Those are my go-to daily cleansers. I use the basic cleanser every day, and exfoliate twice a week.
I try to avoid makeup if I’m just going to the office or not doing anything that day. I try to just let my skin breathe, I think that’s really important. If I do have makeup on the only product I will ever use to remove it is Bioderma. I’ve been using it for years. It’s just a micellar water, and honestly every major makeup artist in the world uses it. It’s just so gentle and easy, no harsh chemicals, no oil, no residue. It’s like my holy grail of makeup removers.
After I cleanse I usually tone. I have two toners that I love. I’m currently using the Barbara Sturm toner. I’m gonna sound like a broken record saying it, but I just love Barbara Sturm’s products. I also have a Caudalie one that I love. It’s more of a beauty—it’s a spray on, and I’ve been using it for years. I trade off those two.
After toner I usually go into my serums. For face serums I honestly love a hyaluronic acid, and I love a vitamin C serum. There are so many brands out there that are doing hyaluronic acid now. I happen to use the Barbara Sturm one, but I know that her items can be expensive and I’ve seen some alternatives online and in Sephora. For vitamin C serum I use Drunk Elephant. I love all the Drunk Elephant products honestly, they’re great.
It sounds so weird, but…I did a questionnaire on my Instagram asking people what their favorite pregnancy-safe serums are for fighting off dark spots and scarring, and I discovered this. It sounds so weird! but it’s a placenta serum by Biologique Recherche, I’m sure people will have a cow when they hear that, but I swear it’s really working for me, so I do use that for my scarring, I only put that right where the scars are. This one was recommended like ten-fold compared to everything else, over and over and over again. I use the serum, and I pair it with the moisturizer.
Body treatments specifically is a very big concern for pregnant people—stretch marks and using things that are only using clean ingredients, because they’re being absorbed right into your skin. I use the Evereden Golden Belly serum. Also Evereden has a nourishing stretch mark cream. I’ll usually use the serum in the mornings or at night and then the stretch mark cream as a topper throughout the day or whenever I feel a little itchy in certain areas.
They also have a belly mask, which is so fun—it’s like a sheet mask for your stomach. I try to do one of those every few weeks, to just kind of penetrate deep into the skin on the belly, and it just instantly hydrates or relieves any dry or itchy skin. I’m sure as I get bigger I’m going to be using those on the daily. Those are my three body products that I’ve been using religiously.
I occasionally use a spot treatment on my acne. I have one by Murad and I’ll do a tiny little dab on any acne that I’m experiencing, that’s my go-to.
I haven’t been using a lot of oils because it’s summer and my skin is very sensitive and weird right now. But in the winter months, if my skin is really dry, I have an oil by Drunk Elephant called Marula Luxury Facial Oil. That one’s really great, especially if I’m doing something like gua sha.
I have a little micro-needling at-home thing, and it’s much more gentle than if you go to the salon or the facialist. I don’t bleed when I do it. Pre-pregnancy, I had a high frequency wand, which you can just buy on Amazon, I used to do that all the time. It’s great for skin tightening, wrinkles, and spot-treatment on pimples, so that’s really fun. But it’s not pregnancy safe, so I haven’t used that one in a while. Mine is called NuDerma Clinical. I’ve heard tons of models and makeup artists talk about these wands, and I got into it a few years ago. they’re really easy to use, they’re not painful at all, it’s just something you can do whenever you remember.
I also bought an at-home UV light, there’s a red and a blue light that my facialist recommended. Obviously the highest rated ones are the ones you can only get when you go into your dermatologist and facialist, but they sell smaller ones. I bought one through my facialist, the brand is Celluma Face Pro.
My eye cream is also from Drunk Elephant, it’s like the multi vitamin eye cream. I do love their products, they’re on the cleaner side as well, which is definitely something you look for when you’re pregnant.
In the mornings I use the Barbara Sturm face creme, the light one, not her heavier one. And then at night I use the Biologique Recherché makes a placenta cream, so that’s the one I use at night when I do that serum.
I love lip balm, I have so many! My favorite one that I use the most is probably Lanolips, it’s just super thick, super hydrating. And you can’t really go wrong with Aquaphor, which is what I have by my bedside table, and I just slather that on whenever I need.