My plans had been to keep doing seasonal skincare routines, with the next one being a Spring one back in May, but that's conveniently when we found out we were expecting and so I had cut out a few products in my routine (there's a few ingredients which are an absolute no-no in pregnancy) and also start using products to prevent any nasty pregnancy breakouts I'd been warned about. Luckily my skin has actually stayed in tip-top condition throughout my pregnancy so far, and although I haven't noticed that 'glow' everyone talks about, I've managed to keep breakouts and excess oiliness at bay.
Sticking to a set routine both morning and night has definitely helped, and there's a few products in particular which I think have really done wonders to help my skin through a time when my body is going through a lot of changes. A lot of the products I've used for my morning routine have been the same for my evening routine, with just a few small changes, so rather than write two separate posts, I thought I'd stick it all in one! I won't be going into too much detail here, as most of these products have been reviewed in full, and newer products will be featured in more detail soon.
I probably spend more care and attention on my cleansing routine than any other aspect of my skincare routine, because I am a firm believer that if you don't have clear and clear base to start with, even the most expensive of skincare products will be fruitless. I tend to switch things up depending how I feel at the time and if I have makeup on. For morning I've been sticking to the Claudia Louch Botanical Cleansing Lotion (£37.40, 240ml) which I am determined to finish and only have a little left - it's lasted forever! Such a lovely cleanser I've found continued use has been really good for my skin which feels softer and happier after each use; full review here.
When I want something refreshing, and my go-to cleanser for evenings, I reach for the Vichy Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel* (£12, 200ml), which is one of the most budget-friendly cleansers I've tried in a long while. There's a full review of this plus a couple of other products from the Purete Thermale range on their way soon, but it's safe to say I have really loved using this cleanser. It's light-weight, refreshing, feels very soothing and cooling on my skin and works really well to cleanse my skin whilst leaving my skin feeling insanely soft and revived. It also works really well with my FOREO Luna, which I'll be featuring in a full review soon.
I've massively cut down on exfoliating products over the past few months, so if I want a more exfoliating cleanse I use the Nourish Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser* (£16.50, 50ml) - a great one for you cruelty-free fans as this one is also vegan friendly! Although it's not the most pleasant smelling cleanser, it is amazing for buffing skin to smooth perfection without being abrasive. It's super kind to skin and uses Pomegranate Enzymes which work to gently exfoliate, with organic Kale Extract which helps to increase suppleness, alongside healing probiotics which oxygenate skin whilst Griffonia Extract works to protect skin from environmental damage.
If I want a pampering cleanse there's nothing I love more than the Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm (£15.50, 100ml), which is just an absolute joy to use - full review here, another one which is pretty budget-friendly (especially for a balm) and leaves my skin feeling heavenly.
Morning & Night
Morning and night I use two toners. The Origins United State Balancing Tonic (£18.50, 150ml) which I have raved about many times here on the blog (full review here), easily one of the best toners I have ever used which tackles a multitude of skin woes and keeps my combination skin happy and balanced. I am convinced this toner has played a huge part in keeping the breakouts at bay during my first trimester!
The toner I follow up with, to add a little hydration back into my skin, is the very simple and very cost-effective Lush Eau Roma Water (£7.95, 250g) which is such a lovely and refreshing toner that my skin laps up, please like United State, it lasts forever - full review here.
I've been trying to use up some eye creams which had been hiding in my skincare drawer so I've been using the Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream (£24.50, 14.2g) in the mornings. I do like this eye cream, but it's not my favourite - it does the job, hydrates and firms, but not as well as other (and more budget-friendly) eye creams I've tried. I needed to use it up before it went out of date though, and I do like the way it works under makeup - full review here.
For evenings I've been using the White Rabbit Toning Eye Cream (£8, 15ml) which I have absolutely raved about and is amazing for a super-hydrating, firming and toning night-time eye cream. Cruelty-free, vegan and incredibly budget-friendly, I honestly cannot recommend this enough. The difference it has made to the delicate skin around my eyes is phenomenal - full review here.
My choice in serums over recent months has been tailored purely towards dealing with my skin during changes, working with the season and trying to prevent the worst of any unwanted breakouts. For morning I've been using (and almost finished) the Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum (£45.00, 100ml) which I've mentioned before as a really great serum for clearing up and repairing skin before, during and after breakouts - full review here.
As well as breakouts, pigmentation is something which can get worse during pregnancy and as this is something I already suffer with, I wanted to do whatever I could to prevent it getting worse, rather than waiting until it did. My favourite product for dealing with pigmentation and one I've raved about countless times before, is the Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening and Tone-Correcting Serum (£35, 30ml) - full review here.
Oils are an important part of my routine and Kiehl's has been the brand I've turned to for both morning and night. A new addition to my routine and one you'll see a full review on very soon is the Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate* (£36, 30ml) which launches this September. The name alone should give it away that this is perfect for my skin right now, with a revitalising blend of Ginger Root, Sunflower and Tamanu Oils - oh, and it smells amazing!
For evenings the oil I can always rely on to ensure I wake up with perfect, happy skin is the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (£36, 30ml) which is one of the most incredible products I've ever tried, a constant in my routine for 2-3 years now. Few products give my skin the benefits this beauty does, and I love how incredibly light-weight it is - full review here.
I think it's important to carry your skincare down; making sure to pamper your neck and décolletage as well, especially as these areas tend to show signs of ageing quicker than other areas of our body. The Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Anti-Wrinkle Rejuvenating Cream (£45, 50ml) is absolutely perfect. It has a lovely scent, it feels instantaneously cooling and soothing when applied, and with continued use leaves skin feeling softer and firmer to the touch - full review here.
Last but not least and the final step in both my morning and evening routine, is a good moisturiser. For morning I've completely used up a travel sized pot of the Herborist Revitalising & Firming Day Cream (£39, 50g), which I would honestly purchase in the full size, so keep an eye out for my full review alongside some other Herborist products coming soon!
For night time I've been using the Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Peaceful Skin Night Cream* (£14.99, 50ml) which is my very first try of a Superfacialist product. Although this hasn't been as hydrating as I would have hoped, it does work really well overnight to soften and moisturise my skin whilst being gentle and effective. It rejuvenates, soothes and strengthens skin cells with a combination of Hyaluronic Acid, Rosehip, Cucumber and Willow. It has a very subtle rose scent too, which is very soothing at night before bed.
This has turned out much longer than I expected, always the way with skincare routines, but hopefully if you have oily/combination skin like me, or if you're also expecting and aren't sure which products could help prevent or sooth pregnancy breakouts, hopefully it'll give you some ideas of products to try out.
*PR sample - Disclaimer