Friday, 9 August 2013

Post-pregnancy skincare favourites

Trying to get back on track when you're sleep deprived, time deprived and generally just deprived, means products that are low on maintenance but high on impact are the order of the day. I've reverted to some old favourites and discovered some new products that (hopefully) do the job of at least suggesting I'm in control (even if that's just an act...)

Clarins Flash Balm - where would we be without this miracle wonder? If you don't have at least one tube of this, I'd highly recommend investing - it is sleep in a bottle. 

Eye creams are essential for me - genetically I may be lucky with no stretch marks, but I get terrible dark circles under my eyes, so I'm always on the look out for wonderous creams. As yet, nothing is a total miracle, but the combination of the Body Shop (who knew? I thought this company had gone out of business, but I recently rediscovered it and I'm quite the fan!) Vitamin E Eye Cream during the day and No. 7 Revitalising Eye Balm at night is working pretty well so far. I'd definitely recommend both of these. 

Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Moisturiser - I haven't used this before, but I'm loving it. I'm combining it with Cussons Mum and Me Stretch Mark Cream. I don't have any stretch marks (thanks Mum) but I'm guessing it has general firming properties - and it's seen me through this pregnancy, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. Once I stop breast feeding, I'll move on to a firming body cream (the jury's still out on which one). 

Washing my hands a million times a day means a good hand cream is a necessity too. I'm using L'Occitane's Shea Butter hand cream - it smells divine and really moisturises my hands - perfect. I'm also partial to Burts Bees Almond and Milk hand cream - it's really thick and rich, so you don't need much. 

I'm worried that, as per all my other pregnancies, hair loss is going to kick in after a couple more weeks - so I'm religiously using Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle Shine in the hope of protecting what's there at the moment. I also recently discovered This One Replenishing Treatment and I'm using that a couple of times a week. Too soon to say whether it's working, but it's worth a try - and was a bargain at just £6. Stay tuned - I'll keep you posted on progress. 

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