She's so gorgeous I can hardly even stand it! I on the other hand am feeling decidedly less than glamorous. Between the baby weight, stretch marks that appeared as my tummy deflated, Bacne from Hell and face breakouts I'm not too upset that we're still in baby quarantine and can't go out and about.
I can't exercise yet but I'm working on my face a lot thanks to Kate Somerville. I'm still loving the Clinic-to-Go pads and will do a full review after I use up the whole pack. The directions say to use them 2-3 times per week for 28 days for best results. I'm hoping that after 28 days these magic little pads will help rejuvenate my skin and fade some of the scars I've acquired over the last 10 months.
I'm three uses in and they definitely make a difference. The morning after I use them my skin is smoother and my zits a little less severe. I think it's slowly starting to clear up some of the "perma-zits" on my chin. You know what I mean... they're the ugly clogged pores that never really come to the surface but stick around for weeks if not months.
Kate makes a lot of great masks and I have two others that I absolutely adore. There's something so relaxing for me about the ritual of a face mask. My favorite way to relax is a hot bath, a face mask and a glass of wine. I may not be able to enjoy a glass of wine yet (yay for breastfeeding!) but I can at least soak in a hot bath and use whatever mask I want now.
Personally I love using a series of masks that complement each other. My favorite combination is as follows: 1) Clinic-to-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads to exfoliate away all the nasty dead skin cells and open up my pores, 2) Clearing Mask, which I reviewed here, to suck all the gunk out of my now opened pores and kill any nasty bacteria residing there, and 3) Quench Hydrating Mask to rehydrate and bring moisture back for a lovely glow. Here's hoping that these secret weapons will work their magic over the next couple of weeks.
I'm debating getting another IPL to help clear everything up but I've read mixed opinions on whether or not it's ok while nursing. There are still some pretty crazy hormones floating around my system and there seems to be a lot of disagreement as to how skin will react to light and laser treatments. I have the ideal skin for IPLs (really pale) and I'd love to clear up my discoloration before my sister's wedding in November.
If any readers out there have had an IPL while nursing please let me know how it went!