Pregnancy-Proofing your beauty routine

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Now that you’re pregnant, you may want to consider making some to your beauty routine in order to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Here are some helpful tips and tricks on how to look and feel your best throughout pregnancy— while keeping baby super safe of course.

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I’ll admit, I haven’t been the best with this myself. This is because I’ve never really had any issues with my skin other than the occasional dry skin (thank you mom!). I’m the type of person that will try any skincare product (mostly moisturizers, serums and mists) However, now that I’m pregnant I’m trying my best to read the labels so as to avoid certain ingredients. During your pregnancy you should avoid the following as there has been some links to birth defects:
  • Vitamin A
  • Retinol, Rentoids, Differin, Renova, Retin-A, retinyl palmitate and Tazorac (all variants of the same family)
  • Tetracycline
  • Salicylic acid
  • Benzol Peroxide (talk to your provider before using)
  • formaldehyde
  • Toluene

This rule also applies to your nail polishes and perfumes!

All Natural Products: 

Have you consider using all natural products? Luckily, there are a lot of companies that offer all natural, chemical free beauty products. One that comes to mind is Lush, a company that handmakes their beauty products with fresh ingredients (all vegetarian and vegan products). Since our skin is the biggest organ in our body, anything that we put on it, can be transmitted to the baby.  Also, during this time, your skin may be susceptible to any allergic reactions than your pre-pregnancy skin. So the fewer chemicals its exposed to, the better.

**I’ve been using Lush since high school and love their masks! Recently, I decided to branch out and try some of their other products. Hopefully, they work!**

Less is more:  

As a makeup junkie, this has hit me the most. I LOVED doing my makeup all the time, but ever since I got pregnant, I’m just too tired to go full glam everyday. On top of that, pregnancy hormones can cause you to have blotchy, red skin, puffiness and even acne! Its best to just keep the makeup at minimal. Try using tinted moisturizers or powders. Keep in mind, that you may want to double check on your shade as hyper pigmentation can occur (darkening of the skin. This has happened to me, just not on my face) or you can experience the opposite (lighter skin tone).

Speak with your Stylist:

This is a hot topic for most women because some feel that its unsafe to color your hair PERIOD. However, according to certain OBs, coloring your hair is relatively safe, after the first trimester. During the first trimester the baby is most vulnerable, so it is best to avoid any coloring in these weeks. In the latter part of your pregnancy, you can opt to have highlights or balayage (hair process that does not touch the scalp), ammonia and peroxide free process. Having this done is based on preference, so speak with your provider and stylist before having anything done.

Skin:

Trying to keep your skin under control during pregnancy is difficult to say the least. Definitely treat your skin with kindness during this time. The key to a fresh skin is: hydration! Drink loads of water! For normal to dry skin like myself, I exfoliate, cleanse and moisturizer. I am guilty of not cleaning as often as I should be, but I definitely don’t skimp on my skin being hydrated.

Become a Vampire:

No seriously, avoid the sun as much as possible. Sun exposure can add dark spots to your face. Best way to avoid dark spots is to wear SPF of at least 15 or 30 and limit sun exposure. Currently, I’m using a tinted moisturizer by ELF .  If by any chance you do happen to acquire a few, don’t fret. They will most likely go away. Do however, bring this up with your OB so that they are aware of these spots and can keep a close eye on them.

Sleep:

This is pretty obvious, but sleep is another helpful mechanism for your beauty routine. When you’re sleeping, your body goes through this rejuvenation process. The more sleep you get, the better. I say this as I write this blog post at 11:47 at night… hahaha.

Diet:

You are what you eat. Just try to maintain a healthy diet and it will reflect on your skin, I know that its easier said then done, especially when you have a glazed donut sitting in front of you. But trust me, not caving into every junk craving is good.

As of now, these are the only things I’ve touched base with my OB. I do, however, plan to ask more questions at my follow up appointment tomorrow.

Stay tuned for the next blog post where I’ll go into detail about what beauty products I’ve been using in my pregnancy and what kind of routine I’ve developed.

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