My 2nd Trimester Skin Care Haul from Healthy Options!

We're having a baby boy!

Onward to my 2nd trimester, my baby is of course big enough to show off its parts and Eric and I were thrilled to know we're having a strapping baby boy!

Since I got pregnant, I vowed to use only organic or all-natural products to protect my baby. I know that's kinda too paranoid of me. 

But yes, that's me, sigurista and paranoid. Plus, I worked at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Philippine General Hospital so maybe that also boosted the paranoia.

When my brother wanted to go 'vitamins shopping' at Healthy Options, I decided to tag along to also purchase basic necessities. So here were the stuff I got:  

Healthy Options haul


Jason Softening Cocoa Butter



I read reviews about Jason Softening Cocoa Butter from a pregnancy magazine in the UK. The magazine said it's a good alternative to the popular Palmer's Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter and the Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter

Actually I have been looking for Palmer's and Burt's Bees Cocoa Butter lotions for quite some time now but I can't find them here. Eventually, I learned that Palmer's is being sold in Mothercare for Php 595. But by that time, I already bought my Jason Cocoa Butter for Php 395 at Healthy Options


I am already at my 5th month of pregnancy and I started using Jason Cocoa Butter at the start of the 2nd trimester (4th month). 

So far, the experience has been awesome! It really did intensely moisturize my belly and my extremities. 

When my skin started to stretch, I had to transition my moisturizer from mild to intense (see first trimester moisturizer here) and Jason Cocoa Butter really did its job! Until now, I still do not have stretchmarks.

I like the vanilla/cocoa scent too. Other Cocoa butter lotions smell like lemon/mint which I am not very fond of at the moment.



Jason Softening Cocoa Butter has no Parabens, SLS, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors, or Phthalates. I think this is a better alternative than other Cocoa butter lotions in the market. The price ain't too bad either.




Alba Botanica Mineral Terra Tints





Upon learning that I was pregnant, I started to ditch wearing make-up altogether, unless it was really necessary. Also, I opted using mineral make-up products like Ellana, Tarte, E.L.F., and this... Alba Botanica.


I have been using this tinted balm since college and it just gives a very light and natural tint on the lips. I loved it then and I still love it now. I bought it for Php 159 at Healthy Options.



Crystal Essence Mineral Deodorant 



And lastly, I also switched my deodorant. When I got pregnant, my nose became sensitive to strong smells and I can't handle the deodorants being sold in department stores/groceries. 

I got this Crystal Essence deo in Chamomile and Green Tea scent and it's just right for me. It is very effective even if it is mildy scented and it is also Paraben-free. I got it for Php 275.



Aside from these, I also switched my shampoo to Human Heart Nature's 100% Natural Clarifiying Shampoo and my soap to Healthy Options Oatmeal soap. Whew!

Truly, there are many ingredients/chemicals that need to be avoided because they may reportedly cause birth defects. 

I believe it's always better to be on the safe side. And it feels good, too, knowing that I'm trying to do my best to take care of my baby even while he's still in the womb.

Cheers and have a blessed day!

Jacq


PS: If you have any tips for me (since it's my first pregnancy) and other awesome products you would like to recommend, please leave a comment below. Thanks!!! xoxo

Comments

  1. Congratulations! Pregnant woman should really take care of themselves and use products with mild ingredients.

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  2. Congratulations mommy! :) I gave birth last July of last year, but unlike you wala ako ginamit or inapply sa katawan ko. hahaha! But i'm thankful na di man ako masayado nagkaroon ng stretch marks. Though syempre, yung battle scar ko (CS) kasi ako eh forever na nandun. pero nakakaproud :)
    I heard yung sunflower oil from Human nature is effective too. ♥

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    1. Oooh! Ako rin parang CS kasi transverse si baby right now and I have placenta previa. So far, we are hoping magbabago pa ito pero kung hindi... haha! I need to also be battle scar ready! Yes I've tried Human Heart Nature's Sunflower oil nung first trimester pero mild pa siya for me. Yung Jason Cocoa butter mas intense. Lol! :) Thanks Kit Kat! :)

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  3. i should have done this when i was pregnantttttt!!!! hahaha

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    1. Hehe! In fairness, ang dami kong experimentation sa products ever since I got pregnant. It's all good! :) Cheers!

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  4. Congratulations!! :) I am also over picky with the products I put on lalo now that I'm pregnant again. I prefer those that use natural products. I haven't tried yet the products you've listed and was thinking of getting a Palmer. I better check Jason Cocoa Butter. Thanks for the suggestions! :)

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  5. Congratulations Mommy. I am thankful din na i don't have much stretchmarks naman and haven't tried any products too.

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    1. Lucky you! :) Genetically endowed with awesome skin. ;) Sabi nga nila, nasa lahi daw ang stretchmarks... pero I still put lotion kahit hindi nagkaron mom ko stretchmarks when she got pregnant with me. Funny lang kasi my brother had stretchmarks when he grew in size. :)

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  6. Congratulations! I haven't tried buying skincare stuff from Healthy Options yet although I'm a suki at Human Heart Nature. And one of my deepest regrets is not persevering to moisturize my tummy area when I was still pregnant :(

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    1. Oooh Human Heart Nature is good and they're expanding pa noh? Really nice. I hope I could try more of their products. I have only tried their shampoo, conditioner, and sunflower oil. :)

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  7. Congratulations sis! :-) excited for you and yes, it is a must to take care of yourself when you're pregnant!

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  8. I've always been curious about Jason ever since I heard about it from a friend who's really into organics. I wish I knew about this cream during my pregnancy because I have a lot of stretch marks.

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    1. They say that Human Heart Nature Sunflower oil whitens stretchmarks though I don't know really. I just used it before for prevention. Siguro magandang iresearch ko yan after I give birth... How to erase stretchmarks for good. Dami kasi products out there but I have yet to find out the perfect one that works. :) Thanks Rowena! <3

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  9. I think women all become paranoid when pregnant, because we all want the best for our babies.

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  10. Congratulations! I am also 20 weeks on the way but I don't know the gender of our baby yet.

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    1. Congratulations too! :) It feels great to have someone with me going through the same journey. God bless your pregnancy! <3

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  11. Tama yan. WG kalimutan ang ganda kahit buntis. :)

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  12. You can't be too careful when you are infanticipating.

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  13. I'm a Healthy options' products user too - for me and baby.

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  14. I used cocoa butter-based products when I was pregnant with both my kids. This is a very good haul!

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  15. Yay! If you have fave products, please let me know so I could try them too. Hehe

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