After the initial excitement of finding out we were pregnant settled in, one of my very first thoughts was, “Oh man, how is pregnancy going to affect my skin? Will pregnancy acne take over my life?!” I’m not even going to lie…the thought freaked me out! As someone who’s dealt with varying degrees of acne, from mild to painfully extreme, I expected the worst.
…during the majority of my first trimester, my skin remained clear. To the point where I thought something was wrong. Ha!
Then when I started travelling a bit more in December, I realized that clear skin for the duration of my pregnancy was not going to be a thing. Unfortunately, my acne issues reappeared at the onset of my second trimester. I remember thinking, “Here we go. My skin is going to erupt, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.” Luckily, it didn’t “erupt!” Sure, I had a few bumps here and there, but it was nothing compared to what I’ve experienced in the past.
I kept up with my pre-pregnancy skincare routine (minus the Instanatural Skin Clearing Serum, as it contains retinol) because it really does help to keep flare ups to a minimum, while also drinking as much water as possible. I was honestly nervous to change up my routine while pregnant. I didn’t know if a new product would throw everything off and make it worse…
…but then I threw caution to the wind after talking to my friend Thea about my skincare woes and bought a new face mask, the Herbivore Blue Tansy mask to be precise.
I asked for Thea’s expert advice on what skincare brands would be good/well suited for my pregnant skin. I wanted to try something that was natural and free of all the yucky stuff. Thea is full of knowledge when it comes to the best brands for different skin types, so when she recommended Herbivore and the Blue Tansy mask, I read more about the brand and the mask itself and decided to go for it.
You can read all about the ingredients and what the mask is supposed to do here. I want to share how the mask has impacted my skin.
First of all, when you read the reviews (on pretty much any site), you’ll see phrases like “holy grail” and “best product ever.” If you’re anything like me, this will take your already skeptical opinion to another level. But they’ll draw you in at the same time!
I want to preface my opinion of this mask by saying that I’ve tried A LOT of skincare products targeted towards acne prone skin.. And I feel like I have a good handle on what works and what doesn’t. With that being said, this stuff definitely works!
Here’s what I particularly love about this mask:
- It helps calm and balance my skin – bumps, redness, all of it.
- While it doesn’t actively prevent breakouts (at least for me), any existing bumps definitely disappear more quickly than usual after using this mask.
- My dark spots are getting lighter with every use. I’m not totally in the clear, but it’s helping in a big way.
- By looking at my skin, you wouldn’t know we’re in the middle of a chilly winter. With the regular use of this mask, my skin is smoother…no flakiness.
- I feel like my moisturizer works 10x better than it used to. It’s like my skin is a brand new sponge that can’t get enough!
- BONUS – This product smells so good! It has an herby scent, which lets me know that my skin is in for a natural treat.
The final point I want to make is that the price tag for this product may seem a bit steep at first. BUT as Thea would say, think of price per use. I’ve been using this mask for close to two months now, and I’m not even half way through. When you do the math, it’s not bad at all!
The bottom line comes down to the fact that my pregnancy acne isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. And investing in good, clean products is always a good idea…pregnant or not.
Your turn – do you use masks regularly? What’s your favorite brand?