This post is a little late, but I wanted to give a HUGE thanks to Mario Badescu for the thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift. My bad skin has really spun out of control. If you’ve been following me since before my pregnancy you would know that I had really clear skin (minus the occasional that-time-of-the-month blemish)…until I got pregnant. If I do not keep on a twice a day (morning and night) routine, all hell breaks loose on my face…I’m talking little cluster zits AND the deep, painful cystic ones. Which just recently happened because I’ve been home, not feeling well and extremely lazy with keeping myself up.
When I was working everyday it was habit to wake up and cleanse my face prior to putting my makeup on and heading out the door, and then of course at night I’d wash my makeup off and cleanse my skin again…so I never had an issue. While home and sick however, I’ve been lucky to wash my face even once a day. Luckily now I’m feeling much better and have my energy back so I’ve found a new routine that – HALLELUJAAAAAAH – is working for me…as long as I stick to it!
Since I’m preggers and overly cautious with skincare products, I’ve finally after much trial and error, found a routine using natural (or pregnancy-safe) products that is clearing up my skin and giving me that sought after pregnancy glow! Mario Badescu had no idea, but they completed this search for me with these two products. Here’s what I do every morning and every night now:
I cleanse my face and pat dry. I then use Oil of Olay’s Oil Minimizing Toner because it has witch hazel in it (as opposed to salicylic acid which is what my pre-pregnancy astringent had in it. Salicylic acid is not pregnancy safe. Witch hazel is an all natural astringent made from a plant.) Once that air dries, I spritz on my Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater and also let that air dry/soak in. I LOOOOVE the smell of this and I can actually feel my skin soaking in the natural moisture and cleansing properties of this product. It’s only $7 too so I will definitely keep this in my daily routine. Then I mix three pumps of my Manomai Around the Clock Facial Serum with three drops of the Mario Badescu Rose Hips Nourishing Oil (which lucky for me happens to be a natural antiseptic for your skin!) I massage this mixture into my face and neck and – you guessed it – let it soak in! At only $20 and knowing how safe and effective it is during pregnancy, I will keep this in rotation for sure! My final step is spot treating any blemishes I do have with my Living Nature Manuka Honey Gel for Trouble Spots (an all natural acne medication free spot treatment that REALLY works!) And that is it. It may seem like a lot but this all takes me under 5 minutes and since last week my acne is fiiiinally going away, my skin is always baby soft and I’m finally seeing a bit of a glow.
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