A lot of people apply products to their skin and hair without giving it a second thought that an ingredient in what they’re using could be harmful should they become pregnant. But, everything you put on your skin, goes into your bloodstream, and yes, will go straight to your baby. That’s why when I knew I was going to try to get pregnant I knew it was time to switch up my skincare routine to include all natural beauty products for pregnancy.
There are some big skin care and cosmetic ingredients no-no’s to avoid while pregnant. These include anything containing:
- Aluminum chloride hexahydrate: Found in antiperspirant; check for aluminum chloride hexahydrate and aluminium chlorohydrate.
- Beta hydroxy acids: Salicylic acid, 3-hydroxypropionic acid, trethocanic acid and tropic acid.
- Chemical sunscreens: Avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, menthyl anthranilate and oxtocrylene.
- Diethanolamine (DEA): Found in hair and body products; stay clear of diethanolamine, oleamide DEA, lauramide DEA and cocamide DEA.
- Dihydroxyacetone (DHA): Found in spray self-tanners; could be harmful if inhaled.
- Formaldehyde: Found in hair straightening treatments, nail polishes and eyelash glue; look for formaldehyde, quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol).
- Hydroquinone: A lightening agent; abstain from hydroquinone, idrochinone and quinol/1-4 dihydroxy benzene/1-4 hydroxy benzene.
- Parabens: Keep away from propyl, butyl, isopropyl, isobutyl and methyl parabens.
- Phthalates: Found in products with synthetic fragrances and nail polishes; avoid diethyl and dibutyl especially.
- Retinol: Vitamin A, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene and isotretinoin. (Here are some retinol alternatives.)
- Thioglycolic acid: Found in chemical hair removers; can also be labeled acetyl mercaptan, mercaptoacetate, mercaptoacetic acid and thiovanic acid.
- Toluene: Found in nail polishes; skip methylbenzene, toluol and antisal 1a.
So, get used to reading labels while you’re pregnant, because you’ll be doing a lot of it! I read the label before I put anything in my mouth or on my skin and try to use Organic everything when possible and reasonable. I found a great App that I use a lot while shopping for skin care products and cosmetics. It’s called Think Dirty, and all you have to do is scan a product’s barcode, and it will tell you exactly whether it is harmful to you or your baby. You can check that out here.
So, what to do when all of your favorite products could potentially harm your unborn child? Swap them out! In today’s market there are a ton of all natural beauty products for pregnancy (that are effective!) that keep your skin and beauty routine in check, while also keeping baby safe. Below are a few of my favorite all natural beauty products for pregnancy.
My dry pregnancy skin needed some extra exfoliation, and I found this great face wash from Alba Botanica that kept my skin clean and dry patch free. For a more gentle wash I used Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk.
Most acne medications are off-limits during pregnancy. Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick saved me in my first and second trimesters when my skin was going absolutely crazy! Just dab a little on your blemish, let it dry and you’re good to go.
I had REALLY dry skin during pregnancy. I tried everything, but just couldn’t find a natural moisturizer that would help the scaly mess I had going on. Josie Maran Argan Oil was a great alternative to my usually night cream. It was a little greasy for me to use during the day, but I used it every night to help moisturize and smooth my dry cracking skin and it worked beautifully! I also used it in my hair after straightening to tame fizz and add shine. She offers a ton of makeup, hair and skin care products for various skin types.
I love Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer, and use it every day. For a lot of people this might be enough for a daytime moisturizer, but I layered this with an all natural daily moisturizer from Burt’s Bees for the added sun protection benefits. It works great under makeup. Juice also offers some other amazing natural beauty products for pregnancy including makeup.
I have used a combination of body oil and body lotion throughout my pregnancy. I’ll use body oil on my bump in the mornings and finish off the rest of my body with the lotion since the oil is a little greasy. I have been devoted to both Honest Co. Organic Body Oil and Burt’s Bee’s Lotion for all natural skin hydration throughout pregnancy. Plus, both have tough stretch-mark fighting ingredients.
I did a lot of research on the best products out there to prevent stretch marks. People swear by Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Rosehip Oil, Cocoa Butter, Tamanu Oil, Jojoba, etc… So, since I have no idea what actually works I found an all natural solution that has them ALL! Yes, Honest Co. Belly Balm has every ingredient known to prevent stretch marks naturally. It covers all the bases. I have been using it since before I even had a belly, and no stretch marks yet. Fingers crossed! I plan on using it after labor for a couple weeks as well, since many women report stretch marks popping up after labor on abs and breast. I’ll update you and let you know if this belly ball worked for me. *UPDATE: It worked! I didn’t have a single stretch mark during my pregnancy, and I got BIG! Definitely worth a try.*
I have been devoted to Honest Co. products for a few years now, so of course I would turn to them first when I got pregnant and was looking for Organic all natural beauty products for pregnancy to help keep my baby safe. I have been using the Honest Co. Shampoo + Body Wash for a couple years now. I solely use it as a shower gel with my loofa, but I love the suds it creates and the smell is sweet and fresh!
Natural deodorant (or at least one that works) seems to be difficult to find. Most of them that I have tried don’t work and leave you pretty smelly by the end of the day. With the extra body heat and horomones you’ve got going on in pregnancy, you need something that works. I discovered that Honest Co. Deodorant works really well for me. And, I love that it’s a spray and soaks in really well. *UPDATE – Honest Co. no longer makes this deodorant. Such a bummer. Next pregnancy I will update this post if I find a good natural deodorant that I like.*
This was a tough one! I tried a bunch of products, but all of them seemed to dry my long, fine hair out and leave it a tangled mess. I really can’t stand it when all natural shampoo doesn’t lather. I like suds, and I feel like my hair isn’t clean without them. I finally found John Masters Organics. It lathers, smells amazing, makes your scalp feel great and the conditioner moisturizes and detangles while leaving your hair soft and manageable. Definitely a brand I will continue using post-pregnancy.
I know that pedicures are allowed during pregnancy, but I just didn’t want to be exposed to the fumes of the salon. So, I did my own manicures throughout pregnancy and used Deborah Lippmann nail polish. Not only does she create amazing colors that all seem to last an eternity, they are all made without Parabens and Sulfates. I also love Zoya products, and they have a slightly better price point than most pregnancy-friendly nail polishes.
I mentioned Rosebud Salve in my post about what I will be packing for my trip to the hospital when I give birth. Honestly, I can’t say enough about it. With my chronic dry skin and chapped lips, this is the only thing that works! Plus, it has a tiny bit of pink to add the perfect glow to your lips!
These are just a few of the ways I’m doing my best to have a safe and healthy pregnancy and newborn. Every little bit counts! What are your favorite all natural beauty products? Any that you can’t live without?
*Note: Affiliate links were used throughout this post. I only share items that I genuinely have used or recommend.