You know what foods to sidestep, but what about your skin?
If you are a mom that's waiting on your baby to be born, one of the most important things that you can do is take special care of your body. In many cases, you and others may think that this added care is focused solely on the foods and beverages that you consume. However, today, this statement is far from correct. In fact, this is especially true if you are constantly using external skin care products and makeup that contain ingredients that you cannot easily identify.
Unfortunately, with so many different skin care products on the market today that contain harsh chemicals with hazardous ingredients, it's getting more difficult to decipher all of the unrecognizable names. In fact, to make sure that you are not applying ingredients on your skin that will harm you and your baby, you may need an online dictionary to assist you with the definitions. With that being said, here is some information about skincare ingredients that will keep all pregnant mums and their babies safe during these times.
General Rule of Thumb
As mentioned earlier, the names on the back of the products are getting more difficult to read and understand. So, you may know what you are consuming or applying on your body without added research. Fortunately, there is a way to avoid these issues without spending hours and hours on the Internet trying to interpret the ingredients that the manufacturers have included. So, there is a general rule of thumb that will make this task easier and that is to only select natural makeup and other skin care products that's simple to read. Typically, if you cannot pronounce the name, it is most likely a skin care product that you want to avoid. For more information on how to read a label, you may want to start by reading the article, "How to Read Food Labels Without Being Tricked."
These guidelines apply to nail care, skin lighteners, tanning sprays, chemical fragrances, hair dyes, chemical sunscreen, parabens, and salicylic acid and retinoids. All of which many women may use regularly in their daily skin care routines without knowing the harmful effects.
Choose Clean Beauty, Natural and Organic
Now that we know what ingredients to avoid, it is time to consider what types of ingredients are safe for pregnant moms. To that end, when looking around for the best options, you should start your search by looking for products that can be described as organic or 100% natural. Be sure to make sure that those products are made with 100% natural ingredients as most of them still include other chemicals you might not be aware of.
For instance, stretch marks are usually very common in pregnant moms and one of the main post signs of women who have children. Even though stretch marks are common, there are several different ways to get rid of them and minimize the after effects. One of which is making sure the skin stays moisturized during the pregnancy. Therefore, when this is the case, you should look for skin creams and lotions that only contain organic or 100% natural ingredients in their formulas. Here's a small list that can help you with getting started:
- Castor Oil
- Nourishing Skin Mask with Aloe Vera Extracts
- Raspberry Tea Leaf
- Cucumber and Lemon Juice
- Almond and Coconut Oil
- Apricot Mask and Oil
- Calendula Creams
- Lanolin Oils or Creams
- Peppermint Tea Extracts
- Chamomile Extracts
- Organic Rosehip Oils
So what is safe?
One of the most important includes identifying what types of harmful ingredients that should be avoided, while also looking for ingredients that should be contained in a skincare product. Typically, the best recommendations for pregnant moms normally consist of choosing either organic and 100% natural ingredients that actually benefits the health of the new mom.
Retinol (Found in Skincare)
Benzoyl Peroxide (found in topical acne treatments)
Tea Tree Oil & Rosemary Oil
Salicylic Acid (found in skincare and acne treatments)
Hydroquinone (found in skin brightening products)
Formaldehyde (found in nail polishes and chemical hair treatments) - stick with labelled "3-Free" or "5-Free"
Chemical Free Sunscreens
Hair Dye - Let's just say....stay clear of it completely!