Pregnancy-Safe Beauty | What Products Are OK to Use?
Hello and happy (almost) spring! In addition to spring cleaning my home, I also like to do a beauty sweep at least once a year and go through the mass of products I have and clear out what’s not working for me. And let’s be honest, make room for new products. :)
One thing that’s been tough is finding makeup and beauty products that are safe for pregnancy. While you should ALWAYS check with your doctor before using any new or old product, here are a few I’ve found to be free of the big no-no’s and safe for baby and mama.
Shampoo and Cleansers: Since SLS and salicylic acid, an ingredient I formerly relied on to keep my skin clear, is on the do not use list, I had to make some quick changes to my routine. Especially since my shampoo and face wash contained both! A good shampoo that actually cleanses your hair and scalp but is sulfate-free is the Renpure Weightless Hydration (pictured above).
To cleanse my skin, I rely on Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel and occasionally Neutrogena Clear Pore. (My doc said it was safe to use benzoyl peroxide in low doses, so I use this once or twice per week.) For extra hydration, I love Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist.
Makeup: There are so many iffy ingredients lurking in most makeup, I’ve been keeping it simple and staying with a few trusted brands: bareMinerals, which you guys know is my go-to anyway, and 100 Percent Pure. I’ve especially streamlined my eyeshadow routine, since so many contain talc and other chemicals you're better off staying away from. Luckily, those two brands have some great foundations, bronzers, blushes, and eyeshadow palettes/singles that are safe to use.
Lip Products: I don’t know about you, but wearing lipstick and lip liner actually makes me nauseous these days, and probably for good reason. (There are some scary studies about wearing lip products during pregnancy.) But, Burt’s Bees actually makes some great lip glosses and lipsticks that are pregnancy-safe and have not bothered my tummy in the slightest.
Nail Polish: I thought I was going to have to skip my manicure until I found Zoya nail lacquer at Ulta. They have a great shade range and all their polishes contain no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate or camphor. Pacifica also makes a great line of 7-free polishes as well.
Body Lotion: Speaking of Pacifica again…turns out my favorite lotion is pregnancy-safe! Their Indian Coconut Body Nectar has been my go-to for a while now, and it’s free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, and other ingredients you don’t want on your skin. Plus, it smells so yummy and tropical :)
Again, if you’re in doubt, please contact your doctor! And make sure you check ingredient lists thoroughly - Ulta and Sephora are great because they list the ingredients in full.
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