Happy new year!
It’s been a while since I last made a post. I’ve been feeling very fatigued during my pregnancy but thankfully I’m in good health. I had horrible pregnancy sickness the first 4 months of pregnancy, but I’ll spare those details for now!
I’d like to share some of my current skin care favorites. And they are mostly on the natural side.
Aloe Vera Gel + Argan Oil
Ok, so goodness knows how long I’ve spent researching a natural moisturizer alternative for my acne-prone, sensitive skin. It didn’t always use to be that way but it developed over the last two years, and I just haven’t seem to be able to sort it out. I tried just using coconut oil and other natural oils on my face but they really clogged my pores. Also I didn’t realise until later on that coconut oil is actually quite comedogenic.
I tried using aloe vera gel on my skin a few years ago, but that was a terrible experience. I don’t know if it was the additives that particular brand used (even though it was 98% pure aloe vera gel), but it made my skin so red and itchy. So be careful to make sure it doesnt contain any irritating ingredients if you wan’t to try it on your face!
The one I use now is the “Aubrey Organics” one and it hasn’t given me any problems. But aloe vera gel in itself is not really moisturizing enough for me as my skin isn’t particularly oily. So I researched what oils were the least comedogenic and Argan oil has a rating of zero, so I figured I’d give it a go. I started using Argan oil on my hair maybe 5 years ago on and off after reading about it online. I love multitasking beauty products!
The one I’m using is from “Now Foods”. I really like the dropper-bottle it comes it.
It’s been working wonders for me and I’m SO relieved I’ve finally found something that works! It doesn’t irritate my skin or break me out. I just mix a few drops of argan oil (usually 3-4) with a bit of the aloe vera and apply it on my skin after cleansing. And it makes it feel really nice and soft. Hurray!
I should also add that my skin is looking so incredibly much better. I have to add that it might be the pregnancy hormones helping sort my skin out, although my skin did actually get worse during my pregnancy up until quite recently. Either way I’m really happy! And I recommend trying this combination out if you have similar probelms to me.
Paulas Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Gel 2%
This is a salicylic acid product that I use on my skin, usually before bed, and it’s supposed to help clean your pores. I’m on my second bottle now, and I will probably keep using it as I find it very helpful. I don’t think it does magic as I did struggle with my skin even while using it, but I did see a lot of improvement. And no product is magic anyways, especially if there is an imbalance on the inside of the body creating the issues. It helps to gently exfoliate, which is important for clear skin. You can use it during the day aswell if you wish, but be sure to wear sunscreen over the top if you do as your skin will be more sensitive to the sun!
Vitamin E Oil
I use this in a lot of DIY skin care products that I make, and I use it everyday as an eye cream. It’s very affordable and not to mention easy and non-toxic. That’s really all I have to say about that! I think it’s awesome 😀 (I should add that vitamin E oil is very sticky!)
Pure Magnesium Oil
Ok, so this isn’t really a skin care product, but I felt like adding it anyways. Magnesium defficiency is very common as our soils are very depleted of this mineral. Also it can be hard for a lot of peoples bodies to absorbing when taken orally. I really recommend doing some research on transdermal magnesium supplementation if it peaks your interest! Also, it works really nicely as a natural deodorant!
It might sound funny but EOS lipbalms are very nostalgic for me, as I was using them a lot at a really nice and transformational time of my life a couple of years ago. When I went to London to see Jack again and we became a couple. Also, they just smell and taste amazing. And goodness, they are so cute with their little round shapes 😀 haha. And I use them everyday before bed and after washing my face. Lip balm is just very helpful in the winter, I think everyone would agree on that.
Raw Shea Butter with Frankincense and Myrrh
After I ran out of my homemade bodybutter I’ve been using this on the baby bump. It’s a bit tougher to spread out but it’s really, really moisturizing.
Monoi Tiki Tahiti Coconut Oil Vanilla
Oh. My. Goodness. This just smells AMAZING. I was using this a few years ago and recently got a bottle again. What you do is you bring it into the shower with you, and it melts in the bottle. And then when you get out of the shower and your skin is still wet/damp, you put it on and it makes you feel like a sweet, delicious and soft vanilla pie! (Or is that just me..). Of course you can just do the same with regular coconut oil, which I often do. It’s mostly the scent and simplicity of this that makes me love it so much 🙂
And goodness knows that with the pregnancy fatigue anything that is quick and easy wins major bonus points in my book!
Lastly, I wanted to add this moisturizing spray that I want to make a recipe post for really soon! Like I said, I’ve been looking to simplify things as much as possible while being pregnant, and also avoid as many chemicals as I can.
I use this as an all over body spray, and I keep it in my bathroom to use as a hand moisturizer. I’ve ordered some small glass bottles from the UK so that I can make a smaller face spritz to carry around with me 🙂
But really, how cute is that bottle! I got it for christmas from Jack, after putting it on my wishlist! 😀
Ok, so thank you for reading and I hope you found this helpful! I could probably have added a few more things, but I figured these were the most important ones for me at the moment 🙂
I hope 2016 will be an amazing year for you! I know for sure it will be a transformational one for me!
Big hugs xxx
(And just for all clarity I just want to add that this is not a sponsored post!)