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the one with my pregnancy beauty routine

Four months ago, I listed some of the natural ways I had researched to prevent and heal pregnancy acne. You can find that post here. Since then I’ve tried all of those ways, and I wanted to share my results! So today we have my full pregnancy beauty routine! When I searched for pregnancy acne, I couldn’t find much that helped. My goal here is to help future pregnant ladies find a way that might work for them. Having acne doesn’t mean a thing for our beauty, but it’s still frustrating, right ladies?! Dealing with it during pregnancy, is just one more thing we shouldn’t have to deal with.

The first way I tried was a honey and cinnamon exfoliater, which I love and am still using. The 2nd way was a lemon juice toner, which I also love and am still using. So with 2 out of 3 going well, I decided to try the final one – aloe vera. I didn’t keep up with the aloe vera. It didn’t make it worse, but it didn’t make it better. I didn’t want to completely change my routine –  just add some natural products that would help with the major hormonal acne I had in the first trimester. Here’s my current pregnancy beauty routine!

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beginning and after 1 month

In the morning:

I wet my face with cold water, apply lemon juice toner on acne, and gently tap in eye cream. Foundation is an important step as it protects your face during the day. So even when I don’t wear makeup I apply a tinted moisturizer before I brush my teeth. Brushing your teeth is also important because your teeth and gums become more sensitive during pregnancy.

In the evening:

I use a cleanser or wipe/makeup remover before applying the lemon juice toner again, if I have a bad breakout I do go ahead and use an acne treatment cream. Those aren’t recommend during pregnancy because of salicylic acid, but my doctor says it’s ok since it’s something I used regularly before pregnancy ( I still only use it RARELY). Then I gently tap in my eye cream and moisturizer before I floss, brush my teeth, and rinse with an alcohol free Listerine (in that order per my dentist). I also apply a belly butter, lotion on my legs (dry skin is major during pregnancy), and take my pre natal vitamin before bed.

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Bi-weekly, I use the honey and cinnamon exfoliator and once a week I still use my favorite tea tree oil mask. Here’s a picture of that side of my face from this weekend (no filter, no makeup – just leftover stubborn mascara). There are a few red spots from scarring – don’t pick your face! But mostly it’s all clear 🙂 That makes for one happy pregnant lady!

 

the one with aloe vera

About three months ago, I listed some of the natural ways I had researched to prevent and heal pregnancy acne. You can find that post here. Since then I’ve tried 1 of those ways, and I wanted to share my results! When I searched for pregnancy acne, I couldn’t find much that helped. My goal here is to help future pregnant ladies find a way that might work for them. Having acne doesn’t mean a thing for our beauty, but it’s still frustrating, right ladies?! Dealing with it during pregnancy, is just one more thing we shouldn’t have to deal with.

The first way I tried was a honey and cinnamon exfoliater, which I love and am still using. The 2nd way was a lemon juice toner, which I also love and am still using. So with 2 out of 3 going well, I decided to try the final one – aloe vera.

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I love a mixture of aloe vera and vinegar when I get a sunburn. The redness, dryness, and pain all goes away. Some of the acne spots were painful, the entire area was dry, and some of the spots were obviously scars that weren’t going away. So all signs pointed to aloe vera working. All I had to was rub natural aloe on the scarring!

Well, I’m sorry to say it didn’t work you guys. It didn’t get worse, but it didn’t get better either. This is what I used, and I’ve heard great reviews. I also tried regular old sun burn aloe vera from Walmart after 2 weeks of the other stuff. You win some, you lose some right!?

Next month, I’ll finish up this series with my pregnancy skin care routine and how the acne has cleared up from that first awful picture I showed you of my face!

 

the one with diy lemon juice toner

About two months ago I listed some of the natural ways I had researched to prevent and heal pregnancy acne. You can find that post here. Since then I’ve tried 1 of those ways, and I wanted to share my results! When I searched for pregnancy acne, I couldn’t find much that helped. My goal here is to help future pregnant ladies find a way that might work for them. Having acne doesn’t mean a thing for our beauty, but it’s still frustrating, right ladies?! Dealing with it during pregnancy, is just one more thing we shouldn’t have to deal with.

The first of the ways I decided to try you can find here. I’m still using my bee sting scrub about twice a week, and love it as a deep exfoliater. This month I added a lemon juice toner. Here’s how I made mine . . .

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Ingredients:
2 tablspoons apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice

In a small bottler, combine acv, water and a lemon juice. Shake well and spray or soak onto a cotton pad and gently wipe down your face. Focus on areas where acne or large pores are present.

My face has almost completely cleared up now that I’ve added this. I’m extremely happy with it and love the feeling of my skin after using my toner. Full disclosure I did have a facial during the month that I added this in, but I had already noticed a difference. It’s been a few weeks since my facial and my skin isn’t returning back to it’s volcanic ways. Next month I’m going to share my updated ‘maternity’ skin care routine and picture of my face before and after!

Have you ever made your own toner?

the one with bee sting face scrub

About a month ago I listed some of the natural ways I had researched to prevent and heal pregnancy acne. You can find that post here. Since then I’ve tried 1 of those ways, and I wanted to share my results! When I searched for pregnancy acne, I couldn’t find much that helped. My goal here is to help future pregnant ladies find a way that might work for them. Having acne doesn’t mean a thing for our beauty, but it’s still frustrating, right ladies?! Dealing with it during pregnancy, is just one more thing we shouldn’t have to deal with.

The first of the 3 treatments I decided to try was honey. I’ve used honey for many other things, and it always works wonders so when I found the shop Lather & Co and their bee string face scrub (made with honey and cinnamon) I knew it was a great place to start. Talking with their owner Jules about all the success stories for this face scrub and acne, I grabbed it and started using it as soon as possible.

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From their etsy shop, “Honey has been used as an anti inflammatory to help reduce redness on the skin and as a natural antibiotic that has been known to alleviate and reduce scarring over time. Cinnamon has been rated as one of the top 7 antioxidants in the world, according to USDA, and can reduce the formation of “free-radicals” which, over time, can promote damage repair. Both honey and cinnamon are extremely effective as a mild disinfectant because of their anti fungal and antibacterial properties.” Well that sounds perfect for the redness, acne, and all the scarring that’s leaving on my face.

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I added this to my normal skin care routine, 2 to 3 times a week. And slowly, but surely I see a lot of improvement. It’s been 4 weeks of using it regularly, and I’d say my face is about half healed. You can see the results above for yourself! Both are fresh from a shower with no makeup on because #noshame.

Have you used honey to help heal acne? Next up on my list to try is a lemon juice toner!

 

*this is not a sponsored post. I found Jules at the Vero Beach Street fair and truly feel the bee sting face scrub is helping.

the one about pregnancy acne

One thing I always read was the if you’re pregnant with a boy the prettier you’ll be, and if you’re pregnant with a girl you’ll give your beauty to her. Of course, that’s a myth. But I read it everywhere and heard it from lots of friends. Well, if that myth is true, this here is your proof that every pregnancy is different. My face looks like a volcano has erupted all over the left side and a little bit has slid down to the right side and my chin. I’ve been doing a lot of research on natural remedies because when pregnant it’s unsafe to use products that contain retinol, alpha hydroxy acids and salicylic acid. Answers are everywhere! And some of those answers were to live with it because you’re pregnant and crap happens. Well, I compiled the legit ones for those of us that want to use natural products or those of that have to because we’re pregnant . . .

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1. Lemon juice: Rich in vitamin C and known for its acidic pH, lemon juice has natural pimple-fighting properties, which makes it a popular ingredient in home skincare regimes. Squeeze half of a freshly cut lime and apply the juice on your pimples every night using a small cotton swab. If your skin is extra-sensitive, dilute the juice with a little water to reduce the burning sensation.

2. Honey: Loaded with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties, honey is the safest home remedy to curtail your pregnancy-related acne. Not only does it fights germs and prevents the acne from spreading, it also soothes the skin. Make a honey face pack by mixing a teaspoon each of honey, turmeric and lime juice and apply all over the face. Rinse after 20 minutes with lukewarm water.

3. Aloe Vera: A skin elixir known for its cooling properties, aloe vera helps in reducing inflammation and prevents scars and blemishes. Take 1tsp aloe vera gel and apply it evenly on your entire face. Wash off after 15 minutes with lukewarm water.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be trying them out to see if I can’t get the volcano under control. And the first thing I’ll do is update all of you as to what’s working and what’s not.

the one with homemade blackhead remover

Over on My Crafty Spot today I’m talking about one of my favorite beauty diy’s – shower jellies. I love lush products, but I can’t always afford them. DIY shower jellies are the perfect match for me and girls like me! They’re quick, easy and just as wonderful as they’re lush inspiration.

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To make them you need plain gelatin – what in the world else do I use plain gelatin for? I looked up several recipes, and decided to use another one of the packets for another beauty related diy. The one I decided on was a homemade blackhead remover! I don’t have a lot of blackheads, and the ones I have are all on my nose. So no need to spend a bunch of money, right!? To make the blackhead remover all you need is two tablespoons of milk and one sachet of colorless and flavorless gelatin. Heat the milk and pour the gelatin sachet, then stir continuously until the substance is completely mixed. Once you have finished mixing, the resulting substance can be applied to areas where you have blackheads and leave it on the skin until it dries and hardens. Finally, pull the pore strip carefully in order to remove blackheads. Before you make this mask the skin should be clean and you can keep your head over a hot pot of water for steam to open the pores.

the one about Botanyst restful sleep and preventing breakouts


At the beginning of the year, I listed clearing up my acne as one of my resolutions. In the 6 months since then I’ve continued to try anything and everything to clear things up. I’ve finally found a routine that works for me, and just like everyone always told me it’s not all just my skin care routine.

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A little back story to begin. Once I hit my 20’s, my skin became incredibly oily and I started getting large breakouts on a regular basis (not just small ones at that time of the month). At first they were just hormonal near my chin and jawline. But once I started a new job where a phone was practically attached to my face, things just got worse and the breakouts spread to my hairline and my cheeks. I had already tried so many things, but nothing was working. I had heard of coconut oil as a face cleansing method, but since my face was already so oily I never tried. But at 27 with breakouts all over my face I gave it a go. It worked as you can read here. But it wasn’t preventing breakouts. I felt stuck until I realized maybe things other what I used to get my makeup off and cleanse my face needed to change. Here’s a before picture from around the time we moved (February of this year)  . . .

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1. Tea tree oil – as well as cleaning my face with coconut oil, I added a tea tree oil toner to my nightly routine. Every night I simply, rub a small amount of coconut oil on my face and wipe it off with a warm cloth, then I spritz with tea tree oil toner (a mix of apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, and water), put plain tea tree oil on any current acne spots, and then moisturize with Cinique daily moisturizer.

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2. Wash your pillow cases weekly – A friend mentioned this worked for her, and it clicked in my head that by not washing them weekly I was basically rubbing my face in all it’s old dirt and grime every week. At this point I was already using my new skin care routine for about a week. My skin had cleared up except for a spot or two on my chin. After just 1 wash, they went away in a day or two.

3. drink your water – I’ve struggled with drinking enough water for a long time. Sometimes I get on the right track and then I fall off. I’ve been on the right track for about 3 months now and I can notice smaller pores, less breakouts, a glow to my skin. Sometimes it’s the simplest things, right?

4. a weekly mask – Things can change with skin as the weather changes. There are also weeks that I’m outside more and more damage has happened to my skin. So I keep a few different masks around and use the 1 I feel I need most weekly. A few I keep are an acne fighting mask, refinishing mask, relaxation mask, and a revitalizing mask.

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5. get enough sleep – Never did I think that struggling to sleep would be anywhere near my radar. You know those tests where you’re supposed to sleep with no alarm and let yourself naturally wake up. The hours you sleep is supposed to be the amount of sleep you need a night. I’ve tried it a few times, and I always get 8.5 to 9 hours. I’m a heavy sleeper and I need a lot of it. But the past few months I have not been sleeping well. No sleep = stress = hormonal imbalance = breakouts. I wanted something natural and that I wouldn’t get addicted to so I started using Botanyst Restful Sleep . Botanyst balances the chi in your spleen to promote

– Calm and quiet a restless mind and body
– Promote a full night’s restful sleep
– Nourish chi to bring harmony and balance into the body
– Promote calm throughout the day
– Restore vitality to the spleen and heart organ systems

I was skeptical too, but I figured better to start here with natural herbs and minerals than with more chemicals. Turns out it works well for me. Once my sleep was back in sync, my skin seemed to bounce right back to it’s former glory. It was like the last link I needed. Wanna try Botanyst Restful Sleep for yourself click here and use code SAVEREST for 20% off!

I’m a firm believer that what works for me won’t work for everyone, but hopefully some of my tips can help you in your journey to good skin. What have your found that works for you?

*this post was sponsored by Brandbacker*