One of the first things I did when I found out I was pregnant was to start thinking more about what ingredients were going into my body and on my skin.
I’ve always had quite a simple skincare regime, but one that I have stuck to religiously. I’d say that my skin is currently normal, with some dehydration on my forehead and around my eyes and I’ve been quite lucky (touch wood) in that I don’t get too many breakouts apart from the odd hormonal variety. I didn’t want to sacrifice luxurious and effective products but I did want to ensure that what I was putting on my face would be safe, so I settled on the range from Mama Mio. I had heard good things about their original Mio range, such as the Liquid Yoga, but didn’t realise they had produced products specifically for expectant mums. The brand, supported by the Kardashians (if its good enough for the Kardashians…), pride themselves on their No Nasties policy, taking all the hassle and worry out of going through complicated labels with a fine tooth comb. After testing the range for four months, I couldn’t wait to review the collection!
Not only is the clean, minimal packaging aesthetically pleasing, but also really does contain some amazing organic ingredients that I didn’t expect to find in ‘pregnancy –safe’ products.
The Gorgeous Glow 3-step set (£42.00) was the first thing I added to my online basket and initially drew me to the range. I have to admit, the name sold it to me and I envisioned myself with that gorgeous pregnancy radiance you hear about, rather than the dryness I was experiencing. I felt the set was really good value for money, only a little more expensive than the price of my usual Clarins daily moisturiser.
The Balancing facial wash (£23.00 100ml)contains lovely organic ingredients such as Probiotics, Tea Tree extract and Green Tea that thoroughly clean, whilst still feeling really gentle on my sensitive skin. I find the smell inoffensive and my skin has stayed clear so far. I’ve used about one third of a bottle, as you only need to massage a small amount into the skin with a little water. I then use my Liz Earle face cloths (£4.50 2 pack) to remove any product for a little extra gentle exfoliation. I do still use my treasured Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (£16.00 100ml) as a first step cleanse if I have worn makeup, then follow up with this as a second cleanse.
I gently apply the Brightening Eye Serum (£23.00) in a morning with my ring finger, before my makeup. The gel is really light, cooling and soothing on my tired eyes and is meant to reduce the appearance of dark circles. While I haven’t suffered with many dark circles yet (I’m sure they will come), I am happy with the brightening and refreshing feeling it gives my eye area. Being a gel texture means that you don’t need to tug at the delicate eye area as it sinks in easily. I’m still using my beloved pot of Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment with Avocado (£34.00 28ml) before bed as an extra moisture boost.
I love that the moisturiser is an all in one Brightening Day and Night Cream. The formula contains Omegas and ‘pregnancy-friendly’ Lactic Acid as well as antioxidants, Probiotics and Hyaluronic Acid. Initially the scent was stronger than I had anticipated but I’ve grown to really enjoy applying it and find a little goes a long way. It absorbs quickly, leaving my skin brighter and I can apply my foundation almost straight away. Other people have complimented me on my skin since using this product, which is a big indicator to me.
My only concern is that I had to buy all three products in a set and I may run out of one product before another. I think the option to buy the moisturiser separately would be much more useful as this is running very low.
Although I’m aware that stretch marks are linked with genetics I wanted to give my tummy a helping hand by taking preventative measures. The butter is aimed at helping to build the skin’s strength and elasticity both pre and post pregnancy. Although I have read that others have found the scent overpowering, I really enjoy slathering it on in a morning after showering and find it refreshing. It’s really thick and creamy which seems to be helping with some dryness I have been experiencing, but dries straight away so I can get dressed without leaving any sticky residue on my clothes. I have enjoyed using the product so much that I have now repurchased and upgraded to the Supersize version (240g), which I ordered from JoJo Maman Bébé as they had a special discount code at the time. I am unable to comment on its effectiveness on stretch marks yet but fingers crossed!
I couldn’t decide between the butter and the oil so I got both! I ordered the products from Lookfantastic who had a special offer on at the time, giving a free Lucky Legs Cooling Leg Gel (worth £8.00) when spending over a certain amount. I’m using the oil before bed as part of my night-time routine and find that a little goes a long way. I’ve only started using this in my second trimester and I prefer to use it before bed as I don’t like the feeling the residue leaves when dressing.
The Boob Tube cream is meant to protect and sooth, whilst adding moisture to the delicate area. I’ve only been using the Boob Tube Cream for a couple of weeks so again, i’m unable to comment on it’s effectiveness at preventing stretch marks. However, I love the scent and consistency as it rubs in super quickly and I don’t have to wait for it to dry before dressing in a morning.
Those are my first impressions, and i’m looking forward to seeing if they work their magic as I continue into my second trimester. Let me know if you have any must try skin care products.
Since writing this the brand have now released a Push Pack (£40.00), which I have my eye on for taking in my hospital bag.
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