I have always been very picky about what to use on my face. I have very sensitive skin, and a lot of different ingredients effect my skin. When i found out I was pregnant the first thing I did was go through all my skincare, body care & lotions. Changed everything.
When i found out I was pregnant, my obsession with skincare grew even more in depth and I became interested in certain products and how they can be absorbed into the bloodstream. I'm not saying you have to go throw away all your beauty products, or make you even more anxious with that pregnant mind. I am just trying to inform you of some facts and make a wise decision when it comes to skincare.
After researching all the "top" blogs and Instagram pages i found that there are so many options out there. I also found that it is not clear the percentage of a particular product that goes into your bloodstream. Google, has a lot of different answers. Whats important is to find what best fits and works best for you. Google can sometimes make it more complicated.
I want to share with you what i have chosen as my top products . I would also like to share what to stay away from and what to try and avoid at best . REMEMBER EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. Find what makes you feel the best and most confident, with being safe as possible for that little angel growing inside of you.
I always read labels, if there is anything I can’t pronounce, normally i’ll look it up. a great site to look things up on is Think Dirty
See below for details on what I use and what to try and stay clear of.
TOP 10 INGREDIENTS TO AVOID
1. Retinoids / Salicylic Acid
There's a proven link between the use of retinoids and an increased risk of birth defects for developing babies. Keep an eye out as they may also be listed under the following names: beta hydroxy acids or BHA, which are all salicylic acid. Retinoids are commonly listed as: retinol, tretinoin, retinoic acid, retin-A, isotretinoin and alitretinoin.
Tetracyclines are antibiotics that should be avoided during pregnancy. They are used to treat a wide variety of conditions such as acne and Lyme disease. Studies have shown that they can damage a pregnant woman's liver and discolor her growing baby's teeth.
This is one product to avoid until after your baby is born. Studies have shown that as much as 45 percent of this medication is absorbed into the skin after topical application, and while no studies have yet been conducted on the effect of hydroquinone on a fetus, there is just too much of the chemical in your bloodstream after use to justify the risk.
Studies have showed that using this product has been linked to everything from high blood pressure to ADHD to diabetes. In addition, a new round of studies have found connections between prenatal phthalate exposure and abnormal fetal development. Look for personal care products that are labeled phthalate-free.
Is used as a hardener in nail polish. Breathing in formaldehyde can irritate your nose, eyes, throat and lungs. There is a known cancer risk if you're exposed to high levels of formaldehyde over long periods. Although it may not be good for you to be exposed to formaldehyde too often, your unborn baby is unlikely to be affected. That's because formaldehyde is rapidly broken down in your body.
Most mainstream nail polishes contain toluene, a suspected carcinogen, along with phthalates and formaldehyde. Together, they are known as the "toxic trio," and they form a potent combination of toxins that you want to avoid at all times, especially during pregnancy.
While the verdict is still out on whether or not hair dye is safe to use during pregnancy, it's important to note that many formulas contain chemicals like ammonia, which can irritate the skin and lungs
8. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA)
Found in many spray tans . While DHA is not absorbed into the body, it can be inhaled during application. That could be unhealthy for both you and your baby . DHA is mutagenic and can result in primary DNA damage. The actual effects that spray tans will have on your unborn baby are unknown however it is best to look try to stick with fake tans that you can apply by rubbing, not spraying.
9. Thioglycolic acid
That's a huge discrepancy, and when combined with the lack of solid data on the health risks associated with their use, it's best to err on the side of caution and leave these products on the shelf
10. Botox / Fillers
There have been animal studies using botox that show an association with fetal abnormalities however no medical studies using botox or fillers have been done on expecting mothers, most likely due to the lack of women who would be willing to potentially put their unborn child at risk. Therefore there is no way to determine it’s safety, it is advised to wait until your child is born and you have finished breastfeeding. Consider that the chemical used in Botox procedures, botulinim toxin, works by paralyzing the muscles around wrinkles so that they become less visible. Not exactly something you want to take chances with.
OTHER THINGS TO STAY AWAY FROM
(methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl) are used as a preservative, and are found in a variety of self-care products including: shampoo, facial cleansers, body washes, lotions, foundations, etc.
Parabens act like the female hormone oestrogen in our bodies. There are some concerns that this may affect our health. In particular, high levels of oestrogen can increase the risk of certain types of cancer which has led to calls for further research.
It is recommended to check with a doctor or midwife before taking essential oils during pregnancy or while breastfeeding
When used properly, essential oils are very safe for use during pregnancy and can help the expectant mother through all sorts of pregnancy symptoms, including nausea/vomiting, swelling of ankles and muscle spasms, insomnia, stress, and more! See down below for some suggestions for common ailments during pregnancy.
There is evidence that essential oils can cross the placenta and get to the baby so it is important that we do our research to establish which ones are unsafe to use.
Ingestion should be avoided during pregnancy and while nursing
Less is more with pregnant and nursing mamas
LIST OF OILS THAT ARE NOT SAFE DURING PREGNANCY·
· Black pepper
· Clary Sage (often used during labor by midwives safely)
· horseradish (should not be used by anyone),
· Mugwart (should not be used by anyone)
· Peppermint essential oil (may decrease milk supply while breastfeeding, avoid using topically while nursing
This is what I am currently using ...
Face Wash - Frankie Paige Face Wash
Toner- Thayers Which Hazel
Rosewater by Heritage Store
Basq NYC -Body Butter, Resilant Oil , Sugar Scrub
Mustela Body Firming ( my legs and problem areas )
Bio Oil ( for my tummy )
Mamma Mio ( for boobies )
Reviva Labs Charcoal Mask( for breakouts and fine lines )