If you have been following my blog, you might know that I'm a bit of beauty junkie who particularly loves skincare products. I love trying to products and it took me a while to find a few products that really made a difference for my skin (including Botox). And then I got pregnant.
I had to change EVERYTHING. Most of my products contained ingredients that I wasn't sure would be safe for a fetus, OR they contained Retinol/ retinoid. So I had to do a bit of an overhaul. At night, I'm extra tired and I don't want to go too crazy with a big charade of getting 'unready' so I could go to bed. I'm at a point in my pregnancy where I literally have a to take a warm bath every night to sooth aching muscles and discomforts, so really I don't have a ton of time before it's lights out for this gal.
I've found that these 5 products make it easy to get all my makeup off and moisturize well. There's no multiple serums or anything crazy, just what I felt was necessary. Now, there are days where I will apply a mask and spend extra time on my skin - usually on the weekend or a Monday night when I have a bit more energy. I also live in Canada and the air is MUCH drier, so although dry skin has been a pregnancy symptoms that I've had to sort out (you want your skin to produce oil to reduce the effects of aging) the dryness got really bad with the dry cold weather we have been having - which is actually new for me.
I start by removing my makeup (not the makeup on my eyes, but face makeup) with Philosophy Purity Made Simple Wipes. I've been using these wipes for a while, but I do find they sting the eyes. However, I avoid using wipes on eyes because I find they pull the skin too much.
After, I use a cotton pad along with Sephora's makeup remover for my eye makeup. I find this product slides the makeup off with little to no pulling/tugging.
Once that is all clear, I cleanse my entire face with Philosophy Made Simple 3-in-1 cleanser with my FOREO mini brush. This takes off any remaining makeup and lightly exfoliates my skin without irritation. Because this brush is silicone, it doesn't harbour bacteria (yay!) I also find the vibration invigorates my skin, which is great for the mornings as well. After that I do another quick rinse without the brush to make sure I wash away any extra makeup and dirt sitting on the skin after using the brush.
Finally, I finish with Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk. This product has been an absolute dream for my skin. I struggled with dry flaky skin in the middle of my second trimester, which is rare for me. I had a sample of this and gave it a shot with a Farmacy mask. My skin completely turned around. I forked out the $70 for this product with no regrets. The dropper is absolutely annoying, but the product itself works wonders. Especially since I can't use retinol and Botox, which are the two products I rely on to prevent signs of aging (or rather, slow the process down), this product has given my skin some oil and life to keep it fresh and smooth - even though I hardly get any sleep anymore. I'm not sure if I'll need it in the summer - I usually need to change my skincare products for different seasons, so we shall see. But for the winter, it's been really great.