I have been pretty faithful and consistent with posting a weekly belly bump picture on my FB throughout my pregnancy. I am usually known for keeping it clean and healthy with my nutrition and workouts, but I am getting attention in an area I honestly never spent much time on.. 😡 oops! My SKIN! So I am going to give you the inside scoop on my daily routine for my skin, and how it has changed over the course of my pregnancy.
Growing up I had a TERRIBLE time with acne. Yes I tried EVERYTHING from washes and scrubs to topical ointment and oral medications. Once you pump yourself full of all that, well, acne is bound to eventually go away and stay away! I was lucky, it did for the most part throughout high school and college. So, I am going to be completely honest with you when I say, I really never focused on my skin at all; unless my skin was super dry and I needed a little lotion, I didn’t do a darn thing with it!
Pregnancy was a whole new ball game. I started off with INCREDIBLY dry itchy skin on the outside of my thighs and down my legs, parts of my belly, and sections of my arms. It was so bad! I was literally ripping my skin open in my sleep. I did use some lotions, but honestly nothing was helping. I was basically in tears because it was so itchy and all I could think about was, this was just the beginning… I wasn’t even showing yet, I obviously was going to have a field day with stretch marks. I went through BOTTLES of regular lotion, even regular cocoa butter, nothing was soothing the terrible, irritable itch. I even had scars forming on my thighs from itching open all my scabs– too much? Ehh its the truth!
A really good friend of ours then purchased not just cocoa butter for me, but I think it is the TYPE that she got me, that really turned things around for me! Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E. It is basically a paste. Super thick. Comes in a jar (pictured below). This is what started to give me a little relief! I would put this all over my body after EVERY shower, and then again either at night or in the morning at least on my belly and thighs (what ever time of the day was opposite of my shower).
I used this Palmer’s stuff alone for quite a while. I guess I should add that I went through a WHOLE JAR of coconut oil before trying this stuff, and the coconut oil didn’t even touch my dry, itchiness. (that was using it IN the shower and trying it after a shower as well- NADA, nothing!) After posting about my perdicament on my timeline I did decide to get a sugar scrub to use in the shower like a few recommended. Let me tell you something about a sugar scrub, it can be a little time consuming, you can’t just pop in and out of the shower.. but OHHHHHH my gosh, I think it changed my life forever! I didn’t pick any scrub specifically, I just picked one I thought I liked the smell off at Home Goods or TjMaxx (one of those). I picked up one of those scrub gloves at the dollar tree, and I was in love!
I was actually almost appalled by how disgusting that glove was after my first use 😡 Spoiler alert, it was basically brown- hahah YUCK! But obviously it was much, much needed. The Dollar Tree glove only lasted for about 2-3 rounds of sugar scrubbing, so I do recommend getting a better quality one at a beauty store. I got a pack of 2 gloves at TJMaxx for about $3 I think and I can use each glove for about 7-8 scrubs. Im not sure if they can be washed, but they aren’t that expensive to just replace and get a nice new one! So I’m going to say somewhere around 18-20 weeks into my pregnancy I started to add this sugar scrub 2-3 times a week (more like 2 but sometimes 3) to my shower routine. So I was using this DURING my shower, and then the Palmer’s paste AFTER.
I’m going to say it was around 28 weeks of pregnancy that I added the last piece of the puzzle. I cut back slightly on the sugar scrub, I do it maybe once or twice every other week, but I still use the Palmer’s after each shower, and then just whenever my belly gets itchy (but I probably should just do it twice a day). I did however start putting Avon’s Oil Gel on before using the Palmer’s paste. I don’t know if was because it was getting harder and harder to rub a paste in when I couldn’t really bend over and not either almost fall over or be super uncomfortable (little did I know it would only get harder and harder! hahah).
I was reading on the Palmer’s paste that they recommended using an oil that they have in their line up of products, but I already had this Avon stuff, so I figured I would try it out! Since the Palmer’s is so thick, I’ve been only using it on my stomach, hips, butt, boobs, and thighs, plus any irritated areas. The Skin So Soft I try to put everywhere, at least wherever I can still reach :p. Avon first, Palmer’s second!
So for those that are wondering what I am doing to keep my skin so nice during pregnancy, this is my “secret”, this is my routine, and I guess it has been working! My skin does still get really really itchy on days that my belly (and boobs) are growing and stretching, but if I get some good quality lotion on it, I can contain the irritation and feeling of wanting to rip my skin off 😉
Good Luck!! Pass this on to the expecting Mama’s in your life 🙂