Pregnancy Survival Skin Products

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Clearly the only thing on my mind these days is my due date–which, I realize, is kind of meaningless. I mean, according to Parents.com, only five percent of women actually deliver on their EDDs. Still, July 28th is only a few days away, and that’s pretty crazy. So before I “go,” I thought I’d get the last of my pregnancy posts up for you!

Today’s? Some of my favorite skincare products that have helped me through. (Along with some sneak peek photos of our completed master bathroom renovation! Full post coming soon.)

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been using four products from Advanced Clinicals: Coconut Moisturizing Cream, Coconut Visible Repair Oil, Cracked Heel Rough Spot Cream, and Stretch Mark Intensive Care Lotion. And the verdict’s out.

They’ve made a BIG difference in my skin. Which is pretty amazing, considering what a toll pregnancy can take on one’s body in the third trimester!

Let’s dive a little deeper:

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Coconut Moisturizing Cream

Advanced Clinicals’ Coconut Moisturizing Cream is a $15 tub of magic. One of my biggest problems as of late has been itchiness–most likely due to my skin being tugged in different directions by Baby Larkin, or a very minor case of PUPPP. (Never heard of it? I hadn’t either! Apparently it’s a fairly common and harmless skin condition for preggos, though. Essentially, it’s just a rash that typically goes away after pregnancy.)

Since using the Coconut Moisturizing Cream twice per day, though, I’ve been much more comfy! The product’s small particle size helps nourish and repair dull, parched skin for deep hydration–which means that it acts fast. I also love its scent (definitely reminds me of the Jersey Shore!) and the fact that it’s non-greasy and absorbs quickly. (I hate waiting for moisturizer to dry so I can get dressed. Long morning and nighttime routines are the worst!) Typically, I use the Coconut Moisturizing Cream on my arms, legs, chest and neck.

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Coconut Visible Repair Oil

As I hear so much about the skin benefits of coconut these days, I had to try Advanced Clinicals’ Coconut Visible Repair Oil while I was at it. ;) It’s meant to be a highly concentrated face oil, as it contains ingredients that are proven to repair dryness, scars and harsh creases. However, I’ve been using it in my hair, as I’d read that you can use the product in a variety of ways and my locks are SO dry.

I simply apply a dab to the ends every morning after I shower, and holy softness. That said, I’ve also used it on my face whenever I start feeling too dried out. It almost immediately softens things up, and I don’t break out. (Miracle for Kelly Larkin, the girl with the most sensitive skin ever.)

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Cracked Heel Rough Spot Cream

City Girls, unite. If you’re like me and you’re embarrassed about how quickly your feet seem to go from presentable to oh-my-goodness-it-looks-like-I-just-walked-30-miles-in-the-desert, this is the stuff for you. And honestly: wherever you live, your feet are probably feeling the effects of summer by now… am I right?!

I’ve been using Advanced Clinicals’ Cracked Heel Rough Spot Cream every few nights before going to bed. I slather it all over the bottoms and tops of my feet, and sometimes I apply ridiculously liberally and simply wear socks to bed to keep things from getting too messy. Meant to soften calluses and replenish dry skin, the stuff works wonders. My feet now always have that fresh-from-the-spa feel and touch!

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Stretch Mark Intensive Care Lotion

Finally, my favorite: Advanced Clinicals’ Stretch Mark Intensive Care Lotion. As I’ve been using the lotion for over two months now, I’m not sure whether I’ve simply been lucky or it’s actually prevented stretch marks. Regardless, I don’t have them, and I’m so grateful.

I’ve been applying the Stretch Mark Intensive Care Lotion to my belly twice daily: once after showering and once before bed. And again, nothing. :) Coffee seed oil, shea butter, and coconut oil are the active ingredients, and they’re used to revitalize your skin’s elasticity, tightening and firming. The best part is that it works to prevent stretch marks and get rid of existing ones. Love it!

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What are your favorite skin products for pregnancy?

This post was sponsored by Advanced Clinicals, but all opinions are my own. As always, thank you so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!

  • Tiffany

    I swore by Palmer’s cocoa butter oil with vitamin E. I was stretch mark free, but very greasy for those last few weeks!! I’ll have to keep these in mind for the next time!

    • Ah yes! This stuff is totally non-greasy. Hate being greasy so this has been a godsend! :) xoxo!!

  • Love! Happy Sunday, lady!

  • Love! Happy Sunday, lady!

  • Kara Kouloheras Dumont

    I used Mustella 9 months cream daily starting around month 3 and I did not have a single stretch mark. That being said, I have heard it has more to do with genetics (my mom didn’t get stretch marks either) and how much weight you gain, 26 pounds for me. You are looking great!!

    • Ahhhh I don’t think I realized that stretch marks are genetic… I will have to ask my mom whether she got them! (My assumption was that I wasn’t getting them because I’m so pale and my tummy skin is basically translucent, haha.) I did, however, gain roughly 35 pounds haha, so… ;)

      Thank you so much for weighing in, Kara!! Are you still pregnant or did you have your baby? Either way, congrats! xoxo

  • First, the bathroom is looking amazing!!! Second, that coconut cream looks AMAZING!

  • Maya McDonald

    I’m so excited for little Larkin to come!!! And love these pregnancy tips – I’m far off from having kids, but I do love me some more skincare products ;) xx

  • Maya McDonald

    I’m so excited for little Larkin to come!!! And love these pregnancy tips – I’m far off from having kids, but I do love me some more skincare products ;) xx

  • Meghan O’Hare

    Where can you buy the stretch mark cream? I’m four months along and would love to try it out in hopes of avoiding stretch marks.

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