I’ll be honest, I’ve been so unhappy seeing pictures of myself on Instagram lately because my skin was looking plain terrible. I knew I was caking on my MAC powder to hide breakouts and sun spots, and it wasn’t cutting it anymore. It was too hard to always get ready and take the time to put on make-up. I wanted to make a change so that I could skip foundation on busy days and not feel totally self-conscious.
Skin Treatments I’ve Tried
In today’s post I’m going to be getting really honest about my skincare — both treatments and products. Living in Arizona and Florida in my 20s was such a blast, but also left my skin fairly damaged from being outdoors almost year-round. So around age 28 (after Shep was born) I started doing some more invasive chemical peels to start to combat that, and I loved the way they made my skin look! The downtime was 2-3 days, but afterward my skin glowed! I did several of those each year, along with upping my skin moisturizer from a Clinique/drugstore brand to Kiehl’s.
After I got pregnant with Beau, I started noticing the bags under my eyes, which I’ve been battling since. Blame on lack of sleep from two under two or just getting into my 30s, but these started to really bother me. Being pregnant, I couldn’t do the chemical peels anymore so I switched to lactic acid peels along with dermaplaning. It was a great maintenance routine and kept my skin looking fresh.
Fast forward to these days, I have two boys under three and one on the way. My eye bags are still driving my nuts, and my skin tone/texture was feeling at its ultimate low. While I was better with skincare and wasn’t exposed to strong sunlight yearround, Ohio was drying to my skin and between a moderately healthy diet and my love of wine, it was starting to feel dull again. I also had really let my skincare product routine fall to the backburner, just picking up whatever I could find while out at Target.
Skin Treatments During Pregnancy
The folks at The Skin Center in Gahanna invited me to meet with Rebecca for a consultation. I told her I had been planning to do another chemical peel and possibly Botox (no shame) before I had found out I was pregnant, now I needed their help to advise what I could do while pregnant because I was plain unhappy with my skin these days. Not to mention, I had several pregnancy-related breakouts.
Rebecca was so helpful and gave me recommendations for both a pregnancy treatment plan (to continue while breastfeeding) as well as some product recommendations. I knew it was time to up my products to higher quality, so I was excited to try them out (and heads-up, besides affiliate links, I’m only recommending the products I chose, and I don’t get commission if you buy them there or elsewhere).
For those mamas out there who are unhappy with their skin like I was, here was the treatment she did. You can find The Skin Center near you and ask them if this is right for you, or ask for a custom consultation yourself. I liked how they took a very medical-based approach to skincare, and didn’t try selling me on products or treatments that weren’t going to be right for me.
My Pregnancy Skin Treatment
Dermasweep: This was a pre-treatment that felt like a tiny vacuum going all over my face. It prepped the skin for later treatments and felt amazing. Rebecca also used this to apply the infusions after dermaplaning, and I could feel them working right away.
Dermaplaning: I have done this treatment before, and it’s quite incredible. I’ve always had those small blonde peach fuzz hairs on my face (isn’t that wonderful), and this treatment uses a tiny blade to remove those, along with top-level skin cells. You’re left with fresh skin and a much smoother palette for makeup. You need to get it done about once a month (or less) to keep up the smooth appearance. There is no downtime or redness afterward, so you can go on to do whatever you’d like that day.
Infusions: Rebecca recommended a Jan Marini & Vitamin C infusion, which are high-concentrate treatments applied right after dermaplaning, so they can soak in to fresh skin right away.
Check out my Instagram today for a video from Rebecca explaining my treatment in more detail!
The products that Rebecca recommended were target my problem areas right away were the Obagi Vit. C Serum and the Elastiderm Eye Cream. I can’t say enough about these products. The Vit. C alone has worked wonders on my skin, brightening it every time I apply it (once a day) to where my skin has more of a glow to it and I don’t feel like I need to always wear my foundation. The eye cream is definitely the best I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot!) My eye bags have significantly diminished even in a month period.
There is a lot to worry about during pregnancy, so finding a skincare regimen that works and keeps my skin looking fresh is one less thing to worry about. The Skin Center is located in Pennsylvania and Ohio and they run awesome specials all the time, so check to see if there’s one close to you.
Feel free to send me any questions about my pre- or post-pregnancy skin treatments, and as always, check with your doctor first. All of the treatments I have included here are determined safe for pregnancy, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution.
On to the linkup!