I feel like every day there’s a new pregnancy announcement in Hollywood—maybe it’s because I’m pregnant and hyper-aware, or maybe the 2021 baby boom is real, despite what’s been reported on the news. Either way, many of us who are expecting are constantly on the lookout for ways to keep our skin smooth during this time of rapid change (and stretching!), and some options are better than others. Here, actress Ashley Tisdale shares her product of choice, as well as some of her other beauty must-haves.
First off, congrats on your baby girl. How did you choose the name Jupiter?
“Thank you! Honestly I can’t remember exactly what made me think of it, but it was a year before getting pregnant and I remember seeing some image on Instagram that inspired me to think of it. Weirdly the planet Jupiter was super present last year, so it felt meant to be.”
Did your skin-care routine change when you were pregnant?
“I luckily was super quarantined, so I wasn’t having to use a lot of makeup, but I did use super clean brands. I have a blog called Frenshe that is all about my journey in mental health and a nontoxic lifestyle, and I believe it’s all about balance. I still have my go-to products I love that aren’t the cleanest, but I make up for it in other ways.”
Were there any products you used specifically for pregnancy-related changes to your skin or body?
“I discovered Bio-Oil from a friend who recently had a baby. Taking care of your skin being pregnant is a MUST! You’re growing so fast and it’s important to create a little ritual. I used Bio-Oil religiously! Before being pregnant I never would have thought to use oil, but now it’s become so much of my routine. It definitely helped prevent stretch marks, but it also smells so insanely good and I use it for my keratosis pilaris that I recently have on my arms from hormones. It has helped so much!”
What surprised you most about changes to your body during or after pregnancy?
“I think the whole thing is surprising. It’s amazing what our bodies can do and I’m just proud of my body. Yes there are days where I wish I could lose more weight, but that’s not what is important. The important thing is that I feel strong.”
I heard you’re a fan of dry brushing. Did you do it while you were pregnant, or is it a newer thing for you?
“I didn’t dry brush when I was pregnant because I hadn’t really gotten into it, I but I definitely do it now. It’s my way of taking care of me. The one I use is from Dr. Barbara Sturm.”
I saw you posted a picture of your shower on Instagram, and it was filled with davines hair products. Are you a big fan?
“Huge fan! The smell of their Love Conditioner is insane!”
Do beauty rituals come easy to you? Can you do your own makeup and hair well?
“Yes, but I’m better at makeup than hair. I feel like I always go toward the same hairstyle, but with makeup, I’m more creative and freeing when I do it.”
You’ve also posted how you love to set up “relaxation stations” around your house. Tell me more!
“I think it’s important to have those little spaces to go when you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious and need some energy change, and you can have a diffuser or a candle, your favorite book and maybe a journal. It’s just helps to ground you!”
What new projects do you have coming up?
“Right now I’m enjoying my time with Jupiter and loving that I’ve been able to work from home. I’m doing a lot of amazing things for Frenshe that I can’t share yet, but being able to connect to a community of people that is choosing to learn more about self-love and mental health, and sharing the tools that have helped me, has been one of my favorite things to work on!”