Pregnancy safe beauty products
When you have a little someone growing inside you, adjustments start straight away from the food you can eat to the clothes you can wear.
That includes the beauty products you can use. Not everything you used before is still suitable and I found my beauty routine had to change.
So what should you avoid?
Retinol is an ingredient is commonly found in anti-ageing products. It’s a type of Vitamin A that speeds up cell turnover.
“There is no clinical evidence to suggest that these ingredients affect the baby however it is not a risk we should take," according to my dermal clinician Carly Whytcross from Caps Clinic in Canberra.
AHAs and BHAs
These are hydroxy acids, also used to reduce the signs of aging.
AHAs are glycolic and lactic acid and while small amounts are considered ok, it’s best to limit their use.
The main BHA to be concerned about is salicylic acid.
Botox and fillers
The jury is still out on this one because not enough research has been done but most skincare experts, including Carly, recommend avoiding them.
It contains DHAs and while it’s not absorbed by the skin, it can be inhaled making it unsafe. Creams and lotions are fine to use.
They contain aluminium but the amount absorbed is so low (using it once or twice a day) it won’t affect your baby. I tried an aluminium free, natural option but it didn’t work as well as traditional deodorants.
Pick one with no more than 30% aluminium chloride.
Most of these are ok because they’re topical but be wary of ones containing parfum as this is actually a collection of ingredients so it’s not entirely clear what’s in them.
This goes for anything containing parfum.
Microblading and tattoos
The risk here is infection not the dye so hold off until you’re done breastfeeding.
“A lot of them have artificial fragrances, colours and preservatives and these can cause irritation,” Carly says.
“We recommend seeing a qualified skin specialist however we understand it is hard to get out of the house sometimes, so we recommend test patching these types of products first.”
How about what you can do.
This is a non-invasive, deep exfoliation done at your skincare clinic. It’ll freshen up your skin which can be looking a little under the weather with all the extra hormones doing their thing.
If you stick to natural ingredients and avoid chemical peels or aromatherapy oils, indulge and enjoy.
And here are the beauty products I’ve had on high rotation all through my pregnancy so far.
Cosmedix benefit clean gentle cleanser was one of the few products I could keep using because it’s so gentle.
Sukin detoxifying facial scrub is sulphate and paraben free and 100% vegan. It’s suitable for all skin types and contain jojoba and charcoal to give your skin a deeper clean.
Jurlique activating water essence. It’s full of antioxidants and brightens which is ideal with pigmentation sometimes an issue during pregnancy.
Mecca’s to save face SPF 30 facial sunscreen hydrates and acts as a makeup base too. It protects from UVA (anti-ageing) and UVB (causes sunburn) rays.
Jurlique herbal recovery advanced day cream is rich in antioxidants and is made with over 18 botanicals to target the signs of aging.
Like the eye cream, REN evercalm global protection day cream is free of sulfates and parabens, is dermatologist tested and approved, not to mention very gentle on the skin.
REN firm and lift eye cream has no sulfates or parabens and has the tick of approval from dermatologists.
I mix my moisturisers with a 100% Vitamin C powder that targets pigmentation and was recommended to me by a skin specialist.
And I've saved the best and most important for last - bio oil.
It works to minimise the appearance of scars and prevents stretch marks. I started using it during the 2nd trimester when my belly started getting bigger. It also prevented the itchy feeling that came with the stretching skin.
It breaks the Vitamin A rule but the it's one of several ingredients including PurCellin oil, chamomile and Vitamin E and the amount absorbed by the skin is minimal.
It was recommended to me by that many women who have had babies before me and I took their advice. There are other alternatives to prevent stretch marks such as Weleda stretch mark massage oil that has no Vitamin A.