How Not To Get Stretch Marks When Pregnant

Stretch Mark: A dreaded product of pregnancy. There are so many articles out there on different ways to avoid getting stretch marks. I mean, you can really hear some crazy suggestions if you just google for it. I truly believe they are due to many different aspects, one being heredity. That being said, this post can’t guarantee you won’t get them during your pregnancy, but I did want to share the products I am using and tips I have heard that I believe have really helped me avoid these little creatures.

  1. HYDRATION – This is seriously key! Throughout your entire pregnancy, to avoid stretch marks or not you should really up your water intake. I try to drink about 2-3L of Evian a day and I can really tell a big difference in my energy level, my skin, and my overall well-being. Every doctor will tell you this is a key necessity to your pregnancy. You can also do research and learn that hydrated skin is easier to stretch which can help avoid stretch marks.

 2. Mama Mio Tummy Rub Oil – I use a LOT of different (and baby safe) oils on my belly. I have tried around four and one I really swear by is this one by Mama Mio. I first heard of Mama Mio when I read an article saying Khloe Kardashian used it on her neck after stealing it from Kourtney when she was pregnant. The Mama Mio products are really nourishing and rub in very well. I can tell a big difference when I don’t use it!

Mama Mio Keep Calm Nipple Balm – Most women are so concerned about preventing stretch marks on their belly’s that they forget their breast. You forget that they can grow up to three sizes larger during pregnancy. That is a LOT of growing and stretching! I double up on this Mama Mio Nipple balm and the Mama Mio oil every night. I rub it together put it all over my breast so that I can help them also avoid getting stretch marks. It is the most hydrating combination I have tried thus far. Another fun fact – Being that I have large breast I get fine lines near my cleavage. I put it on my chest too and have really noticed a HUGE difference in the disappearance of those fine lines and the overall smoothness of my chest skin.

Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter – This is actually the very first product I purchased for stretch marks. I used it by itself for a really long time before I added oil. It is so rich and hydrating but I felt like I wanted something to in addition with it to make it go on smoother. Now, I put the oil on first and then layer this on top as a barrier to keep all the moisture and oil on the skin.

Beauty Counter Baby Oil – This is marketed as baby oil but after posting it on my Instagram everyone was saying they loved it for themselves when pregnant. Even my sister said she used it on her belly. After further googling I have even read that people use it for the eczema! I absolutely love this oil because not only it is Beauty Counter (which means it is safe and clean) it is also lighter than the other oils. It goes on so well and really seeps into the skin quickly. I plan to always have this on stock, be it for me or the baby. I will use this and then add the Mama Mio butter on top.

 

Coconut Oil – If you aren’t in the market to buy these other products Coconut oil has a ton of advantages and is 100% clean and safe. One of its many advantages is its reputation for preventing stretch marks. Because of its high amount of Vitamin E research has said it is an excellent fighter in the battle with stretch marks.

Favorite Right Now: Beauty Edition

I am a closet beauty junkie. I get so excited when I get to try something new. That being said, I often cringe at the price and walk away without purchasing. Can you believe how expensive some beauty products are? I understand why some are more expensive and the fact that people “swear by them” but I can’t bring myself to buy them. I like my beauty products practical and effective.

I have a lot of products which I am really loving lately so I decided to share a few over the next few weeks! Starting with these five that I use pretty much daily!

Products I Love:

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil – I am such a fan of oil cleansers. I always use these towels (thanks HOP of the recommendation) to press the oil and my make-up off. The cleanser doesn’t leave your skin oily like you would imagine but is gentle, hydrating, and really gets all of your make-up and daily grim off!

Beauty Counter Nourishing Rosewater Mist – I am obsessed with rosewater spray! I use it for everything from toner to setting my make-up! It is so re

Mary Kay Timewise Age-Fighting Moisturizer – I recently discovered this cream. While it isn’t super heavy for my dry days I do like it for everyday. It is light and moisturizing without being oily and it goes great under make-up!

bareMinerals BARESKIN Pure Brightening Serum Foundation – BEYOND OBSESSED with this make-up. Every time I wear it someone compliments my skin. No lie, every time! It is really light but gives great, natural, coverage. It also adds a gorgeous dewey, “I just woke-up like this glowing Goddess” look. I highly recommend trying this! tip: give it time to dry for a few minutes after applying! 

Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment – I put this on a blemish at night and it works its magic by morning. Trust me, you need this in your beauty bag!

8 Whole Foods Beauty FInds

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  • Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream $26 – I love this cream! I have dry skin so its richness is exactly what I need. And any cream Jennifer Lopez swears by, is good enough for me. * This is a very thick cream so beware. To apply add a small pea size to your hands, rub together, and then fan your hands upwards (like an esthetician does) until your skin feels completely covered. You will notice a difference by morning // shop it here
  • Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner $7.60 – This astringent is rich with aloe vera, witch hazel, vitamin e, and rose petals. It is excellent for reducing stress-induced inflammation and puffiness // shop it here

  • Evan Healy Rose Geranium HydroSoul 1 fl oz $8.50 – This super gentle facial elixer works on all skin types. It is great to spray on after you apply your facial oils as it helps your skin absorb all the nutrients. Bonus: it smells heavenly //  shop it here
  • John Masters Organic Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner $50 – This is definitely meant as a hair rescue for dry or treated hair. It can be heavy so only use every few days. I would recommend using this more as a hair mask and then follow with a shampoo. If your hair needs mega hydration, this stuff is great  // shop it here
  • Welda Skin Food $12 – This product has a real cult following.  People with dry skin have claimed to not be able to “live without it.” It adds intense hydration to dry, flaky skin and is so organic and all natural, it is apparently edible //  shop it here
  • Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant $29 – I love this facial oil and use it nightly. It is packed with fatty acids and antioxidants that moisturize and fight free radical damage to brighten skin and help in anti-aging // shop it here
  • EO Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray $4 – I am a huge fan of having sanitizing spray in my car and became obsessed with this lavender spray a few years ago. It smells so good and since it is a natural disinfectant it kills 99% of germs without harming your skin  //  shop it here
  • Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay $8 – This product also has a cult following. I used this a few years ago and it is unreal. It is the deepest exfoliant I have ever tried. Dampen your face with water, rub it on thick and wait about 45 minutes to let it dry. Your skin will become extremely tight and then peel it off. Because I have dry skin and it is such an exfoliant I haven’t used it in a long time (to avoid drying my skin out more) but if you are looking for a product to make your skin feel like a baby, this is it  //  shop it here

And there you have it, my favorite Whole Foods beauty finds! I have been wanting to do this post for a long time now and am so excited to share it! Next time you are at Whole Foods, wander down the beauty isle! I promise it is more addicting than Sephora!

 

** please note price is subject to change while shopping at Whole Foods

 

 

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