My Postpartum Skincare Routine
There’s no denying it: hormones are crazy powerful! I’ve always had pretty sensitive skin, and the wild territory that comes with pregnancy and the months postpartum has definitely had its influence on my skin. During my 1st and 2nd trimesters, I found myself with the worst case of hormonal acne. Nothing I tried seemed to work! I finally tried this crazy expensive serum (and you’ll want to, too, after reading this!) and a new face wash, which did the trick. It took me many months and lots of money to come to the conclusion that our skin is always evolving and what once worked may not always work.
Now that I am in the postpartum stage and my hormones are (maybe?) starting to calm down, I’m settling in to a routine. I have dry skin, but am prone to breakouts.
There are certain items that have been mainstays and I’ve used for a long while, but some are new to the scene and have already earned themselves a spot in my everyday routine. Here we go!
My morning routine:
When I wake up in the morning, I splash my face with cold water (feels so refreshing) and usually use a mild cleanser. I say usually because somedays a splash of water feels like enough. If I do wash my face in the morning, I use this herbal cleanser, which is light and has a beautiful smell. I feel like I’m in a field of wildflowers when I use it.
I don’t towel off my face after washing so that my moisturizer will be better absorbed. I spritz a little of this hydrating accelerator or May Lindstrom’s Jasmine Garden (my two favorite toners, which I rotate between). Then it’s on to the moisturizer! I always start with an oil or serum because I love how they feel on my skin. For the past year or so, I’ve been obsessed with this barbary fig seed oil (like argan oil but boosted) for the way it makes me skin feel so soft and hydrated. It’s also great at helping to heal scars and any dry spots, and it’s a pro at calming inflammation and redness. I sometimes mix it with the One Love Organics Vitamin C Serum for an extra dose of brightening. I’m kind of obsessed with this serum for the way it plumps my skin and makes it look so dewy. Next, I put on a sunscreen. I’ve been wearing Josh Rosebrook’s Nutrient Day Cream for a few years. I love the way it smells (like marshmallows!) and it’s super effective. Plus, I’ve met Josh at a Follain Meet the Maker event and he’s the nicest. Next up, makeup! I’ll share more about that routine in a different post, because there’s lots to share. Before I apply makeup, though, I do use a primer. I love this one from Juice Beauty.
My evening routine:
I love taking the day off! I use the cult-favorite black soap from Osmia Organics to cleanse my face, and if I’m in the mood for double cleansing, I’ll sometimes follow-up with May Lindstrom’s Honey Mud (which I’ll often “forget” to take off and leave on for 10-15 minutes and get all the awesome benefits of a mask). Next up, I run a clean washcloth under hot water and place it on my face for a moment of ahhhh and then proceed to wipe my neck and chest. It feels so good after a long day. Depending on my mood, I’ll sometimes do a face mask. I currently switch off between The Problem Solver and this purifying mask. I’m a bit of a mask junkie. I love how they make my skin feel and they totally relax me. Once or twice a week I use this overnight peel, which was recommended to me by Brianne at Brad Duncan.
Before bed, I apply this serum and a hefty dose (3-5 drops) of my beloved barbary fig seed oil for optimal evening hydration. If I have a blemish, I’ll use a little of this treatment from Osmia Organics. I love that it doesn’t dry my skin out.
As I get older, I find myself paying more and more attention to all of my skin, not just my face. I try to always wear sunscreen on my face, neck, and décolleté. Before I shower, I use a dry brush which helps to exfoliate (and encourages cell renewal), drain your lymphatic system, and increases circulation. I love how it feels! I always start at my feet, working in small circular motions towards my heart.
I should note that I also (try) to drink a ton of water! Water is obviously important for so many reasons, but it’s critical for maintaining healthy skin. I really think that drinking lots of water and wearing sunscreen are the two best things you can do for your skin. Plus, let it breathe! When I go on vacation, I tend to wear little to no makeup and let my skin really breathe. It’s amazing what a week of salt water and no makeup will do for your skin!
Anyways, I’d love to know — what are your favorite products? Do you have a skincare routine that you follow?