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

8Faces

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.

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.

When I found out I was pregnant, I started tossing all the products in my cabinet that weren’t totally clean. I really believe that, when possible, it’s smart to incorporate natural and organic beauty into your routine during pregnancy. Since this month marks the beginning of my 2nd trimester, I decided to get down to business and share my latest routine with all of you. Whether you’re also expecting or just looking for some ultra-clean substitutes to rotate into your regimen, scroll for major inspiration.bella hadid by ben rayner for wonderland september / october 2015

Spacemasks Self Heating Eye Mask – I am obsessed with these! Each single pouch contains a self-heating eye mask that basically transports you to another dimension. These babies relieve relieve eye strain and restore a restful glow. Pro tip: I love using these when I fly!

8 Faces – finally got my hands on this! 8 Faces is an all-in-one balm that is truly one of a kind. Made with Amla Berry, a super-fruit rich Vitamin C, this transformative solid oil boosts collagen, fights free radicals and brings a fresh glow to the skin. I absolutely adore the smell. The grapefruit, geranium and lavender blend is super calming. I use it right after masking to lock in the moisture.

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil – I am using this oil just about everywhere. Jessica Richards of Shen Beauty got me really into Rosehip and I’ve been addicted ever since. I add a few drops to my moisturizer and a few drops into my stretch mark oil. This beauty oil is totally clean and clinically proven to improve skin evenness, add brightness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Patyka Intensive Moisturizing Mask – I popped into the coolest French beauty store Oh My Cream! and asked them what the best facemask is. This was their answer. This French brand is totally new to me, but I have been super happy with the results of this intense mask. It’s the kind of mask that you can use bi-weekly to plump and firm the skin. Highly recommend.

David Mallett Hair Serum #DM027 – another recent Paris find. David himself recommended this product to me (right after he told me that I remind him of Jennifer Connelly!!!). The serum is great for girls with not-so-thick hair. Apply to wet hair post-shampoo and conditioner. It’s also a dream for taming flyaways.

Tata Harper Crème Riche – I honestly don’t think there is a better nighttime moisturizer out there. If you do, can you please let me know what it is? This super rich cream is formulated with sixteen sources of hydration and twelve sources of age-defying botanicals that lift and plump the skin. Hyaluronic and essential fatty acids help lock in moisture for an instantly soft, supple, youthful appearance. Pro tip: make sure to really massage the product in your fingers before applying it to the face. (You know, it’s the same with La Mer.)

RMS Beauty Myth Eye Polish – I just picked up this baby in Paris last weekend and how was I living without this for so long??? UGH it’s good. It’s flesh colored so it gives the lid a slightly darker, more dramatic look. It feels a little 90s in the best way ever and gives that wet look too. I use it without any liner both day and night.

The Nue Co. Plant Protein + Gut Food – I was devastated to learn that the Clean Program shakes were a no-no during pregnancy. I emailed them myself and they said that Vitamin A levels were too high. During my 1st trimester and pre-pregnancy, I was following a strict TCM diet and so I gave up smoothies. Starting this year I am back on them and NOTHING makes me happier to get out of bed in the morning. This pea/ hemp mix has been the perfect replacement.

Tata Concentrated Brightening Essence – Pre-pregnancy, I was addicted to the SK-II Facial Essence Treatment (who knows maybe I’d still be using it but I literally just ran out). I used it for years and I still swear by it. In place of the SK-II version, I starting using Tata’s. I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks and it too is incredible. The lightweight essence is infused with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy technology and gives the complexion a toned and refined look, helping minimize the appearance of dark spots for a more even, luminous glow. It also boosts the performance of whatever serum I’m using. Need I say more?

Anything by Dr. Barbara Sturm…ok, her Glow Drops – Ok, so I know that this isn’t technically clean, BUT, I did watch Dr. Sturm apply these products onto her very own child and she used all her own products on herself when pregnant. And if anyone knows what is in them and the effects of this, it’s Dr. Sturm. Im going to take her word and incorporate her Glow Drops into my routine for added dewiness. It’s something I could really use a little more of right about now (hello, pale me). The point of her newest product is to transform and revitalize tired, dull skin and restore its radiance. Light reflecting pigments instantly create a visible youthful radiance and even cut out irregularities in complexion. I am mixing a few drops in with my serum and applying all over my face, eye area and neck. Voila.

Images, Bella Badid by Ben Rayner for Wonderland September / October 2015.

When I found out I was pregnant, I started tossing all the products in my cabinet that weren’t totally clean. I really believe that, when possible, it’s smart to incorporate natural and organic beauty into your routine during pregnancy. Since this month marks the beginning of my 2nd trimester, I decided to get down to business and share my latest routine with all of you. Whether you’re also expecting or just looking for some ultra-clean substitutes to rotate into your regimen, scroll for major inspiration.bella hadid by ben rayner for wonderland september / october 2015

Spacemasks Self Heating Eye Mask – I am obsessed with these! Each single pouch contains a self-heating eye mask that basically transports you to another dimension. These babies relieve relieve eye strain and restore a restful glow. Pro tip: I love using these when I fly!

8 Faces – finally got my hands on this! 8 Faces is an all-in-one balm that is truly one of a kind. Made with Amla Berry, a super-fruit rich Vitamin C, this transformative solid oil boosts collagen, fights free radicals and brings a fresh glow to the skin. I absolutely adore the smell. The grapefruit, geranium and lavender blend is super calming. I use it right after masking to lock in the moisture.

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil – I am using this oil just about everywhere. Jessica Richards of Shen Beauty got me really into Rosehip and I’ve been addicted ever since. I add a few drops to my moisturizer and a few drops into my stretch mark oil. This beauty oil is totally clean and clinically proven to improve skin evenness, add brightness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Patyka Intensive Moisturizing Mask – I popped into the coolest French beauty store Oh My Cream! and asked them what the best facemask is. This was their answer. This French brand is totally new to me, but I have been super happy with the results of this intense mask. It’s the kind of mask that you can use bi-weekly to plump and firm the skin. Highly recommend.

David Mallett Hair Serum #DM027 – another recent Paris find. David himself recommended this product to me (right after he told me that I remind him of Jennifer Connelly!!!). The serum is great for girls with not-so-thick hair. Apply to wet hair post-shampoo and conditioner. It’s also a dream for taming flyaways.

Tata Harper Crème Riche – I honestly don’t think there is a better nighttime moisturizer out there. If you do, can you please let me know what it is? This super rich cream is formulated with sixteen sources of hydration and twelve sources of age-defying botanicals that lift and plump the skin. Hyaluronic and essential fatty acids help lock in moisture for an instantly soft, supple, youthful appearance. Pro tip: make sure to really massage the product in your fingers before applying it to the face. (You know, it’s the same with La Mer.)

RMS Beauty Myth Eye Polish – I just picked up this baby in Paris last weekend and how was I living without this for so long??? UGH it’s good. It’s flesh colored so it gives the lid a slightly darker, more dramatic look. It feels a little 90s in the best way ever and gives that wet look too. I use it without any liner both day and night.

The Nue Co. Plant Protein + Gut Food – I was devastated to learn that the Clean Program shakes were a no-no during pregnancy. I emailed them myself and they said that Vitamin A levels were too high. During my 1st trimester and pre-pregnancy, I was following a strict TCM diet and so I gave up smoothies. Starting this year I am back on them and NOTHING makes me happier to get out of bed in the morning. This pea/ hemp mix has been the perfect replacement.

Tata Concentrated Brightening Essence – Pre-pregnancy, I was addicted to the SK-II Facial Essence Treatment (who knows maybe I’d still be using it but I literally just ran out). I used it for years and I still swear by it. In place of the SK-II version, I starting using Tata’s. I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks and it too is incredible. The lightweight essence is infused with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy technology and gives the complexion a toned and refined look, helping minimize the appearance of dark spots for a more even, luminous glow. It also boosts the performance of whatever serum I’m using. Need I say more?

Anything by Dr. Barbara Sturm…ok, her Glow Drops – Ok, so I know that this isn’t technically clean, BUT, I did watch Dr. Sturm apply these products onto her very own child and she used all her own products on herself when pregnant. And if anyone knows what is in them and the effects of this, it’s Dr. Sturm. Im going to take her word and incorporate her Glow Drops into my routine for added dewiness. It’s something I could really use a little more of right about now (hello, pale me). The point of her newest product is to transform and revitalize tired, dull skin and restore its radiance. Light reflecting pigments instantly create a visible youthful radiance and even cut out irregularities in complexion. I am mixing a few drops in with my serum and applying all over my face, eye area and neck. Voila.

Images, Bella Badid by Ben Rayner for Wonderland September / October 2015.

When the seasons change, I always take a second look at my skincare routine. With years of practice, I’ve gotten pretty good at adjusting my line-up depending on the climate and what’s been up in my life. But when I need a little extra help, I call up the experts. I recently checked in with my go-to facialist here in Zurich (Beauty Care for those of you who are interested), as well as my dermatologist. They helped set me back on track for the fall season ahead.

While embarking on this little reset, I figured I would share the details with all of you – both what I’ve learned over the years and how the pros have guided me. Finding a routine is actually pretty easy once you master the fundamentals. In 5 steps, you can create a stellar skin-changing routine. Seriously. Here’s what you need to know…

Step 1: Cleanser

In a nutshell – get all the gross stuff off your face

Cleansing isn’t optional, especially at the end of the day. Clean skin = clear skin. I’d say that out of the whole routine, the washing part is probably my least favorite, which is why I look for cleansers that quickly get the job done and leave my skin feeling sparkling and plump. You’ve got to find one that feels the best to you. Here are a few all-stars by texture:

Lotion – Even thought I’m personally not a lotion girl, I do really like Pai’s Gentle 2-in-1 Cleanser and Eye Makeup Remover. It’s great if you have red or sensitive skin and the packaging makes it perfect for travel.

Oil ­– My favorite oil cleanser is by One Love Organics. It’s a really like oil and it smells like pineapples and it dissolves everything. Tatcha’s one step Camellia Cleansing Oil is the runner up in the oil-cleansing department.

Sudsy – I love Indie Lee’s Brightening Cleanser because it creates a rich lather to wash away the day. It’s packed with antioxidants and rose hip (one of my favorite ingredients), so it leaves your face super tight after.

Double Cleanse – If you feel like you still have a bit of makeup from the day, I HIGHLY suggest Erno Laszlo’s tried and true Light Controlling Lotion. It gently exfoliates and tightens pores. I am obsessed with the smell. It reminds me of my childhood. It was the first skincare line I ever used, as introduced by my mom.

 

Step 2: Serum

In a nutshell – a concentrated potion aimed at treating your specific problem areas.

Serums are the key to retaining that youthful glow as long as possible. There are all different kinds of serums geared towards a host of issues: anti-aging, acne, dullness, fine lines, age-spots…You get the point, right? Here are my favorites by type:

For Hydration – You will love Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyluronic Acid Serum. This plumps skin and gives you a dewy finish.

For Targeting Redness & Acne – Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Calming Serum is also amazing. It’s good for just about anyone dealing with redness, uneven skin tone, acne. It does what it says and calms the skin right down. It’s a miracle product.

For Plumping – Tata Harper’s Concentrated Brightening Serum is still one of my favorites, because it makes my skin feel really tight and leaves a flowing finish. Also, you can’t not mention serum these days without mentioning Vintner’s Daughter. It’s won dozens of awards and is coveted by just about every beauty editor.

For Glowing – Odacite makes amazing serums. My favorites are the Wild Carrot Seed and the Rosehip Ylang Ylang.

 

Step 3: Moisturizer/ Cream

In a nutshell – lock-in hydration to keep your skin plump

Right now I am using Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Face Cream. It’s pretty no nonsense. It sinks right into the skin and leaves my skin looking hydrated and gets rid of the general redness. I’d say the holy grail of moisturizers is Blue Cocoon by May Lindstrom. It’s one of my all time favorites and it ails almost any kind of skin issue. Some claim it’s a miracle product and the smell and texture is so luxurious. From the French pharmacy comes Avene and it’s Skin Recovery Cream. I really love their creams, and this one in particular, for hypersensitive skin. And last but not least, Pai’s Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream is ideal for redness-prone skin. The gentle formula calms flair-ups of redness and irritation while hydrating delicate skin.

 

Step 4: Eye Cream

In a nutshell – keep your eyes bright and youthful

Yes, you need one morning and evening. Use your ring fingers to dab it into the delicate area around the eyes. I love Dr. Sturm’s Eye Cream the best. Followed by One Love Organics Eye Balm, which is so light. Royal Fern I actually just started using and it’s meant to reduce the effects of genetic aging. I feel like after only a few days, I can totally see a difference!

 

Stop 5: SPF

In a nutshell – protect your skin against harmful UV rays

I don’t like to use lotions that are made with SPF, I like to mix it in my day cream. It stays longer and doesn’t leave a weird residue. Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Sun Drops are intended for this exact purpose and make using sunscreen really easy. Avene’s SPF  is also very clean and mixes into my lotions really nicely. Goldfaden MD Sun Visor SPF30 is also super cool. It’s hypoallergenic and dries with a clear, matte finish. It’s made from organic, natural ingredients, free from mineral oil, alcohol, parabens and gluten and blends so easily into the skin. Also – make sure to use SPF that is oxybenzone-free. This is just the worst ingredient. Seriously, it’s pure poison. Oh, Susanne Kaufmann relaunched her SPF and it’s incredible. All the ingredients are harvested and cultivated organically from Austria’s Bregenzer Forest – I’ve been there and you can read my interview with Susanne here.