Here are some quick-tips on how to look good and cover up your flaws during your pregnancy.
Flaw: “I have stretch marks on my arms and belly area and I’m too embarrassed to wear tank tops. I also have really dark circles under my eyes.” – Juanita, 29
Hetty, 27, mother of two, shared with us the one essential beauty product she could not live without during her pregnancy and how she dealt with her pregnancy flaws:
“The one beauty product I couldn’t live without during pregnancy was stretch mark cream for my expanding waistline. I applied my stretch mark cream daily after showers to keep my skin supple and prevent stretch marks.
I also had eye bags and tired-looking eyes whenever I was worn out. As I am working full-time, it was impossible to rest by napping in the day. I made sure I got lots of rest and went to bed early every night.”
Tan your hide – You can also use over the counter self-tanning spray to hide your stretch marks. Some self-tanners, which are available over the counter or at commercial spray-tanning booths, may be considered by women who desire tan skin while pregnant. Since UV exposure during pregnancy can result in chloasma, or dark patches on the face, self-tanners may be the best option for bronze skin.
Self tanning lotions generally are considered safe during pregnancy. The active ingredient, dihydroxyacetone, does not enter into the bloodstream.
Almost every little gal’s idea of beauty, regardless of whether she is Black, White or Asian seems to be the classic hot, leggy blonde with blue eyes as represented by most Barbie dolls in the market. Seeing a bald Barbie might come as a shocker to most children.
However, we do believe that children should be educated and exposed to different ideas and perspectives of what beauty is all about. There is no better way to start it than the new Facebook campaign suggesting that Mattel should manufacture a Barbie with no hair.
The story behind bald Barbie
Obviously there is an inspirational story behind this movement. The Facebook group, ‘Beautiful and Bald Barbie’, already has 121,993 likes to date. It was first inspired by Genesis Reyes, a four-year-old girl from Long Island who lost her hair after a cancer treatment.
The young girl stated that she no longer felt like a princess without her locks and when another parent who was at the hospital heard this. The parent decided to go to the CEO of Mattel (who was a personal friend) to create a one-off Genesis doll. Now, the Facebook group hopes that Mattel can produce more of these dolls commercially to help young girls deal with hair-loss after medical treatments like: chemo, aloepcia or trichotillomania.
It’s a very emotional toll on the child to lose hair or have a loved one lose locks due tomedical treatments. The group also suggests that the “Bald Barbie” should come with scarves, hats, bandanas and accessories—it can be an invaluable coping mechanism.
Do you think that Mattel should mass manufacture a Bald Barbie?