Winter Pregnancy Skincare Secrets from a Pro

Guest Editor: Kelli Kenny, basq NYC Co-Founder

Boosting your skin care routine to banish dry Winter skin is a must. Kelli Kenny, Mom and Co-Founder of basq NYC, whose high quality pregnancy skin care products have earned a devoted following, gave us some of her best tips for maintaining a healthy, hydrated glow during the coldest months of the year.WinterEssentials BLOGFrom Kelli

My top priority in winter during and after pregnancy is to beat the itchies! As a mom always on the go, my skin tends to get a lot dryer in the Winter, especially living in NYC. The same can be true during pregnancy, especially with hormonal skin changes happening. As the temps start dipping, my heating system goes full throttle, sapping all the moisture from my skin. Here are some secrets for combating dry and itchy winter skin.

Exfoliate: I use our Sugar Body Polish to exfoliate in the shower at least once a week. A gentle scrub in a warm shower is the best quick fix for dry itchy skin. Remember, it is best to keep your shower temps lower as hot water actually saps skin moisture by stripping your natural moisture barriers. I’m in love with our new Skin Perfecting Sugar Scrub in Lavender Pear. Originally used in our Calming Oil, this aroma has been a customer and team favorite for a long time. It’s great to finally enjoy it in the shower. We only use sugar in our scrubs, no salts or seeds that can irritate and dry skin; so, your skin will be left really soft!

Rough Edges: For extra dry elbows and heels, a dry scrub down works wonders. Before turning on the shower, use a little sugar scrub and rub in a circular motion. Let it set for a couple of minutes. The natural glycolic acids help release dry, tough skin. Wash off and reveal a soft and smooth finish!

Rich Moisture: After a shower, my dry skin must-have is our Mega Moisture Butter since it’s rich and creamy without being heavy. Plus, it absorbs incredibly well. I love that I can get dressed right away. If I’m feeling extra dry, I put it on right before bed for an overnight treatment effect.

Tint & Glow: During the winter months I switch to a slightly tinted moisturizer in the mornings.  Just the small touch of color makes me appear healthier and energized. It also helps even skin tone so I can avoid wearing a heavy foundation during the day. I gravitate toward the L’Oreal BB Tinted Moisturizer – it is really light, absorbs quickly and gives a great finish. Even better… it has a 15 SPF built in so I get sun protection without thinking about it.

The Eyes Have It: An eye cream is important year round – the under eye area is ultra-delicate and prone to puffiness and lines. Extra hydration in the winter is a must! I use our Cucumber Tea Gel daily; it’s great for long-term toning and tightening, plus I love how it takes care of morning puffiness and fatigue lines.

Steam to Dewy:  As I child I would watch my mom open the dishwasher during the dry cycle and steam her face! It sounds extreme, but steaming really works to open pores and deeply saturate the skin with moisture. In the evenings, I place a washcloth in hot water with a few drops of our Lavender Calming Oil, squeeze out excess water and place on my face to open pores. I follow with a very light moisturizer like Olay Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin. Then, once a week, I use a light coating of the Lavender Calming Oil; it’s my perfect nighttime treatment. My skin looks great in the morning and I always sleep better with a little lavender. Remember, lavender is amazing for clearing blemishes, tightening pores and for overall better sleep and relaxation.

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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.


What 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.

Happy [Mother] Earth Day

EarthDay v3In honor of Earth Day, I am rounding up my favorite eco-friendly beauty products. From deodorant to lip balm, these picks are effective and safe for moms-to be and make going green easy any and every day. One of our newest brands to arrive in stores, Nine Naturals, makes a shampoo and deodorant that are now part of my daily routine. The sunscreen is also going to be essential for those fast-approaching beach days. I simply can’t get enough of The Honest Company’s lip balms— and neither can my son Greyson!—which come in delectable flavors lavender mint and sweet orange vanilla and make my lips super soft. I have them in all my bags and at my desk at the ready. The body lotion is another must that I slather on both me and Grey. It is light, clean and hydrating. For moms-to-be who want to prevent and treat stretch marks, Basq’s Intensive Treatment’s Stretch Mark Butter is the answer. The cream boosts collagen and elastin renewal and repair, as it absorbs instantly.-Olivia

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

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