Skincare has always been one of my favorite things to talk about, and favorite things to pamper myself with. I have gotten a lot of questions recently about how my skin care routine has changed since I found out I was expecting, so I wanted to update you all on what I have been doing.
In case you missed it, I did a thorough skincare routine post here awhile back. I have been going to Beautiful You Med Spa for almost 4 years! I absolutely love it there, so I asked the girls to give me the run down on pregnancy safe treatments, as well as things to watch out for in your products when you are expecting.
I have been keeping up with my monthly facials (if this is not part of your routine, you need to add it asap!) but I have just had to change the type of facials I do. The first thing I did when I found out baby Jenks was on the way was let me esthetician know, because there are certain peels that aren’t safe for mommas to be.
So what can you continue doing? A lot actually! Facials and light chemical peels are still ok. I have been doing a lactic peel once a month, and it is such a game changer. My skin feels so bright afterwords. You do need to avoid all glycolic or salicylic peels, as those are not safe. I also add on dermaplaining to each facial, and let me just tell you that Maddie at Beautiful You is a dermaplaning goddess. She is so thorough, and seriously the best darn dermaplane I have ever had! If you are new to dermaplaing, it is a technique where they use a small blade to exfoliate your skin. BONUS-it removes all your baby peach fuzz so your products and makeup apply flawlessly. (And no, your hair does not grow back thicker or darker, I know y’all are worried about that, haha.)
As far as products go, I have had to discontinue anything with retinol, or salicylic acid, boo. I loved my SkinMedica Retinol Complex, but it will just have to wait on me a few more months. Also sadly a big no no? Botox and Dysport. Lucky for me I got my Dysport in right before I found out I was pregnant. But you better believe I am counting down the days until I can get that done again!
So basically, my pregnancy safe, current skin care routine is as follows:
1.Daily cleansing twice a day with this face wash. I found this when I was doing a campaign for Nuetrogena in the fall and it has become my new fav. I love that it is in a pump bottle and love that it is gentle. I like to incorporate “save” items when I can, so I can “splurge” on others. I have been using said cleanser with My Skin Buddy, which I recently discovered and love! It’s a tiny little device that you can use to cleanse with, and apply moisturizers and serums. It helps stimulate collagen renewal and skin rejuvenation, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. And since I can’t do anything fun like retinol or dysort currently, I will take all the wrinkle reduction I can get! (I did take this into my doctor to get her approval, and she was cool with it, just FYI!) If you go into Beautiful You right now and tell them I sent you, you get a special discount on one of these babies!
2. Moisturizing twice a day with this moisturizer (it is my favorite!) if you have not tried it, you need to do yourself a favor and pick one up! It is the best, I have gotten so many friends hooked. You might find it a little heavy for the morning, but honestly in the winter when my skin is a bit drier, I use it both a.m. and p.m.! I have been applying it with My Skin Buddy as well.
3. Once a week I pamper my skin with SkinCeutical’s B5 Hydrating Masque. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes and let it get to work. It’s a concentrated gel mask, formulated to replenish lost moisture and nutrients so perfect for wintertime. It uses B5, hyaluronic acid, and the components of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor (MNF) to maintain water balance within your skin. I use it on my neck too, because something happens in your 30’s and you start noticing our neck looks different, its so not fair!! But I definitely believe that moisturizing is the key to youth, so lather me up!
4. I always finish with a sunscreen, even in dreary February. I love SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion tinted version, because it is light and goes on easily under my makeup. Who am I kidding, half the time I don’t have on makeup anyway, so the tinted sunscreen helps me out a bit.
I have been incredibly blessed this pregnancy, and haven’t noticed any crazy skin care changes in my skin. I pray it stays that way! I know that pregnancy can do all kinds of unexpected things to our skin, which is why I think it is so important to find a knowledgeable esthetician to walk with you through pregnancy. I do feel important to say as a reminder that I am NOT a doctor or esthetician (what? shocking, I know) so please consult your doctor with any concerns! This is just what I am personally doing, and what my doctor an esthetician have approved as safe for me during pregnancy. I hope it helps!! Congrats to all of you other mommas out there!