Who knew that you can’t use SO many products while pregnant? I definitely didn’t. With the constant changing hormones that come along with growing a baby, your skin can act CRAZY. For me, I had a ton of breakouts along my chin, cheeks, and jawline. My skin became super dry and patchy – and not just on my face, but on my body. I ended up having an allergic reaction of some sort and my arms, neck, and face broke out into a red, patchy rash that itched like crazy. We still don’t know what it was to, but my doc said it could have been as simple as my bodies hormones were out of whack and I touched something my body didn’t like. My rash just went away yesterday (January 7th) and it started December 12th.
To start off each morning, I wash my face with my favorite cleanser. I have been using it for years because it was the only product I found that didn’t break my face out and was cruelty free. First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser is my go to. I always use it on my Clarisonic once a day. I like this cleanser because it feels creamy on the skin – not slick or silicone like. It also doesn’t have a scent, that I notice, which is a must for me during my pregnancy. Some smells make me vomit immediately.
After my face is cleansed, I pat dry and use my Pixi Glow Tonic toner on a cotton swab. I just run it over my face to make sure every bit of dirt is off of my face. After that, I mix together my First Aid Beauty Ultra Intense Hydration Cream and Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum. The moisturizer is my favorite of ALL TIME. It is so creamy and keeps my skin feeling soft and moisturized without getting oily.
When it came to my rash, I tried everything. The doctor prescribed a cream for it and it didn’t help at all. I was using the FAB Ultra Intense Hydration Cream on my face and I noticed my rash was getting less and less patchy. I started using it all over the rest of my rash and the rash started to mimic the face healing. Now, it is basically gone! There are just a few little spots but I don’t think those are going to change. I am a huge supporter of First Aid Beauty because their products aren’t tested on animals and are great for sensitive skin. My favorite brand!
My nighttime routine is pretty similar to my morning routine but a lot more relaxing. I start off by removing my makeup with coconut oil. Then, I use my First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser to wash off all of the impurities from the day and use the Pixi Glow Tonic toner, again. This is where things start to change!
I then use my Rose Quartz Facial Roller. Facial rollers are a little new to the skincare world. If you haven’t heard about them, I highly recommend checking out The Organic Esthetician’s blog post on them. She talks about how to use a roller and the benefits. I essentially use mine and roll upwards on my declate, neck, and face. I use the smaller end for under my eyes and my crows feet (yes, I just shuddered while typing those words).
After I am done rolling, I apply a very thick layer of my FAB Ultra Intense Hydration Cream and let that soak in. I also apply this on my lips because they have been so incredibly dry recently. When that cream has had its moment to shine, I move on to my serums. I mix together the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intense Hydration Serum and Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night Serum. I am still on the hunt for a cruelty free eye cream I love. So far, no luck! Let me know if you have any to recommend.
If I am feeling extra, I will put the face massaging brush on my Clarisonic when applying my serums. It makes me feel so luxurious.
This pregnancy I have been trying different stretch mark creams. For my first trimester, I used the Palmer’s Stretch Mark Cream and loved it. I noticed throughout this second trimester I have been more dry than usual. I was having to apply my stretch mark cream so many times throughout the day. I started using 100% shea butter instead. It keeps my skin nice and moisturized ALL day. I hate the smell, to be honest, but I noticed some stretch marks this past month. I think it was due to my skin not constantly being oiled. I have noticed such a difference since switching!
That’s it for my skin routine! As far as I know, it is safe during pregnancy but always check with your doctor. Let me know your favorite pregnancy safe skincare products below <3