A baby in your tummy means a huge change in your life.
You have to go about each day thinking about how the things that you will be doing will affect your baby’s development and health. It’s not easy being a mom-to-be. There are just so many that may not be beneficial for you as well as your baby. But how are you going to choose the best beauty products for pregnancy? How will you determine, for instance, which is the best face cream for pregnancy, or what is the best hair products to use, or perhaps the ingredients that you need to take note when deciding which will best benefit you and your baby during pregnancy?
There are just so many products available in the market today that it makes it quite difficult to identify which one will just be the best. Many offer a lot of benefits, but can they really measure up to the quality that you need to provide for your baby? Every possible marketing tactic will be used to lure customers to buy a product or two from a brand. If you are a first-time mom, it will be even more challenging to decide on every product that you will use may have an effect on your baby’s development. Hormonal imbalance that is ever-present and pressing during pregnancy will also instinctively trigger you to find the best beauty products for the best results that you want.
Your Skin and Hormonal Changes During Pregnancy
Dermatologist Ellen Mamur, MD explains how hormonal fluctuations affect the skin of a pregnant woman.
“For the first twelve weeks, the growth hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) surges to prepare the placenta and increase the blood volume in the body. (This can create a flushed, healthy complexion as the blood flow becomes more robust.) In the second trimester, progesterone is on the upswing, which can generate acne. Another possible, and common, consequence of increased progesterone and estrogen is melasma, a brown discoloration above the upper lip and on the cheeks and forehead, which is why it’s known as “the mask of pregnancy.”
Hormonal changes during pregnancy have an overall impact on the skin. As noted from Dr. Mamur’s explanation, the hormones in the female body go into hyperdrive while pregnant making it quite difficult to treat the skin during this period. You just can’t use the products that you use during pre-pregnancy to manage any skin problems that surface as a result of the hormonal imbalance. Doing so may just put your baby’s development and health at risk.
So, how do you determine which are products will best suit your condition?
There are so many products available on the market today that promises to give radiantly beautiful skin. But will they pass the safety test? Remember that your condition makes you all the more sensitive to everything that touches your skin. When choosing the best beauty products during pregnancy, check whether the product that you intend to buy contains any of these toxic ingredients. If they do, be ready to say NO.
- Topical retinoids. Products that may have these substances may include just about any cream or serum you have in your collection. Look for anything that says retinol or retin in every product label. If the product label says that it contains a synthetic vitamin A, better stop using the product. Topical retinoids, which is also known as over-the-counter retinol is definitely to be avoided during pregnancy. Although studies indicate that the amount of retinoids absorbed more than skin deep is very low, there are some reports that have found an association between birth defects and the use of topical retinoid (especially prescription-strength tretinoin). The connection may be controversial, but there won’t be anything wrong if you just avoid it to be safe.
- Hydroquinone. This substance is commonly added to hair straightening products or as a component of skin-lightening agents. Although there are no strong studies to show a predictable adverse effect on pregnancy with the use of products containing hydroquinone, the high absorption rate (indicated in studies to be about 35-45 percent) urges specialists to recommend NOT to use products with this substance when pregnant.
- Benzoyl peroxide. Acne build up is also one of the common skin problems that affect pregnant women. The common treatment used to treat this skin issue contain benzoyl peroxide which, should also be avoided during pregnancy. Instead of looking for synthetic drugs to cure acne, why not turn to natural treatment alternatives like the tea tree oil. When in doubt, always consult a doctor for the proper drug recommendation.
- Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen or a cancer-causing agent. Studies have also indicated that using products with this compound could cause infertility or miscarriage. It is a common ingredient found in many nail polishes. So, if you feel like having your nails done, opts for brands that offer colors that do not contain toxic chemicals like OPI, Essie, Kiara Sky, and SNS. These brands offer nail polish that does not contain Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Camphor, along with other toxic ingredients.
- Beauty Enhancers. Botox, Restylane and a number of other beauty enhancers that come in needle form have been a favored beauty management alternatives for many women. Though they are considered generally safe, you may still have to say NO to injectables if you are pregnant. Wait to schedule your next appointment when you are no longer nursing.
Your condition may require you to use beauty products like facial cream, moisturizers, sunblock, and so on. When looking for the best alternatives, consider brands that creates products formulated with healthy and natural ingredients. Following instructions indicated in product labels is also a must. As always, if you have a health condition that may be aggravated if you use a specific beauty product, talk to your doctor. He/she might have a product alternative for you instead.