Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pregnancy Skincare



Since planning my pregnancy I've made it my mission to be more conscious of what I'm putting on my skin. It's not the first time I'm visiting this topic or sharing my favorite paraben-free products. Regardless if you are expecting, these are products to check out!

I wish I could say my skin was in perfect glowing condition... but it wasn't pre-pregnancy so I definitely don't expect it to be now. I go through phases. However, investing in quality products and treating myself to a facial now and then seems to be keeping things in check. Eating healthy and drinking lots of water are just as important.

Now onto the goods. Back in the spring a friend gave me a bunch of Beautycounter samples to try and I decided that once I was finished with some of my other products I would order. I splurged on the Countertime Collection and have been very happy the past few months. I'm not a consultant but thinking about becoming one since I'm an advocate for their toxin-free stance on skincare (not to mention the packaging is on point).

Another line I would recommend trying out is Tata Harper. Her products smell great and I've loved every sample I've tried to date.

Face
Avene Eau Thermal Spring Water - I've been hooked on this since my trip to Paris last fall. After I wash my face I spritz this on and wipe any excess off with a cotton swab.
Beautycounter Countertime Soothing Face Wash - Typically my morning cleanser. (Note: This cleanser was discontinued... I have linked to the next best thing that I am currently using.)
Avene Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser - Typically my evening cleanser. I like to switch it up! (Thanks to Courtney at Refined Fashion for the tip on this one - see more of her suggestions here.)
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask - Most of the masks that I used prior to my pregnancy have active ingredients that aren't safe to use now. I was excited to try this natural one and love the way my skin feels after. Splurgeworthy.
Clarisonic - A skincare must have. I'll be honest I don't use mine as often as I should.... but it's key for exfoliation and getting the most out of your serums and lotions!
Beautycounter Countertime Uplifting Day Cream - One of my favorite Beautycounter products.
Beautycounter Countertime Radiance Firming Complex - I use this after I cleanse and before my moisturizer both day and night (a step I admit I sometimes skip.... depends on my mood).
Beautycounter Countertime Restorative Night Cream - Since I occasionally use some topical gels that dry out my skin its crucial I use a nightly moisturizer so my skin doesn't dry out.
Beautycounter Vibrant Eye Perfector - Don't forget about those peepers!

Body
Bio-Oil - I occasionally used body oils before I was pregnant but quickly got into the routine once I found out I was expecting. It's not necessary right away but it takes me time to form a new habit. Better sooner than later.
Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action - I haven't tried this yet but let's hope it works. The reviews are great.
Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant - I have tried a few natural deodorants over the years and this has been my favorite (Vanilla Lemon scent). I still use an antiperspirant before working out.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula - Since I go through body lotion quickly I wanted to find a drugstore brand that was paraben free.... warning you will smell like a cupcake but I have only gotten compliments on it. I noticed my supply was depleting quickly and turns out Ted has been using it too! I also have a jar of their tummy butter that I use in place of oil sometimes.

In additional to the list above, there are still some topical gels prescribed by my dermatologist that I use during any breakouts. Unfortunately I don't think they are that effective. (I don't know if still using these makes me a hypocrite like RHOBH Shannon? She flip flops on her natural stance all the time.) I consulted with my doctor about what products I needed to ditch while pregnant/breastfeeding - benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and retinoids are no-nos!



What are your favorite natural products?


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5 comments

  1. Congrats on your pregnancy! Second trimester is the best! I just gave birth last month and had no stretch marks thanks to BioOil. I went through soooo many bottles of it and also started right when I found out and I think that helped.

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  2. I totally agree regardless of if you're pregnant or not being aware of what goes on your face is so important!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. Love this post!!! I just got BioOil to help with existing stretch marks from weight gain/loss over the years and so far I love it. I've also been using a tiny bit on my face (I have dark spots from really bad acne a few years ago that won't budge) and it surprisingly hasn't caused me to break out. Also I have the same thoughts on my Clarisonic - love it but I always forget that I have it!

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  4. I'm going to have to try some of these. Skincare has been a struggle for me since learning I was pregnant. So much of what I was using and had worked well for my difficult skin contained ingredients on the no-no list. I'm using Belli cleanser, which is made just for pregnant women and is OBGYN recommended but I know I need to branch out for the harsh winter months. Bio Oil and Mama Bee Belly Butter have been my favorites for my body to prevent stretch marks and they make my skin feel so soft.

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  5. I definitely want to check it out now :) xx

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