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Publication date: 5th June, 2012

Body Back. The mother's handbook to medical, physical and emotional well-being. By Heather Porter

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About Heather

Mother of four, Heather Porter shares her hands-on experience of getting your old self back. With her team of experts, she provides an understanding approach and addresses all the issues you wanted to know about but were too afraid to ask.


Face Back

After giving birth you may find that your glowing pregnant look has been replaced with tired and dull skin as all those sleepless nights play havoc with its condition. The trick is to know how to disguise exhaustion; looking good is a positive step towards feeling good. Many people think that looking after your skin is time-consuming and expensive, but it needn't be. 

Expert facialist, Linda Meredith, has treated my skin for over 10 years and in that time she has seen me through two pregnancies and recoveries. She observed first‑hand the changes that my skin experienced during pregnancy. I noticed some minor weight gain on my face and suffered from a small amount of increased pigmentation. My skin became sluggish and sometimes even 'grey looking' due to dehydration; I thought I was drinking lots of water but obviously not enough.

Some simple changes to your diet can instantly rejuvenate your face. Make sure that you eat a balanced diet rich in antioxidants such as vitamins A, B, C and E (See page 386); these protect and replenish the skin. Be sure to consume lots of omega-3 fish oil and omega-6 fatty acids as these will leave your skin looking radiant.

Water is incredibly important for our bodies, and our skin is no exception. Water is the single most important ‘product’ for your skin as it must be kept thoroughly hydrated to prevent it from appearing dry and tired.
Heather Porter

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