It's been a bit of a battle with my skin really since falling pregnant the first time with JC. I'm quite lucky in that I'm not overly susceptible to stretch marks (apart from the ones I already have through weight loss and gain) but I have much drier and irritated skin in certain areas. The worst area is my hands as they are in water so often. I blame the anti bac gel I used when JC was a tiny baby. It really dried out my skin as I think it was just too harsh for me.
Vaseline. The first product was a Cocoa Butter Oil Gel. Brimming with Brazil nut oil to lock in moisture and paired with almond oil which its natural minerals and antioxidants to keep skin pampered, it is full of oiliness to soften even the toughest of skin. Coleen Rooney has recently mentioned this product as one of her pregnancy must haves to keep her skin in tip top shape. It retails at £5.10 which I think is a really reasonable price.
The first thing I noticed about this product was the gorgeous smell. One of my kids at school even commented on the smell several hours after applying. She thought I was wearing sun cream as the smell is one of summer days and not too far removed from that delightful coconut smell you find with most sun creams. You only need a small amount and I can imagine that the generously sized bottle will last a while. I have used it for a week and there is only a small amount gone from the top of the bottle. My only issue with it is that it is quite oily and takes a while to absorb into the skin. The first few days of use were through the day but then I changed to using it at night which was better. It is perfect for those areas that are really dry. It worked wonders on my crocodile skin on my feet and legs! I would recommend this product and will buy it again but would probably use it on certain target areas.
The second product was a revelation for me! As a mum and a primary school teacher, I come into contact with many bugs that transfer on hands and surfaces. My hands are not able to cope with the strength of some anti bac gels and constant hand washing isn't good for me either. Vaseline's 2-in-1 Hand Cream + Anti Bac is the answer. It combines 5 moisturisers with a germ sanitiser which keeps hands protected from germs whilst keeping them super soft. Unlike most of the other hand gels and anti bac creams I've tried, this one doesn't dry out my hands and its smells lovely. It's in a handy wee bottle and I have taken to carrying it around in my handbag. It will be a godsend when the baby comes along too. It's only £3.29 and both products are available from leading supermarkets including Superdrug and Boots.
Overall, two fab products which will hopefully keep my skin glowing throughout pregnancy and beyond. I would recommend both although the hand cream is my personal favourite!
This is not a sponsored post, I received a free sample of the product but all comments and opinions are my own.