Winter Skincare Tips for Pregnancy

The cold winter weather can really take its toll on your beauty routine. As an expectant mama you have specific beauty challenges, like dry and itchy skin, that need special care. Dry skin, cracked heels and elbows, a washed-out complexion and an itchy scalp (all things I dealt with during my pregnancy) can be combatted with the right products.

It’s important to look and feel good during your pregnancy. Your current beauty routine may need some tweaks now that you are expecting. Not only does the texture of your skin change during pregnancy with your hormones working over-time, but that baby bump is growing and stretching your skin every day. I want to talk about some of the latest products that I love for new and expecting mothers. These keep you soft and moisturized during a cold spell, plus many of them are designed with pregnant women in mind. They are gentle on your skin, made without harsh chemicals AND still give great results.WinterBeauty_2-608x1037Finding some pampering time during pregnancy and as a new mom is vital. I try to take some me time once a week… (Ok- maybe every two weeks.) I spend a Friday night or Saturday morning alone with my beauty routine. For me that can be as simple as a nice bath, exfoliation, face mask or a mini-mani and pedi.  I throw on my soft robe, slippers and spend an hour alone to decompress and take care of myself. When you have kids, it’s obviously hard to find that alone time. Sometimes, that means taking an hour after my son has gone to bed on a Friday night, or letting my husband do Saturday morning breakfast while I do-ME. It’s worth it!

A great place to start is with a nice body scrub. Basq has a fabulous Citrus Sugar Body Polish that I swear by! It’s great for before and after baby to slough off and smooth dry skin. I use it every other day. A gentle facial cleanser and moisturizer are also key! Juice Beauty, makes a great cleansing milk and super silky moisturizer that are not only effective, but also organic. Another essential mom-to-be product is body oil. BASQ skincare’s calming oils are great for protection against stretching and are packed with natural oils and omegas. Use it after the shower or even at night before bed. I love the lavender oil because it’s calming, which helps with headaches in the evenings.WinterBeauty_3-608x775If you are like me, then a little additional glow always seems to help during the fall and winter. I extend my tan with St. Tropez Naturals Radiance Self Tan Lotion. This self-tanner is 100% natural with vegan ingredients and gives a nice real-looking glow. Lastly, I think it’s important to take care of your hands and feet when you are pregnant, especially in this dryer season. A pumice stone for a little at-home pedicure does the trick. Butter London Hardwear offers a nice topcoat, without harmful chemicals. I hope you can find a little time for yourself to try some of these fabulous beauty products! -Olivia

Pom Pom Slippers // Hardwear by Butter London // Basq Skincare Citrus Body Polish // Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk // Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer // St Tropez Naturals Self Radiance Tan // Pumice Stone // Maternity Robe // Share Body and Massage Oil by Basq

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

Photo: Courtesy of Kelli Kenny

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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