Hellooooo.. It’s been a while!
If you’ve been following along over the past year or two, you know my skin has been on the struggle bus.. big time. Between being pregnant, having a baby and getting pregnant again, my hormones have been all over the place and it hasn’t been the best thing for my skin. I think I’ve finally found a good combination of products that have worked for me and are also breastfeeding/pregnancy safe. As always, definitely ask your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing, just to make sure they are safe for you to use. There’s nothing worse that waking up to new breakouts on the reg, so I thought I would share just in case I could help anyone else struggling with the same issue.
As always, feel free to ask questions if you have any! I’ll go into detail about each of these products below :)
XOXO MEGAN KRISTINE.
STEP 1: Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads - I’ve been using these oil-free eye makeup remover pads for years, and they are by far my favorite. I stay away from using makeup wipes on my face because they cause breakouts, but can’t live without these. I don’t wear waterproof mascara, and these remove my eye makeup quickly and easily.
STEP 2: Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil - I randomly picked this up at Target in June or July, and it has become a staple in my skincare routine. I decided that I needed to start “double cleansing” in order to remove my makeup before cleansing my face, and it was a decision I’m so glad I made. You apply it to your dry face, rub, then rinse away with water. It removes my foundation easily, preparing my skin for my facial cleanser.
STEP 3: Mederma Facial Cleaser - I actually discovered this cleanser on the bump app this summer when I found out I was pregnant again and was still struggling with hormonal acne. My skin was freaking out after having Charleigh last year, quitting breastfeeding, and then getting pregnant again. I was so excited when I started seeing my breakouts disappear. I think this cleanser is one of the main reasons I was finally able to get my skin under control.
STEP 4: Thayers Witch Hazel - This is a great toner that I’m sure you’ve heard of. It’s been around forever, smells great (I like the rose petal), and is moisturizing. I’ve tried toners before that made my skin feel tight and dry, but this one doesn’t do either. I’ve noticed a difference in my pore size shrinking and overall smoothness of my skin when using this. I’ve repurchased this at least 3-4 times and don’t plan on stopping any time soon. Thanks to my sister for sharing this with me!
STEP 5: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream - I like to switch up my moisturizers every now and then, but I’ve repurchased this one 3 times now. I was pleasantly surprised how well my skin absorbed this gel cream and how moisturized it feels without feeling greasy/oily.
STEP 6: Coffee Eye Cream - The under eye circles are real these days.. #momlife. But I feel like this has helped keep them a little more under control. Plus, it smells like coffee, so.. yes please!
STEP 7: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion - If I have any breakouts that need spot treatment, I’ll apply this last to my clean face before bed. It normally works in one night and I haven’t found anything else that works this well!
STEP 8: Aquaphor - This stuff is my go-to for everything.. cuts, dry skin, chapped lips, baby diaper rashes. It’s definitely my favorite “chapstick”. I apply before bed and wake up with soft lips. I also use this throughout the day most days.
**Microdermabrasion Wand - I purchased this and then found out shortly after that I was pregnant, so I haven’t really been able to use it to it’s full potential yet. It says if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, to consult your doctor prior to use, so I just didn’t risk it. I have used the massaging head though and I’m excited to try out the exfoliating head in a few months. The reviews are great!