Hey there everyone!
With pregnancy come all kinds of hormones, including those that make you break out!
I have a HORRIBLE habit. Picking! I used to pick even if nothing was there, but after many years I’ve managed to break that habit. Picking is I break out is a totally different story, so if I can control the breakouts I can control the picking. Habits are HARD to kick!
With my first pregnancy I broke out until about 16 weeks and then started to clear up for the most part. This time around, by 20 weeks I was getting desperate and had already tried a few things (none of which worked) and as I started this blog I ran into a brand multiple bloggers were using.
As I did more research not only did this brand seem to be all the rave among some bloggers, but was also at par with my ethical standards! Was this it… an effective product and ethical company?! That would be a first for me, maybe even a miracle!
Sooo… as promised on my Instagram post with this before and after picture below (taken 2 weeks apart)… I am going to share my new skincare routine which obviously worked for me!
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The brand I came across and started to change my life in just days is “TULA Probiotic Skincare“.
The first thing that caught my attention is that Tula is a probiotic based line. Hmm… I take probiotics daily! The second thing that I check for and try to stick with is that the products are not animal tested! I’m an animal lover and do my best when and where I can. Last of course is the whole spiel of “paraben free, phthalates free…” etc. Tula was all these things and more! I thought, “This must be too good to be true, it must not be effective.” I was obviously WRONG! So here is my new step by step routine…
P.S. Don’t be intimidated by all the steps (I was), I timed myself and it took me under two and a half minutes to do each time… If I don’t have two and a half minutes for my skin, how am I even alive?!
*As with any changes in your skincare while pregnant or nursing, please consult YOUR physician. They know your medical history.*
Step 1: Tula Purifying Face Cleanser
I have oily skin and the Miami weather doesn’t help, so I have become used to an oil cleansing face wash (oil binds with oil and pulls them out without drying skin to produce more oil) and just this week TULA released one that I cant wait to try. I will update the post as soon as I do, but overall this face wash is gentle foaming and cleanses well. I would reserve this for after workouts etc, only because I prefer an oil cleanser nowadays.
Step 2: Tula Pro-Glycolic pH Resurfacing Toner
I feel that this is the most important step when it comes to how my skin has changed. It is an alcohol-free toner that works to balance skin’s pH through probiotics and glycolic acid, with pregnancy hormones out of sorts any kind of claim to balance is most welcome!
Step 3: Tula Illuminating Face Serum
I was originally using this serum day & night, but have since shifted to just using it at night because lets be real, August in Miami is HOT and HUMID. My oily skin only needs so much moisture through the day. This serum is meant to target and overall more even complexion which I believe in just two weeks you can see my skin is overall brighter and has less dark spots.
Step 4: Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream
This is the first moisturizer I try that really sinks into your skin vs just laying on top and making you look and feel greasy. It becomes my Step 3 in the morning since I skip the serum.