When I was pregnant with my first son, my skin was flawless! My body naturally embraced that pregnancy glow (insert clip of Beyonce at the 2011 VMA Awards). So, when I got pregnant the second time around and my skin looked dull and I started to experience breakouts, I was convinced I was having a girl. I was wrong; I’m definitely having another boy. My hormones just decided to betray me. I was so long fresh face, and hello 13-year-old Hannah with the most horrific zits.
I’ve always had a difficult time finding the right combination of washes, scrubs, and/or foams to take down the craters that have decided to make my face their home. I’m one of those lucky people with combination dry and oily skin. Even the mildest soap will dry out my face, and flaky skin is just as bad as a blemish in my opinion. So, after testing a number of products, I think I have found my holy trinity to cure pregnancy pimples.
CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser: For about $11, this facial cleanser does not irritate my skin and leaves it feeling clean and smooth while also tackling the most stubborn spots. The fragrance free foaming action cleans out my clogged pores without causing a dry skin reaction. There is an added push of B3 Vitamin which “calms skin redness.” I usually keep my pump of CeraVe in the shower. The mixture of warm water, shower steam, and CeraVe leaves me feeling refreshed!
Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask: For $4.29 (what a steal!!), this scrub will not obliterate your skin. If it’s not a harsh face wash, pregnancy naturally comes with dry skin, so this polishing mask is perfect! The charcoal “helps absorb oil and impurities” while the black sugar eliminates dry skin patches and leaves the skin feeling smooth. I use a little bit of this magic in a bottle 2 to 3 times a week, depending on how much of a lift my face needs.
Good Ole H2O: I know what you’re thinking, “really Hannah?” Yes, water is a skin lifesaver and it’s easy to forget about the impact it has not only on your health, but the health of your baby. Find yourself a reusable water bottle and drink about 12 8-oz glasses of water (Institute of Medicine’s recommendation) a day. Don’t worry! Nobody will question how many times you go to the bathroom a day, because let’s face it, the toilet is our pregnancy headquarters as moms to be.
The combination of the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask, and the daily consumption of a kiddie-sized pool amount of water (12 8-oz glasses), may give you the same results I have – hydrated and rejuvenated skin. We already feel large and sluggish, so let’s do something to make ourselves feel better about our skin!