May 20 2015

Subtle Changes to my Beauty Routine in Pregnancy

Disclaimer: Some PR Samples. See bottom.

pregnancy beauty favorites on BeautyJudy

Over the course of my pregnancy, I’ve found myself making subtle changes to my beauty routine.

The majority of these changes involve how I take care of my facial skin, as my normally sensitive skin needs evolved.

In December, for example, I found myself having to put aside my Cleanse by Lauren Napier cleansing wipes for a few months after what normally works well for me created irritation on my rosacea and landed me at the doctor’s office with a script for an antibiotic cream. Even my locally-made and bought sensitive skin, rosacea therapy soap wasn’t cutting it anymore.

I’m happy to say I can use the Cleanse wipes again after some experimentation (and I tossed a handful in my hospital bag!), but I haven’t strayed much from the routines I’ve set over the course of the last 8 1/2 months.

Check out some of my favorite products and routines!

Dove Unscented Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar

Dove unscented sensitive skin beauty bar

I would like to tell you who or what led me to try Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar in place of my rosacea therapy facial cleansing bar, but I am pregnant and pregnancy brain is REAL. All I know is, around the time I had my skin infection, I was turned onto this and I have been using it ever since.

I cleanse my face in the shower with this bar, and end up using it all over most days.

It doesn’t irritate my skin at all.

Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser, Pixi Glow Tonic and Bioderma Sensibio H20 Makeup Removing Micelle Solution

Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic Bioderma Sensibio H20 Ponds Cold Cream cleanser

Above is a combination of my nightly skin care routine, and what I use in the morning after washing my face with my Dove soap. I’ll break them down by bullets!

  • Pixi Glow Tonic has been a staple in my medicine cabinet since I received a sample of it. It’s perfect for mornings, after I’ve washed my face with my Dove soap, I use a bit of this on a cotton pad and my face feels refreshed. I wanted to show both the used bottle (I just kicked it last week!) and the full, new bottle I bought, because I was concerned at first that the formula had changed because the two formulas were different colors and the front labels highlight different ingredients; but it hasn’t. They’ve just made the glycolic acid ingredient more prominent on the front of the packaging, which wasn’t apparent on the bottle I first tried. I swear by this toner.
  • Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser – my skin LOVES this stuff. I slather it on my face at night, rubbing it in circular motion, and then I take a wash cloth, wet it with warm water, and wipe it off my face gently. I watch the makeup and dirt of the day come right off. My skin is left feeling moisturized – soft and supple. I follow with Glow Tonic or…
  • Bioderma Sensibio H20 Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution. I received this to try at The Makeup Show NYC earlier this month and it has quickly earned a spot in my skin care routine. It is the consistency, color and scent of water, and it’s refreshing to wipe across my skin with a cotton pad. The formula I have is designed for sensitive skin, but there is a regular formula, as well. I will use this or Glow Tonic in the morning or night after cleansing.

Cult Nails Wicked Fast

Cult Nails Wicked Fast

I religiously used a top coat that was two-free prior to pregnancy – it still had DBP in it. Once I learned that it included this ingredient, I looked through my stash and decided that I had to go back to another of my Holy Grail top coats, Cult Nails Wicked FastWicked Fast is DBP, Toulene and Formaldehyde free.

Unfortunately, the brand is closing its doors and the last bottles I have of Wicked Fast are my last – I may hoard a couple in case I ever do this pregnancy thing again!

I’m not sure if this makes a difference, or even helps. I still use nail polish remover and nail polish, although I try to use polish that is three- or five-free. But it was a change I could make that I felt good about.

Have you ever had to adjust your beauty routine for something – a pregnancy, moving to a new climate, etc.? I’d love to hear if you have any experience in this too!

Disclaimer: I received the Bioderma in my press bag at The Makeup Show NYC from the PR Firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how keeps it real!

  • Honeygirlk

    I have always been a huge fan of Dove. I need to try Bioderma, I have yet to try anything from that brand yet. And, it’s been a while since I’ve used Ponds. Great bunch of goodies.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Honey!

  • Justina

    Love peeking into your beauty routine!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Justina!

  • Mai

    Yesss I love Bioderma as a makeup remover! It doesn’t get rid of the super heavy duty stuff but it’s great either before or after a cleansing oil clean.

    • BeautyJudy

      Agreed, I tried removing a heavy face of the day with it when I first tried it out and it didn’t work. But agreed, finding that it works best after another cleanse really gave it life in my routine!

  • Chelsea

    I’ve been using Bioderma as a cleanser in the mornings, because I am prone to dry skin and don’t like sucking the life out of it twice a day with a full cleanse if I don’t need to. It’s so refreshing!

    • BeautyJudy

      That sounds perfect, Chelsea! It’s really a nice cleanser to keep in the medicine cabinet!!

  • Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    My skin got crazyyy sensitive with pregnancy and so temperamental! It’s crazy how being preggo changes things like that. I used to have seasonal allergies and it was so bad, then after I had my first I never got them again. Of course, with the next one they came back.. so back to square one LMAO

    • BeautyJudy

      Oh man, my nose has been stuffy the last few days, and I have struggled on and off with that “pregnancy stuffy nose,” lol. It does weird things to our bodies that we wouldn’t even think! I do look forward to using my local indie rosacea soap again, even though I love my Dove bar!

  • Phyrra

    The Pixi Glow tonic is awesome.

    • BeautyJudy

      I fully agree!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    I want to try Bioderma. I read positive reviews all the time

    • BeautyJudy

      Do it! I can imagine it being so refreshing in Hawaiian summer 🙂

  • Nidia Doherty

    I’ve wanted to try the Pixi Glow Tonic and the micellar water, but haven’t yet. I enjoy trying new skincare, so that’s not an issue for me!

    • BeautyJudy

      You are lucky to have such hardy skin, Nidia!!! I envy you, and enjoy seeing all the products you get to try. But I am glad I was able to give both the toner and cleanser a shot and fall in love with them!

  • marciaf

    I’m loving Bioderma Micellar Water too. I’ve used Dove Unscented for 2 dozen years – my gyn told me to use it in the shower and she was right.

    • BeautyJudy

      Marcia it’s definitely a multi-purpose bar for me, too! My husband has even been using it in place of his usual Dove bar – he used the one that had cucumber scent to it.

  • Miranda | Slashed Beauty

    I see some faves! I love the PIxi Toner as well as cold cream. Although the toner DOES have such a strong scent, doesn’t it?

    • BeautyJudy

      You know, it does! I find it pleasant/appealing, though. If I didn’t, it would definitely be an issue for me, though. It’s a great point.

  • loveforlacquer

    I have been loving Bioderma! So glad you got to try it!

    • BeautyJudy

      It’s fantastic! Thanks!!

  • Heather

    I adore that Pixi Glow Tonic it is amazing!

    • BeautyJudy

      It really is!! And I realized after I started using the new bottle that the actual BOTTLE is tinted, no wonder the product looked darker, loL!

  • beautybymissl

    My mom loves Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar 🙂
    I was pregnant 3 years ago and I can’t really remember how much I changed my beauty routine during that time 😛

    • BeautyJudy

      Hahah, they say that pregnancy brain turns into mommy brain!

  • Cindy Ingalls

    I have heard such great things about the Bioderma and the Pixi Glow Tonic. I really need to try them out.

    • BeautyJudy

      I really love both! My face feels so good after using either one.

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Dove soap and Pond’s Cold Cream, my two long-time clients for market research. Brings back memories. I’m glad you use those two affordable classics along with your Bioderma Micellar Water!

    • BeautyJudy

      Absolutely! The Pond’s was a spontaneous at-the-register purchase at Harmon Face Values, and it has re-earned a perma home in my medicine cabinet!

  • Anastasia

    Oh, what a wonderful roundup of products I own/tried all of these, and they are fantastic!! I recently adjusted my beauty routine as well by swapping out some heavier creams that I normally use in the Winter.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Anastasia! I look forward to that time of year when I get to change my creams and cleansers to adjust for the cooler or warmer weather – it usually means trying something new! Although as bloggers, I guess there’s never a shortage of us having the opportunity to try something new, loL!