My Skin Care routine has changed a little since becoming pregnant. But nothing too major. There are some products I can use; some I cannot ensure my baby doesn’t absorb harsh chemicals or acids that are in intense facial peels or spot treatments.
I have requests for an updated skincare routine, and since it’s more of the products that changed, and not the way I use them or apply them, I decided to write a post. Please take into consideration that what will work for my skin- might not work for yours. I’ve had years of trying new skin care products to finally figure out what keeps my skin looking and feeling its best on a daily basis.
MY FULL SKINCARE ROUTINE GUIDE FOR CLEAR & HEALTHY LOOKING SKIN
To remove my makeup, I have a full video of the different ones I like to use. You can check that out here Currently, I’ve been using a Pre-Cleanse from Dermalogica that I’ve used in the past and really like! It breaks down the makeup and makes it easy for removal in the shower. I’ve also been using Derma E’s Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil and I really enjoy that one too!
- Add 1-2 pumps in your hand and massage onto face in gentle circular motions. Slowly, you’ll see the cleansing oil breakup foundation, concealer, and even waterproof mascara so you can easily wash it off!
- Use a few drops of water until you see a white milky residue that assists in the makeup removal process. Repeat as needed!
I use a few different cleansers daily but my main go-to cleanser is from Cetaphil. It’s something about it that works really well with my skin. Since I ran out, I’ve been using Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel and switching it up with Pixi Beauty’s Clay Cleanser every-other day.
- Massage Cleanser into your skin without applying water first, then go in using your Clarisonic or hands to gently remove makeup. For my morning routine, I use my Foreo Luna (use code: FOREO to save 15% on your order) and night time, I like to use my Clarisonic to get deep into my pores to help prevent future breakouts.
To ensure I remove all of my eye-makeup because I use waterproof mascara and liners, I like to go in with a cotton round and gently press the cotton round on my eyes to break-up any left-over mascara or liner. Sometimes I can do a great job using the Pre-Cleanser, but sometimes I don’t. So, I like to use Micellar Water or a really nice eye-makeup remover. The two I’m really enjoying is from Garnier & Simple Skincare. I currently have a lot of Garnier Micellar water due to sales at my Local Target Store, so that’s what I’ve been using whenever I need it.
- Use a cotton round to remove eye-makeup residue and use a Q-Tip to remove mascara from in-between your lashes and to get rid of leftover waterproof eyeliner that might be lingering.
- Press and hold the cotton round to the eyes so it saturates the area for easier removal.
FACE MASKS & SHEET MASKS
Before applying serums or moisturizers, I like to treat my skin 1-2 times a week with either a mask or a sheet mask. I have many clay style face masks that I love, I’ll be sure to link as many as I can below! Freeman has inexpensive masks that you can buy and will last you a while. If you prefer a sheet mask, Garnier has some really good ones and so does SK-II. L’Oreal has a detox mask I like to use if my skin feels congested and you can pick that up here Here’s a video on the trend called “Masking” here
- Apply a thin layer of a clay mask or open a sheet mask and apply to your face. I like to keep my masks on for 20-30 minutes.
- Wash off if you tried a clay style masks or pat remaining liquid into your skin for a sheet mask.
- Let dry and follow up with serums and moisturizers.
TONERS & FACIAL ESSENCE
I tent to skip toners because I now use Facial Essence. I really enjoy SK-II’s Treatment and it works really well for helping my serums and moisturizers penetrate into my skin’s layers better. I also have a video on this and how I use it. You can watch that video here It is pretty pricey in terms of a facial essence, but I feel it’s well worth it in my opinion. If you’re looking for a similar item but works better for your budget, try this one from Josie Maran which is a spray mist, but does help with setting makeup, giving you a refreshing complexion and perfect for your skin care routine!
- Directly add Facial Essence into your palms and pat into your skin.
- Use a cotton round and gently pat essence into your skin.
Along with Facial masks, I’m a big fan of facial serums and oils. They keep my skin baby smooth and soft and really have incredible benefits that can kick your skincare game up. I use so many serums for all areas of my face. I focus a lot of it in the center of my face because I tend to have the most uneven skin there. My current serum is from Derma E called the Vitamin C Concentrate – This helps with discoloration and spots on my skin. A high-end favorite is from Skin Laundry. I currently can’t use Skin Laundry due to Glycolic acid, but it’s a nice serum that really makes a difference.
- Apply a few drops directly to skin or palms and gently massage into your skin
- Wait a few moments for absorption.
CREAMS, MOISTURIZERS & ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS
After using products above, I finish off my face with a moisturizer. I switch this up often. My main go-to product is the daily moisturizer from Cetaphil. I use it almost every morning and for night time, I like to use a combination of creams. Olay has a really good micro-sculpting cream that I like to use on days when I don’t wear makeup and at night. I like to pair it with the concentrate that works really well to target more layers of the skin. I have a video of those products here.
Pixi Beauty has a night cream that I’ve been trying out that’s a little lighter than the Olay cream and it comes in a pump (perfect for travel) – Derma E has a nice hydrating moisturizer that’s light and feels amazing on the skin as well. I switch these up depending on how my skin is feeling and what I feel it needs but all are really great products!
ACNE SCARS, PIGMENTATION, UNEVEN SKIN
I’ve been working for years on the evening out my complexion and getting rid of dark marks. In a few of my videos, I’ve mentioned that I’ve dealt with hyperpigmentation as a teen and it affected me. I remember making a promise to myself that If I could fade it, I’ll always take great care of my skin. Well, this is why I’m such a skincare addict! These are products I cannot use during pregnancy, but they are my favorites and are effective with discoloration. Juice Beauty has a product called Green Apple Peel that works so good! I apply it like a face mask and let it sit for the instructed time frame. Then, wash it off.
So far, that was the only product that shared really great results in a minimal amount of time.
FACIAL SCRUBS & EXFOLIATION
I like to exfoliate once a week to ensure my skin looks and feels healthy. I like to use Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant for this process. I also use ELF’s exfoliating scrub for a less intense scrub. Both are very gentle on my skin and doesn’t scratch or tear your skin causing extra issues. Remember, harsher products don’t always mean better!
ACNE + BLEMISH SPOT TREATMENTS
I only use one product for spot treating my blemishes. I don’t use it currently because of the ingredients, however, I’ve been using this since I was a Pre-teen! It’s from Clean and Clear and it’s the best spot treatment ever! It does cause a little irritation to my skin if I use too much, but it does work with reducing the size of a pimple and helps with the deeply rooted ones that form under the skin. I made a DIY spot treatment you can try here if you’re interested in saving some cash from store products.
Since I have dry under eyes, I use many creams to keep that area hydrated. I’ve been through a few that haven’t worked but I do know that these give me the most hydrated under-eye area and looks great with or without makeup! ITCosmetics makes the best eye cream I’ve ever used. Hands down…Whenever I run out, I notice and run back to my Ulta to get more. It’s the best and worth every penny. Another one that’s okay for no makeup days is from Clinique called the Pep-Start. For puffiness, I’ll sometimes use Pixi Beauty’s Elixir before makeup application. It’s cooling roller ball feels really nice around that area.
I’m always trying new eye-creams and I have a brand that I’m also currently trying that I’ll share once I get a general idea of how it works for me! Check here often to make sure you don’t miss that post!
Lips are apart of my skincare routine, so I like to use two products for this! The first is from Elizabeth Arden called 8 Hour cream. I use this not only for my lips, but I use it on top of makeup, under makeup, everything! It’s a universal cream that is worth all the money. I usually apply this to my lips before makeup application and once I’m finished, it gently exfoliates dead skin cells from my lips and hydrates them! The second is the Rose Bud Salve for travel and to-go scenarios. Both I love and work great!
SKIN CARE TOOLS & DEVICES I USE
I love skin care devices and I have several I like to incorporate into my routine…Foreo Luna is what I like to use for morning face washing, Clarisonic is what I use for deep clean mostly at night. I have a light mask for acne, A Micro Derm Roller (I rarely use because I don’t want holes in my face) Cooling globes that help with puffy under eyes and a Lazer hair removal device that I rarely use since I’m pregnant currently. I don’t have a super consistent schedule with any of them besides the cleansing devices but I do really enjoy them when I do get a chance to use them!
I hope this skincare routine guide helps you find products that will improve your skincare routine and I hope you love the products as much as I do! If you want to watch a get un-ready with my routine, click here it’s an older video, but the routine itself is the same! You can also check out more skin care related videos on my YouTube channel & check out this Glowing Skin Tutorial for more tips.
Let me know your personal skin care routine and if you’ve tried anything mentioned in this post by commenting below! Thanks so much for reading! Xo, Kalei