Pregnancy is a time where everyone will want to see you. To be sure, they’re probably more interested in seeing that baby bump than you, but you still want to look your best. Yet, there are a number of concerns when it comes to your pregnancy and beauty products. Some products can be dangerous during pregnancy, and others may be just fine.
In this two-part series, we’ll look at a few ways to change up your beauty routine while you’re pregnant.
- Pay attention to product labels. There are some specific chemicals you’re going to want to watch out for during pregnancy. For example, skin care products with Accutane, tetracycline, benzoyl peroxide, and topical salicylic acid should all be avoided. Watch out for DBP (dibutyl phthalate) in your nail polish products, as well as formaldehyde and toluene.
- Investigate natural options. Many expectant mothers choose to avoid products that have additives and chemicals altogether. Everything you put on your skin will eventually make it to your blood stream – and possibly to your baby. There are so many beauty products with artificial ingredients that just haven’t been tested for safety. Consider turning to natural beauty products, at least during pregnancy. Not only is it safer, you may find that your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and you’ll be less likely to have a skin rash by going natural.
- Reduce the amount of foundation you use. More cover-up isn’t the answer to the acne, puffiness, and blotchy skin that can be caused by pregnancy. Instead of these, try a tinted moisturizer that’s oil free, or even a powder.
- Accentuate the positive. During pregnancy, you’re going to feel fat at times. Of course, if you’re not getting bigger after the second trimester, then you’re probably not pregnant! During those times when you’re feeling frumpy, focus on the parts of your look that you feel good about. Try a new lip color, or test out some new eye shadow.
Just a few changes to your beauty routine can help keep both you and baby healthy and happy during your pregnancy. Next time, we’ll look at a few more ways to switch things up.