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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

BEAUTY: Skincare for sensitive skin


Since falling pregnant my skin has gone a little mad.
It's common knowledge that pregnancy and the associated hormones wreak havoc on your body in any number of ways. For me, one of the oddest side-effects was my skin change. I developed really sensitive skin, especially on my legs and hands, and of course a dry bump.

Normally my skin is pretty resilient and can take the abuse of almost anything so it was a little bit of a shock to see my skin react to the cold weather and any bath products.

Luckily I found a few remedies to help ease my skin whoes, and alleviate the redness, soreness and pain.
First on the agenda was switching up my bath products. I'm normally a Lush girl for treat nights, or Tesco bath foam for everyday baths. Despite both being pretty gentle formulas, especially with Lush being all natural ingredients, by skin was still flaring up red and looking pretty unhappy. After a few antenatal classes I realised that baby bath might just be the answer as it is specially formulated for sensitive skin. I was given a bottle of Aldi Mamia's baby bath (full review of the range coming soon) as a gift for my baby shower I decided to give it a go. And it  works. No more redness, no more unhappy skin, and I come out feeling baby soft too. Yes the bubbles are pretty limited, but I can live with that for the sake of happier skin. Plus at 69p per bottle it's an absolute bargain.

For my legs and bump I've been using Soap & Glory's The Righteous Butter. It's for extra dry skin and the thick cream is perfect for massaging into sore skin. For really harsh days back when it was cold I used a little Sudocream at night. If it works on babies it can work for me too.

And for dry hands I love Aveeno Moisturising Cream. Yes it's a little on the pricey side, but there really isn't anything better for sore, dried our hands. Washing my hands whilst pregnant has really dried them out, so I've been going through hand lotion like it's going out of fashion. I also recommend The Body Shops Hemp Hand Protector. It's thicker than Aveeno but is also specifically formulated for very dry hands.

Although it's been a little uncomfortable at times and not something I was expecting, I've really developed an understanding of moisturising and looking after my skin more.

Have you got any tips for sensitive and dry skin? 
Let me know in the comments below.
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