Skincare Products to Avoid When Pregnant
Pregnancy is a time of great change, and that includes changes to your skin. As your body goes through hormonal shifts, you may notice differences in your skin texture, tone, and overall appearance. It's important to take care of your skin during pregnancy, but it's equally important to be mindful of the skincare products you use. In this article, we'll discuss what skincare to avoid during pregnancy and what you can use instead to support healthy, glowing skin.
Skincare to Avoid During Pregnancy
- Synthetic Fragrances: Synthetic fragrances are often used in skincare products to enhance their scent, but they can be harmful to both you and your developing baby. These fragrances are often made up of dozens of chemicals, many of which have been linked to hormone disruption, allergies, and even cancer.
- Retinol: Retinol is a powerful anti-aging ingredient that can be found in many skincare products, but it's not recommended for use during pregnancy. High doses of vitamin A, which retinol is derived from, have been linked to birth defects.
- Mass Manufactured Products: Many mass-produced skincare products contain a host of questionable ingredients, such as hormone-disrupting preservatives, synthetic fragrances, and skin-drying alcohols. It's best to avoid these products during pregnancy to reduce the risk of adverse reactions.
- Prescription Treatments: Prescription skincare treatments, such as topical antibiotics and prescription retinoids, should be avoided during pregnancy unless specifically prescribed by your doctor.
- Hormone Disrupting Preservatives: Many skincare products contain preservatives to prevent bacteria growth, but some of these preservatives have been linked to hormone disruption and even cancer. It's best to avoid products that contain ingredients like parabens, phthalates, and formaldehyde.
- Ingredients That Damage the Skin Barrier: During pregnancy, your skin may be more sensitive and prone to dryness. It's important to avoid ingredients that can damage the skin barrier, such as alcohol, sulfates, and harsh exfoliants.
What to Use Instead
- Small Batch Handcrafted Products: Small batch, handcrafted skincare products are often made with high-quality, natural ingredients that are gentle on the skin. Look for products that are made in small batches to ensure freshness and quality.
- Mother Nature's Remedies: Many natural ingredients can be used to support healthy skin during pregnancy. Look for products that contain ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and calendula, which can help soothe and hydrate the skin.
- ECOCERT Certified Preservatives: If you do need to use a product that contains preservatives, look for products that use ECOCERT certified preservatives, which are made from natural ingredients and are free from harmful chemicals.
- Natural Scent of Real Ingredients: Many skincare products use synthetic fragrances to enhance their scent, but natural scents can be just as effective and safer for use during pregnancy. Look for products that use essential oils and natural extracts to add scent to their products.
- Ingredients That Support Skin Barrier Function: During pregnancy, it's important to use products that support the skin barrier function. Look for products that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and glycerin, which can help to hydrate and protect the skin.
In conclusion, there are many skincare products to avoid during pregnancy, but there are also many safe and effective alternatives to choose from. By choosing small batch handcrafted products, mother nature's remedies, ECOCERT certified preservatives, natural scents, and ingredients that support skin barrier function, you can ensure that you're taking care of your skin and your growing baby at the same time. As always, be sure to consult with your doctor before trying. Check out our all-natural pregnancy-safe skincare HERE.
First pregnancies can be scary and the fear of birth paralyzing.
Instead of taking action, you’re overwhelmed. You can only hope that your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you.
I wish I’d been better prepared but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I felt like birth was just one of those miserable experiences women have to push through and endure.
Now that I’m in my third trimester expecting my second baby, I’m choosing to embrace birth with intention.
What I’m doing differently this time around:
Choosing a Natural Birth:
This felt scary at first, but I want a redemptive and peaceful birth. One where I have the autonomy to move my body into positions that support my baby’s efforts to enter the world.
Instead of letting fear take over, I’m absorbing as much information as possible. I’ve consulted with my midwife to craft my ideal birth plan. I’m also watching birth videos to get more comfortable with the experience.
I’m seeing a chiropractor to help me align my hips and back to help make the birth experience be more comfortable. I made sure to look for a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique to help ensure my baby is in optimal position for labor.
Pelvic Floor Specialist:
My pelvic floor specialist and I are preparing my body for birth. We’re doing exercises to learn how to relax certain muscles during delivery, strengthen my pelvic floor, and improve my postpartum recovery.
Postpartum Skin Care Products:
This time I’m not using the postpartum skin care products provided by the hospital. I didn’t know better the first time. I didn’t realize how many questionable ingredients were in those products that did nothing to support my healing process. Instead, I’ll be using my own products like the Boob Balm, Herbal Relief Body Mist, Lavender Soaking Salts, and Revitalize Postpartum Cream which I believe are the best postpartum skincare products. All of them can be found in my Postpartum Care Package.
I combine the stretching technique with the Baby Cheeks Barrier Oil to reduce my chances of tearing. The oils help the skin to become more elastic and the stretching helps the skin become more flexible. It also teaches you to release tension during intensity and allow your body to expand.
I’m incorporating strength workouts to reduce the aches and pains I felt during my first pregnancy. By working out at least twice a week I have almost completely eliminated back pain, sciatic pain, and abdominal pinching. I have been doing the Bodi Barre Prenatal workouts and absolutely love them!!
Pregnancy hormones like Relaxin cause the skin to be less firm and often lead to stretch marks and cellulite. I have been strengthening my skin’s elasticity throughout pregnancy with our postpartum belly cream: the Revitalize Postpartum Cream. It contains Lupin extract that produces type I Collagen and increases skin elasticity and firmness. I have no stretch marks. The cellulite on my legs that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy has all but disappeared.
Strengthening My Faith:
Even though I’m doing everything in my power to prepare my body and mind for birth, there is still a whisper of fear in me. I’m strengthening my connection with God to replace that fear with faith. Believing in the knowledge that I was built for birth and that I can trust in Him for strength.
Preparing and planning for birth has felt like an extra full-time job. But, I feel so excited.
I hope this empowers you to decide and take charge of your baby’s birth and motherhood journey.
I'd love to hear what you've been doing to prepare for your birth? Comment below!