By the time you learned that you are pregnant, you may have already prepared a list of the things that you need to do. You might have already added a few items in your wardrobe, to include a few maternity outfits. You even went ahead to read a few materials about pregnancy that you found online and at the local library. And after the first visit to your ob-gyn, you have already made a list of the things that you need add to your daily menu. Even those that you have to avoid are already outlined in your journal.
You also started to become obsessed with clean living. In a couple of weeks time, the fetus inside your womb will be depending on you for nourishment. You also are constantly reminded that as about 60% of what you put on it is absorbed by your skin, they may also be passed to your baby. So, you also have to make sure you have not forgotten to check your beauty kit. You know you still have to be certain that all you have in it includes everything for a safe makeup for pregnancy.
Makeup: Your Perfect Camouflage During Pregnancy
Makeup is one of the survival tools that will most naturally be inside every pregnant mom. As you may have already observed or, perhaps, been told that pregnancy brings with it some unexpected changes. Many of these changes will be visible on your skin. The last thing you would like is for those unsightly pregnancy marks to ruin your day. That’s the reason that you will not want to go out without it as it can conceal any skin imperfection. However, there may be toxic chemicals hiding in your makeup that you need to get rid of. To give you a better insight on all things related to safe makeup for pregnancy, read on.
Changes During Pregnancy
Hormonal imbalance is mostly to blame for the changes that come with your pregnancy. During this period, your androgen will be on hyper mode. This will drive more than the usual volume of hormones needed to maintain the proper functioning of your body system. This may cause blisters, acne, rashes, dark pigments, and other skin imperfections visible on your skin.
As your baby grows inside your body, it will take much of the nourishment that you consume. You may see your skin becoming drier. For other pregnant women, they may see otherwise. Pregnancy glow may be visible in them, which will make their hair, skin, and nails to look better. Some may also see stretch marks forming on the abdomen. These pregnancy marks may also be visible on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back, and buttocks.
Is Your Makeup Safe For Pregnancy?
The easiest way to hide these pregnancy marks is to wear makeup. However, some would rather not put on any makeup at all fearing that doing so may affect their child’s development. Whether you like to modify the makeup products that you use or not, it is vital that you know which will not be safe during pregnancy.
- Retinoids (a synthetic form of vitamin A)
- Phenylmercuric salts, acetate, nitrate
Reading the product label to ensure safe makeup for pregnancy
One of the most vital thing that you need to do when looking for the best product to use when pregnant is to look at the product label. Doing so will not only what the product is, for what specific the product is formulated, how it was formulated, and, most importantly, what ingredients are used in the formulation of the product.
Here are some reminders that you need to look for when checking any product label for cues on the ingredients in the formulation.
- Natural. Not all ingredients in a product have to be “natural” for it to be labeled “Natural.” So if you are looking for a beauty product derived from completely natural ingredients, you have to look for an indication in the product label that says “100 % natural.” Most the time a logo of the certifying agency is also included in the product label.
- Hypoallergenic. Even if the product is “hypoallergenic”, you still need to do a skin test to ensure that your skin will not react negatively to any of the substance in the formula. Note that this label term is not included in the list of terms regulated by the FDA. Thus, a product labeled as such may still trigger an adverse reaction.
- Non-Comedogenic. These products are less likely to clog the pores of the skin, thus, decreasing the possibility of having acne.
- Fragrance-Free. If the product indicates “fragrance,” as one of the ingredients included in the product formulation, you may not be certain whether it’s synthetic or natural. These fragrances may cause an allergic reaction when applied on the skin. It is best that you opt for fragrance-free products instead.
- Phthalate-free. Phthalates are basically used as plasticizers. They are added to personal care products to moisturize and soften skin. There are several types of phthalates, including DEP (Diethyl phthalate). These compounds are known to damage the liver, kidneys, as well as reproductive system.
- Paraben-free. Parabens used as preservatives in cosmetics. However, they are known to be estrogen disruptors and have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive problems.
- Full-spectrum. You will notice some cosmetics having an SPF (Sun Protection Factor). Without thinking twice, you will pick one with the higher SPF. Well, the SPF does not actually provide a clear value on the type of coverage that the product provides. SPF actually only refers to the length of time needed for your skin to get burned had you not put on sunscreen or any product with SPF. That means it only considers the protection against UVB rays and not the UVA rays. Protection for both could either be broad-spectrum or full-spectrum. The difference is that the latter provides for protection for both (UVB and UVA I and UVA II). With products indicating that they provide broad-spectrum coverage, may only mean that they may not provide protection for UVA II wave range as well.
- Vegan. This means that the product is formulated with vegan ingredients. This should carry an appropriate certification, however.
- Certified Organic/USDA Organic. Like vegan products, organic products carry appropriate certifications. It also needs to be 95% and above free of synthetic additives (pesticides, chemical fertilizer, and dyes).
- Cruelty-free. For a product to be legitimate cruelty-free it has to carry the leaping bunny logo that has been issued by Cruelty-Free International. This means that the product has been legally certified for not having been tested on animals.
It takes a few minutes to know if your makeup is safe for pregnancy. If taken considerably, this single effort may provide a lifetime of health for your baby.