Beauty

The Body Products I Used This Pregnancy

Mary Conley maternity Pregnancy safe skincare is one of the first topics of conversation when you find out you’re pregnant. As we know, what we put in our bodies is just as important as what we put on our bodies. Our bodies need a lot of TLC during pregnancy, not just our faces. We all worry about stretch marks, loss of elasticity, and moisture loss and there are definitely ways to help with those areas of concern. I wanted to share some pregnancy-safe body products I have enjoyed using to help with stretch marks and what I used to help with restless legs at night!

Mary Conley maternityDuring my first and second pregnancies, I used Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. It was easy to find at any store and I knew the brand. I had thought about using the fancier brands just because but knew that was silly- even though those products smell really nice! I’m still primarily using Palmer’s but I have also been using a couple of other products mixed into my routine.

When I travel I don’t like to take the lotions in case they spill/explode on the flight. I like to pack the butters and balms when I travel. During this pregnancy, I was introduced to Bamboobies. Bamboobies is also sold around most stores, like Target, and is easy to find. I prefer the texture of Bamboobies Belly Balm over Palmer’s Tummy Butter so I opted for Bamboobies for the few travels I had this summer. The Bamboobies Belly Balm is a bit lighter and easier to get out of the container. The Palmer’s Tummy Butter is harder and I felt like you needed a lot more heat to get it to rub into the skin. I also don’t love the cocoa smell of Palmer’s but it has never made me nauseous. This leads me to my next product.


Mary Conley maternityOk, so this next one is a splurge and I was introduced to it from The Skinny Confidential. It is Elemis Japanese Camellia Body Oil Blend. Camellia oil is great for the body, hair, and skin, whether you are pregnant or not. This has such a wonderful scent that isn’t too strong. Throughout my pregnancy, I would use one pump of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion with a handful of drops of Elemis Camellia Body Oil. The smell of the oil takes out the cocoa smell from the lotion and just feels so much better. I love that I can use Elemis Body Oil after I have the baby also. It’s a treat to be able to apply it after I shower which is definitely something everyone deserves!

Mary Conley maternityLastly, I want to quickly mention 8 Sheep Organics. I had often talked on social media about how I had really bad restless leg syndrome (RLS) and was wearing a variety of compression socks that was helping a little. Someone had suggested I try 8 Sheep Organics, a product to help reduce leg cramps and help with RLS. It also relieves lower back pain and joint pain, calms your mind and body, and moisturizes your skin. I felt like a combination of this product and the compression socks were game-changers for me. I have to say, I never got a Charlie horse this pregnancy!

I’d love to hear what your pregnancy skin remedies are!

Live votre rêve!

Beauty

A Smooth Belly Thanks To Palmer’s Cocoa Butter

When I got pregnant for the first time I was really worried about stretch marks. When I got pregnant the second time I was still worried about stretch marks. I know they are a beautiful thing as they reflect the amazing transition our body has gone through but I still worried. I made sure to lather up morning and evening with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter stretch mark products. I used these products during pregnancy number one, and now with pregnancy number two. The three-product line addresses pregnancy stretch mark risk factors including – collagen and elastin breakdown, loss of elasticity, and moisture loss.

Since my second pregnancy, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter has enhanced their line of stretch mark products with a unique blend of natural ingredients, oils, and plant extracts. The formula is Mineral Oil-Free, Hypoallergenic, Phenoxyethanol- Free, Paraben/Phthalate-free,  Allergen free, Dye-free, Suitable for Sensitive skin and Dermatologist Approved. Palmer’s stretch mark fighting ingredients put skin in peak stretch mark fighting mode which is what every pregnant woman wants! These ingredients include Collagen, Elastin, Cocoa/Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Argan Oil, and Lutein.

A few great things about Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula:
– Helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks
– Over 98% of women saw improved skin elasticity
– Over 98% of women saw a reduction in the appearance, size, and severity of stretch marks
– Over 98% of women saw an improvement in skin texture and tone
Three of Palmer’s products are a massage lotion, a massage cream, and tummy butter. The lotion is lightweight and non-greasy and it can be used all over the body. The cream is a bit thicker than the lotion and is a cream concentrate formula and is ideal for tummy, hips, thighs, and bust. All four of those areas are very important to moisturize during pregnancy! You may think only your tummy gets big but the other areas do too and are prone to stretch marks. I use the lotion and cream equally and I love to pack the tummy butter when I travel because I don’t have to worry about it spilling. The tummy butter is an intensive treatment moisturizer, it is a much thicker product than the other two and has a calming relaxing scent that is ideal for nighttime.

The Breakdown //

There are a lot of things my mind and body go through during pregnancy and my child’s health is always at the top of my list. It’s very important to look at the ingredients on any products you use and the foods you eat. Palmer’s Stretch Mark products are perfect for me because it helps keep my tummy smooth during and after pregnancy, helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks, improves skin elasticity, and is a product I trust.

robe | Rosie Pope (robe, nursing nightgown set)
sweater | H&M ‘Knit Sweater

Live votre rêve!

Sponsored by Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, all opinions are my own.