I’ve got to let you guys into a little secret; breastfeeding sucks when it comes to your skin. I absolutely loved my skin during pregnancy but as we headed into my short-lived third trimester my skin began to change. Once our little man was born it appeared he took all that good skin magic with him & then breastfeeding made it ten times worse.
I’m all breakouts right now so it was time to introduce a breastfeeding friendly skincare routine into my life. Breastfeeding may have all these benefits for both you & the baby but you can’t help but be a little mad at what it is doing to your skin.
What problems am I currently battling?
So we’ve established I’m not loving my skin right now but what problems am I actually trying to fix over here?
Firstly I have breakouts like never before. I haven’t ever really had a problem with spots before other than the odd one or two but now my chin is full. Honestly postpartum acne is terrifying especially since I’ve never suffered previously. I’m currently praying it goes away after I finish breastfeeding like they say!
Well other than breakouts all the time I also have extreme dryness around my t-zone. My eyebrows are a mess; full of flakey skin & just not happy at all. My nose is constantly dry & cracked which is rather painful.
Finally tired eyes = puffy eyes. Yep motherhood has taken over & now instead of just my extremely dry eyes I now have puffy ones too. I feel as blessed as I sound trust me…
What steps I’m taking to combat my problem skin?
We are all aware that I’m pretty rubbish at sticking to routines… RIGHT?!
Well now I have to stick to a routine & the only way I stick to a breastfeeding skincare routine is to make is bitesize & easy. It will make sense don’t worry.
I currently have a full skincare routine for when I’m having a bath/shower or when I find the time to wear makeup & then I have a very basic skincare routine for those make up free days.
It gives me the chance to stick to a routine because its just easier for a lazy person like me & also a very busy new mum who doesn’t get time to herself very often.
The basic steps of my routine are; cleanse, exfoliate, tone, moisturise. You’re probably familiar with the steps so lets get on with the products I choose to use instead.
What products I’m using for my skincare routine?
When I usually have problem skin I tend to grab my ordinary products cause they are a little more heavy duty. Now I’m breastfeeding I’m trying not to use my acid products because in all honesty I can’t work out if they are safe to use or not. I wish products would have a breastfeeding friendly sign on them.
Now there’s no acids in my routine I have to detox my skin the old fashion way; with a good face mask. As you can see I love a bit of Liz Earle so I tend to go for my deep cleansing mask when times are tough but I do have a lot of face masks to choose from (thanks Birchbox). The deep cleansing mask comes with a sponge to remove it so it is a little rougher than your average mask. At this point its all above removing impurities over adding moisture.
Next step is to cleanse, cleanse, cleanse. Since moving from make-up wipes to cleanser my go to product has been Liz Earle cleanse & polish. It just works for me & my skin. It’s not too harsh on my skin but removes makeup really well. Plus the cloth is lush. I now have the body version too which comes with the mitt cause I clearly love the range.
Onto my favourite bit … exfoliation. If you’re an avid reader you’ll know I am a huge fan of exfoliators & I’ve tried quite a few. Dermalogica’s daily microfoliant is amazing. Not too harsh but also does the job well. Plus you can use it daily so its a winning product for me. It does smell a bit rank though; just to warn you.
I’m not too well versed on toners so I can’t give a lot of advice. I currently use Liz Earle’s instant boost toner which is a tad drying but removes the last traces of any makeup. I’m now currently trying a Milk make-up toner so I will get back to you when I’ve given it a full trial.
As for moisturising I use a lot of different products. I tend to use oils over creams but sometimes you find a really good cream. During my pregnancy I used Your Good Skin skin concentrate but finished that tube before this mess appeared on my face. I tend to reach for my Jojoba oil or my plant derived squalane from the ordinary. I’m currently testing out a new moisturiser so hopefully that works it’s magic!
That’s pretty much my full breastfeeding skincare routine & like I said I have a mini one for the non make-up days but right now the products are all pretty new. I don’t want to “review” them on the blog till I have used them for enough time to know if they are working for me.
One of the new products I’ve introduced that I do want to mention is the Luna play (that dinky pink thing) by Foreo which I won in a giveaway. It’s a silicone face cleanser that pulses so it really helps unclog your pores & remove impurities. It works alongside my current products to give that extra punch & ensure I’m massaging the products in for long enough to take do their job.
I’m gonna leave it there for now because that’s the low down on my terrible skin & my breastfeeding skincare routine. If you have any recommendations for someone with combination skin please let me know. I’m always looking for great products to try. Please pray for me & keep all fingers crossed that this acne doesn’t stick around for long.
Till next time…
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