. A little avocado can go a long way. The vitamins and minerals found right in this tasty little fruit is great for replenishing, hydrating and protecting your skin. The oils are easily absorbed which allows them to penetrate deep into the skins layers to help rejuvenate your cells from the inside out! Some other beneficial additional would be oats, banana, plain yogurt, almond milk, cocoa powder, ground coffee, coconut oil, rose petals (organic of course), lemon juice, orange juice, and a few drops of essential oils such as rose absolute or lavender. Each of these additions support different goals you are looking for in a face mask, but this is also where you can have fun and come up with a combination that treats your skin perfectly.” Try these homemade face masks that only take a few ingredients & only minutes to make. They are a great way to treat wintery, weathered skin naturally and right from your kitchen! Get ready to have super fresh spring skin! Did I mention you'll smell & feel great too?!
How should you dress your bump? Well, that's certainly a matter of personal taste. Do you identify with Kim Kardashian’s more form fitting and curve-hugging style or do you prefer the boho-chic of Drew Barrymore’s maternity style?
Celebrities are great to watch when they become pregnant as often times they can give you ideas you might never think of as to how to dress for your growing belly and body (well, really, maybe their stylists gave you the idea). Regardless of who picked the clothes out for them, celebs have clearly defined pregnancy style.
The cameras were always on Princess Kate and her wardrobe while pregnant. She tended toward the more demure and yet still, there was discussion as to her hemlines being slightly risqué. Jessica Alba tends to have a style that many identify with, she always had a pulled together casual look and made dressing her bump seem so easy. Super casual yet always adorable Jennifer Garner made jeans a part of her everyday maternity wardrobe and heck, there is nothing wrong with that!
If high fashion is more of a look that interests you, consider JLo’s maternity wardrobe or maybe that of Halle Berry’s slightly toned down version. Celebrities each have their own style, shape, and size as we all do so no matter who’s maternity wardrobe makes you drool, dress in what makes you feel beautiful. There is no better time to allow your body to shine as you’ve got something very amazing going on inside!
Here are a few tips. If you have a special occasion coming up and don’t want to spend big bucks on a dress you’ll likely not use again, did you know that www.renttherunway.com has “bump friendly” picks? Have you checked out Pinterest for some maternity style inspiration? If not we have a Board set up with some of the latest styles and trends at http://www.pinterest.com/aquabellyfit/maternity-style/
Enjoy playing “dress up!”
At aquaBelly® one of our core values is to "Promote Fitness From the Very Start™". As one of our community partners, the mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Teamed with March of Dimes® we are "working together for stronger, healthier babies". The March of Dimes funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects, and fatality. Every baby deserves a healthy chance.
We're getting ready to walk in March for Babies! It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. There'll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends - it's a great feeling knowing we're all helping real families. Join our event and walk with us to raise money for babies right here in our community!
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Thank you for helping us give all babies a healthy start!