My first sign of pregnancy was weeks before I took the test. One day my skin turned crazy, my face started to sweat more and my foundation would glide off my face within an hour of putting it on.
Now that I am entering my third trimester, feeling good and getting back to work, I’d like to share my personal experience so far and what I’m using for skin care at each stage.
Of course the first thing I did was look into my skin care routine. NO! I went through all of my foundation options Mary Kay had to offer, I used finishing sprays, powders and just about anything else! Nothing made a difference. It was after 2 weeks of a struggle that I even did the unthinkable and went to look at other company’s foundation options. NOTHING helped. My skin was sweaty, red, blotchy, and the foundation wouldn’t stay on.
3 weeks later I found out I was pregnant.
My skin was awful the entire time. I was sick, almost bedridden until about week 15. I could barely wear makeup because it irritated my eyes. Eyeliner was difficult to wear since my eye lids just seemed to sweat everything off.
My philosophy was to keep it simple.
Wear makeup only when needed and take it off after.
Remove items that are not safe for pregnant women from the skin care routine.
Listen to your body, your skin and pay attention to how your skin reacts. Everyone’s experience is very different!
My skincare routine 1st trimester:
LOVED my second trimester.
Not only because I had more energy, could wear makeup again, could get my hair done and just feel like a human, but also because I could feel the baby move and it made this whole experience so much more fun and real.
Am I the only one who started to feel pregnant, like really feel it, when I could feel the baby kick inside and see the image of that same kick on the ultrasound machine?
Making a baby is a lot of work on your body, so this trimester I started on more skincare for my body, toning lotion, essential oils and more moisturizing to prevent (as much as I can those dreaded stretch marks).
Get a good pregnancy massage (if your doctor is ok with it) and take some time getting pampered at the spa with a facial or mani/pedi. Gentle facials with very basic exfoliation is good for your skin at this point!
I noticed my skin changing for the better, if I had a pimple, it would go away within a day and I could add more of my supplements and vitamins for my skin. Its also when I started to use my cleansing facial brush again. Everyone’s experiences are different, so pay attention to how your skin feels and what it can handle, consult a doctor or dermatologist when in doubt.
My skincare routine 2nd trimester:
I am still at the beginning of my 3rd trimester, but so far I am happy with how its been. I get tired more, can’t put my socks on standing on one foot (even though I still try, probably because I forget that I have a belly in the way) and have more restless dreams then before.
My skin has been back to normal for the last month or so that I am able film more makeup tutorials and feel like myself again. My face seems to be filling in more so I have to look for more tricks with contouring and using a lot more of bronzer to get rid of my double chin and wide cheeks…
One of my now favorite things is using Grape Seed oil to moisturize my body, and to help with preventing Stretch marks. So far I don’t have any stretch marks at all, I’m thankful and hoping this continues till the end!
I haven’t taken time to exfoliate my skin much, outside of my regular cleansing routine, so I am excited to get back to my microdermabrasion routine, it will be just once a week until I’m comfortable that my skin can handle it well.
My skincare routine 3rd trimester:
all of the above in the 2nd trimester, all of my usual pre-pregnancy makeup &:
Pregnancy skin care NO-NOs:
First of all, consult your doctor about a recommendation on what is safe for your pregnancy. I am not a doctor, but here are some things to stay away from that I found in my research and study as a beauty consultant.
Second, ALWAYS check expiration dates on your personal beauty products at home and new ones you buy, anything with sunscreen and many vitamin infused products will have an important expiration date!
Beta hydroxy acids – basically anything that has medicine for acne prone skin.
Chemical Sunscreen – Avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, menthyl anthranilate and oxtocrylene.
Dihydroxyacetone – you can find this one in spray tanning products and is harmful when you inhale it.
Formaldehyde – you can find it in hair straightening treatments, nail polishes and eyelash glue.
Retinol – Vitamin A, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene and isotretinoin. It’s amazing for skin repair but is harmful to the fetus!
I hope you find this helpful in your pregnancy journey and you don’t have to do as much research on your part! Thanks for sticking around and reading a bit about my skin journey so far!