Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Getting The Glow: Pregnancy Skin Fixes

I wouldn't say that pregnancy has created that natural 'glow' for me, but I've been pretty lucky with my skin, and a few new products have helped me out along the way. I've written about the contents of my bathroom cabinet and the skin fixes that I've been using and loving for the past nine months, but first, a little background:

I have circles under my eyes so dark that once when I arrived at work with no make-up on someone knelt down next to my desk and asked very seriously if everything was ok at home. The left is worse than the right and does look bruised without make-up on but it did take me a while to work out what she was talking about. It's not the first time either, but more often it's a straight-what's happened to your eye? I have no doubt that this is somehow diet related but until I work out the culprit, coverage is my friend. I also have some light rosacea on my cheeks and a brown age spot (don't!). So what's new in pregnancy? I'm not sure whether I have had chloasma because my face is freckly anyway but I do seem to have a darker brown area of smaller freckles on the sides of my face. I guess I'll know that they were chloasma if they go down later! My face has been much drier than usual so I've updated my routine to give it a bit more love. I've definitely gained a lot more moles, and my least favourite pregnancy skin update is skin tags. Everywhere. Small and brown, I've pulled a few of them off but there are so many that I've left lots of them to it. My skin seems to be naturally stretchy and I haven't had any stretch marks (fingers crossed I haven't just jinxed myself). Here's what I've been using:

1. Estee Lauder
Estee Lauder double wear foundation is the best that I've found for coverage, it easily masks my imperfections, lasts all day and doesn't feel too heavy on my skin. It is at the higher end of the market price wise but you really get what you pay for, a bottle lasts me around three months so at £30 per bottle it works out around £10 per month. I also splurged on the Estee Lauder blusher (they had a deal on that meant you got a bag full of goodies if you spent over £60. I'm a sucker for a free gift), I'm glad that I did, I had been wearing pinks which was highlighting the rosacea and making the dark circles look even more blue (this is what the Estee Lauder lady told me, and she was so right). I switched to a more orange tone (Blushing nude) and it instantly made me glow. Fake it 'til you make it, right?!

2. Kenzo Amazing Cleansing Water
Okay, confession time; I have been using wipes on my face. I know that they're the devil but they were so easy and weren't causing me any problems, but I received this cleanser as a gift, and, accidentally running out of wipes I grabbed a cotton pad and tried it. Oh, my, I'm addicted. I'm cleaning my face when it's already clean. First of all, it's not much of a faff because you just squirt it onto the pad, wipe it around your face and you're done. No washing off required. It makes my face feel fresh and energised. I didn't realise how dry the wipes were making my face feel until I tried this. It cleanses really well, a couple of squirts is enough to get your face squeaky clean. The only downside is that it's not great at removing eye make-up.

3. MOA Aphrodite Facial Oil
As pregnancy progresses and sleep is harder won, I've loved this facial oil for night-time moisture, the essential oils smells help me to drift off and my face feels deeply moisturised by morning. A little goes a very long way, I can see this lasting me ages. I've stuck to using this just in the evenings, I don't have the patience to let it soak in in the morning!

4. Mustela Maternity Stretch Marks Prevention Oil
As my bump grew, stretch mark creams required quite a lot of rubbing in due to a larger surface area to cover and I'd become a bit lax with application so the oil option really appealed. It's much easier to rub in, it has a very light, fruity fragrance and feels very light on the skin. The spray top is great, there's no mess and no risk of oil spills! I'll continue to use this as my bump deflates to keep my skin nourished.

5. Weleda Perineum Massage Oil
I won't go into great detail about this one, we all know what it does and along with the raspberry leaf tea and the eight dried dates a day it's become a part of the routine despite having little proven evidence. Anything's worth a try though, right? I don't think that it matters what oil you use for this, but the label on the bottle does call at me from the bathroom cabinet in a way that olive oil would not, and who wants to think about a baby's head crowning every time they sit down in an Italian restaurant. It is free of any nasties and is pleasantly fragranced with light essential oils. The only drawback is the dispenser is a bit slow and you end up having to shake it out quite vigorously.

6. Little Butterfly Stretch Mark Butter
I've talked about this one before as part of my stretch mark creams review, and I'm still loving it. I've used it less as a stretch mark cream and more of an all-over moisturiser. It's luxurious, creamy and really tackles dry skin all over. It's also safe to use when breastfeeding too so I'll be using it on the other side as my body deflates (with any luck!).

Have you used any of these products? I'd love to know what you think?


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