Pregnancy Skin Care: The Power Of Peptides

The following post is sponsored by our friends at basq NYC

The beauty world is buzzing about peptides in pregnancy skin care products and for good reason.  They may be the key to faster, smarter skin repair.  As you can imagine, anything that can make a real difference in the battle to prevent and repair stretch marks gets our attention.  Not to mention, smart repair means a better post-pregnancy bounce back for your changing skin.  Here’s a little overview on the ingredients and why they may work for you.BestInBeautyBLOGWhat We Know: The building blocks of skin strength and stretch come from collagen & elastin fibers.  When stretched too far, these fibers can break down.  As that damage surfaces, it shows up as a stretch mark.  Enter peptides and amino acids that act as messengers.  Long chain peptides direct skin to build collagen, while short chain peptides address skin’s inflammatory response, which helps speed tissue regeneration. Put these two powerhouses together and you have a serious strategy for fixing stretched, damaged skin.

The Catch:  You can’t rely on peptides alone.  Messengers need something to communicate.  So this means that peptides need to work within the context of other ingredients, so they can “tell” the skin how to put everything to work.  You need a mix of ingredients that nourish, hydrate, strengthen and build skin resiliency.  Peptides will make that blend work harder and more effectively, directing skin response so you get the results you want.

basq Peptides Picks:  For stretch mark prevention and repair we use BioPeptides, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. Featured in our New Stretch Mark Vanishing Serum and Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter, these power peptides help fix damage at a whole new level.

The Extras:  Shea Butter has always been the better butter for marks; it’s the one with some real proof in clinical studies.  Add in omega rich oils and nutrient rich plant extracts and you have the perfect base to activate peptides.

After 9 months of skin stretching, the body needs the power of peptides.  Boost your results with smart ingredients that tell your skin to build core strength and fix damage faster. Peptides may just be the key to making stretch marks a faded memory.

Olivia’s Valentines Day Gift Guide

While you’re waiting for the best gift of all to be born, you should make this Valentine’s Day all about you!  I put together a gift guide for you, so that you can adorn yourself with love, layers, comfort and color! You can share the love too; if you know any mamas-to-be, then pass this guide along, or gift her some of these mommy musts.Olivia's Valentines Day Gift GuideShow off the Baby Love this February. From your shirt, to your jewelry, we have it all for you. Our heart maternity sweater is a style standout, amazing as a layer, perfect with your favorite dark denim. The Baby Love sweatshirt is super cute with metallic wording. It can be worn casual or styled up by adding a little more glitz, like our gold Maya Brenner monogram necklace, Baby Love locket or Love inscribed bangles. Add your favorite pair of skinnies and finish it off with Butter London’s 3-free lacquer. I am loving their color Come to Bed Red; it’s classic-chic, especially this time of year.Olivia's Valentines Day Gift Guide

Start and end your day in complete comfort. It’s important that you buy the right bras and underwear when pregnant. But, you don’t need to have unappealing lingerie; our nursing bras and panties have all the elements you want: control, fit, function PLUS a little lace. Finish your night time look with an embellished robe. For a more low-key night, bundle up in soft slippers, and the cutest pajama set.

Finish off your best Valentine’s Day ever by unwinding and hydrating. Basq makes a really soothing Body Oil that smells amazing, plus it helps with stretch marks, is safe on your skin and will ease you into total relaxation! Enjoy. XoXo – Olivia

Olivia's Valentines Day Gift Guide


What’s In Her Bag?! basq NYC cofounder Kelli Kenny Edition

We are excited to launch a new feature on our blog where we give you a peek inside the bags of our favorite beauty mavens, fashionistas and designers! Read along to find out what must haves basq NYC cofounder Kelli Kenny carries with her every day. Kelli, along with Lauren Parisier, co-founded basq NYC, a luxury skin care line for repairing and revitalizing the skin.   Made with natural oils, antioxidant-rich plant extracts and advanced repair ingredients, basq NYC products are sure to keep moms-to-be feeling radiant throughout pregnancy and beyond.  You can shop the line both in stores and online at A Pea in the Pod®, Destination Maternity® and Motherhood Maternity®.  The brand also recently collaborated with Destination Maternity to do a line exclusively for Motherhood Maternity, called Body Boost.basqphoto

1). Saint Laurent Black Sac de Jour Bag I love this bag as a purse and briefcase plus it looks great with any attire. 2). COACH patent wallet My favorite wallet because it has tons of room and fits everything. 3)Blackberry Torch The key pad is a must!  4) Bronzer with big brush Summer is here and this bronzer is a must have to look healthy and glowing!  5) Chanel shadow pack and Mac lipsticks I like to blend eye shadows and mix MAC lipsticks with a top gloss. 6) Jour d’ Hermes Eau de Parfum Totally addicted to this scent and is the perfect travel size. 7) Red resistance band I’m a runner working through injuries so I fit recovery exercises in whenever I can 8) Basq NYC Cucumber Tea Eye Gel Refreshes eyes in an instant. When I am traveling I use it as face moisturizer, too. 9) World’s Greatest Mom keychain A gift from my son, and convenient for keeping my Juice Press card at the ready! I eat raw 5 days a week so Juice Press is a regular stop.  10) Prada Sunglasses I love this classic, sophisticated style. 11) MacBook Air Makes my days so efficient especially when traveling.

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    We're gearing up for cooler weather and talking bump perfect outerwear on the blog! Head to the link in our bio for styling tips for pulling off this must-have layering piece! #maternitystyle #fall #bumpstyle #jacket Textured leggings + a swingy top are a bump fashion DO! Style director, @oliviacmyers is dishing on all of the dos + don'ts for #maternitystyle this fall. Head to the blog (link in bio!) for her tips! #bumpstyle #momtobe #styletips #ontheblog We have been loving seeing some of our favorite mamas in @apeainthepodmaternity! For a recap of some of the mentions (like this adorable family moment from @deannastag) head to the blog! (Link in bio!) #maternitystyle #ontheblog #regram #momswelove Live in layers. Pick up our hot #fall styles + get 20% off your total purchase with the code OCTOBER20 | Online and for a limited time only. Shop at the link in bio! 🍂🍃
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