// SMUDGE - Pregnancy Skincare Makeover //
So being the complete product junkie that I am who LOVES any excuse to try new things, I wasn't exactly upset when I found out I needed to revamp my daily skincare, being an expectant momma and all!
I found out that most of the products I was using contained ingredients that weren't so great for a growing baby (or me for that matter) so I pinned a million pregnancy skincare blog posts, narrowed down the brands/products that sounded most appealing for my skin type, and after only a couple duds I have accumulated this line up of my favorite pregnancy approved products.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater: This is a cult favorite product. I can't believe I'd never tried before. It's refreshing when I am feeling tired and just blaaahh.
Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub: I love scrubbing my face, which means I need a scrub that's gentle enough for every day but still does its job. I'll definitely continue to use this product, long after pregnancy.
Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream: This face cream does have a strange texture, but as far as keeping my skin moisturized at night without being overly greasy, this is a great natural product.
C E Ferulic Vitamin C Serum: I was so happy when I found out this incredible serum was prego safe! While definitely on the pricey side, this vitamin C serum helps neutralize free radicals induced by UVA/UVB, infrared radiation, and ozone pollution, while making a significant impact on brightening my tired skin's complexion.
Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30: I've been using this sunscreen as my daytime moisturizer as well and I am just soooo in love with this product. I am notoriously bad about sun protection, mainly because I am more concerned about getting a tan, but of course when I started reading about the dreaded "pregnancy mask", I knew I needed to get a daily SPF ASAP! Highly recommend this product.
Trader Joe's Rose Facial Oil: I picked up this facial oil while shopping at my favorite market in the world (seriously the only thing I missed about America when I was living in France was Trader Joe's) because not only have I been experiencing serious breakouts since becoming pregnant but somehow my skin has been very, very dry at the same time. I had a friend with me that's a natural ingredients guru, and she said the ingredient list was safe for me to use. Just putting that out there because I didn't find this on a pre-approved product list or anything like that. But this is $6 and really anyone should own this delightfully smelling, moisturizing oil.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion: I've been slathering this stuff on my belly, boobs, and just about everything else since about two days after I found out I was pregnant. I'm not even going to jinx myself by typing those two dreaded words, but I am REALLY trying to avoid them. There's two versions of this lotion at the store and I prefer the one that says "Advanced formula with Bio C-Elaste" at the top of the bottle. This smells a lot better and was creamier than the original product they sell.
ApotheCARE Essentials The Booster Shampoo & ApotheCARE Essentials Damaged Hair Repair Conditioner: These are another example of natural, paraben free products I will continue to use after pregnancy. Besides smelling FANTASTIC, and not like a dumb fake fragrance, the Apothecare shampoo and conditioner has given my hair tons of body and shine. That may also have something to do with the prenatals but w/eeee.
Tom's Long Lasting Deodorant: While I have definitely been missing my regular deo, this is getting the job done for the most part, and it's nice that it doesn't leave white residue in my razor.
Dr. Sheffield's Toothpaste: Once again, missing my good ol' Crest, but trying to keep everything as natural as possible, and this has been a good alternative.
Some great resources:
This website site is fantastic for looking up skin care product ingredients and how they impact anyone: http://ewg.org/skindeep
This is my favorite blog post with a giant list of pregnancy approved products that she continually updates: http://www.15minutebeauty.com/2017/12/pregnancy-friendly-skincare-products.html
Thanks for reading! I'd love to hear your thoughts or any products you'd recommend in the comments below!