Pregnant skin care no-no’s

Hi there! I know it’s been a while since I’ve written on here. I’m so sorry about that. Pregnancy has a funny way of kicking my butt simply for wanting to bring life into the world. I do want to start off by saying thank you so very much for joining me here. I know that you could be doing anything and you are here. I appreciate that a lot. Just to let you know that this post may contain affiliates links. If you want to support me as a content creator, by all means purchase through the links provided in the post. You will never pay more, but you may save some money. At the same time, I will get a small commission. It’s a win-win for us both.

Being pregnant is a blessing that I get to share alongside so many women on this globe. It often comes accompanied with so many lifestyle change, after all a new life is about to occupy your space and for about 40 weeks your body. So what used to be has to be change. You may need to start switching those mimosas for water, fries for vegetables and that guest bedroom may be the perfect place for a crib. I always find amazing how this bundle of joy can bring about such monumental changes in a person’s life.

Currently I have two little ones and I thought I had it all figured out but turns out just like every child is different so is every pregnancy. This doesn’t change the fact that I still want to put my best skin forward. I must do that using products with ingredients that are effective in doing what it needs without the possibility of hurting my unborn child. So I’ve created a list of skin care ingredients that will need to take a backseat (along side the gin & tonic) in my routine until it’s safe to do so.

Retinoids

Even though topical retinoids have not shown to be bad for fetuses it’s still advised that pregnant women should avoid them as a precaution. What is bad is oral retinoids. There have been cases of undesired and unwanted results on fetuses such as miscarriage, premature delivery and a series of birth defects. To be on the safe side, it’s better to just avoid all of them. A good alternative to retinol is bakuchiol and has been ruled safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Also there’s Vitamin C, kohjic acid and glycolic acid.

Hydroquinone

My first introduction to hydroquinone was over 10 years ago when I was trying to get rid of this acne scar. I later found out it was a skin lightening cream and is considered to be carcinogenic. It is quite powerful and even though it does not appear to have an increased risk of fetal malformation due to the amount that is absorbed in the body compared to others, it’s just better to be safe than sorry. Minimizing the risk of exposing the fetus to harmful chemicals is always the safest way to ensure everyone’s health, no matter how many shades darker your body gets while pregnant. Just wait it out, once your baby is out your face and body will match.

Phthalate

This one comes with all kinds of unwanted and documented risks such as the disruption of thyroid levels, sex hormone and 25-hydroxyvitamin D in pregnant women or the baby. This results in preterm birth, preeclampsia, glucose disorders in the mother, and the list goes on. It’s safe to say, that it is best to avoid this chemical at all cost. Phthalates are usually found in synthetic fragrances and nail polish. Though you phthalates can be found in virtually anything, it’s best to limit exposure as much as possible.

Formaldehyde

This chemical is usually found in many nail polishes and certain hair products. So maybe hold off on the mani-pedi? I know it’s not always possible but limiting exposure to this will be beneficial. It has been linked to fertility problems and miscarriage. It is strongly recommended that pregnant just limit their exposure to it or just stay away altogether.

Chemical Sunscreen

I just want to start off saying you should always wear sunscreen. However, the type of sunscreen you use is important. Chemical sunscreen that contain oxybenzone can potentionally affect the newborn’s health. So it’s best to stick to mineral sunscreens.

I hope this list was helpful. As always for all questions considering your pregnancy you should consult your OBGYN, your health care professional and/or doctor. Never take my word for what works for you but please be informed so you can have the safest pregnancy possible.

Belif true cream-moisturizing bomb and youth creator-age knockdown review

Hi there! I just want to start off by saying thank you so much for checking out my blog. You could be doing anything, anywhere but here you are with me and this brings me so much joy. Just to let you know that this blog contains products that I’ve received from Influenster for free for testing purposes. Also, I have some affiliate links listed in this blog. If you so happen to want to try these items out and you purchase it from this blog you will be supporting me so that I can keep doing what I love. As always, all opinions expressed are strictly my own and I promise to spill all the absolute truth in this post.

For a while, I have been seeing Belif skin care pop up on my instagram feed. When Influenster decided to include me in their campaign I was all in. My skin tends to go from combination/oily skin to combination/dry once the season goes from hot to cold. My skin is not afraid to let me know that it requires moisture and more moisture as the seasons change. So I was pretty excited to try the Belif True Cream-Moisturizing Bomb and Youth Creator-Age Knockdown Bomb Serum.

True Cream-Moisturizing Bomb

This cream is described as a heavy cream that gives an explosion of moisture on the skin. It claims to provide up to 26 hours of moisture and is great for dull and flaky skin. Personally, I find that enticing since my skin tends to get so dry at times that it will flake. This heavy cream is cushiony and contains ingredients such as comfrey leaf, oat extract and panthenol. Comfrey leaf is an herb known to heal dry and calloused hands. Oat extract is known for its skin soothing and healing properties. Panthenol is great for attracting and holding in moisture, like a humectant. This cream is listed as good for normal, dry, combination and oily skin.

All of this is perfect for my skin as I transition my skin from fall into winter. Especially during the coldest months of the year it is needed, Canadian weather has not always been kind to my skin.

When I used the cream, I found that my skin readily and easily absorbed the cream. A little bit really goes a long way with this cream. It has a very pleasant and floral scent which is nice. It’s not distracting or overbearing. It goes away within a few minutes of application. It spreads very easily and can be used on the rest of the body not just the face. I really like how multifunctional its use is, even though I would just use it on my face. For now I plan to use it as night only because the weather is still mild. However, once the weather starts dropping into the negative double digits I will be using it twice a day to ensure my skin stays moisturized.

Belif Youth Creator-Age Knockdown Bomb

This anti-aging serum is described as a lightweight gel that is great for anyone who wants to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also supposed to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and increase the skin’s elasticity to give off younger looking skin hence its name.

It contains ingredients like cedrol, winter aster and water pennywort. Cedrol helps to boost the skin’s elasticity and it’s firmness. Winter Aster is great for supporting the skin’s overall complexion. Water Pennywort helps to soothe the skin. It’s good to note that it’s vegan and comes in a recyclable packaging.

I personally loved this serum. It has this slight yellow tint but it goes on clear on the skin. It smells so good but the scent goes away right away. Like the cream, the scent gives me soft floral vibes and it’s not off putting. I found it moisturizing as well and very lightweight. The pump is easy to use and I just really like serum overall.

So this concludes my initial reaction of this anti-aging skincare duo. I will most likely continue using this alongside the rest of my skin care products. I have not seen any reaction that would cause me to stop and it seems to work well with my anti acne cleanser.

What’s your favourite cream these days? Let me know in the comments

By the way, you can purchase these items at Sephora as well which is great if you want to receive cash back on your purchase. By using Ampli you will receive $5 just for signing up and using the promo code AMPLI5. Then it’s smooth sailing from there.

Fall Skin Care Products

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When it comes to body care, the weather change may cause our skin to change drastically. The older we get more changes we notice and the more care we must take. I know with all the information that’s out there, it can be hard to find the right body care products.

Personally, my skin is in love with moisture, hydration and…did I mention moisture? It is the only thing that can satisfy my stressed, damaged and simply overdramatic skin. This is why I look for products with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, shea butter and jojoba oil. All of these ingredients not only moisturize my skin but reinforce my skin barrier so that it can remain soft and healthy.

In my latest vlog, I mention my top 3 favourite body care products for Fall of 2020. I mention a fan favourite, a new found favourite and one that is from a Canadian Black Woman owned business.

Just because we aren’t heading outside doesn’t mean that our skin isn’t susceptible to the dry air in homes. This is mostly due to heater being on.

By all means check it out and let me know if your favourite made the list.

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Vitamins & Minerals For Healthy Skin

Hi there! Thank you so much for checking out my blog. I really appreciate it. I’ve decided to take part in NaBloPoMo which stands for National Blog Posting Month. This entails me to write a blog a day, everyday for the month of November and I’m hoping to actually to pull through and finish this challenge with the same enthusiasm that I have started it with.

Here’s a little disclaimer, there may be some affiliate links in this post and this is a win-win for the both of us. If you choose to click on those, you get to save some money, get awesome service and I get a little bit of money which in turn will help me do what I love most, which is supplying you with the most informative blog post so that you can live your best life. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let me introduce you to some of the most life changing vitamins and minerals that will help keep your skin glowing all year long.

When it comes to healthy skin, we all want to appear like we have it together. We want that refreshed, rejuvenated and healthy looking skin. When we look our best, we feel our best. So many times, cosmetic brands will have us believe that we need to break the bank and get the most expensive thing on the shelf in hopes to get results that most people only have when they photoshop their photos. I’ve done it. Believe me, I’m not judging. But do you know that you can help your skin out by putting these vitamins and minerals in your body and not just on your face?

Collagen

If you’re over the age of 30, you may have started to see changes in your face. Some lines may have started to appear and signs of ageing are very apparent around the laugh lines and eye area. This is where collagen comes in.

Collagen is a protein that forms most of the connective tissues in our bodies such as muscle, ligament and skin. In the skin, it’s responsible for skin elasticity and hydration. Without it, you guessed it? The wrinkles get a VIP pass on our face. As we get older, the production of collagen decreases in our skin, hence the fine lines.

Collagen supplements such, as Collagen Lift Canada are great. I personally noticed that my face started to look better after a week of use. I just pop the vial and drink like a shot.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another skin superpower. These days it is not uncommon to see serums, cleansers and many other topical cosmetic products with Vitamin C as a part of their formula.

For the most part, it’s been known to boost our body’s immune system. But that’s not all it does. It stimulates the production of collagen and helps protects the skin from antioxidant due to UV rays. I told you it was a skin superpower. Here’s to fighting off bad germs and wrinkles.

Omega 3

Omega 3 fatty acids are the ones we should thank for allowing us to stop stigmatizing the word fat. For awhile, I remember people not understanding that we all have fat and need fat to survive. It’s literally a part of our survival.

They are also a crucial part of our skin’s ability to have that healthy glow. You see, omega 3 helps to moisturize the skin and remove dry and itchy skin. This is because it helps the skin barrier function by keeping the moisture in the skin and keeping it from leaving. It’s like an entrapment for moisture in your skin. Furthermore, some researches proposed that they help the skin fight against the damages from the sun. So you see, fat is good for your skin.

Vitamin A

If you’ve heard of retinoids, then you’ve heard of vitamin a. These days it seems like everybody and their momma is hooked on retinoid or some form of it. And it’s completely understandable and justifiable.

When you ingest vitamin A, it goes through the liver and breaks down into retinol. Retinol(yes the very same retinol that Hyram talks about) is a key component is skin cell production. It speeds up healing, prevents breakout and supports the skin’s ability to defend itself against the toxins that it encounters on the regular. Believe me, it encounters a lot more than you would think. All of this is great news, if you’re looking to have acne-free, glowy looking skin.

I normally…

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Is there any skin loving vitamins that I missed out on? Which vitamin or mineral do you swear by?

Let me know.