I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t into moisturizing my body until I got pregnant. Now, it’s part of my my nightly (and sometimes daily) ritual. I actually look forward to it. The best part? It doesn’t take more than a few minutes to actually make a difference. Anti-aging, stretch marks, cellulite – below are a few of my favorite products to help you achieve soft, supple, smooth, baby-like skin. All of them are organic and non-toxic, so you can feel good about using them, pregnant or not.

For mothers and moms-to-be

Pai Stretch Mark System

I have been using this lovely 2-part system for the past few months, and I have to say, it’s good. I use the pomegranate and pumpkin seed cream during the day, and the oil at night. (How delicious-sounding are those flavors?) Bursting with wonderful regenerating ingredients, the cream and oil work together to maximize skin elasticity. They allow skin to stretch and bounce back into shape without showing signs of damage. Bingo.

For a delicious smell and silky texture

Susanne Kaufmann Body Butter

There isn’t another body butter quite like this one. I just can’t get over how good the smell is and the texture of the cream. It’s light, yet thick and absorbs surprisingly quickly. It’s also made with super effective and luxurious ingredients that are totally safe for mamas to be. I have recommended this to so many friends and they always become hooked.

Because our hands should never be under-valued

Susanne Kaufmann Hand Serum

Our hands! You cant forget them, you just can’t. This rejuvenating hand serum helps repair and regenerate with a high concentration of active ingredients. It contains a three-dimensional herbal hyaluronic acid, which acts on the surface and skin deep. Antioxidants and the coenzyme Q10 strengthen the feeling of elasticity and aid in the collagen production, while diminishing the appearance of dark spots, so hands feel silky and look youthful. Get it girl.

For cellulite and stretch marks

Tata Harper Redefining Body Balm

I know, I know. I have been told that stretch marks are hereditary – but that doesn’t mean that I am just going to stop trying. Using this is like bringing out the big guns. The texture is really dense and almost grainy, but in a good way, because you can really feel it getting absorbed into the skin. This is a great solution if you already have stretch marks, cellulite or scars that you want to diminish. It delivers optimal, concentrated moisture for a soft, supple appearance. Plus, 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. Win-win-win-win.

For eczema-prone skin and for mother & baby

Pai Apple and Mallow Blossom Face and Body Cream

So light and lovely and I love the dual-purpose aspect. I have really grown to love Pai Skincare. It’s such a great brand if you have any sort of skin sensitivity, yet still want anti-aging and botanical technology. This miracle cream can be used on you and your little baby, too. It’s certified organic, paraben and fragrance-free and is super hydrating. You can read more about it here.

For social consciousness and intense healing

Abhati Kanva Body Lotion

This all-natural, sustainable, fair trade line is my new obsession. Each product is packed with only the most effective and cleanest ingredients – like Himalayan wild cherry, Indian gooseberry, edelweiss and coconut oil. This particular body lotion is infused with nourishing essential oils, lipid-rich plant oils, antioxidants and powerful botanical extracts to hydrate, soften and protect your skin. Although it’s made in Switzerland, you can snag it in the US at Credo.

For anywhere and everywhere


There is a lot to love about this grapefruit smelling solid oil. A little goes a long way, so I like to keep this by my bed to address whatever area might need a little extra TLC – elbows, feet, knees, chest, neck, you name it. It’s jam-packed with powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and a rich source of essential fatty acids, so you can guarantee intense hydration all over. It’s a nightstand essential.

Image, by Mario Testino, Vogue, December 2012.

Lately I have gotten really into dry skin brushing. Why? Well, I heard that you can dry-brush when pregnant. Now there are sooo many things that you can’t do when pregnant, aka basically everything, so I thought to myself, if this is something that is allowed, well then I’m going to do it! I’ve always been an obsessive exfoliator, and while I’ll always continue with that routine, I have made time, at least once a week, for this slightly more holistic treatment.

Important note for those who are expecting: get the OK from your doctor first before dry-brushing. Also make sure to be extra gentle, especially around the stomach. Use very light strokes or avoid the stomach area completely if it feels uncomfortable.

What is dry-brushing?

Dry skin brushing is one of the most natural, effective and inexpensive methods for reducing cellulite and promoting healthy, glowy skin. It buffs away dead skin, boosts circulation and lymphatic drainage and rids the body of toxins. Interested? Uh, who wouldn’t be.

I spoke with Joanna Vargas, New York City based esthetician, celeb facialist (clients like Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz, NBD) and skin care expert, for the low-down on dry brushing.

Why: “The main purpose of dry brushing is to stimulate collagen production, which will help thicken the skin and lessen the appearance of cellulite. It also increases blood flow to the skin, and helps the lymphatic system release toxins by aiding digestion and kidney function. It also dramatically increases elasticity, so it’s great for lifting and toning problem areas. Results usually appear within the first two weeks!”

How often: “Dry brushing every day on heels, elbows and knees considerably improves their texture. Dry brushing immediately increases circulation, so you will feel warmer when you are done—perfect for winter! Try it before you get into the shower in the morning and you will see a difference in your skin quality and cellulite in days. But you can also just attempt to do this once a week.”

Type of Brush: “Look for a course bristled brush. The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. Find a brush with an attached handle for hard to reach spots.”

Direction: “Start at the tops of the feet and brush upwards towards the heart, making long sweeps, avoiding an overly harsh back and forth motion. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. Spend extra time on areas that tend to be more stagnant, like the inner thigh, and don’t forget to include the backs of the arms and your back.”

Post brushing: I like to follow with a nice body butter containing Shea and Cocoa Butter, especially in the winter for ultimate softness and hydration.”

Thanks Joanna for your incredible insight! I recommend this brush from Cap Beauty and clean body butters by Tata Harper, Earth Tu Face and Susanne Kaufmann.

A few weeks ago I was challenged on Instagram by @rawandroasted to list 5 facts about myself. One of the facts was that I use a facemask everyday. Spoiler alert: this doesn’t mean that I sit in a bubble bath reading magazines, face-masking away for hours. No way. I usually apply it in the morning or night, right after I have to wash my face. I leave it on for 15 minutes or so while I am doing other things.

But I digress. Since revealing my daily masking ritual, I thought I’d follow up with the products I’m loving right now. Since I’m newly(ish) pregnant, I’m trying to overhaul my entire routine, focusing on organic and all-natural products that are safe for the baby. I don’t want any negative ingredients seeping into the baby even if I know that it will do wonders on my skin. Whether you’re also expecting or are just looking to up your masking game, here are my recommendations.

Where to Shop

When I lived in New York, I loved popping into Shen Beauty to see whatever masks Jessica, the founder of the Brooklyn-based shop, was using. Since moving to Europe, I discovered Oh My Cream! in Paris, which has a really great selection, as well as Context in London. As far as online shopping goes, I love Shen, Credo and Detox Market, which all provide lots of clean options.

The Masks to Look For

Not all masks are created equal, which is why you really need more than one. These are the best masks that are gentle enough for pregnancy, but strong enough to leave your skin tight, glowy and purified. Concerning everyday masks, I typically steer away from the sheet kind (with the exception of SK-II) because they are more restricting and you are forced to stay put, which I hate. Sheet masks do come in quite handy on airplanes which is why I always have one or two with me.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask – I had to start with this because it has been my go-to secret weapon for years. It really gives your skin a visible lift and leaves it soft and…glowing. Seriously, though. It’s also organic and filled with technologically evolved ingredients.

May Lindstrom The Honey Mud – This is a multi-tasker. It’s a mask and a cleanser in one. I prefer the former, because it feels a little indulgent to use daily as a cleanser, but hey, it works. I highly recommend it for sensitive skin, because it removes impurities without over drying. If my skin is really dry, I like to use it pre-shower. The heat of the shower really helps open my pores so the mask can work it’s magic.

Josh Rosenbrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask – This activating facial treatment detoxifies and rejuvenates the skin, thanks to some super powerful plant synergies. Cacao is one of the most powerful antioxidants out there and boosts circulation to liven dulled or stressed skin. It also helps elevate breakouts, which is clutch. It always gives my face a nice flush, which makes me feel like its really working. If you are on the sensitive side, be aware that you will pink up a little bit, so make sure to cool your skin after use. Ps – it smells like warm brownies. Need I say more?

Live Live Bee Yummy Skin Food – Let me run through the ingredients: Wildflower Honey, Honey Cappings, Bee Pollen, Propolis, St. John’s Wort Oil, Royal Jelly, Purified Water and Balsam Fir Needles as fragrance. Pretty heavenly, no? This organic and raw face cream and mask combo is insanely moisturizing and great for those who have sensitive skin. It’s super rejuvenating and perfect way to heal your skin after a day or sun or pollution. Oh, and you can get it on Amazon, which makes it super easy.

Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Eye Mask – It says it, right on the packaging, “Treatment for a lifted look.” I think all moms-to-be could use a little lift right? I can’t do any of the treatments that I love so much (chemical peels, lasers, acid, the list goes on), which is why I needed this eye mask in my life. Since using it, I became so addicted and started using it as an eye cream. It gives the eye area the appearance of being lifted and sculpted, while smoothing the look of crow’s feet and reducing the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and signs of fatigue. This is the ultimate eye mask and I highly recommend it.

One Love Organics Brand New Day Scrub and Mask – I like to use this once a week as either a scrub or mask. Here’s the drill: As a scrub, mix 1/2–1 teaspoon of Brand New Day with warm water to form a creamy paste. Massage onto damp face and throat using gentle, circular motions. Remove with warm water. As a mask, mix 1 teaspoon of Brand New Day with 2 teaspoons of water for a luxurious, tightening masque. For an extra treat, mix with 2 teaspoons of plain Greek yogurt for a clarifying masque OR fresh, raw honey for a hydrating masque. Leave for 10-15 minutes. Remove with warm water. How cool is that?! I have to say girls, THIS really works and you feel like a chemist putting it together. (Psst. my favorite is adding honey.)

Image, Irina Shayk via Instagram.