I am pregnant with my first baby at the moment and for me, aswel as the changes happening to my body, it has also played havoc with my skin. I thought it might be useful to do a blog on some of the beauty products that have helped me along the way.
I have to admit in the beginning and for what seemed like forever I actually started to think the whole ‘pregnancy glow’ was an urban myth!! My skin has changed throughout every trimester but there are a few great products that ive used along the way – my own personal skin saviours!
The most common skin complaints that I have experienced in my pregnancy are – dry/itchy patches, acne and greasy/oily skin towards the end of the 2nd trimester. Here are a few of the products which really helped me with these problems:
1. Dry/Itchy Skin
Dry skin blighted me for months at the start of my pregnancy, the colour and surface of my skin changed completely and I have to say it was a nightmare. Not only did I have to change my skincare routine but also my make-up!
Cleansing – Garnier Miceller Cleansing Water
Miceller Water is a lovely gentle way to cleanse, remove makeup, smoothe the skin and hydrate in just one step.
Toning – La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray
I remember reading about this on a lot of blogs and when it finally was released in the UK, i had to have it. Perfect for use as a toner between cleansing and moisturising, its also a great way to refresh and cool sore itchy skin.
Moisturising – Indeed Labs Hydraluron™ Moisture Boosting Masks
Sheet masks have been really popular for a while now but I have to say these are the most amazing things ever to grace my face – an absolute miracle worker. Not only is it lovely to just to lie back and relax while your mask does its magic, these bad boys also smooth, plump and soften the skin. You have to try these, I cant recommend them highly enough.
Make-Up – MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation
One thing in particular that I found a total nightmare for the first few months of pregnancy was applying any kind of make-up, its literally like my skin was rejecting it. I suppose the fact that I suffered from horrific morning sickness probably didn’t help, my skin was grey and completely dehydrated. I normally use MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation but it wouldn’t take to my skin at all so I traded up for the MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation. This is a lovely lightweight foundation but gives you enough buildable coverage, it didn’t make my skin look perfect but it certainly helped. Eventually I was able to mix in a little of my Studio Fix Fluid to give a little more coverage.
With pregnancy comes a major shift in your hormones and for most that means spots – it certainly was for me! A lot of woman say that pregnancy sometimes improves acne but for me it was the opposite and was particularly bad towards the end of the first trimester. Don’t worry though, there are a few great products out there that can help improve the appearance of the dreaded breakout.
L’Oréal Revitalift Laser Renew Peeling Lotion Night
This is a lovely light lotion and don’t be put off by the ‘peeling’ – you don’t actually peel this off your skin. Apply with a cotton pad at night and leave to soak into the skin as you sleep, I found this really helped my spots and brightened my skin without being too overpowering.
Garnier Synergie Pure Wash
You have to be really careful when it comes to certain face washes and spots as they can tend to over stimulate the problem making it worse. I use the Garnier Synergie Pure Wash every other day, this is a gentle face wash that isn’t too abrasive.
GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment
If you are happy to splash out GLAMGLOW is the way to go! This stuff is a little miracle worker, it can be used as an all over mask or to treat a specific area of your face. Amazing stuff!!
3. Greasy/Oily Skin
Again another lovely side affect of those pesky raging hormones!! I’ve found that for treating oily skin, less is definitely more! You want to try and ‘mop up’ excess oil off the skin rather than increase it by loading on tons of product. This is a tough one because I’ve found no matter what I do I always have a really oily t-zone but there are ways to improve the situation.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
Its all about primer!! I have combination skin so I don’t really like using an all over oil free primer and I find a lot of the cream products don’t feel great on my skin. The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water is a great option, while its free of silicone, alcohol and oil, its packed with revitalising electrolytes to wake up skin and restore moisture. In the form of a spray rather than cream, its really light and refreshing.
Ben Nye Translucent Neutral Set Face Powder
I discovered Ben Nye products during my time at The Academy of Make-Up, most people have heard of the Banana Powder, a favourite with the Kardashians. For anyone who suffers from oily skin, its really helpful to use a translucent setting powder. This keeps your make-up in place whilst offering a solution to an oily t-zone – be careful not to overload the skin with powder.
So that concludes my tips on pregnancy beauty and skincare. Obviously I don’t use all of these products everyday, I have used them a certain times during my pregnancy to help with certain skin complaints, its really important not to overload your skin with products – let it breathe!
Have you used any great products during your pregnancy, I would love to know.
Until next time,