9 Amazing Pregancy Beauty Essentials

 
belly.jpg

After becoming pregnant we realize all the things we cannot use daily to sustain all aspects of our beauty regimen. So, I did a lot of research and came up with the list below that is my new holy grail of beauty products that are safe and effective during my pregnancy and through to nursing.

1. Elemis Japanese Camilia Oil

 
 

Camellia Oil from Japan has been used for many centuries for the care of nails, hair, scalp and skin. Because it is rich in plant collagen, it is ideal for preventing stretch marks. Victoria Beckham used this oil throughout all her pregnancies and swears by it.  I started using this oil during my first trimester and although my skin is stretching, I have not gotten any stretch marks. I purchased 2 bottles and I slather this oil on my tummy. Currently, I am half-way through my second bottle. Yea … I really douse myself with it.  Needless to say, I will be purchasing another bottle.  My skin tends to be on the dryer side, and I find that my skin is softer and more supple. Also, it smells great.

2. Silky Skin Custard

 
 

I found this wonderful stretch mark cream on YouTube reviewed by the influencer
Ceresiasworld.   I purchased this cream at the same time I purchased the Camelia Oil and I use it in conjunction with the oil.  I must admit, I do not use it every night as I do the Camelia oil, but I used it about 3-4 times a week.  The custard is made mostly of shea butter which is a popular body butter used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy.  I purchased the twin pack during my first few months of my pregnancy (first trimester) and I am just about done with the fist jar at 28 weeks.  It is very moisturizing and has a nutty shea butter scent.  Although I do not use it every night, I find that a little goes a long way. 

3. Trilogy Rose Hip Oil

 
 

Rose hip oil is is great for minimizing the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation.  I used Retin-A before becoming pregnant and because it is contraindicated during pregnancy, I needed a solution to get rid of my hyperpigmentation. I complimented one of my patients on her beautifully even skin tone and she stated that she used Trilogy Rose Hip Oil every day.  Sold!  I purchased it the next day.  Trilogy is certified organic and has won awards around the world. It’s sourced from the mountainous regions of Chile and South Africa. By the way, it can be used for reducing stretch marks.

4. Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

 
 
 
 

I started using this product a year and a half ago religiously and took a break (probably because wanted to try something more expensive and glamorous) and my skin began to break out again.  I did not even associate the breakout with my breakup with Dr. Bronner's.  I re-tarted using the product again in my nightly regimen.  I place a two to three drops on my facial brush, mentioned below, after I remove my make up with coconut oil.  As a result, my face is more clear and smoother.  The tea tree pure Castile soap comes on several different sizes — from 4oz bottles found here to 32 oz bundles you can purchase here.

6. Face Brush Exfoliation & Cleansing System

Studies have shown that washing your face with hands alone leaves behind makeup and sunscreen residue. They have further shown that using a skin cleansing brush can clean your skin up to six times better than hands alone.  This cleansing system is awesome! There are different attachments for different skin needs.  The base is battery operated and is very durable.  I have had this system for years and all I do is buy replacement brushed found here https://amzn.to/2YsoAzT .


7. EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

I first learned about this sunscreen during my dermatology rotation in nurse practitioner school.  I used a couple of samples and did not buy it because I was still married to my Aveeno Positively radiant  -- I still think Positively Radiant is wonderful.  I switched to EltaMD, because I learned that it is generally recommended that women who are pregnant or nursing use 100% mineral or physical sunscreens with ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.  EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, which is chemical-free and offers physical protection from damaging UV rays.  It goes on well and does not leave a cast like a lot of sunscreens containing zinc oxide. EltaMD UV Clear also contains niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid, ingredients that promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin.

8. Castor Oil by Kate Blanc

 
 

Are you missing your Lash Boost or Latisse?  Well there’s a natural remedy to maintain those long, lush lashes.  Castor oil has long been famous for hair growth so of course it is great for lashes.  I stopped getting lash extensions a while back because I found it was causing a lot of breakage.  Kate Blanc's organic castor oil is 100% pure, cold pressed, and hexane free and can be applied directly on your lashes to promote growth. If consistently used, this product boasts you can see results in as little as 1-2 weeks.  My lash breakage was remedied within a few weeks. This kit is great because it comes with the eyelash and eyebrow kit. 

9. OPI Nail Laquer Neutral

 
 

OPI nail lacquer is the polish of choice for many nail salons and it is it’s also 3-free!

What is 3-free?  This means it doesn’t contain the three toxic chemicals most polishes contain; DBP (dibutyl phthalate), toluene and formaldehyde. It is a nail polish that is safe to use while pregnant? These three chemicals may cause a number of serious health conditions that can affect you or your unborn baby. I love OPI nail polish and am thrilled it is safe to use during pregnancy.  

DISCLAIMERS:

The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

This post contains affiliate links, to find out more information, please read the Affiliate Disclaimer here.

 
Meika blog signature.jpg