Instagram

[instagram-feed]

Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

Pregnancy Safe Anti-Aging Skincare Routine

May 16, 2018 in Beauty, Pregnancy - No Comments

This second pregnancy has wreaked havoc on my skin. Is this a girl thing? Because, when I was pregnant with Grayson, my skin was flawless. I could get away with not washing it, and not using any kind of skin care regimen–and I totally did. Because your skin tends to get used to certain products, I have always regularly changed up my skincare routine. After researching several products, I wanted to share my Pregnancy Safe Anti-Aging Skincare Routine (that’s also pretty budget friendly!) That is super important to me: Affordable Beauty. *This Post Contains Affiliate Links*.

_MG_4828

As I near my 30s, anti-aging products are so much more important to me than they were in my teens and twenties. That being said, this routine has a heavy anti-aging focus, though I will also be sharing some of my favorite acne fighting products! While all products mentioned are pregnancy safe, you don’t need to be pregnant to use them. They’re suitable for all skin types. My skin type is Normal/Oily and Dehydrated. To read about the difference between Dry and Dehydrated skin, check out this post I made back in 2016 (Dry Skin vs. Dehydrated Skin–What’s the Difference?)

Removing Makeup

_MG_4767Removing makeup from the eye area is one of the easiest ways to accidentally give yourself wrinkles. Especially when these days we are loving and using bulletproof eye makeup–we want it to be waterproof, but honestly you don’t want it to take that much effort to remove. The eye area is so incredibly delicate (and the skin is very thin!), that you really need to take great care to be gentle.
To remove my eye makeup, I use coconut oil–that’s the first thing that I do. Since with this pregnancy I’ve been prone to acne breakouts, I don’t use it to remove the rest of my makeup, and I wouldn’t recommend using it all over the face it you’re acne prone or extremely oily. The coconut oil breaks up waterproof eye makeup so easily though, and it slides right off, without any pulling or tugging! The coconut oil that I use is Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

Cleansing

_MG_4794With the coconut oil still around my eyes, I hop in the shower to cleanse my face. For cleansing, I use the Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap. The formula is very rich and creamy, and is easy to rinse. One thing that I love about this soap is that it provides gentle daily exfoliation–it contains tiny grains of seaweed which buff the skin and remove dullness and impurities–which I love since my skin has been acne prone with severely clogged pores. It’s also extremely vitamin and mineral rich, which helps to keep the skin feeling soft and rejuvenated!
And no matter what, I always always use my Clarisonic Aria to cleanse my face–I’ve been using this for years (since my Sephora days). Currently, I use the Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Attachment, but you should use whichever suits your needs. My Clarisonic can not be replaced in my skin care routine, I am so satisfied with how clean it makes my skin feel, no matter what face wash I’m using currently.
(Clarisonic no longer makes the Aria model, here is the link to a newer and way cuter/compact model that I totally want now– It’s the Clarisonic Mia FIT Sonic Facial System)

Toning and Serums

_MG_4795As someone who regularly wears a lot of makeup, and also has dehydrated skin, a toner is essential for me. Toning the skin after cleansing basically helps to remove any dirt or grime left on the skin that the cleanser may have missed.

There are millions of toners out there with specific purposes, but Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner is one of my favorites. This product was actually recommended to me, and I’m so glad that I found it! Rose petals are actually full of natural sugars and oils that are beneficial in rejuvenating dehydrated skin, and leaving it glowing. Of course, Witch Hazel is known for tightening pores and controlling oil production in the skin. And Vitamin C aids in collagen production, fading acne scars, and strengthening the cells of the skin.

While I love that this isn’t a super harsh toner, I’m not a fan of florals so the rose smell can some times be overwhelming. I plan on trying the Coconut Water Toner that they have coming out soon. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for that.

After toning, I apply my Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant, which means that it grabs and holds on to moisture so that your skin can absorb it. When our skin ages, it loses moisture and it’s ability to remain supple. (Babies are born with tons of hyaluronic acid in their skin cells, which is why they are so soft. “Soft as a Baby’s Bottom”, anyone?) Applying Hyaluronic Acid topically can help diminish wrinkles, firm and tone the skin, and boost your skin’s defenses. I’m loving the Asterwood Natural’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum right now, and it’s what I’ve been using for the last few months.

Face & Eye Creams

_MG_4809After your serums, you should be adding any facial/eye creams. These are like the icing on a perfectly baked cake.

My face cream is the Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream It’s extremely light-weight, and I never feel like it’s too heavy or oily on the skin. It contains collagen and elastin which helps to enhance the tone and texture of your skin overnight.
The eye cream that I use is the Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream. I already touched on the benefits of hyaluronic acid above, but this eye cream also contains botanicals (Euphrasia Extract and Aloe Vera) meant to brighten the skin–perfect for my tired mom under eye area. Not only is this cream great for night time, it can be used under your makeup as well. It’s super lightweight whipped texture is doesn’t weigh down the skin.

During the day, I refresh with Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Rosewater, Aloe, and Herbs. This just helps to keep my skin feeling hydrated and fresh. It’s absolutely perfect during the Summer, and seems to be a cult favorite in the beauty community.

I promised to mention some of my favorite acne fighting products, and this is what I’ve currently been using:
_MG_4812
I use the Mario Badescu Drying Mask 1-2x a week as needed. The mask contains colloidal sulfur (which is pregnancy safe–of course!), calamine, and cucumber extract. The combination of these ingredients helps to dry up breakouts, absorb pore clogging impurities, and also eliminate shine while calming the skin.
For years, I have used the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, and am a loyal loyal follower of that product. I wanted to try the mask because it seemed like the lotion but on a larger scale, and it is!
(Check out this Mario Badescu Acne Repair Kit which contains the Drying Lotion, Buffering Lotion, and the Drying Cream! You’d just need to pick the mask up and you’ve got an acne fighting arsenal at your fingertips!)

Mario Badescu is one of my favorite skincare brands because they contain quality ingredients at an affordable price. I’m not the 21 year old single chick who can afford a $100 serum anymore, and I’ve gotta keep it budget friendly! I recommend this brand a LOT, and I encourage everyone to look into their products to find ones that fit your specific needs. If your skin is like mine, give these a try! They have been working wonders for me.

This is typically what I do every single night, and in the morning I cleanse, tone, serum, and apply sunscreen (if I’m going outside) and eye cream. The routine may seem like a lot if you’re not used to a regular skin care routine, but once you get used to it it becomes second nature.

I’d love to hear what your favorite product to use in your skincare routine is! (Or products, if you have more than one).

Brandi
Brandi

All posts

No Comments

Leave a Reply

About Me

About Me

I'm Brandi, a thirty year old Mom of two living just outside of Nashville. I share all of my passions here. My hope is to help you realize that you can make some absolutely amazing, flavorful, and healthy meals at home...meals that your family will love, and you don't have to spend a lot of money or put in a ton of effort in the kitchen. I want you to be able to find community, encouragement, tips, and several laughs here.. So grab a snack and your favorite drink and stay a while! Let's be friends. Read More

Subscribe & Follow

Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

Latest Posts

Instagram

  • Over the weekend, we worked as a family on our #BuildThanks Project. We teamed up with @LowesHomeImprovement and I would love for you guys to join us! #LowesPartner⠀
⠀
All you have to do is create a message of love, hope, encouragement, and thanks for the people in your community who are facing this crisis head on every single day. 
This can be anyone from healthcare workers and first responders to grocery store clerks and your local mail carrier and package deliverers. Or all of the above! ⠀
It is super easy to do, using items you already have around your home! For us—that was art supplies because we have baskets overflowing with things line construction paper, crayons, markers, etc. ⠀
⠀
This is a great way to spend some quality time engaging with your kids and inspiring some creativity, all while being able to support and thank your local community (from inside) for all of the things that they’re doing for us during this time. ⠀
•⠀
•⠀
• ⠀
#thankyou #stayhome #lovewhatmatters #theselittlemoments #nashvillemomblogger #nashvilleblogger #nashvillemom #DIY
  • @mego had us all send her our best quarantine looks...it went as amazing as you imagine. 
@mirandainclt @chasingmcallisters @carolinafireflies @wearingmomjeans @verbalgoldblog @littlefarmhands @twinsandcoffeepnw @simplybessy @katiemcrenshaw @claire_cervino @aaronicabcole @blondeandambitiousblog @sugarlandsara @tonyamichelle26 @hairsprayandhighheels @ohhappyplay @nicoleleilaniblog @uptownwithellybrown @arynhinton @shynnz @cammeomurray @thesproutingminds @theashmoresblog @samantha_show_ @meg.boggs @moderndaymoguls

#stayhome
  • It’s the weekend! ⠀
⠀
You know what that means! ...#StayHome and #FlattenTheCurve. ⠀
⠀
▪️(Thank you to all of the essential workers around the country who don’t have this luxury and are depending on us to do what we can to help.) ▪️ It’s scary, I know. 
It feels isolating, I know. ⠀
It’s frustrating, I know. ⠀
You are craving some normalcy, I know. ⠀
⠀
But look, the sooner we all fall in line and do the *one thing* we know can work and stop the fast spread of this virus, the sooner we can get back to our usual routines. ⠀
⠀
We are all in this together...⠀
⠀
( 📸Inspo: @witandfolly )⠀
⠀
⠀
#athometogether #saferathome #lovewhatmatters
  • When we’re bored in the house... @twinsandcoffeepnw @verbalgoldblog @nicoleleilaniblog @shynnz @hairsprayandhighheels @simplybessy @chasingmcallisters @lipglossandcrayons @katiemcrenshaw  @mego @arynhinton @thesproutingminds @claire_cervino @blondeandambitiousblog @brandiamabisca @uptownwithellybrown @tonyamichelle26 @ohhappyplay

#stayhome
  • ☣️ STOP ☣️⠀
⠀
We have to act NOW to save lives. Listen up.⠀
⠀
While panic is never preferable- if that's what it takes for you to stay home and slow the spread, then maybe you need to get scared. ⠀
⠀
People are exponentially spreading this disease with no symptoms. We have all GOT TO STAY HOME. No more lunch with the ladies. No more playground meetups. ⠀
⠀
STOP IT ALL IMMEDIATELY. SHUT IT ALL DOWN.⠀
⠀
There are otherwise healthy children and young adults on *limited supply* ventilators right now. This virus is brand new to the entire world and it is ravaging people's bodies in unexpected fatal ways- and no, not just the elderly or compromised.⠀
⠀
Math is math. We are already projected to run out of lifesaving equipment and supplies very quickly. ⠀
⠀
This is not media hype, this is not a hoax, this is real. It may be easy to forget that we are in the middle of a dangerous pandemic while the sun is out, traffic is light, and you are off work.⠀
⠀
There are no sirens going off or bombs exploding in your front yard, but I can promise you that we are in a very real crisis. However, we have SOME control.⠀
⠀
The longer we wait and the more we continue to socialize with each other and expose ourselves in public the longer we will be stuck in isolation, the longer people will be out of work, the longer our children won't have school, the longer our economy will suffer.⠀
⠀
Keep in mind that Wuhan did a very tight lockdown and they have STILL been quarantined for two months now and cannot lift the quarantine until they have gone 28 days without a new positive result. The US government has been very lax in comparison and this will not bode well for us if we don't do better NOW.⠀
⠀
This won't last forever, but our future WILL look a lot different based on the choices we make. ⠀
⠀
Just because the government did not force you to stay home or because your favorite restaurant, store or salon has chosen not to close does not mean you should leave your home.⠀
⠀
➡️*obviously this is intended for people who are VOLUNTARILY not staying home.*⬅️⠀
WORK. ESSENTIALS. HOME. THAT SHOULD BE IT!⠀
⠀
DO YOUR PART. ⠀
STAY HOME. ⠀
SAVE LIVES.⠀
⠀
#stayhomeblackout #flattenthecurve
  • Well. This wasn’t what I was going for today #creativeathomechallenge. It’s been pretty chilly haha...puns (don’t let that beautiful sky deceive you) and my plans to get a picnic together for lunch this afternoon were ruined. Maybe I can do that finally on back yard day 😂😂
Trying to support businesses and third party delivery services like Door Dash and their drivers—they now offer contact free deliveries, which is greatly appreciated to get a mild feeling of normalcy, one of my favorite dinners. It’s something small and easy that you can do if you’re able. Some of these DD drivers are relying solely on people to still order so that they can make money. #stayhome #flattenthecurve #slowthespread

Follow @brandiamabisca

Blogs That I Love

×