If you’ve ever been pregnant before, you know that it affects almost every aspect of your body. You gain weight in random places and feel pains in areas you’ve never even noticed before. Even your hair, skin and nails start to change. Some women have luscious hair, strong nails and beautiful skin throughout their pregnancies. Others aren’t quite so lucky. I personally deal with extremely dry skin during my pregnancies. During my first pregnancy, I scooped up all of the products that were marketed to pregnant moms, but I never found anything that I loved and would’ve used after pregnancy. Thankfully over time, I’ve found some products that address my pregnancy skin concerns, but that I can also use at any time, pregnant or not.
Body // As I mentioned above, I have super dry skin during pregnancy. My knuckles look like I’ve been dragging them on the ground for weeks. Regular lotion wasn’t doing anything for me so I switched to a luxurious body cream. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps has completely cured my dry skin. (With the exception of my knuckles, but that’s because I don’t moisturize my hands enough throughout the day with all of the diaper changing and hand washing.) This body cream is expensive, but it’s worth every penny. It feels like I’m doing something nice for myself every time I put it on, which is a welcome treat at the end of a long day with my kids.
To go along with that, once or twice a week, I use the Creme de Corps Body Polish in the shower. What I like about this scrub is that it isn’t too “scrubby.” I don’t like scrubs that scratch my skin too much, especially during pregnancy when everything is more sensitive. It’s also another little luxurious moment in my nighttime routine. This product comes in a travel size too!
Face // If I had to classify my skin, I would say that it’s combination/oily. I typically use gel-based moisturizers and wear oil-free foundations and tinted moisturizers to keep it balanced. During pregnancy (and breastfeeding), however, I would definitely fall into the dry/dehydrated category. I struggle in particular with dry patches on my forehead and cheeks. While I’ve kept my makeup choices the same, I’ve changed up my moisturizers and serums to try to bring some hydration back into my skin. I recently discovered Drunk Elephant products and fell in love. This brand is dedicated to “natural” skincare and is free from what they call the “Suspicious 6” (essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrances/dyes and SLS). Their products are definitely not inexpensive so I started by buying their Littles collection so I could try everything. Out of the products in that kit, there were three products that I will definitely repurchase: the Lala Retro Whipped Cream (I’ve actually already repurchased this one), the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, and the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. And I also picked up the Lippe Balm because I’m a sucker for a good lip balm.
The Lala Retro Whipped Cream moisturizer doesn’t have a bunch of bells and whistles and it doesn’t need them. It’s just an extra creamy, hydrating moisturizer that works. The Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is liquid gold. It instantly hydrates my skin and leaves it feeling supple and amazing, but not greasy. If I was a millionaire, I would use it all over my body. Unfortunately, I’m not (yet) so two drops on the face and neck will have to do for now. And the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum is just one more step to ensure that dry spots don’t show up on my face throughout the day. I use the serum during the day and the oil at night.
I didn’t include a facial cleanser in this round-up because I don’t cleanse any differently during pregnancy. I prefer to use either a cream, oil or balm cleanser. My favorites are Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, Tatcha Cleansing Oil, One Love Organics Skin Savior and the Aurelia Miracle Cleanser.
Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them? What other products are in your pregnancy skincare routine?