Pregnant skin care no-no’s

Hi there! I know it’s been a while since I’ve written on here. I’m so sorry about that. Pregnancy has a funny way of kicking my butt simply for wanting to bring life into the world. I do want to start off by saying thank you so very much for joining me here. I know that you could be doing anything and you are here. I appreciate that a lot. Just to let you know that this post may contain affiliates links. If you want to support me as a content creator, by all means purchase through the links provided in the post. You will never pay more, but you may save some money. At the same time, I will get a small commission. It’s a win-win for us both.

Being pregnant is a blessing that I get to share alongside so many women on this globe. It often comes accompanied with so many lifestyle change, after all a new life is about to occupy your space and for about 40 weeks your body. So what used to be has to be change. You may need to start switching those mimosas for water, fries for vegetables and that guest bedroom may be the perfect place for a crib. I always find amazing how this bundle of joy can bring about such monumental changes in a person’s life.

Currently I have two little ones and I thought I had it all figured out but turns out just like every child is different so is every pregnancy. This doesn’t change the fact that I still want to put my best skin forward. I must do that using products with ingredients that are effective in doing what it needs without the possibility of hurting my unborn child. So I’ve created a list of skin care ingredients that will need to take a backseat (along side the gin & tonic) in my routine until it’s safe to do so.

Retinoids

Even though topical retinoids have not shown to be bad for fetuses it’s still advised that pregnant women should avoid them as a precaution. What is bad is oral retinoids. There have been cases of undesired and unwanted results on fetuses such as miscarriage, premature delivery and a series of birth defects. To be on the safe side, it’s better to just avoid all of them. A good alternative to retinol is bakuchiol and has been ruled safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Also there’s Vitamin C, kohjic acid and glycolic acid.

Hydroquinone

My first introduction to hydroquinone was over 10 years ago when I was trying to get rid of this acne scar. I later found out it was a skin lightening cream and is considered to be carcinogenic. It is quite powerful and even though it does not appear to have an increased risk of fetal malformation due to the amount that is absorbed in the body compared to others, it’s just better to be safe than sorry. Minimizing the risk of exposing the fetus to harmful chemicals is always the safest way to ensure everyone’s health, no matter how many shades darker your body gets while pregnant. Just wait it out, once your baby is out your face and body will match.

Phthalate

This one comes with all kinds of unwanted and documented risks such as the disruption of thyroid levels, sex hormone and 25-hydroxyvitamin D in pregnant women or the baby. This results in preterm birth, preeclampsia, glucose disorders in the mother, and the list goes on. It’s safe to say, that it is best to avoid this chemical at all cost. Phthalates are usually found in synthetic fragrances and nail polish. Though you phthalates can be found in virtually anything, it’s best to limit exposure as much as possible.

Formaldehyde

This chemical is usually found in many nail polishes and certain hair products. So maybe hold off on the mani-pedi? I know it’s not always possible but limiting exposure to this will be beneficial. It has been linked to fertility problems and miscarriage. It is strongly recommended that pregnant just limit their exposure to it or just stay away altogether.

Chemical Sunscreen

I just want to start off saying you should always wear sunscreen. However, the type of sunscreen you use is important. Chemical sunscreen that contain oxybenzone can potentionally affect the newborn’s health. So it’s best to stick to mineral sunscreens.

I hope this list was helpful. As always for all questions considering your pregnancy you should consult your OBGYN, your health care professional and/or doctor. Never take my word for what works for you but please be informed so you can have the safest pregnancy possible.

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