My Natural Beauty Picks
Since last year, it has been a goal of mine to incorporate more ethical beauty products into my beauty regimen. The thought was to not only focus my efforts on consuming more consciously in fashion but to expand that thought to all areas of my life.
Beauty seemed like the next logical step for me. I hadn't changed up my beauty regimen in quite some time and I had only stuck to the bare basics. In a way, I was forced to switch it up because since having Kolton, I've noticed a real change in my skin. In this post, I'll share with you some of the products I've picked up recently that have worked throughout my pregnancy and that have also worked amazingly well postpardum.
Lotions and Moisturizers
During pregnancy with Kolton my skin did break out into little red bumps on my face and chest due to fluctuating hormones. I also wanted to moisturize as much as I could to avoid stretch marks not realizing that they just come with the package lol. Post pregnancy with Kolton the bumps eventually went away, but my skin was also becoming drier than it ever was pre-pregnancy. Thus, I found a velvety body butter, a basic daily moisturizer for my body and a couple of life-saving masks.
This daily lotion has been my 'right-when-I-get-out-of-the-shower' lotion. It's definitely not sticky like honey but has the thick texture that leaves the skin soft. It drys quick, isn't tested on animals and very close to 100% natural. By no means is it the most ethical beauty product but it's a great lotion headed in a better direction than most brands out there who not only test on animals but contain harmful chemicals for the skin.
I use this mask about twice a month when I need a deep moisturization for my face. It's not joking when it uses the word 'intense'. It's the kind of mask you just wipe away even though it has a lotion consistency. I didn't see any breaks outs after using this product postpartum, so I was super thrilled about that.
My sister turned me onto this brand when she moved back to our birth town Chicago, Illinois last year and decided to gift me the lotion when she found out I was pregnant. The lotion comes from a local business that handmakes all their beauty products from natural ingredients. I came away from this pregnancy with only a couple stretch marks, but I think it would have been far worse if I didn't use this product. The lotion has a consistency of a body butter. When I was pregnant I used it almost every day and never once felt oily afterward. Now, I continue to use it around my belly area once a week.
This face mask also comes from the same company as the Sugar Me Sweet body buttercream and deeply moisturizes my face in a similar fashion. I always had a combination skin type prior to getting pregnant with Kolton. My t-zones were oily and my cheeks were slightly dry, however, after my pregnancy with Kolton I noticed my skin changing. My cheeks and entire face became drier than ever, even living in hot and humid Florida. I knew I had to do something to keep my skin moisturized. Because I had so much success with the body butter, I decided to try the detox face mask. I felt that my face also needed a reboot without all the toxins left over from the Holidays. I use this about once a week and love it! It doesn't leave my skin oily, and my face feels super recharged after using it.
When I went to a massage therapist for the first time since having Kolton, she immediately told me I was severely tense in my upper neck and back. Although, when I told her I was a new mom, she laughed and understood immediately that this pain just comes pare with the course. A weekly massage at the spa is just not in my budget or most mom's budgets, so I'm super glad that my sister gifted me this muscle soothing salve for the Holidays. I rub it on my wrists or the back of my neck and night and it soothes my achy muscles right off the bat. The company uses organic locally sourced ingredients from Vermont to ensure the highest quality. Whether your a breastfeeding mom or consistently carry around your little one, this product is a must have to get through the pain and aches.