Bump diary #7 – Stretch marks and June favourites

Stretch marks and favourites

Because I’ve gotten a few questions about what moisturizers etc I’ve been using, I thought I’d show you my favorites for the month of June!

Cocoa Butter Lotion with Vitamin E – This moisturiser leaves my body feeling so smooth and doesn’t irritate my sensitive, eczema-prone skin. I’ve also been massaging over my feet before bed leaving me with a relaxed, silky feeling in the evenings

me. Pink Clay and Jojoba Exfoliant (formerly Brown Skin Secrets) by Skin Naturale – I keep this bottle in the shower and use it on my face and neck every time I shower. I used to have really pimply skin with both oily and dry areas. I love this exfoliant as it’s gentle enough to use every day and has little beads that feel like they really clear out my skin.

me. Clarifying Serum by Skin Naturale – I got this with the matching moisturiser (you can purchase them together here as a handy travel set or a set of full sized products!) and I’m really loving serums right now. It has helped clear out my skin along with the exfoliant.

me. Balancing Moisturiser by Skin Naturale – I have been using this for a while now and actually need to stock up as I’ve finished it and am now currently using some moisturisers I’ve just purchased from Priceline!

Bio Oil – I used this almost every day in my last pregnancy and it just makes my tummy and hips feel smooth and moisturised

Dove Go Fresh Cucumber & Green Tea deodorant – love the smell of this deodorant – so fresh and clean!

Nivea lip balm in Peach flavor – such a peachy, fruity scent! Very moisturing on my lips especially with all the winter heaters and wind about.

Lee Stafford Poker Straight Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist – I got this from one of Priceline’s hair goodie bags and I use on my hair before and during straightening my hair with my GHD. It leaves it feeling a lot less dry and gives a smooth finish with no frizz.

Macadamia Oil Natural hair treatment serum – I bought this after seeing many vloggers on YouTube recommending it. I use this on my towel-dried hair to help it dry feeling soft to touch.

Swisspers Cucumber Facial Cleansing Wipes – Decided to try out a different brand of facial wipes just for a change and I really like the fresh cucumber scent of this one. The wipes are so good at taking off all my make up at the end of the day and leaving my skin cleansed and clean.

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector in medium – In the mornings I use this BB cream underneath my foundation. Makes my foundation feel like it goes on evenly. Not sure if I should be using a primer instead but for now the combo seems to be working well. I’ve been looking into different make up courses so if you have any recommendations please let me know in the comments below!

Stretch marks pregnancy bump diariesPalmer’s Cocoa Butter Massage Cream for Stretch Marks – I also used this cream in my last pregnancy every morning. It has a nice scent and kept my bump hydrated throughout the day.

Just a thought on stretch marks while we’re on the topic of all these creams and oils…there are so many different suggestions on how to prevent and get rid of them. But in the end they are what they are – they tell a story of what you’ve endured and the blessing that you’ve been given xx

  

What are some products you’re loving to use right now? Are there any other creams, moisturizers that you can recommend for my baby bump?! ūüôā

Top 7 pregnancy must-haves – a smooth 9 months :)

Take care of your body – it is the only place you have to live.

I have very sensitive skin and eczema. I have had eczema since I was born and throughout my teenage years I lacked confidence and was very self-conscious of this. It was only in my 20’s when I started to get into urban dance that I started feeling more comfortable in my own skin. Different costumes, dance gigs, positive company and doing something that I love allowed me to feel more confident in myself.

Even though in my last post I wrote about stretch marks and how they remind me of the precious time my tummy held a life inside of it, during my pregnancy, I still used creams and oils in order to keep my skin¬†moisturized and prevent the onset of too many tiger lines!¬†Using these oils prevented my tummy from getting too itchy and feeling too “stretched” out and also helped to keep my eczema at bay ūüôā

My Top 7 pregnancy essentials!

So here are my top 7 products that got me through the 9 months in which saw many changes to my body:

1. Bio Oil РI used this oil every night from 9 weeks onwards before going to bed all over my belly, underneath my belly button and on my sides and back. It made my skin feel so smooth. I would have also used it every morning however I did not want the oiliness to transfer on to my work clothes. I used up around 4 bottles of Bio Oil throughout my pregnancy as I was very generous when slathering it on.

2.¬†Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion & Cream –¬†I used the lotion as an all over body moisturiser and concentrated the use of the cream in the mornings on the same areas that I massaged with Bio Oil (tummy, sides, back). I think I used up around 6 or so bottles of the lotion throughout my pregnancy. ¬†I had to cut the bottles in half when they were almost empty as the pump was unable to bring up the left over lotion on the bottom – they should really do something about the pump or the packaging!

The Bio Oil and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter products were my favourites as the Vitamin E and elastin kept my skin soft and supple all over!

3. Mum Dry antiperspirant deodorant¬†– never really having to use deodorant before, I found that as soon as I got pregnant I needed this! You can depend on Mum ūüôā

4. BioSilk Silk Therapy – I use this hair serum after I wash my hair to make it feel soft – it’s kinda like a version of Cuddley, for hair! I used this even before I got pregnant.

5. U Kotex Liners –¬†for all your discharge needs – my beautiful ladies I travelled with to the U.S in May know all about this! ;P (remember the incident at Epcot Centre?)

6. Nivea Age Defence Facial Suncreen –¬†with my daily 30 minute walk a must for exercise whilst pregnant, I used this sunscreen as protection and also found it to be a good base/primer before applying foundation! – a lightweight sunscreen that does not irritate the skin

7. Quick-Eze/Mylanta –¬†not pictured here but I could not have survived without a packet of Quick-Eze or Mylanta on my bedside table – so quick to ease my reflux at night!

What are your top pregnancy essentials that helped you through the changes happening to your body over the 40 weeks? I would love to hear from you!