I’m not really the pampering kind of girl but like nearly all women, I use a fair few products on a day to day basis. And while I’m not super strict on the ingredients these products contain I usually at least look for paraben free.
Since becoming pregnant I have added a moisturiser to my daily routine to try and limit stretch marks. Whether it helps or not remains to be seen but it makes me feel better! Plus my skin has been so soft and lovely since that I will probably carry on after birth. I don’t use a moisturiser on my face though as I get oily skin. I use a paraben free face wash or wipe and put light makeup on which has more than enough moisture for me.
And here are some of my finds. I live in the UK so these are what I have found relatively easily here. I found the Good Things products in Sainsbury’s and have used their facial moisturiser a while back but found I was better without, their face wipes which are very wet and perfect for cleaning off make up, and the pictured face wash which I like too.
The Timotei I buy from Tesco or Home Bargains. They sometimes have it in Home Bargains at a really good price but more often than not they only have the conditioner and not the shampoo. I have been using this for months and love it but always use the conditioner with the shampoo or I find my hair feels a bit dry. I highly recommend this one.
The Palmers Cocoa Butter is my new pregnancy addition. This is the kind that is a really thick, set butter that melts on your skin. It highly moisturises and doesn’t fully soak in so can leave you feeling a little sticky under your clothes. I find I can still feel it on me until my next bath or shower but it really does make my skin feel great. I sometimes just use it every other day so I’m not so sticky!
I have been using this Sanex shower gel for quite a while too. It is plain and boring but does the job. Sometimes my skin gets a little dry when I use it for shaving my legs and under arms but it’s nothing a little moisturiser can’t fix.
Faith in Nature are a brand I have only ever seen online and can be quite pricey. I bought this along with a shampoo when they were a bit cheaper on Amazon, but the prices tend to go up and down on there. The shampoo was very thin but lathered well and smelt lovely of citrus oils (which was in the ingredients). The face wash is nice and lightly exfoliates. It can sometimes make my skin a little oily as it is quite thick and I’m not sure what else is in it, but I like to use if a couple of times a week. Sometimes I just wash my face with water but everyone’s skin is different. I would buy their shampoo again but not at full price as it is around double the price of the Timotei that I like.
And that is all I have in at the moment. I still haven’t found a natural deodorant that works for me and I use a Sanex one that contains aluminium. It’s not ideal but I can’t live without a good deodorant.
I’m coming up to 19 weeks pregnant now and thought I would share a quick belly shot for anyone who is interested as I am getting a little bump now. It’s pretty exciting for me to see and also to feel my little one move around now. I will be finding out the sex of my baby next week which I am really looking forward to.
Do you check the ingredients in your beauty products or just in the food you eat? How important do you think it is to put less chemicals on your skin? I would love to hear any recommendations that you guys have!