Pregnancy Skincare – Safe Ingredients
Pregnancy Skincare – We receive a number of emails about which skin care products are safe to use throughout their pregnancy.
Many women do become concerned about chemicals in their skincare while pregnant. Pregnancy is an important time in a woman’s life and for your precious growing baby. With any topical product, there is a risk that small amounts of the ingredients will be absorbed into the bloodstream.
During pregnancy, the chemicals circulate through the mother’s bloodstream and pass into the fetal circulation. It is during this stage of early brain and organ development women should avoid exposures to chemicals with links to birth defects.
As most pregnant women know it that what you put (or don’t put) in your body that is important to the well-being of your growing baby.
Some prescription and illegal drugs, alcohol, having too much caffeine, tobacco all have the potential to be harmful to your baby.
Most of us just apply any lotion on our bodies without thinking about what might be passing the skin barrier and being absorbed into our bodies, with a developing baby in your belly, this is a vital concern.
Also if you are a nursing mother you also have to be aware that what goes on your skin can also potentially pass into the bloodstream and could also be passed onto baby through breast milk.
It is important to use gentle and organic natural hair and organic skin care for your own health and for the health of your child. Many women choose to follow an organic pregnancy skin care regimen when they are pregnant and breastfeeding.
Pregnancy Skincare – Ingredients to avoid in skin care while pregnant.
Sources – ewg.org “A green guide to pregnancy”
The first thing to do is to throw out what is in your bathroom cabinet, anything that contains artificial colours, artificial fragrances, harsh preservatives, parabens, and petroleum.
Published studies suggest that estrogenic chemicals should be avoided, the only way to avoid estrogenic chemicals is to scan the ingredient lists for known xenoestrogens such as methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, most of the invisible sunscreens (benzophenone, octyl-methoxycinnamate, PABA), phthalates, and BPA (also known as bisphenol, a type of plastic used in packaging).
Expecting mums should keep in mind that most over-the-counter acne products have remote links to birth defects in published studies– including salicylic acid, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and the vitamin A derivatives ( retinoids – retina A).
So when considering the various brands and products available for acne treatment while pregnant, it is best to discuss with your doctor first, read the label carefully and avoid these ingredients.
Essential oils and herbs – pregnancy skincare
Some herbs and essential oils are safe to use during pregnancy but not all are. That is why it is important you consult with a qualified professional before using herbs and essential oils during pregnancy. If you would like us to give you some credible resource links on this subject please email us with your question to our contact page.
Essential oils are very potent plant extracts, and the first trimester is the most fragile time for miscarriage. Therefore we suggest that you should only use cold-pressed luxury oils/ vegetable oils to massage into your skin, such as Rosehip, Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel or Jojoba.
Most Aromatherapists consider it’s safe to use certain essential oils after the first trimester as long as the pregnancy is going well and is normal and most agree the following essential oils are generally considered safe to use after the first trimester: Rose, Citrus based oils (e.g. Orange, Lemon, Mandarin etc), ordinary Lavender, Frankincense, Bergamot, Cypress, Ylang-ylang, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Chamomile, Geranium and Sandalwood.
This link www.kidspot.com.au gives more information on Aromatherapy oils during pregnancy.
Essential oils in your natural organic beauty products are always diluted properly (.5% to 5% depending on the oil) in a carrier oil. Do not use essential oils undiluted on the skin. The essential oils everyone agrees should be avoided during pregnancy include – Nutmeg, Rosemary, Basil, Jasmine, Sage, Clary Sage, and Juniper.
There is no evidence that suggests that using Aloe Vera gel topically during pregnancy has any harmful effects. However, the American Pregnancy Association does not recommend that it be taken orally, as it can cause uterine contractions and drops in blood sugar.
The stretching of the skin on the abdomen can itch, and rubbing a small amount of Aloe gel on the area can relieve it, helping to prevent stretch marks. Due to conflicting data, speak to a doctor before placing Aloe on an open wound.
Disclaimer – If you have a medical condition or are taking other drugs, herbs or supplements you should speak with a qualified healthcare provider for advice for what is safe skin care while pregnant. Even herbs that are considered safe be sure to check with your doctor.
You should also check in with your doctor in case you have an allergic reaction to any herbs or substances you are using while pregnant. You should consult with your doctor to determine the course of action you feel is best for you and your baby. Certain herbs should never be taken during pregnancy, as they can stimulate the uterus and promote early contractions or premature labour.
Other herbs may be too powerful for your baby, even if they are helpful to you in some way. As with anything, it is best you use all products, natural or otherwise, in moderation while pregnant. You will also want to monitor your body’s own reactions to certain natural plant products.
Under the guidance of a qualified practitioner, you may find natural herbs very beneficial and nourishing during your pregnancy. There are some studies that suggest that certain herbs may even promote more natural and less difficult childbirth!
It is a very special experience to bring a new life into this world. Read our article “Safe Organic Pregnancy skin care” offering you our natural and highly effective safe skin care options for you during pregnancy and motherhood.