Laura Hamilton Laura Hamilton

Love the sun and love your skin!

Hi guys,

I hope you all had a great last week and a nice weekend. I spent a couple of days down in Cornwall filming with ‘Daybreak’ which was beautiful, the beach was idyllic and the port in Padstow was so lovely. It will be on screen August 12th so you will be able to see it for yourself – it really didn’t feel like we were filming in the UK!

Me and bump at the beach

Me and bump at the beach

I know I touched on it briefly in my last blog but I have noticed that since being pregnant, my skin is more sensitive to the sun, and it’s more susceptible to burning. I’m trying not sit out in the sun too much but, let’s face it, everyone generally feels better after a dose of vitamin D! So in attempt to avoid the rays, I decided to treat myself to a Vita Liberata spray tan which is not only safer than sitting in the sun but it’s also completely non toxic and organic, (so not harmful during pregnancy or at any other time). It looks so natural, I love it! Kat, the lady who applied my tan, was 20 weeks pregnant so it was lovely to have a chat with her and share stories.

Now last week I introduced you to Zoe Lem, a fashion stylist. This week as I am focusing on skin, so I thought I would introduce you to Marie Reynolds who has been working in the beauty and holistic field for over twenty five years. Her treatments not only tap into skin concerns but also how emotions, environmental factors and lifestyle can affect the body’s biggest organ. Here she is with some top tips…

Beauty expert Marie Reynolds

Beauty expert Marie Reynolds

“Thanks Laura! I have had the pleasure of working with Laura a couple of times with a treatment I created called ‘The Fifth Concept’ . It is a treatment that looks at the body as a whole. It’s so important to take into consideration not only topical products on the skin but also to look at what we eat, when we eat and how we eat. Believe it or not, these all have an effect on the skin too. Pregnancy effects the skin in many ways. The second trimester brings a change in the sense of smell and taste, so certain aromas you might have enjoyed before may trigger nausea. Cravings for certain foods are also common and these can play havoc with the skin, depending what on what you are craving!

The skin may break out with an increase of oil so its good to use an exfoliator twice a week to remove dead skin cells and to reduce the build up of congestion in the skin. Using a clay based cleanser will help – Dermalogica’s daily micro foliant is great as a gentle daily exfoliator.

One of the main problems during pregnancy is pigmentation, or ‘the pregnancy mask’, which is a veil of brown discolouration over the cheeks, forehead and sometimes chin. It is so important to use an SPF anyway every day, regardless, but even more so during pregnancy. The melanocyte cell receptors are in overdrive from hormonal influence and any exposure to UV light can increase the pigmentation (this explains why Laura’s skin is feeling more sensitive to sun exposure). I recommend using a reputable daily moisturiser, with none of the nasties that can be ‘photosensitive’. Image have a great product, free from artificial colours, fragrances that gives a fantastic coverage with hydrating qualities – their Daily Hydrating Moisturiser with an SPF 30 is fab. Origins also do a great product, one that I use every day and it’s lovely as a ‘tinted moisturiser’, it’s called Vitazing (with an SPF of 15) and it has an intelligent technology where the product adapts to a light tinted moisturiser when applied to the skin. It gives a gorgeous natural glow, enhancing the one from pregnancy.

Skin pigmentation

Skin pigmentation

Finally, watch out for stretch marks. The skin will benefit from daily hydration from vitamin E, and EFA (essential Fatty Acids) and I know Laura is a big fan of Bio Oil and Palmers, who have a stretch mark prevention product range. She also loves MRL massage candles which are high in essential fatty acids and vitamin E – the Serenity candle is ideal to use during pregnancy. It has a 2% blend (so very safe and gentle) of Lavender, geranium and sandalwood in a gorgeous concoction of butters from avocado, argon oil and soy. It is very calming, soothing, relaxing, good for insomnia, leg cramps and of course stretch marks! (Available from

I have told Laura to blend pumpkin seeds, linseeds and sunflower seeds into a powder and sprinkle two tablespoons on to food throughout the day. This increase in essential fatty acids are great for the skin. This is actually something that everyone should do as it acts as an internal revitaliser that reflects on the skin and its really great for regenerating cells and giving energy.

Finally, stress is another factor that can effect the skin, so make sure you take time out for some well deserved ‘R&R’. Yoga, swimming, guided visualization and some holistic treatments will reduces cortisol and increase ATP (the happy hormone), but I’m sure Laura will focus more on this later in a separate post!

Well thats it from me, I hope it’s been useful for you. Have a lovely week! Marie”

Thanks Marie! I can’t wait to see her for another ‘Fifth Concept’ treatment soon, I thoroughly recommend it.

I’m off now to prep clothes for a big ITV party I am going to on Wednesday and I also need to prep clothes for a week of live features with Daybreak that I will be doing from next Monday.

I’ll be back with another blog soon…

Love, Laura x

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