From the early stages of my pregnancy I noticed a marked difference in the way my skin reacted to certain products. Foundation and BB creams have been a no-no since pretty much the start and some areas of my body become itchy and dry without the right products (arms, lower legs etc). To try and combat some of the dryness and generally feel okay about myself I’ve found a handful of products that have worked their magic. Because of this, I thought it might be useful to talk about my pre natal skincare.
In the shower I tend to use Cussons Mum & Me Bump Shower Cream which is slightly pricier than the £1 shower gels I like to buy. It’s thick in consistency, being more like a body lotion than a shower gel, yet it lathers better than you’d expect and you can tell immediately that it’s doing your skin some good.
The shower cream (and wider Cussons Mum & Me range) is lightly scented but I can’t really place it and it’s not described on the products. The scent hasn’t been a problem for me, even when my nose was particularly sensitive and I couldn’t open the fridge without feeling sick.
From an ingredients point of view, the product includes avocado and grapeseed oils to help hydrate and retain moisture for up to 12 hours.
For skincare I tend to switch between my Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser which I use every 2-4 days and the REN Skincare Evercalm™ Gentle Cleansing Gel that I use more frequently.
The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser hasn’t made a great impression since I started using it at the turn of the year as it has a clinical scent and feels quite heavy on my skin so I tend to use this sparingly. The REN Skincare Evercalm™ Gentle Cleansing Gel on the otherhand is really lightweight, it lathers well with just a small amount and makes my skin feel lovely and clean.
Post shower I use the Cussons Mum & Me Bump Soothing Body Lotion to try and prevent long term marking/blemishes from my growing body. It’s a similar consistency to the shower cream and is luxuriously moisturising. I tend to use this on problem areas and it doesn’t take long to soak in so you don’t have to wait around before getting dressed.
Once I’m out of the bathroom I tend to use a pea sized amount of The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream on my face. This is the only skincare product I’m using on my face day-to-day as my skin wasn’t fond of the other creams and products I’d been using previously and I’ve found that I don’t end up with random greasy or dry patches I’ve suffered with previously.
Saying that, I do keep having problems with breakouts so I’m hoping they clear up before he arrives. Maybe I just need to remember to use a face mask every now and again?