Saturday, September 7, 2013

Beauty and Pregnancy

A lot has been said about beauty products during pregnancy. While my OB did not really prevent me from using beauty products (except for creams containing Retinol), I became extra cautious on what I slap on to my face since I became pregnant.

In my first trimester, I was too lazy to use anything except moisturizer and concealer and I only did it because I have to (read: I have very dry skin on my face and dark circles under my eyes). That's it.

In my 2nd trimester (which is where I'm currently in), I suddenly became addicted to "fixing" myself. I think maybe it's because of the pounds I'm piling on (which so far has reached 15 lbs.) since I got pregnant and because some people are telling me that my nose is starting to swell. I am so not used to rapid weight gain nor to any negative comments about my looks thrown in my face so I started making it a point to at least hide my physical imperfections.

Now some people might react to pregnant women using creams and makeup but if my doctor gave me a green light to use 'em, then I will. I really don't want to be depressed throughout this whole pregnancy by hearing insensitive people's comments and unsolicited advices. Though some people really can't help themselves (haha!) so when I encounter those kinds of people, I just either laugh at them (when I'm in a fairly ok mood) or completely ignore them (when I'm not in the mood). I mean, I know it may be rude and unpolite for me to NOT respond but in my defense, their comments are rude and annoying and hurtful too, even if said in jest. And I know for a fact that I'm not the only pregnant woman who feels this way. :|

So anyway, here's a list of skincare and beauty products I'm using while pregnant. I think these products are fairly safe to use for us preggies as they don't contain any form of retinol or salicylic acid. Disclaimer: I don't claim to be an expert in this so if you really want to be sigurista about it, do check with your OB first.

1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for all skin types - this is my all-time favorite cleanser. Been using it for more than four years now!

2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for dry, sensitive skin - I love, love love this moisturizer so much. I literally only use this product once a day (during the day, before I apply makeup) but it keeps my skin moisturized even after cleansing at night.

3. MAC Mineralize Concealer in NC30 - I used to use Benefit Fake Up Concealer but I found that it doesn't really moisturize my under eyes that much so I switched to Revlon Colorstay Concealer. Used the latter for a few days when I found that it contains salicylic acid (bummer!) so I had to change it again.

4. MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder - my sister has been convincing me to buy this since early last year. It's only now that I succumbed. I regret not buying it sooner. :)

5. The Body Shop All-in-One Blusher in Marshmallow - pretty in pink!

6. NARS Bronzer in Laguna - for contouring. I usually don't use bronzers but I need to now since my cheeks are getting a wee bit bigger (or wider?).

7. Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette (just sometimes) - still haven't mastered the art of eye make up. :( but I'm happy just using Virgin and Naked during the day. Basically, those colors are just a highlight and a base. Blend, blend, blend. Done!

8. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Champagne on Ice - oh, this one is such a steal! I bought this lipstick on sale last year. I think I got it for only P300 in SM Dept. Store. In the picture it looks a tad bit orange but in reality, it has a pretty pale, light, nude color.

9. The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Pure My Lips in #03 Juicy Peach - another lippie which I bought last year. I stopped using this for a while and only saw this again in my make up stash sometime last week. I found that this and Champagne on Ice make such a good combination so I've been using this everyday ever since.

10. The Face Shop Herb Day Lip & Eye Remover for sensitive skin - I know it says lip & eye, but this really does a good job in removing all face makeup. It has no fragrance too, which is a big plus for me because I'm not really fond of makeup removers with scents.

And since I can't chemically-treat my hair while pregnant, I opted to just let my stubborn waves be... until yesterday, that is! When I finally got tired of my buhaghag hair and bought this.

Philips Care and Control Straightener

Will try to do a product review on this soon. ;)

1 comment:

  1. oh just look at heidi klum. even when she's pregnant, she's always still fully made-up.