It goes without saying with pregnancy come lots of changes. One of those being my skin. The cold winter weather isn’t helping much as my normally sensitive skin is now also dry. I thought I’d share some of my winter skin care routine – the pregnant version.
For my dry skin (it’s mostly on my forehead, temples, and jaw line) I start my day with a warm to cool water rinse. I never use soap in the morning because my skin is clean (never go to bed with makeup on.) so I don’t need to wash it. I follow that rinse up with a moisturizer. I LOVE facial oils. My two favorite face oils right now are L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Facial Oil for a drugstore brand and L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil for a department store brand. I let the face oil absorb, usually I brush my teeth. Then I follow this up with a moisturizer containing sunscreen. I wear a moisturizer with sunscreen all year long. Right now I’m using Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30.
Once that’s all soaked in I apply my makeup. Usually this involves a CC cream a light smudge of eye-shadow, mascara, concealer and blush. (Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a slide show of the products I’m using right now.)
My biggest issue right now is dry chapped lips. Due in part to it being winter and dry and the other is a common symptom of pregnancy – a stuffy nose. My nose is perpetually stuffy these days and so when I’m sleeping at night, I fall into breathing with via my mouth. This of course only aggravates the dryness on my lips.
What I’ve found helps my lips immensely is to keep them moisturized with my favorite lip balm. I use Burt’s Bees peppermint balm. The other is using a lip scrub to slough off the dry dead skin. I make my own, and I absolutely love it, because it has the added benefit of also moisturizing my lips.
To make this DIY Sugar Lip Scrub I use these products:
Brown sugar, coconut oil, and an essential oil that is safe for consumption.
The essential oil is optional, but I find it adds a something extra to it that can’t be beat. The only essential oil brand I use is Young Living. In this instance, because it’s going on my lips I use the vitality oil because these can be consumed. I am a representative authorized to distribute Young Living essential oils, if you’d like more information, please do not hesitate to ask.
To make the sugar scrub I make it in small batches, so enough for a couple of ounces. I don’t really measure…
Next mix the coconut oil and sugar using more sugar than coconut oil. Then add in a drop of essential oil.
Once it’s mixed together, put it into an air tight container.
The consistency you are looking for is clumpy and damp but not overly wet from the coconut oil. Enjoy your new lip scrub, or give it as a gift. They make excellent (and inexpensive gifts).
Here are my go to beauty products these days..