From The Straits Times    |

Post-baby pampering for new mumsWith a new baby to keep her busy, looking effortlessly fabulous won’t exactly top the Duchess Of Cambridge’s priority list.

But there are plenty of beauty goodies out there that would be perfect for pampering time-stretched mums like Kate Middleton.

Here are some brilliant beauty buys, perfect for the new parent.

Fuller, thicker hair is a benefit for some pregnant women and a myth for others. Hormones can affect every woman’s hair differently. For some the increased oestrogen causes their hair to grow thick and fast, while others find their hair goes limp and even falls out. However your hair has fared, why not give your locks a luxurious overhaul with ultra-conditioning Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask. After shampooing, apply a generous amount and let it penetrate for seven to ten minutes before rinsing.

Stretch marks are an often inevitable side effect of pregnancy, and while they will certainly fade over time, you can speed up the process and soothe your skin with a rich massage oil. Bio-Oil nourishes the skin protecting it from dryness. It can be applied two to three times a day with light, circular massage movements over the stomach, thighs, bottom and breasts. For a holistic body boost why not consider a vitamin supplement. Pregnacare New Mum is packed with marine collagen, citrus bioflavonoids, grape seed extract, plus a whole host of other essential vitamins and minerals.

Most women will have suffered from swollen ankles and feet during pregnancy, owing to the fact the body is holding on to more fluid than usual. So why not soothe tired tootsies, swollen feet and cracked heels with L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream. It’s a scented, soothing and cooling cream, enriched with rosemary to heal and peppermint to purify.

If you want to look good in a hurry, choose a multi-tasking base such as All In One Face Base by The Body Shop. It’s a foundation and powder in one neat compact. Use dry for a light matte finish or wet for high coverage. It’s perfect for on-the-go touch-ups.