Dealing with pregnancy breakouts

During my pregnancy, like many, many other women, my skin got really bad and was prone to breakouts. To use the phrase favoured by Jennifer Rock, aka The Skin Nerd, it went ‘bananas’. These weren’t your usual teenage breakouts either, at least those have a start, middle and end – you can see them coming, treat them and then they go away. No, these things popped up without any warning and seemed to settle under the skin so there was no getting rid of them, no matter how hard I tried. Yes, I’m a squeezer…..the shame! Now we all know that hormonal changes will affect the skin and will affect particularly your chinny chin chin but these little pups decided to settle down around my neck instead. So I went about trying new products to deal with them. Actually, I’m still using them because, unfortunately ladies, your skin doesn’t immediately bounce back to its former glory after the 9 months, sigh.
The best range that I used was FAB: First Aid Beauty and these are my favourite products so have a browse and let me know if you have any favourites.

The cleanser is a whipped texture and goes on quite thick but once water is added turns to a lovely foam cream. It’s great at getting rid of makeup and skin feels properly cleaned without drying out.

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The Facial Radiance Pads became an all time favourite very quickly. They are promoted as brightening, toning and exfoliating the skin and it definitely ticks all those boxes for me. It is this product that I found really helped calmed down my irritated skin and felt it completely lifted my skin. It’s one product that definitely going to be a staple in my shelf from now on.

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Finally, the moisturiser is a rich lotion but soaks into the skin without any heavy residue. Designed to provide exceptional hydration, this is perfect for me as I tend to have quite dry skin particularly in winter.

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I also bought cleanser and moisturiser from Elemis pro-collagen range but with price tag of 100+ these are definitely luxury items. However, only a small amount of these fabulous products goes a long way and after almost a year I have only barely broken the surface of the cleanser. I use it as a mask rather than a daily product for bit of indulgence. The products smell amazing and really feel like a gorgeous treat. I actually brought these to the hospital with me and I would recommend to everyone to have a few luxury items with you. After all you’ve gone through nobody deserves a bit of self-indulgence more.

As always, please check with your GP before trying any new products.

I bought all products online via Cloud 10 Beauty. Products can be purchased using the link below.

Cloud10Beauty/FirstAidBeauty

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Review: ClevaMama ClevaScoop

Throughout my pregnancy I was adamant that I would try to breastfeed the twins. I stress that word ‘try’ – I knew it would be extremely difficult and would take a lot of work but I was focused on giving it my best shot. In saying that, my ultimate focus was that the girls got what they needed to grow quickly, particularly since they were going to be quite small due to being premature.

For lots of different reasons that I’m not going to go into, I moved to solely formula after a couple of weeks. I feel this is a very individual decision and nobody should be judged for doing what they think is best for them and their baby; a fed baby is a happy baby at the end of the day. On making this decision I picked up all the necessary bits and bobs and amongst these was the ClevaMama ClevaScoop.

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The selling point of this smart little creation is that it adds the correct amount of formula to a bottle in just one scoop rather than many. You can change the measurement to whatever number of scoops you need. Baring in mind that I had minimum of 12 bottles to prepare every day, I thought this was a fantastic idea and was excited to try it.

The product comes in 4 pieces – the funnel, the handle and 2 cups. The cup fits into the handle and this is used to measure the formula. The funnel sits on the top of the baby bottle to avoid spillage when adding the formula powder. There are 2 cups to choose from depending on how many scoops you need to add to the bottle.

Initially I was thrilled with my purchase and went on to buy some for my mummy to be friends. The ClevaScoop removed any risk of misjudging the number of scoops put into each bottle, a benefit that I definitely noticed during those nightly feeds when I was never really properly awake. You know, the times when you walk to the kitchen, bouncing against the walls on the way like a game of Pong and waking up hours later panicked as you think you’ve slept through a feed only to see the empty bottles on the floor.

However, after using the ClevaScoop for only a couple of weeks, the numbers indicating the amount of scoops have faded almost completely from the white handle. This makes it very difficult to match the cup to the scoops needed and is a disappointing, basic flaw in the design.

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Overall I think this product has the potential to be fantastic and a must for any formula fed baby. However, for this to happen it needs some simple design updates to last longer term. Until then, it remains a good product but with one limitation – only one but an important one.

http://www.clevamama.com/feeding/clevascoop.html