5 Ways to Support Your Skin Health During Pregnancy

5 Ways to Support Your Skin Health During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is this magical mystical time where your uterus goes from the size of a walnut to one of those large purses people carry tiny dogs in. We call that magical, right?

And while there’s a lot happening on the inside: growing babe, shifting organs, widening pelvis and hips, and ebbing and flowing hormones, your skin is also going through some major changes.

Review: Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel

You may have heard the buzz about this new "miracle product" from Beautycounter: the Overnight Resurfacing Peel. TBH, I don't think any product deserves miracle in front of it unless it will also clean my house and improve my skin. But I digress. 

So what is it? 

The Overnight Peel is a leave-on nighttime treatment designed to improve the texture and appearance of your skin by reducing wrinkles/fine lines, age spots, scars, and pores. It's formulated with 15 different fruit acids: nine resurfacing acids that work together to renew the epidermal cells by removing dead skin cells from top layer of the skin and a second combination of six soothing acids that rehydrate and replenish skin. 

Super fancy right? 

How do I use it?

After removing make-up and washing face,  apply 2-3 drops to face. Allow to absorb for about 5 minutes, then apply a night cream or intensive moisturizer. 

Real simple.

My thoughts... 

So I keep my skincare routine pretty minimal. Cleanse, tone and moisturize morning and night with the occasional mask thrown on for fun. My skin really requires little maintenance. Because of this, I wasn't sure what adding the peel to my routine would really do for me. Many have had great results with reduction of age spots, acne scars, and softening the skin-- all awesome things, but didn't necessarily concern me personally. 

But I gave the peel a shot and I'm SO GLAD I DID. The first time I used it, it tingled A LOT. It wasn't uncomfortable or painful, I was just surprised. I let it absorb onto my skin for approximately 5 minutes and then moisturized with the Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream (That's just a really long name for nightcream). 

The next day, I woke up, washed my face (I use the Countermatch Cleansing Milk) and immediately noticed how much softer my skin was. Pretty cool. My moisturizer and spa tinted moisturizer glide on much easier. 

After four uses, I started to notice a big difference. I'm a pretty expressionate person, especially with my brows (I have no poker face), so I've got some creases developing in my forehead. Years of surprise or silent judgement, I suppose.  Anyway, the peel reduced these fine lines pretty dramatically. It also made the pores on my nose much smaller. Can't argue with that.  

Overall Review

  • Recommend?
    • Yup! I like it and I'm glad I bought it! I have fairly sensitive skin, so I was nervous to use something with such active ingredients. But my skin responded really well to it and I saw results quickly. 
  • Splurge or Deal? 
    • STEAL OF A DEAL. At $58 for a bottle, I would estimate that using this 2-3/week, this bottle will last at least 6 months. What does a professional peel cost? More. And if that is part of your care routine, this can extend the "life" of that professional peel, reducing the frequency of treatments.
  • Vital or Just for Fun?
    • I would honestly put this in the fun category, along with masks. It's a great addition to a skincare regimen, but not something that is absolutely necessary across the board for healthy skin. Prioritize a solid cleanser and moisturizer first, then we'll talk.

This review is based on my personal experience with the product and may not be indicative of everyone's experience. If you're interested in trying a sample of the peel to see how it works for you, feel free to contact me directly

5 Products You Need in Your Summer Gym Bag!

5 Products You Need in Your Summer Gym Bag!

I've been taking my show on the road these days, sneaking a quick workout in when I can, and then freshening up as quickly as possible before my next meeting. Showers immediately post workout are RARELY an option. But rather than show-up at my next meeting a hot mess, I've stocked my gym bag with five essentials to help me refresh quickly and easily. 

With the summer months almost upon us (and sweatier workouts waiting), now is as great time to refresh your gym bag with these five essentials.   

7 Healthy Winter Skin Essentials

7 Healthy Winter Skin Essentials

While the constant rain and cold hasn’t quite hit the Northwest yet, the change in the new November air is already starting to affect my skin. In year's past, I've battled the dryness with loads of Carmex, and intense moisturizers, but those don't have the safest ingredients. I could talk your ear off about the hormone disrupting problems associated with parabens, phthalates and fragrance in most conventional products, but the annoying and most immediate side effect was that I always felt like my skin became dependent on some product or another and couldn't regulate moisture on its own. Sound at all familiar?

As I continue to move towards cleaning up my personal care regimen, I'm also working on some preventative measures to keep my skin healthy throughout the colder months. This year, I'm spending more time than ever outside, as I coach Portland Outdoor Fitness, so I'm taking extra precautions to avoid my yearly dose of chapped lips and dry cracked skin with a little preventative nutrition and a few key products.