Review: My Pregnancy Skincare Guide | For Body

Now that I’m 25 weeks into my pregnancy, I’ve been learning a lot about my skin particularly as it has changed so much over the past few months. I’ve always been very lucky in that I don’t get a lot of spots or breakouts, and my skin has always been more dry than oily.

However, when I became pregnant, like most people, I had to completely change my skincare routine as a lot of the ingredients in the products I’d been using up to then, aren’t pregnancy friendly. As a result, my skin became dryer than ever and not only did I have to change my face routine, but also had to find some new products to use on my body too.

I don’t know about you, but I found pregnancy skincare a complete minefield when I began researching what I could and couldn’t use. I knew what ingredients to steer clear of, but I couldn’t find a good comprehensive list of products or brands that are recommended to be good for pregnancy skin.

Anyway, because of that, I’ve decided to share the products I’ve been using for the past few months, in the hope that if you’re also trying to find your way through the minefield, it might help you out!

I’ve broken my skincare routine in two blog posts; the first, today’s post will focus on body products, and my second post which will follow shortly, will focus on my face products.

I don’t know about all you Mummies and pregnant gals, but I honestly can’t believe how much my skin has changed. I know everyone tells you to expect it, but I wasn’t prepared for the sandpaper-like dryness that I’ve been having. Granted, my skin is much better now and feels more like itself again, but it has taken me months of trialing and testing a mix off different products from scrubs, to oils, to creams, to finally come to a happy place with what I’m using.

I’m not an expert on skincare by any means, but these are just some products that have worked for me and helped to keep my skin smooth and hydrated as it goes through a million different changes.

Voya Time To Shine Gentle Body Polish


I’ve always been a fan of body scrubs and exfoliating my skin, but I usually would have only exfoliated every week to two weeks. Recently however, I’m exfoliating at least twice a week, sometimes more, and I found some of the products I previously have used, weren’t cutting it for me anymore.


Voya is a brand I’ve always really liked, their ingredients are organic and very natural so when I spotted this body scrub over the Summer I decided to try it out and see if it would do the trick for my coarse, dry skin.


I started using it a few months ago, and not only does it help to lift all the dry dead skin cells, but the mix of seaweed, ground walnut shells and almond oil combine to buff and polish the skin, as well as leaving it feeling nourished and hydrated too.


After only using this for a few weeks I was totally hooked and it’s now firmly part of my shower routine during the week. I already loved their hand wash and spa products, but I’m so glad I’ve discovered this now too because it’s definitely going to be a staple product in my bathroom for a long time to come.

I paid €30 for this bottle in Avoca, but it’s also available from Kilkenny Design and online from the Voya website too.

Bloom & Blossom Indulgence Bath Oil


Bloom & Blossom is a pregnancy skincare brand created by two sisters in the UK. Strangely enough, although it is my first time pregnant, I had already tried this bath oil a few years ago when my cousin gave it to me as a gift.

I’ve always loved baths, but what used to be a soak every couple of weeks, has now turned into every couple of days. So, when my trusty Jo Malone favourite bath oil ran out, this sprung to mind and I decided to buy a bottle to see if it was as good as I remembered.

The short answer is, yes it is! Now, they recommend using one to two capfuls per bath, but I tend to use three just because of how dry my skin is, and that definitely does the trick.


The ingredients in this oil are just incredible; a mix of sweet almond, lavender, apricot and ylang ylang essential oils, not only make this smell divine, but makes your skin feel as smooth as a baby’s bottom too! They are also amazing for relieving stress and tension, and helping me relax and unwind after a stressful day at work. 


I’ve also been having quite a bit of back pain recently with my growing bump, and there is literally nothing nicer than a warm bath soak with this oil to help relieve that too. I really love it and definitely recommend.


The only downside for me is that the bottle is quite small; it’s just 100ml so it doesn’t last very long. In saying that, I do use a little more than what they suggest so if you stuck to the recommended amount, it would definitely last longer.

I buy mine in Mamas & Papas and the 100ml bottle costs €24 which honestly is a very good price in my opinion, considering other bath oils on the market.

Kiehl’s Soothing Oil to Foam Shower Cleanser


I first heard about this new shower cleanser from Kiehl’s back in August when I read a review about how good it was for pregnancy skin. I was on the hunt for it for weeks until I finally discovered that it hadn’t yet been released in Ireland. Thankfully however, it got released here on 4th October so I ran to the shop to buy it and have been using it religiously ever since.


The cleanser is part of the Creme de Corps range which I loved already, so I had high hopes for it and honestly, it has totally exceeded them. When I say this cleanser is luxurious, I mean it is luxurious!


The oil itself is thick and creamy, and smells absolutely divine. Oh dear god, I could smell it for hours it’s that good! When you apply it, the water from your shower turns the oil to a rich foam which makes it so easy to lather on the skin and you can feel your skin becoming softer and smoother by the second.


The blend of almond and vanilla gives it a delicious sweet smell, and Grapeseed and Castor oil help to bring back moisture to your skin to leave it very smooth.


Because of the rich lather that you get, you really only need a small amount of oil which was probably the best surprise of this whole product. I’m using it a month now and I’m still on my first bottle which for me, is always a sign of a good oil.


It’s not cheap at €31.50 for 250ml, but to me it’s worth every penny as I’ve never used a shower oil like it. My skin feels amazing every time I use it, and it’s definitely made a massive difference to the dryness.


I’ve also found that I need to apply much less moisturiser on afterwards which has never happened me before so this one is going to be another staple product for me even when I’m not pregnant anymore. I just love it!

I bought mine in the Kiehl’s shop in Dundrum Town Centre, but it’s also available from Debenhams in store or online either.

The Body Shop Mango Softening Body Butter


I’ve been using The Body Shop Body Butters for years now and they never let me down when my skin needs an injection of hydration. There are several different scents and they always release some limited edition ones at Christmas, but I always come back to either Mango or Shea Butter which are my absolute favourite.


The butter itself is quite thick so you’d be forgiven for thinking that you need a lot of product, but because it is so creamy, you really only need a small amount as it is very easy to blend and apply, and goes much further than you expect.


All their body butters are made using community trade Shea Butter, and their oil is organic so it’s very pregnancy friendly. That combined with the 24 hour hydration promise (which really lives up to its claim for me), means your skin feels so soft all day.


I tend to apply this once a day at nighttime, and I love how soft my skin still feels in the morning when I wake up. On a very dry skin day, I’ll also apply in the morning but I find I don’t need to do that much anymore at all because my new skincare routine is working so well for me (so far anyway!).


Another great thing about these is the price point. They cost €20 for a 200ml tub, and last you a good month or two depending on how often you use. Though that might seem a little pricey compared to other body lotions or moisturisers out there, believe me, this is worth the money because it will last.

Clarins Huile Tonic Body Treatment Oil


When the lovely ladies in Clarins heard I was pregnant, they very kindly sent me a bottle of their Huile Tonic body treatment oil to try and when I opened it, it was quite honestly, love at first scent!


I’m a sucker for a gorgeous scent and it was the first thing that struck me about it – it just smells so good. It is made from 100% pure plant extract and the combined mix of mint, rosemary and geranium smells divine! These ingredients are also great for helping to firm the skin and improve elasticity, while hazelnut oil keeps the skin moisturised, hydrated and feeling super soft.


The oil is thick in consistency and I only apply it at nighttime because it takes a good bit of time to properly soak into the skin. I’ve found it works best when I have five to ten minutes to let the excess oil dry – that way you don’t lose any of the product on your pyjamas!


I’m now on my second bottle of this which I bought recently, but the only downside with it is the price point. It’s quite spendy at €47, so it’s not going to be for everyone, and because of how pricey it is, I’ve gone from using it every evening to every few days so it doesn’t run out as quickly as the first bottle!


Although it’s pricey however, it’s been worth every penny as it’s definitely helped to keep my stretch marks at bay; they are growing and there’s no stopping them, but so far they are quite light in colour and I don’t have too many which is good enough for me! 

Of all the products I’m using, this is definitely my ‘treat’ product, so for the days I don’t use it, I’ve turned to Bio Oil which has been my saviour many times even before pregnancy.

Bio Oil


For years I’d heard that Bio Oil was the best product to use for scars and stretch marks, and I can really vouch for its effectiveness. A few years ago, I had to have surgery on my wrist and afterwards, used Bio Oil on my scar every day to help it heal. While my scar didn’t disappear altogether, it dramatically faded, all because I was so strict about using it every day.


It’s been a similar story with my growing tummy. Though people are telling me my bump is still quite neat, the stretch marks have slowly started to show themselves like I mentioned above, so I am lashing on the Bio Oil every day to help keep them at bay.


Bio Oil has some incredible ingredients including Calendula oil which is known for its skin healing properties, as well as Lavender and Rosemary Oil, which leave your skin feeling incredibly soft and hydrated. It again is quite a thick oil, but blends so well into the skin, and has no greasiness at all.


Unlike the Clarins oil, this actually dries in quite quickly, so it’s more like a dry oil in texture and it also has a gorgeous smooth finish. It’s also one of the very few oils that I don’t wash my hands after using because I love how it feels on my hands too.


I honestly think this is the one beauty product that everyone should have in their home because it’s so good for a multitude of things like scrapes and sunburn, as well as stretch marks, and without a doubt, it works too.


The bottle I have is the 60ml bottle and costs €12.99. I get mine in Boots but nearly every pharmacy or supermarket sell it so it’s very easy to pick up. It also comes in a 125ml and 200ml bottle.

Just one thing to note about these oils is; while they help to keep stretch marks from getting too bad during pregnancy, they will also help to make the stretch marks disappear quicker after pregnancy. Of course some will remain, but anything you read about stretch marks will tell you that if you keep your skin hydrated and soft with the right products during pregnancy, then they will definitely fade better afterwards.

Obviously, I still have a while to go yet before I can let you know whether that’s worked for me or not, but don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted!

Well, there you have it; my full body pregnancy skin routine! I know it’s been a long post, but I really hope it helps you if you’re in the same boat as I was.

But more importantly don’t forget, all these products will be equally as amazing on your skin even if you’re not pregnant. So if you’re in the market for some new skincare, then I definitely recommend all of the above!

Sorcha x

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 303 | The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balm in Shade Raspberry 

Today’s lippy is one that took me on a very big trip down memory lane. I used to wear these Body Shop Born Lippy lip balms all the time when I was younger, but had almost forgotten about them until I was in picking up some body butter a few weeks back and saw this sitting on the counter. 


Of course as always, I had to buy it for my challenge and the minute I applied it, so many memories came flooding back, mainly due to the Raspberry scent which is lovely.


The formula is slightly tinted, however, I did remember it being more tinted than it was today; there really wasn’t much of a colour on my lips after applying it. 


The balm itself is thick and creamy, and a very small amount will leave them feeling lovely and soft. It isn’t the most hydrating balm I’ve tried as it did slightly sit on my lips rather than soak in, yet they did feel smooth throughout the day.


The pot is small and a handy handbag size, so it’s definitely a good option for throwing in your bag when you’re out and about on the go and need a balm fix.


It’s not the best balm I’ve ever tried but it does smell gorgeous and leaves a lovely soft shine to the lips that adds a bit of dimension to them. 

I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing this again, for the sentimental value if nothing else! I’m a huge fan of the Body Shop products in general and love that this is full of good ingredients too.

Sorcha 💋

Bridget Jones’s Baby with Glossybox

Last night I was invited to go along to a screening of Bridget Jones’s Baby hosted by the fabulous Glossybox to celebrate their fifth birthday. For those of you who don’t know about Glossybox, it’s a monthly beauty subscription box that sends samples each month of new products coming to the market, and even sometimes has some full size products and cult favourites included too.


The boxes are extremely cute and at last nights event, we were all given one of their special edition Red boxes for September. This box was created in conjunction with Red magazine’s Beauty Director, the fabulous Annabel Meggeson, and contains six absolute gems of products.

Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask

This mask contains a patented AMF (Artificial Moisturising Factor) – I’m not sure what that means to be honest, but apparently it enhances the skin’s ability to retain moisture. It claims to keep the skin hydrated for up to two hours, which makes me very excited to try it so I will keep you posted.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask


Okay, I’m a little bit squealy excited about this! These body shop masks are everywhere at the moment, I’ve seen so many bloggers testing them and talking about them, and all accounts so far seem to be very positive. You know me, I love an ‘aul glow to the skin, and this mask claims to give you just that, so I reckon this one will be getting put to the test tonight. I can’t wait any longer!

Catrice Volumizing Lip Booster

I only became aware of what great lip products Catrice make a few months back when I fell in love with their Ultimate Stay lipstick range. This volumizing lip booster claims to give your lips volume and shine, as well as hiding any fine lines, so I’m really looking forward to giving this a go.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Now, let’s begin by saying, anything that claims to be ‘Better Than Sex’ has got to be pretty feckin’ amazing – right? It’s a pretty big claim to make so I’m looking forward to using it and seeing how much it lives up to its claim. I have read and heard so much about Too Faced products over the years, but I’m ashamed to say I’ve never actually tried anything of theirs before, so I can’t wait to give this a try.

Rodial Smokey Eye Pen

I love a good eyeliner and Rodial products are generally quite good so here’s hoping this is good too. My cousin told me she’s tried it and really likes it so again, I will keep you posted.

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

I haven’t heard of The Organic Pharmacy products before so I’m intrigued to do some research and read what they are all about. This lip balm is a really handy handbag size and it smells gorgeous too. It contains Shea Butter and Rose Hip so that’s always a good start for keeping lips moisturised. As some of you may know I got my lips very severely sunburnt when I was younger so I constantly have lip balm on my lips, so if this is good, I will be very excited.

These subscription boxes are such a great idea for trialling and testing products before going out and buying them, especially if you’re a beauty fanatic. I’m very excited to give all of these a try, and as always, I’ll report back and let you know how I get on.

On a side note, Bridget Jones’s Baby was absolutely hilarious. The girls and I cried laughing the whole way through, it’s that funny. So if you’re looking for something fun to do with your girls, then I highly recommend going to see it. I’d even go so far as to say, it’s better than the last one.

If you’ve tried any of these products, please let me know what you think as I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’d equally love to hear what you thought of the movie if you’ve seen it too. I came out feeling great after it, sometimes all you need is a good belly laugh!

Sorcha x