The Pregnancy Diaries: 19 Weeks
Eeeeeek 19 weeks yo! It's whizzing by and I can't believe I'm technically half way through ALREADY! Insane. Absolutely sod all has happened this week, so I'm gonna warn you now this will be dull. I'll try to jazz it up a little by telling you a few skincare bits and bobs I've been trialling for an upcoming feature I'm writing for the Telegraph (FYI it's out now, read it here.)
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I've really been struggling with pregnancy acne which, for those of you who are regular readers, will come as no surprise as I've suffered with acne for a long time now. Annoyingly, only in adulthood.....
Previously I managed my acne with various skincare solutions but quelle surprise, I can't seem to use any of my faves while pregnant. Mostly due to the fact I have a love of vitamin A derivatives (those planning a pregnancy, or are already pregnant are advised strongly to avoid using this due to the risk of birth defects).
Luckily for me, a few skincare brands kindly came to my rescue. Although in week 19, I'd only just started trialling them I'm going to give you my verdict here as I've now been using them for around five weeks.
First off, I want to be clear that I have been sent some of these products by the brands themselves however the only products in this post are the ones I like. Anything I don't like doesn't get written about, and that is a Lucy promise.
Okay, so on the interesting stuff. Also, can I just say how nice it is to be talking about beauty again? I mean, obviously I can say that, it's my blog and I just have. Clearly. But you know what I mean.
Murad Time Release Blemish Cleanser | I thought I would hate this to be honest. Any cleanser marketed specifically for mega cleansing tends to be stripping, foaming nonsense leaving you with a horrible tight face. But this is completely different to my expectations.
For a start, it doesn't foam. It's a thick malleable gel-like consistency and you massage it in like an oil or balm. You can loosen it up with water, and wash it off that way or do as I do and use a hot flannel. Much more civilised ;) You're left with slightly tingly (in a good way) skin which is squeaky clean but not at all tight and dry. SOLD.
Oskia Perfect Cleanser | Tricky as, OMG, I love this cleanser sooooo much. But sadly, one look at the ingredients list and I can see it contains vitamin A albeit a small percentage. So, I used it a few times before realising and promptly stopped. In fact, they sent me a day cream and beautiful exfoliator too all of which contain vitamin A.
I am a big fan of oils, and rarely deviate from my Clinique Moisture Surge Intense and Pai Rosehip Oil, which together are a winning combo. But BRYT sent me a lovely array of products, and I've taken to the two serums.
BRYT Calm Serum |I'd never heard of BRYT before, but they are a gorgeous little brand making natural products and promote a three-step style routine. The Calm Serum a light, gel like formula which sinks straight into the skin leaving it feeling nice and refreshed. I really like using this after I've cleansed and used my Lumie Clear (this has changed my life btw) but then need to add an oil, or night cream on top.
BRYT Boost serum | is a funny one. The smell is lovely and botanical (think Liz Earle) but use the pump and you quickly discover it is a super runny liquid -- a little impractical to be honest. However, it's sooooo lovely and I use it in the morning a few times a week when I'm not planning on wearing any make up. I actually love this serum the most of the two, but the excessive liquidity puts me off using it more!
REN Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask | This is THE DREAM. I absolutely love it.....in fact, I love all REN products! It's super calming, and lovely in this icky winter weather. It works so well on my dehydrated, cross skin. NB - this isn't out until January.
Murad Clarifying Mask | A thick, clay like mask (although it doesn't dry to a crusty mess!) this is as effective as my beloved Origins Clear Improvement. I've been using this every other week, but I think you could comfortably use it once or twice a week.
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