My Current Bodycare Routine

I’ve never really stuck to a particular routine except for applying body lotions once in a while, but when I’m pregnant, I’m a little more fussy. My belly stretches a lot more during the third trimester, and for the last 2 pregnancies, I developed a rash from the sudden skin changes. So for my 3rd pregnancy, I’m prepared, hoping for the best. Mainly, my focus is on my belly, hips and thighs, and I want to keep them well hydrated. I’ve been neglecting my feet for like, forever, so what the heck, I bought the foot cream as well. The hand cream is a repurchase, as you can read my previous review here. So I guess I must really like this hand cream. I’ve never repurchased any before 🙂

 

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Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream (RM103), Hand and Nail Treatment Cream (RM95)

 

Clarins hand foot

 

I stand by my previous review on the hand cream, so I have nothing to add, except that the price has gone up. The foot cream is very rich. It doesn’t absorb into the skin quickly and it’s best applied before you sleep, unless you like that feeling like you’re walking on butter. My husband massages my feet every night with this cream, and after about 2 weeks of using it, my feet actually LOOK and FEEL smooth. Before this, my heels just looked disgustingly dry and … let’s not go there. My feet ain’t pretty. I guess I just have to eat my words and surrender – creams DO HELP and my feet look 20 years younger now. I can only enjoy this special treatment while I’m pregnant, because I’ll be massaging my own feet when the bubs is out. My excuse now is that my belly is in the way and it’s really very uncomfortable applying cream to my own feet. Truth!

 

Clarins Stretch Mark Control (RM200), Clarins Satin Smooth Body Lotion (RM145)

 

Clarins stretch mark body

 

I use the Stretch Mark Control in the evening after shower. It is a heavier cream and I prefer not to sweat after applying this. In the morning, I apply my L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil to my belly, hips and thighs to keep my skin moisturized. I don’t know if this Stretch Mark Control will work, so I guess we’ll see how it goes after the pregnancy. Then again, we should all know by now that WE CANNOT RUN AWAY FROM STRETCH MARKS! Don’t let the cream’s description fool you. All I can tell you is that it keeps my skin well moisturized throughout the night and there is no oily residue in the morning, and it keeps me comfortable which is the most important.

Can’t say the same for the body lotion. I think the body lotion might be suitable for those with very dry skin, or those who live in cold dry weather. On me, again, I apply it after my shower in the evening, preferably before bed. I apply it on my arms and legs and everywhere else I can reach. Sometimes I’d apply this on my belly before the Stretch Mark Control – when my skin feels especially dry, or itchy. It helps sooth my skin. But like I said, when I shower in the morning, I can still feel the residue of the body lotion, and I don’t apply very much of it either. Some people like it, I’ve grown accustomed to it but I prefer my lotions weightless 🙂 Guess who won’t be repurchasing this one?

Have you used any of these before? Do you have a particular routine for your body? I know I’ll go back to square one after the pregnancy, applying lotions when I remember, not as diligently as I am now 😛 Are you better than I am, or just as bad? LOL!

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

  • Nice stuff! I don’t have a routine as such, I just use what I feel like using at the time, but there are some things that become faves for a bit that’s for sure!

    • Lily

      From trying out products, some definitely make it into the favourites list 🙂 I don’t have a consistent routine either! LOL

  • How sweet! That I’d call a real action of love. 🙂
    I know foot cream works from my own experience too, but I keep forgetting about it. I barely put on light weight lotion and hand cream before bed.

    • Lily

      Ah Lena, then we’re on the same boat. LOL! It’s weird how uptight I can get with missing my facial skincare routine, but when it comes to body, I’m just mostly nonchalant.

  • Hey Lily, I find that I can skip body care from time to time in Taiwan, but almost never in Belgium! I really must lay my hands on that hand cream at some point. I have read so many great reviews! It’s a smart move to layer an oil underneath as well. I’m glad these are keeping you comfortable!

    • Lily

      The weather does play a huge role. I don’t think i can skimp on creams if i lived in a drier climate!

  • Icaria

    I looove that hand cream, it’s one of my all time favorites now you’ve reminded me that I need a new tube. I’ve been loving Caudalie for the past year or so but hey I could have both right? There’s one body lotion of Clarins that I used to love as well and I think it’s actually the Corps Soyeux although it used to come in a big tube. Oh and the smell!!! 🙂

    • Lily

      I haven’t given Caudalie a fair chance to impress me since it’s not widely available here. I’ve read a lot of good things about it though!

  • Not used Clarin’s body stuff myself, but my mom swears by one of the ones in a big tub, and my sister used their body lotion and oil during and post pregnancy. I used to really like the foot cream from Origins. Not committed to one particular brand for body lotion in the Taiwan weather, but swore by Body Shops body butter when I studied in the UK.

    • Lily

      Oh i remember those days when The Body Shop was so hot. I can’t use up their body butters though. Too heavy for me here as well!

  • Liz

    Wow, your husband is diligent. I think that some nights I’d tell him to get lost, LOL!

    I’ve had the stretch mark cream sent to me for review but couldn’t really test it out. I gave it to someone who’s actually giving birth next week, so I’ll ask her later about it. The hand cream is probably available here but not very visible at all. No one ever talks about it, but now you have me curious!

    • Lily

      Actually, the message helps me feel a lot better so I’d drag my feet in front of him every night. Literally. Lol! I really like their hand cream. I haven’t tried many but I’m content with this 🙂

  • The foot cream sounds incredible and my feet are quite neglected – have to give them for TLC because I’m wearing sandals and slippers and my feet are exposed. Your hubby is so sweet but can relate to pre-giving birth and post giving birth treatment – so different lol! My hubs was so so so nice to me but now it’s all about the baby haha… I tried the stretch mark control cream and it made my belly itch. I think it wasn’t moisturizing enough for me. Though I think Clarins is definitely a great brand to pamper yourself with when you are preggers. I really like the stretch mark oil!

    • Lily

      Oh yeah, I’m a believer in foot creams now. My feet actually looks presentable when I wear sandals! I’m sorry to hear the stretch mark control cream made your belly itch! I was recommended the oil as well, but since I’m already using my L’Occitane one, I gave it a miss. Maybe once I use up my oil, I’d switch to that one 🙂

  • Aw! I love that your hubby massages your feet, even if it is only a temporary pamper. <3 In the fall/winter, I am a body butter applying FOOL. Because if I skip it even for just one day, I get chapped. Itchy, dry skin that stings and hurts like monkey tarts if fabric happens to graze it. I got chapped ARM PITS last winter. Couldn't wear deo for a week and had to apply LOTION to my pits. It was super sexy, lemme tell ya! In the summer though, I can be a resolute slackass with lotion b/c it's just too freaking hot here and things feel creepy and like, I'm sealing the pores shut? I can't explain it, but it's not my fave. I am a big fall lover, but I do give the summer credit for letting me put away the body lotion for 3 months. Thank you, summer! Good on you for having a routine and sticking with it during the pregnancy. I hope it's smooth sailing, pun totally intended! 😉 Loves!

    • Lily

      Oh Kristen, I feel you! I went to visit my husband, then boyfriend, in Minnesota when he was studying there, and it was winter. I was peeling! Darn the weather!

      • Oh my lord, yes, Minnesota! Crazy cold area! I think it should be mandatory to buy a body oil and the thickest body butter tub you can find upon arrival! >,<

        • Lily

          I wish I knew back then! It kinda healed itself once I got home. I guess there are things to be thankful for in this humid weather. LOL!

  • Victoria

    I am currently using the L’Occitane one to prevent stretch marks but I really need to use it diligently. LOL. One pump is for my stomach area and the second pump is for my hips area. I was told by my pregnant colleague that oils are the best compared with creams when it comes to keeping stretch marks at bay but of course genetics is a big factor as well. Quite a number of pregnant ladies I know also swear by Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil for stretch marks. Have you used that one? On a separate note, do you use bust firming creams during or after your pregnancy?

    • Lily

      Hi Victoria, I haven’t tried the Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil but I have heard good things about it. I don’t use bust firming creams though. I sure NEED to, but I’m very skeptical about firming stuff. How much can it help? I just go with better fit bras that provide full support 😀 I mean, I don’t walk around braless, and if my husband is cool with how my breasts look, then I’m cool too. LOL!

  • silverkis

    Aaahh…. i love the Clarins hand cream! And the rest of the body care are… well…. not as great on me. However, I lived on the body oil (yellow one?) t hroughout my pregnancy, and the moment I stopped and tried something else, stretch marks appeared! So, prevention before cure!

    • Lily

      Yes on the hand cream, and the rest, well, they’re not exactly mind blowing. I suppose the foot cream has made me very happy, but I’m sure other foot creams work just as well when applied consistently. I’m going to give more affordable foot creams a try after I’m done with this. You’re right about prevention better than cure though – it’s a motto I stick by for most things 🙂