Enough has been written about Kate Middleton’s extensive beauty routine. From her favorite Bobbi Brown makeup to her cult classic blowouts (even straight out of the delivery room!), the $35,000+ annual maintenance costs add up to a lot of primping – and now she has to change just about all of it post-baby. Again. Because duchess or not, having a baby is a total game changer. Skin throws out new problems everyday, hair is deprived of volume and shine building chemicals and the body goes totally out of whack.
So, from combatting dark circles to keeping that luscious hair in place, even the Duchess of Cambridge will require a few tricks to look (and feel!) beautiful while re-adjusting to having a brand new baby (Louis Arthur Charles, otherwise known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge) in the house.
Keeping this in mind, we have a whole care-package-of-sorts ready should she have been too busy with the little prince to think about her beauty routine.
Baby + bump
While we adore that cute little belly Kate sported in her very first post-baby appearance, judging by her quick bounce-back after Prince George and Princess Chalotte’s birth, we know this perma-polished new mum will want to get back in shape soon enough.
Cue: Mama Mio’s Tummy Rub Butter ($36) to tackle post-pregnancy crepey skin. This is perfectly complimented by Bonpoint’s Baby Body Cream ($74), which is so gentle it can be used on both mother and baby. Little wonder both are cult amongst A-Listers.
The breast situation
You already know this, Kate: Post-delivery your boobs become like rocks. And they leak. And if you choose to breastfeed, it’s not the easy, painless, earth mother thing seen in movies. Saving grace: Lansinoh Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers ($7.99).
The skincare cheat sheet
Time to kiss that glowy pregnancy complexion goodbye. Fluctuating hormones, sleep deprivation and stress mean skin is thrown totally out of whack. On top of it, Kate will have to say goodbye to her famous Karin Herzog skincare goodies, which contain retinol – a baby no-go.
Enter a gentler, natural product like de Mamiel’s Pregnancy Facial Oil ($98) that’s perfect for stressed, sensitive and hormonal skin. It comes with added aromatherapy benefits to soothe frazzled nerves. Pricey, but I think the royal family can afford a few bottles.
Add to this Anne Semonin’s Express Radiance Ice Cubes ($65), which blend the benefits of cryotherapy (ice cold temperatures!) with botanical extracts, to firm and brighten skin, while creating a feeling of deep relaxation, and the new mother is all set.
Then there are the eyes. And lips. Being woken up throughout the night with a new baby means both these look droopy, tired and non-sparkly. One solution would be to buy Tata Harper’s Restorative Eye Cream ($98) and Suvana Beauty’s Paw Paw & Honey Organic Lip Balm ($10.20) by the truckload.
New moms are on their feet all day, so Kate should give hers a little TLC at night with a cooling cream like Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Relaxing Leg & Foot Cream ($12). Oh! And since she will be washing her hands approximately 100 times a day, a good hand cream is priority. Caswell-Massey Dr. Hunter’s Hand Comfort Cream ($14) is a classic and works on the most irritated and dehydrated skin.
The hair quandary
For about three months after having a baby, you have the thickest hair of your life. But then it starts falling out at a rapid pace… before finally growing back to normal. Not a happy interim situation to the woman who’s made a signature out of her thick, luscious locks. Time to stock up on Leonor Greyl’s Regenerescence Naturelle Stimulating Scalp Treatment ($62).
Organic and dermatologically tested products are a must for baby’s delicate skin. And nobody does that better than Dr Barbara Sturm, who incidentally has a new baby line out this month. We love the Hair & Body Shampoo ($50), with organic active ingredients, including almond blossom extract and jojoba oil, to soothe, hydrate, and protect sensitive baby skin.
And every new mom needs at least one change of clothes stashed away for the baby and this super-cute onesie from Etsy ($18) fits the bill perfectly.