Pregnancy is hard. It’s hard on your bodies and it’s hard on our hormones. But it’s also very hard on our SKIN too. We usually think about what to eat and how to dress but sometimes we forget that it’s just as important to take care of our skin and what goes on it. The biggest threat that can affect our skin during pregnancy is Melasma or Chloasma also known as the mask of pregnancy. Melasma is a skin condition that causes dark spots on the face. Although we pay attention to the labels on our food and drink, we usually forget that our skin is our biggest organ and absorbs substances that can pass into our circulation and blood stream. Cosmetic companies sometimes fail to inform us about the harmful and sometimes dangerous ingredients in our skin care regime that can potentially harm us while pregnant and breastfeeding.
Ingredients that should be avoided:
1. Vitamin A / Retinol / Retinoid
Although Vitamin A works miracles on the skin as an anti-aging ingredient, if consumed in large quantities, can cause birth defects in unborn children especially Accutane. Retinol and Reinoid are drugs derived from Vitamin A. However, the amount of Retinol found in cosmetics products (0.5%-1.0%) is so small that studies did not show any effects in unborn children. But experts agree that even though
there’s no evidence that it’s harmful to unborn children, it’s better to be safe and avoid it on a daily basis.
2. Salicylic Acid
According to Medical News Today that it is safe to use creams that contain Salicylic Acid on a daily basis while pregnant, however, doctors recommend using products containing no more than 2 percent of Salicylic Acid. Face and body peels contain larger amounts on Salicylic acid hence, being a greater risk. It is advised to always
consult your doctor before using products containing Salicylic Acid.
Hydroquinone is a topical skin-bleaching agent that is mainly used to treat hyper pigmentation such as melasma, freckles, age spots and acne scars. Funny enough that we use hydroquinone products to cure pregnancies symptoms, it’s advised to stay away from it during pregnancy. The FDA assigned Hydroquinone a category C substance, so it’s advised to avoid it during pregnancy due to potential risks.
What to do when you’re pregnant?
Definitely wear sunscreen! Always! All the time! It’s so important to protect your skin while pregnant because your skin is much more sensitive due to all the hormone surges. But make sure you buy the right sunscreen. Some sunscreens include toxic ingredients for pregnant ladies. Your best bet is to buy a sunscreen made for babies.
Ingredients that are safe and recommended during pregnancy are:
Vitamin C plays a crucial part in collagen production, and is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage. It is an essential ingredient to a healthy and glowing skin, pregnant or Not!
Glycolic Acid is a great way to exfoliate and clean your skin. It works by creating microscopic wounds on the surface of your skin by removing a layer of dead skin, which in turn, forces the skin to generate and produce more collagen. It also treats scarring, discoloration, signs of aging and fine wrinkles. Glycolic Acid gives the skin a much brighter, fresher look and is safe to use while pregnant.
All Clean, Natural and Organic products
Clean, natural and organic products are now becoming more popular than ever. And that’s because ladies everywhere are starting to pay closer attention to what they put on their bodies and how it affects their health. Clean, natural and organic products are filling up the cosmetics market because more and more women are paying closer attention to their product choices and steering away from any potential toxins that can harm them in the long run. It’s always a safe bet to use these products while pregnant, as well as baby-safe products.
We also recommend swapping chemical makeup removers to our all natural Face Halo pads that remove makeup with only water.