Pregnancy can be both a boon and a curse to your skin and daily routine. While you get that great glow and shiny hair, there’s also a lot of stretching and hormones going on that might cause some concerns. A lot of the products you might reach for any other time in your life could actually be unsafe to use while you’ve got a bun in the oven. Here are some things to avoid and how to replace them with more natural, safer alternatives.
Avoid: Anti-Aging Products and Retinoids
Products containing retinoids are designed to keep your collagen from breaking down and help renew your skin faster. That may seem like a spectacular idea while your skin is stretching and your collagen is a skin priority. Don’t do it! Studies revealed that orally-taken acne medications containing retinoids caused birth defects when taken during pregnancy. While they haven’t shown that topical use of retinoids can harm the pea in the pod, it’s not worth risking.
Instead: Natural Skin Renewal Techniques
You don’t need a special cream to encourage your skin to renew and be healthy. Exfoliate the areas that you’re concerned with with strokes pointed toward your heart. This can be done with a pumice stone for rougher areas or even just a dry washcloth for light exfoliation. Trust your pre-natals and a healthy job to do their job providing the building blocks your skin needs and make sure that you’re getting enough water.
Most people enjoy a lot of soy in their food products, so they leap at the chance to get skin care products with those same ingredients. This can cause problems with the estrogen effects that soy can cause. It can also intensify the effects of dark splotches on the skin, especially in the face.
Instead: Natural Soothing Mask
Make yourself a mask of 3 Tbsp whole milk and 2 tsp oatmeal. Combine the ingredients with a fork, let them sit for a few minutes, and then leave on the skin for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off and enjoy more moisture added to your glowing skin.
Avoid: Some Nail Polishes
Check the label if you’re planning on painting your fingernails or (if you can still reach them) your toe nails. A lot of nail polishes still include dangerous ingredients that aren’t safe for you or your baby. Check the label for Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde and Toluene. Yes, you read that right. Formaldehyde. Like what you would use to embalm a body. That stuff is actually in some nail polish! If you want to paint up pretty, you can use a brand like OPI Nail Lacquers to ensure that you’re avoiding dangerous chemicals in your beauty routine.
About the Author: Brooke is the fashion forward mom behind Diary of a Determined Momma. She’s raising two boys in Ohio while searching for the balance between woman and mom.
This post is not medical advice. Consult with your doctor about any beauty products you plan to use during your pregnancy. This post may contain affiliate links.