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Kicking off this pregnancy series, I figured it would be apt to begin with my first trimester beauty essentials. After all, this is a beauty blog. You’ll also find a correlating first trimester “bumpdate” on my YouTube channel (later in the day on 5/10/18) if you’re interested in other pregnancy details. But back to beauty. Let’s just say it’s been a very interesting introduction into the world of hormones, as my insanely oily skin has taken a turn for the dry side, and after 11 years of Retin A, I’ve had to bench my go-to anti-aging/anti-acne treatment. How are things holding up and what am I using it its place? Let’s see…
I’m going to start out saying that I know there is an opinion about everything regarding what is safe during pregnancy.
Some people believe a small percentage of Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide (usually under 2%) is fine, others say no way.
Some people say acids are fine, some don’t.
The list goes on and on regarding conflicting pregnancy-safe skin care.
All I will say is consult your OBGYN or dermatologist to ask her what she believes. Bring her your products (or the ingredient list) and let her review.
As for my skin, as mentioned in the intro, my crazy oily skin has taken a turn for dehydrated and dry… which has been so ironic for me to manage (the Queen of oily skin).
I think it’s a combination of pregnant women having to drink a crap-ton of water (which was never something I was good at) and fact that my Retin A usage went away (helps with skin cell turnover).
However, I still break out. Not nearly as much as when I was really oily, but I definitely still need products to combat breakouts – even with the dryness.
So here we are. I am 32 years old and finally discovering the entirely new world of beauty for dry skin.
This is why I bought it: after getting my first pregnancy facial at Rescue Spa in Philly (where I go a few times a year for my regular facials), the facialist could see that my skin was super dehydrated and I just kept telling her I was lacking that pregnancy glow! I just felt so dull. She used this creme (among a couple of other BR magic potions), and I left that facial looking like a different woman. Luckily, I was sent home with a generous sample that I milked for two weeks and after noticing a huge difference in the hydration, plumpness and glow to my skin (several people commented in person and on my IG stories), I bit the bullet and bought the full size.
*Someone who is an ingredient analyst beauty junkie friend of mine said that I may want to try Drunk Elephant’s Protini moisturizer after I finish this because she felt the ingredients would perform similarly (also a fraction of the price at $68 haha).
As we now know, the dryness/dullness situation has been so real for me.
Thankfully, I’m not breaking out like a teenager (which was a HUGE fear of mine pre-pregnancy), but I totally have an appreciation for my dry skinned friends that are always telling me they want a GLOWWW.
For that, I have three must tries.
Alright… so those are the first trimester beauty essentials! I hope you found this helpful or learned something new and of course, share with a friend who may be having similar struggles.