18 Jul 2021

My Pregnancy Safe And Postpartum Skincare Routine

During my pregnancy I made a couple of changes to my skincare routine and now that I'm postpartum, I've realised I've stuck to this same routine for over 9 months now! In this post I wanted to share the products I use as well as the what I cut out and how my skin changed during pregnancy and post-baby. 

One of the first things I noticed about my skin during pregnancy was that my skin got even more dry. If you are a regular around here, you'll know that I have suffered with eczema for many years now - the pregnancy was no exception. I even had a patch of pregnancy rosacea on my cheek that flared up quite early and disappeared not long after I had the baby. So all of my skincare throughout pregnancy was heavily focused on soothing my dry skin and ensuring it stayed hydrated throughout the day.

As my skin was so dry, I didn't really use any products to cleanse my face and would instead use a muslin cloth to wash my face day and night.

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The next step in my routine would be toner. I really enjoyed using the Lacura Rose Tonic, which is a fantastic dupe for the Pixi Rose Tonic. This toner is gentle, nourishing and doesn't feel drying or tight on the skin after applying with a reusable cotton pad.

I began using eye cream regularly during pregnancy because I thought it would help prevent me getting dark under eyes (due to the lack of sleep and all!) and it has definitely helped reduce the puffiness and darkness. I've been loving The Inkey List Brighten-i Eye Cream in particular!

I'd then go in with a serum. Retinol is considered unsafe during pregnancy so that's one of the first things I stopped using as soon as I found out I was expecting. I still wanted to prevent the early signs of ageing so I instead opted for the Boots Bakuchiol Serum, which is made from a plant-based ingredient that is used as an alternative to retinol. I also would reach for The Ordinary Argireline Solution, which is supposed to help reduce the appearance of facial areas that are prone to wrinkles, like around the eyes and on the forehead.

For face cream I'd layer a few different ones and reapply during the day as the dryness would need hydrating. The CeraVe Moisturising Lotion is great for dry skin and is nice and lightweight. I'd also use the Weleda Skin Food or particularly dry days and top up with Epaderm Cream.


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