Whether you’ve just received the happy news about your due date from your doctor, or are concerned for a soon-to-be-mother in your life, of course, you are most likely aware that many precautions need to be taken for a healthy pregnancy. It’s all for good reason too. Expecting mothers need to reevaluate not only their diets, but also what’s in their bathroom cabinets.
Our skin absorbs more than you think, which means expecting mothers should be paying attention to the beauty products they apply to their skin. Watch out for these harmful chemicals on your ingredient lists, and pick pregnancy safe skin care instead.
Ingredients to Avoid during Pregnancy
Retinoids are a preformed source of Vitamin A that are animal-derived. On ingredients labels, they usually come under the names retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, or tretinoin. Commonly used in skin care for their anti-aging benefits. But using too many retinoids can be toxic to the fetus.
For a safer way means of obtaining the skin firming benefits of Vitamin A for your skin, look for rosehip oil and other antioxidants instead. We included our Alstories’ Pure Organic Avocado Oil to encourage healthy skin cell production for smoother, more toned skin. It’s also rich in omega fatty acids, making it an anti-inflammatory. Yet pampering moisturizer for pregnant women battling dull skin and acne breakouts. Make sure to add water to your face in order to improve facial oil absorbency.
Parabens should be avoided altogether, whether you’re pregnant or not. They are artificial preservatives used in personal care products to prevent bacteria and microbial formation. Found abundantly in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and even food. The problem is, studies have shown that parabens can artificially mimic estrogens in your body, which can lead to developmental and birth defects. Parabens are found in breast cancer tissue as well, in relative concentrations that parallel their use in cosmetic products.
Instead of resorting to harmful parabens that disrupt hormones, we formulate with Japanese honeysuckle instead as a natural preservative. After it is steam distilled, the honeysuckle is converted into phytochemicals that have strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, while also being soothing for your skin. We can safely protect the integrity and lifespan of our formulations with benefits for your skin too.
Phthalates are industrial plasticizers added to beauty products to increase flexibility. They’re found in nail polish, hair sprays, gels, body lotions, cleansers, and other personal care products to keep formulas smooth, soft, and easy to apply. Despite their widespread use, phthalates are actually endocrine disruptors that can affect reproductive development in a fetus.
Try our organic moisturizer smooth and creamy but also safe for your body, we use shea butter (which can help soothe stretch marks too) and coconut oil for a nourishing, soft texture. Cold processed oils also impart a soft, easy-to-apply texture in our organic skin care, and each of them has a different benefit for your skin too.
Avoid Artificial Fragrances
The word “fragrance” on an ingredients list seems harmless enough. Yet, it’s a term that masks dozens of harmful chemicals that could be hiding under it. There’s a loophole in the FDA regulations that allows companies to create complicated fragrance formulas without having to list the individual ingredients. That means you could be unknowingly putting phthalates, parabens, and carcinogens onto your skin.
Avoid Certain Essential Oils
Your best choice for pregnancy safe skin care is to avoid artificial fragrances altogether, choose fragrance free cosmetics, or look out for specific essential oils to use instead. We use fruits, plant oils, and floral extracts to impart a safe, refreshing scent to our formulas. Also they also provide real benefits to your skin too. Certain individuals may be more sensitive to general or specific essential oils, like vetiver and clary sage.
Avoid these all together:
We believe that active ingredients should be imbuing products with natural scent, instead of synthetic fillers that decrease the potency of your skin care and often come with ill effects too.
Other Chemicals to Avoid for Pregnancy Safe Skin Care
Hydroquinone: Synthetic skin lightening ingredients such as hydroquinone can damage skin with prolonged use and possibly cause cancer. They’re absorbed through the skin in higher amounts than other synthetic ingredients, so pregnant women should take caution.
Oxybenzone: Chemical sunscreens contain hormone disrupting ingredients like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. Oxybenzone in particular penetrates skin and can mimic estrogen, thus interfering with a healthy pregnancy.
Use Natural/Non-Ton Products Safe for Pregnancy Safe Skin Care
Though paying attention to what you’re putting in and on your body is always important, it becomes especially so while pregnant or breast-feeding. Not only is skin your largest organ, but much of what we put on it ends up in our blood stream, meaning if effects baby.
Studies have shown that chemicals found in common personal care products like shampoo, makeup and moisturizer are often associated with developmental, reproductive and behavioral disorders, hormone disrupters and cancer. But just because you know how important it is to use natural, toxin-free products doesn’t mean you also need to sacrifice performance or quality.
Luckily, there are several totally safe and completely natural ways to get your skin care fix while pregnant, breast-feeding and well into motherhood! Here are five great alternatives to conventional ingredients you should think about adding to your beauty routine for the safety of your baby, and yourself:
Isolated from vegetable oils, vitamin E plays a huge role in the proper functioning of many organs. This means it helps to slow down processes that damage cells. This is important for pregnant women because it can help prevent complications in late pregnancy due to high blood pressure.
Moisturizing properties of vitamin E for skin. Also, super amazing for your hair. When ingested or applied topically on hair, vitamin E is effective for hair growth by improving blood circulation in the scalp, prevent premature graying by slowing down the overall aging process, giving hair a lustrous shine by promoting natural strength and shine, and preventing split ends by countering damage done by heat.
Not all women get a pregnancy glow — some experience dry skin. Especially, around the belly, breasts and hips as the skin swells and grows. High in vitamin E, antioxidants and linolenic acid, Alpstories Organic Argan Oil is a super-effective moisturizer. Proven to prevent and treat stretch marks by maintaining elasticity and preventing moisture-loss.
On top of improving your body’s immunity to diseases such as breast and colorectal cancer argan oil is good for treating under eye circles, burns, wrinkles, brittle nails, arthritis and rheumatism pain. Use argan oil to give lackluster postpartum hair a boost by adding shine and hydrating roots.
Broccoli Seed Oil
Broccoli seed oil is high in vitamin C, vitamin B and erucic acid. Meaning a light oil composed of many different omega-9 and omega-6 oils. This means it helps eliminate free radicals that can contribute to cancer, and prevent hair loss. Meanwhile, while promoting thicker healthier hair and soothe redness and inflammation.
Notably broccoli seed oil acts as a natural substitute for silicone which is often found in cosmetic products. Particularly in leave-on skin care and hair care products. This natural emollient hydrates hair and skin without leaving a greasy film. Also it adds a protective layer that traps in moisture, keeping skin and hair hydrated all day long.
Found in the rain forests of South America, cupuacu butter has a natural hazelnut aroma, is rich in phytosterols, polyphenols, and fatty acids, and is a good natural substitute for lanolin Use lanolin to effectively treat dry, damaged skin, combat free radicals in tissues. Treating skin with cupuacu butter also allows skin to attract more water, fight inflammation and improve elasticity. While, making it the perfect ingredient for stretch mark-fighting belly butters. Plus, it also absorbs UV rays, adding natural sun protection.
Almond oil is one of the best means for skin care during pregnancy. It is safe and effective. Enriched with a complex of vitamins A, E, F and B, as well as minerals, it activates protein synthesis in cells to maintain skin elasticity, restores water and fat balance in epidermal cells. Bioactive substances struggle with the friability of the skin, minimizing the formation of striae, and relieve irritation.
Used as an independent skin care product, it does not lose its effectiveness when combined with other organic components. For example, almond oil with lavender is an excellent oil mixture that moisturizes and soothes the skin.
Adding these simple and natural ingredients to your beauty routine will go a long way in helping detoxify your pregnancy. Always remember to read labels carefully and opt for brands that provide full ingredient transparency. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database is also great place to get more information about companies with high safety ratings.
Natural oils for stretch marks
Alpstories 100 % Pure Organic Avocado Oil
Unlike other popular skin care avocado oils, we use a cold-pressed, unrefined avocado oil to ensure all its nutrients and benefits are preserved. With its highly penetrative abilities, avocado oil delivers essential hydration to Mama’s skin, and helps prevent stretch marks from occurring. Everyone’s favorite creamy green fruit comes to you in the form of a pure, nourishing oil perfect for application on the face, skin and hair.
Known as a super fruit, avocados are rich in fatty acids that when applied to the skin and hair can have an intensely positive impact on moisture, shine and hydration. The nutrients found within avocados can fight signs of aging and uneven tone or texture and when used on hair can fight heat and color damage for improved hair health.
Natural oils for stretch marks are much more effective. Following the recipe and the prescribed proportions, you can make home remedies for stretch marks.
Start using natural oils as early as possible and do not wait for the appearance of the first stretch marks.
Oils to use during pregnancy.
- First trimester. Olive, coconut, jojoba and wheat germ oils.
- Second trimester. Sesame, olive, neroli, lavender, orange, fir and tea tree oils
- Third trimester. Аlmond, olive, linseed, sesame, and cocoa butter oils.
OILS forbidden during pregnancy.
*For the best and safest results, we highly recommend consulting with your primary health care provider prior to starting any new skincare regimen.
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