7 Easy Ways To Prep Your Skin For Summer

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This post is sponsored by Vanity Planet but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Hey guys! Is it just me or have you also noticed Mother Nature has been teasing us with summer like temperatures this past week? It has me itching for 75+ degree temps, sandals and morning runs without 3 layers of clothing! When seasons change our skin can take a brutal hit. I’ve partnered with Vanity Planet to share 7 easy ways to prep your skin for a healthy problem free glow all summer long! Vanity planet, skincare, holistic skincare, african american skincare, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, beauty, how to remove dark spots, aloe vera skincare, eczema, psoriasis, beauty, natural hair, healthy hair to toe, vegan skin care, vegan skincare, black soap eczema, black soap psoriasis, black soap dark spots, black soap acne, vanity planet spin brush, clarisonic mia 1, clarisonic mia 2, vanity planet vs clarisonic

Invest in a Mask

There’s nothing like a great mask treatment that really gets deep into your pores to give you a fresh start. Your pores are the gateway to healthy skin so you want to make sure you’re ridding them of bacteria and product build-up regularly. More on what products I use religiously to heal and maintain clear skin here and here!

  Exfoliate

Exfoliating helps to renew the skin by removing dead skin cells and speeding up the cell turnover rate. This essentially helps to heal the skin from dark spots quicker than time alone. Lately I’ve been exfoliating with my Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin Cleansing Brush (say that fast 5 times!..lol).Vanity planet, skincare, holistic skincare, african american skincare, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, beauty, how to remove dark spots, aloe vera skincare, eczema, psoriasis, beauty, natural hair, healthy hair to toe, vegan skin care, vegan skincare, black soap eczema, black soap psoriasis, black soap dark spots, black soap acne, vanity planet spin brush, clarisonic mia 1, clarisonic mia 2, vanity planet vs clarisonic Just like an effective scrub, Spin for Perfect Skin uses a universal, single-speed rotation system to effectively remove dead skin cells on face and body, a win win! Suitable for all skin types, this is a must have item for any budget! It also comes with a pumice stone to execute the perfect home pedicure! I apply my scrub to my feet and use the stone to whisk away any dry dull skin. It beats having to go to the nail salon (which I hate..lol).

Cleanse

I’ve become a HUGE fan of Raw African Black Soap as a cleanser for my hair (watch here), face and body. It’s a great remedy for acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, the list goes on.Vanity planet, skincare, holistic skincare, african american skincare, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, beauty, how to remove dark spots, aloe vera skincare, eczema, psoriasis, beauty, natural hair, healthy hair to toe, vegan skin care, vegan skincare, black soap eczema, black soap psoriasis, black soap dark spots, black soap acne, vanity planet spin brush, clarisonic mia 1, clarisonic mia 2, vanity planet vs clarisonic

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Vanity Planet’s Spin for Perfect Skin Body Brush is EVERYTHING!

I’ve been using it with my Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin Face & Body Cleansing Brush to lift dirt and oil trapped in my pores daily, head to toe!

There is nothing worse than a breakout during summer. Hot and humid temps plus sweaty oily skin are the PERFECT breeding ground for acne. These two items are a lethal pair against problem causing bacteria!

Just be sure to use raw and unrefined black soap to reap all of the natural benefits. You can purchase this spin brush from Vanity Planet for just $35 with code: SpinSpring70. That’s 70% off the retail price of $100! I thought this was a steal since most comparable brushes cost $100 or more. Vanity Planet has two other crazy good deals right now:

Tone & Moisturize

I know you’re wondering, “why did she put 4 & 5 together? That’s because during the summer months I moisturize and tone with one item.Vanity planet, skincare, holistic skincare, african american skincare, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, beauty, how to remove dark spots, aloe vera skincare, eczema, psoriasis, beauty, natural hair, healthy hair to toe, vegan skin care, vegan skincare, black soap eczema, black soap psoriasis, black soap dark spots, black soap acne, vanity planet spin brush, clarisonic mia 1, clarisonic mia 2, vanity planet vs clarisonic I swear and live by pure aloe straight from the leaf! Raw aloe juice is multipurpose and has so many healing properties! Read more about how I use pure aloe here. If you’re looking for something a tad bit more dense than aloe but also lightweight then I recommend sweet almond oil. You can read more about the benefits of using sweet almond oil here.

Protect

Make sure you are using an effective sunscreen daily! I cannot stress enough as to how important this is in order to maintain healthy skin but also protect it from harmful UV rays. The amount of SPF varies by individual skin tone, age, etc. Just make sure you are protecting your skin properly.

Hydrate

Lastly but also the most important (and affordable) thing you can do for your skin is to drink plenty of water! Adequate hydration keeps our skin moisturized and increases elasticity (say “bye Felicia!” to premature wrinkles). Fruit-Infused-Waters-from-Green-BlenderWater also helps to flush out toxins from the body, giving us healthy glowing skin. If you have eczema or psoriasis staying hydrated is key to preventing painful flare ups. You’ll also keep bloat at a minimum! Bottoms up!

How do you prep your skin for summer? Have you tried Vanity Planet’s Spin For Perfect Skin brush? Comment below and let me know. 🙂

-Healthy Hair To Toe <3

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Vegan Beauty Must Haves With 100% Pure Cosmetics

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Hey loves! It’s no secret that I follow an extremely non-toxic & holistic lifestyle from hair to toe. When it comes to skincare & makeup, I only use non-toxic and/or plant-based products.

One of my favorite plant-based beauty brands is 100% Pure Cosmetics and Skincare. Their products are vegan, certified organic and use only good for you ingredients. I ordered their Coconut Oil Body Scrub during a holiday sale a few years ago and was blown away! I recently decided I’d give their facial skincare & makeup products a try to see how they hold up.

1st up is 100% Pure’s Coffee Bean Eye Cream. vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hairI don’t suffer from dark circles but I do have extremely puffy eyes with smile lines. I’ve been dealing with increased puffiness since giving birth to my second son back in September. I bought an eye cream a few months back but saw no improvement. vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hairThe 1st ingredient in this Coffee Bean Eye Cream is aloe, which is known to increase skin’s elasticity naturally. 2nd ingredient is moisturizing rose-water then rose hip oil. The magic ingredient in this vegan eye cream is caffeine rich green tea and coffee de-puffs and reduces swelling while increasing circulation to alleviate and brighten dark circles. After reading the reviews I knew I had to try it. All I can say is O..M..G! While it didn’t eliminate my puffiness off the bat, I did see a reduction almost instantly! I’m going to continue using over the next 30 days and I will give you another update then.

Next up is 100% Pure’s Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick in Sandstone.vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hair I love matte lipsticks but they can be so over drying within minutes of applying. I usually end up adding a hint of Vaseline or Almond oil to my lips to prevent that dreaded dry, cracked look. This lipstick eliminated all that for me!vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hair vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hairRemember, skincare & food ingredients are listed by order of concentration (highest to lowest). Check this out, the 1st ingredient is raw cocoa butter! 2nd is raw shea butter, 3rd is cherry, then plum..I can do this all day but I’ll let you see for yourself..lol. My lips were very moisturized and the color matched my skin tone perfectly! What I loved the most is that I didn’t have to reapply my lipstick since there was no dryness (double win!). There’s a total of 10 shades in this collection including Tempest, Blood Orange, Cactus Bloom and more!

Free Bright Eyes Mask & Coffee Bean Eye Cream

Last is 100% Pure’s Maracuja Mascara in Dark Chocolate.  This is the PERFECT mascara for those with sensitive eyes like myself.vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hair I love that this vegan mascara is colored from black tea leaves! There are no harmful dyes in this mascara at all. 🙂 Some of the conditioning ingredients include aloe, cocoa seed butter and maracuja seed oil. I can’t stand when mascaras have that chemical-like scent and make my lashes dry and clumpy. This mascara had a faint chocolate scent that smells divine! The brush helped to lengthen, separate and create just the right amount of curl & volume I wanted while looking fairly natural. vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hair vegan makeup, clean beauty, non toxic makeup, plant based makeup, vegan cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, vegan skincare, skincare, beauty, vegan skin, beauty blogger, refinery 29, buzzfeed beauty, vegan makeup african american skin, black skincare, vegan mascara, vegan lipstick, cruelty free makeup, vegan matte lipstick, vegan semi matte lipstick, no dirty beauty, natural hair, curly hair, coily hairIt’s also water and smudge resistant! Random fact: I always forget I’m not wearing my glasses when I wear eye makeup. I end up rubbing my eyes and smearing the eye makeup!..lol. Am I the only one that does that? Safe to say this mascara held up! This was my 1st time using any mascara from 100% Pure and I’m definitely a fan!

Final Look

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Note: The products mentioned above were provided to me for review by 100% Pure Cosmetics. This post contains affiliate links. If you click on these links and make a purchase, I receive a small commission. I use this commission to offset the costs of this blog. However, all thoughts and opinions are & always will be my own.

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How to Keep Your Winter Skin Healthy

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Temperatures are plummeting here in NY which is a sure-fire sign that old man winter is near. Dry itchy skin, redness, tightness, irritation, and even breakouts are common when winter weather sets in. Trying to get problem skin under control during winter can feel like the ultimate struggle. Here are the causes of dry winter skin and prevention tips to keep your skin healthy and hydrated until spring.

What Causes Dry Winter Skin?

  • The first thing you need to keep in mind during winter is that the air is much drier. Think about it for a second. During 80 degree weather, water is able to vaporize into the air at an excessive rate causing humidity (moist air). However, during winter, water tends to remain in its liquid form, unable to vaporize, resulting in drier air.
  • Second, the heat we use to warm our homes, cars, offices, etc., can wreak havoc on our skin. This dry air continues to pull out natural moisture from our skin resulting in tight, dry itchy skin.
  • Hot beverages like tea and coffee may taste great but they are usually loaded with caffeine. Caffeine acts as a natural diuretic, drying out your skin from the inside.

How To Prevent It

  • One of the easiest and most effective things you can do to prevent problem skin in general is to wash your face every night. It’s absolutely essential to wash away your makeup, sweat and pollutants of the day before you go to bed.
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    When it comes to your morning routine, you can just do a quick rinse with water. There’s no need to go crazy with a deep cleansing routine unless you sweat excessively overnight.

  • Dress to protect your skin from winter weather (frigid temps & high winds) as much as possible.
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    Keep your hands and face covered when it’s extremely cold.

  • Try using a humidifier in your bedroom to keep the air moist.
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    Remember, moist air further hydrates the skin. This is especially helpful for those with eczema & psoriasis.

  • Take lukewarm showers/baths. Long hot showers/baths pull out natural oils that keep our skin hydrated.
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    You can indulge once weekly but be sure to moisturize a little extra afterwards. Tip: Moisturize while skin is soaking wet. I usually apply sweet almond oil immediately after showering. It’s super lightweight and has amazing benefits! Read more about the benefits of sweet almond oil here.

  • If you can’t ditch caffeinated hot drinks try limiting them to 1-2 per day. You can also try substituting both for herbal teas if you’re looking for something to warm you up on a frigid day.

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  • Keep stress levels at a minimum. The moment we are stressed out it tends to show up on our skin in the form of breakouts, rashes, etc. Try taking time to address what’s stressing you out. Once you do figure it out try practicing meditation or yoga for at least 15-30 minutes a day. It’s a great way to decompress and release tension.
  • Try eliminating synthetic fragrances in laundry, dish, and personal care products. Think of it this way, if it’s not an essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, etc) than it’s a synthetic fragrance. These fragrances tend to cause skin irritation for many people. They’re also loaded with petrochemicals and phthalates, many of which have been found to have hormone disrupting or cancer-causing effects.

*I switched to Seventh Generation fragrance free detergent and dish soap last summer. I noticed other dish soaps dried out our hands & left an aftertaste in our cups/Tupperware after washing which was super gross. We switched to their detergent after our newborn developed severe baby eczema. It is a bit pricier our hands are softer, we don’t taste soap in our food and drink & the baby’s eczema cleared up significantly!*(not sponsored)

Now that you know the causes of problem winter skin and how to prevent it, what will you do to keep your skin happy & healthy this winter?

 

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3 DIY Organic Exfoliating Lip Scrubs

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I know, it sounds crazy but winter is just around the corner. These cooler temps bring bitter winds that can dry out our skin and hair. I’m a huge fan of exfoliating my skin year round but one body part we all tend to neglect is our lips. They get chapped, cracked and bleed when they lack moisture. If you want your lipsticks and lip stains poppin’ you’ve got to show your lips some TLC! I’m a huge advocate of affordable DIY beauty so here are 3 easy DIY recipes for an organic exfoliating lip scrubs to reveal soft, supple and healthy lips while saving you some coins year round.

Honey Sugar Lip Scrub:

  • 2 teaspoons raw dark brown sugar (you can use any sugar).
  • 1 teaspoon honey.
  • 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil or almond oil.

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Instructions:

Step 1: Mix almond oil and honey together.

Step 2: Add the brown sugar (or sugar of choice) and mix until well combined. You always want more sugar than oil.

Step 3: Transfer your homemade lip scrub to a small mason jar.

Tip: Remember, 75% sugar/25% oil. Raw, organic honey contains the most health benefits since it has not been pasteurized. Pasteurized honey has lost all of its nutrients from being heated. This scrub will leave your lips extremely soft. The hint of almond oil also provides a bit of extra moisture & sun protection with a natural SPF of 5.

Olive Oil Sugar Scrub

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic honey.
  • ½ cup organic dark brown sugar.

 

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Instructions:

Step 1: Using a spoon, mix the olive oil and honey together.

Step 2: Add brown sugar (or sugar of choice) and mix until well combined.

Step 3: Transfer to a small mason jar.

Tip: Extra virgin olive oil works best because it’s lightweight enough to be absorbed by the skin without clogging pores.

Coconut Oil Honey Sugar Scrub

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil.
  • 1 tablespoon honey.
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar.
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Instructions:

Step 1: Using a spoon, mix the coconut oil and honey together.

Step 2: Add brown sugar (or sugar of choice) and mix until well combined.

Step 3: Transfer to a small mason jar.

Tip: Make sure to use unrefined, virgin, organic coconut oil for optimal benefits. Also be sure to use coconut oil that’s not too runny or too solidified. A texture that’s in the middle will blend best with the honey.

Skin Benefits of Ingredients

  • Brown Sugar: Has anti-bacterial properties and vitamin B.
  • Honey: A natural source rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. Absorbs and retains moisture.
  • Olive Oil: Full of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and proteins. Natural moisturizer that has ability to simulate the healing of skin from sun exposure and pollutants.
  • Coconut Oil: Natural moisturizing, antibacterial and antifungal, properties. Penetrates skin deeply without leaving residue.

Storage

Keep your scrub at room temp for at least 10 minutes before applying. Store in the refrigerator after use for up to 30 days.

There you have it! 3 super easy DIY organic exfoliating lip scrubs that are also easy on your bank account. You can apply any of these scrubs to your lips with either a toothbrush or your hands. These scrubs also dub as facial scrubs so you’re minutes away from soft skin from head to toe! Do you have a favorite DIY lip scrub? What are some of your favorite ingredients?

Happy Scrubbing!

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Pregnancy Proofing Your Beauty Regimen

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Pregnancy is a beautiful journey but between our diets, doctors appointments, prepping the home, who can keep up? One thing we tend to overlook are our beauty products. Many of the beauty products we use may have unsafe ingredients that have a susceptibility to leak into our bloodstream and enter the placenta of our growing babies. Here are 6 pregnancy safe beauty products to consider using while pregnant.

Facial Cleansers

Pre-pregnancy your skin was flawless. All of a sudden, you’re able to play connect the dots on your face. Sound like you? Yea, me too! Raging hormones, prenatal vitamins and a whole host of other factors pay a role into acne during pregnancy.

I love my DIY acne/problem skin regimen (<–click the link for more info) but sometimes I’m not in the mood for it..lol. If you feel the same way at times, two cleansers I recommend are Pacifica Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash & Acure Brightening Facial Scrubpregnancy safe, skincare, acure scrub, pregnancy, maternity, beauty, health, holistic beauty, holistic, shea moisture, alba botanical, dr. bronner's soap, natural, organic, fair trade, vegan, natural skincare, pacificapregnancy safe, skincare, acure scrub, pregnancy, maternity, beauty, health, holistic beauty, holistic, shea moisture, alba botanical, dr. bronner's soap, natural, organic, fair trade, vegan, natural skincare, pacifica

Both products are vegan, cruelty free & use certified organic fair trade ingredients all while helping you to maintain a healthy glow. I love how both keep my combination/oily skin balanced and smooth. I must add that both products are also very effective at removing makeup! I usually use the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub first then cleanse with the Pacifica Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash. I then follow-up with a lightweight moisturizer like argan oil. Healthy skin while using pregnancy safe products is always a win win for both mom and baby!

Soaps & Body Washes

When it comes to body washes & soaps, I absolutely LOVE Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Peppermint Pure Castile Soap! pregnancy safe, skincare, acure scrub, pregnancy, maternity, beauty, health, holistic beauty, holistic, shea moisture, alba botanical, dr. bronner's soap, natural, organic, fair trade, vegan, natural skincare, pacificaMy entire family (parents, siblings, husband, son, etc) use it! It’s my go-to for removing makeup and daily cleansing. I’ve also used this soap to clean & disinfect household items like dishes and even our shower/tub! You can even use this soap as a detergent for clothes or a deep cleansing shampoo! Dr. Bronner’s products contain all certified organic & fair-trade ingredients such as coconut, jojoba, hemp and olive oils. They’re also cruelty free which means no animal testing a performed while making their products. Dr. Bronner’s soaps are completely pregnancy safe and come in a variety of scents and formulas. They even have a formula for babies! I also love the fact they have travel size amounts making it very convenient for me to pack in my hospital bag for delivery.

Another product I absolutely love is Shea Moisture’s Olive & Green Tea Bubble Bath & Body Wash.pregnancy safe, skincare, acure scrub, pregnancy, maternity, beauty, health, holistic beauty, holistic, shea moisture, alba botanical, dr. bronner's soap, natural, organic, fair trade, vegan, natural skincare, pacifica

Some of the ingredients in this moisturizing body wash include avocado oil, honeysuckle, shea and olive oils. I bought this wash back in August and we still have about half left. Both my son and husband use it as well. We use it as a bubble bath for our son and he loves it! This wash smells amazing and leaves our skin feeling very clean and supple without an overpowering scent. The last thing you want is a body wash that doesn’t leave you feeling clean and & makes you feel like you threw on perfume in the shower. Tip: This Shea Moisture body wash is a little thick so be careful when applying not to use too much. If you use too much it will take a while to rinse off.

Moisturizers

Dry itchy skin during pregnancy can be a real pain. I definitely experienced more dry skin during my 1st pregnancy than this one. I’ve always been a fan using of sweet almond oil but I needed something a bit stronger. This time around I found relief with two pregnancy safe body lotions. Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion for severely dry skin & Shea Moisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Body Lotion .pregnancy safe, skincare, acure scrub, pregnancy, maternity, beauty, health, holistic beauty, holistic, shea moisture, alba botanical, dr. bronner's soap, natural, organic, fair trade, vegan, natural skincare, pacificaAlba’s body lotion is formulated with 100% vegetarian ingredients like avocado oil, grape seed oil, cucumber, shea butter and aloe. These ingredients make this lotion extremely moisturizing and non-pore clogging as well. If you have sensitive dry skin like myself then this is a body lotion to put on your list to try.

pregnancy safe, skincare, acure scrub, pregnancy, maternity, beauty, health, holistic beauty, holistic, shea moisture, alba botanical, dr. bronner's soap, natural, organic, fair trade, vegan, natural skincare, pacificaShea Moisture’s Argan Oil & Raw Shea Body Lotion is formulated with natural and certified organic ingredients such as:
Shea Butter which deeply moisturizes and repairs skin with vitamins and essential fatty acids.
Argan Oil: naturally high in Vitamin E, keeps skin soft and smooth.
Frankincense & Myrrh Extract: natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial which aids in healing dry cracked skin.

Shea Moisture’s lotion worked extremely well during the winter months of my pregnancy. I live in New York and the winters are pretty brutal here just to give you an idea.  Tip: I usually exfoliate and moisturize with either product on wet skin to maximize hydration.

What are some of your favorite pregnancy must have beauty products? Just be sure to take a minute to review your beauty products and their ingredients. You’ll be doing so much more to keep you and your baby safe and healthy not only during pregnancy but for many years to come.

Thanks for reading! ❤️

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