Beauty tips for fall

Erika Katz, author of Bonding Over Beauty: A Mother-Daughter Beauty Guide to Foster Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust, shares some of her top beauty tips.
By Erica Katz

skincream2Whether you are pregnant or trying to recover from pregnancy this fall, there are always new and challenging beauty dilemmas. Everything from your hair to your nails experience changes in the fall.

Hair
Treat yourself to a deep conditioning treatment at home. Take your favorite deep conditioner and work it through clean, wet hair. Warm a moist towel in the microwave for 30 seconds and then wrap it around your head. Relax for 20 minutes. Rinse out the conditioner and style as you normally would.

Skin
Exfoliate dead skin with a gentle body scrub. You can buy one or make your own by mixing 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tbsp olive oil, and 1 tbsp of honey. Scrub all over your body and rinse. Skin will feel soft and smooth.

Face
Breakouts are common during and after pregnancy. Brew a pot of chamomile tea and pour it into an open bowl. Put a towel over your head and breathe in the steam from the tea for 5-10 minutes. This will bring the impurities to the surface of your skin. Cleanse skin with a deep pore cleanser, a toner, and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

Makeup
While your face was glowing during pregnancy, things change after the baby is born. The combination of sleep deprivation and changing hormones can make anyone look tired. Each morning, spread a tinted moisturizer all over skin. Add some blush to your cheeks, a little concealer under your eyes, mascara, and some lipstick. I guarantee you will feel like you are getting back to you again!

Body
Pregnancy is not an excuse to gain 20 pounds and never take it off. You can get your prepregnancy body back. Remember that it took 9 months to put it on, so do not be surprised if it takes 9 months to take it off. After your doctor gives you the okay, decide to work out three times per week at the same time each day so it becomes a habit. If you are home with the baby, put the baby in the stroller and walk. If you are at work, go during lunch and eat at your desk.

ErikaKatz_Side2Author of the book Bonding over Beauty, A Mother-Daughter Guide to Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust, Erika Katz uses her beauty expertise to help moms bond with their ‘tween daughters. A former child model and actress, Erika appeared in over 100 commercials, print ads and films. As the mother of a tween girl, she now writes a popular beauty blog for mothers tackling the drama of the ‘tween years.

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