The last time I asked for question submissions for my Friday Q&A series, I was surprised by how many of you asked about pregnancy skincare recommendations. I’ve struggled with my skin long before I got pregnant so I definitely don’t pretend to have this all figured out, but I thought I’d share what I’m using these days in case it helps some of you find a new favorite product! All of these products were approved by my OB-GYN but it goes without saying that you should 100% consult your doctor before introducing a new skincare product while pregnant. I’ve been keeping it super simple and streamlined as opposed to experimenting with a bunch of new-to-me brands and products, but I have been curious about testing out Beautycounter products in particular. If you have and love any of their products, I’d love to hear your favorites!

design darling pregnancy skincare routine

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Cleanser: alternate between Kate Somerville Eradikate Cleanser and Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser

I love both of these cleansers and find that alternating them every other day is my best bet for keeping breakouts at bay without drying out my sensitive skin. 

Toner: Caudalie Moisturizing Toner

I love the fresh smell of this toner and the reasonable price tag. A full-size bottle usually lasts me around six months. I let it dry completely before applying additional products and feel like it helps everything absorb better.

Serum: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

I’ve tried to go without this pricey face oil but every time I’ve skipped a week or two after one bottle runs out, cystic acne will return in full force along my chin and jawline. If you struggle with hormonal acne (pregnant or not), this product is a game-changer that’s worth every penny, and if you stick to just a few drops a day, you can stretch each bottle to last you several months.

Moisturizer: La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream

I relied on this heavy duty moisturizer to repair my painfully dry skin after my Fraxel treatment last year and it’s been a godsend for dry skin during pregnancy. 

Masks: Tata Harper Purifying Mask or Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser layered over Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

I use a face mask maybe 1-2 a week and it’s been a nice way to relax at night while I take my 973 vitamins. 🙂 I love the Tata Harper purifying mask for a deep clean of clogged pores and I recently read Grace’s tip to layer the cleanser over the resurfacing mask for excellent exfoliation. So I’ll use the purifying mask if I feel a breakout coming on or combine the cleanser and resurfacing mask if I’m just looking for a little extra glow. I have lots of other favorite masks but I’ve been keeping it simple during pregnancy so I don’t have to go to my doctor to ask about new ingredients at every appointment. 

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  1. Hi Mackenzie! I’m a bit late to the party on this one but I am so grateful to have found Vintner’s daughter as it’s been the only thing able to control my currently very tempermental skin. I thought I’d left my breakouts behind from about my mid-20s but, for reasons unknown, they came back with a vengeance since I’ve been expecting my first child. Expensive, yes, but worth it.

    Also I took your idea with rotating cleansers and tried mixing a gentler formula alongside the Skinceuticals one I’ve been using for the past few years and I’m starting to notice my skin looking healthier.

    I’ve loved reading your posts lately about your pregnancy and preparations for your baby. Sending love

  2. Beautycounter products have totally changed my skin! I love the cleansing balm, the overnight resurfacing peel the charcoal balancing mask. The charcoal mask definitely helps with breakouts. They have a whole acne line too, but haven’t tried that yet!

  3. I’m a Beautycounter consultant (but really only for the deals). My skin got so much better with Beautycounter AND a with diet (cutting eggs back considerably got rid of cystic acne). Definitely give the products a shot. For baby – Beautycounter baby balm is amazing. 6 month old wears Honest diapers, and we use water wipers and baby balm and she has never had a diaper rash. I also use the baby balm for dry spots, cuts, irritated skin, pretty much anything!

  4. I became a Beautycounter convert after seeing the miraculous improvement in my daughter’s acne-prone and generally unhealthy-looking skin (she’s 29). Now my skin is miraculously better, too! I love ALL the products, but I guess my favorites would be the Rejuvenating cleanser and day and night moisturizers; the Volume and Shape shampoo and conditioner; and most especially, the Overnight Resurfacing Peel.

    Try it!

      1. Hi Mackenzie — sorry for the delayed reply; I wanted to get the best answer to your question from my daughter! 🙂

        She uses the Countermatch line. At night, after cleansing, she uses the overnight resurfacing peel (which really is amazing), the night moisturizer, and the eye cream …. during the day she uses the brightening oil and daytime moisturizer.

        She said she really felt that they key to her improvement was adopting the whole regimen. Plus, she started drinking celery juice each morning — she now swears by it. Good luck!

  5. I use Beautycounter and love it. The resurfacing peel and vitamin c oil have saved my life/skin during pregnancy and after while breastfeeding. The peel helps get rid of my dry skin which I’ve needed a lot lately and the vitamin c oil helps with my hyperpigmentation and melasma!!


  6. Definitely try Beautycounter! I’m a fairly new consultant, but have been using the products for about two years. They have a great charcoal mask as well as several skincare regimens to look into. Their ingredient lists are very easy to print out from the website and take to your doctor to double check that they are safe. I also love their lipsticks…no lead or other dubious ingredients! Good for you for reading the labels and putting so much thought into the products you are using-it can take quite a bit of research and time to find safe products.

  7. Glad to see that 3 of your products are already part of my arsenal! I unfortunately find myself wishing that there existed a pregnancy-safe alternative to Retin-A and Botox, because for me every day I notice more and more fine lines forming amidst my horrible acne (which hasn’t been this bad since I was a teenager). For the acne my dermatologist did just recommend (and my OB already approved) that I try azelaic acid 10%, which if anyone is interested you can find at Sephora by a brand called The Ordinary.

    Keep the pregnancy posts coming! I am 4 weeks behind you and am finding every post (esp ideas for maternity fashion!) extremely helpful 🙂

  8. All of the Drunk Elephant products (except for the retinol cream) are pregnancy safe and have been a saving grace for me! Also due in September ☺️

  9. Thank you for the toner recommendation! I’ve been looking for a good one, and this sounds like just what I need.

  10. I had already switched to an all-natural oils regimen before getting pregnant. I use a mix of grape seed oil (, rosehip oil (, and cold-pressed marula oil ( in place of face lotion. It’s all-natural and leaves my face super soft and smooth without any breakouts.
    I do use Beautycounter’s charcoal soap and use that everyday before moisturizing (review here:
    I also switched to an eco-friendly mascara ( that I love!!
    Thinking good thoughts for you on the rest of your pregnancy!