Most women worry about what they eat and drink during pregnancy, but fewer think about what they put on their skin. Skin is not an impermeable barrier, and the ingredients in skin care products can penetrate the surface of the skin and enter the bloodstream. That’s a concern for women who are pregnant since anything that enters mom’s blood can reach a baby’s circulation.
Some skin care products are off-limits during pregnancy, such as retinoids used to treat acne and skin aging. Oral retinoids are known to cause birth defects, and no one knows how much of this product is absorbed when it’s used topically. There are also other ingredients in skin care products that may be harmful to a developing baby that haven’t been thoroughly tested.
Salicylic acid in acne products is another skin care ingredient pregnant women should avoid. It’s unlikely to cause problems in small amounts, but high doses have been linked with birth defects. The amounts in most skin care products for home use probably won’t cause problems, but why take the chance? Unfortunately, not all of the ingredients in skin creams and lotions have been thoroughly tested for safe use during pregnancy. That’s why it’s important to think before putting any skin care product on your skin during pregnancy.
Fortunately, companies like Belli and Mustela make it easier to choose skin care products that are safe to use during pregnancy. Belli products have been independently tested to ensure they contain no ingredients that might be harmful to a developing baby. Mustela offers products that have to conform to the strict standards of doctors and are free of harsh chemicals and other ingredients that may be harmful to an unborn baby. They also offer products that moms can safely use on baby once he or she arrives without concerns about toxicity. These products are specifically formulated to safely meet the skin care needs of both mom and newborn baby.
One of the most common problems women deal with during pregnancy is acne. This is usually triggered by hormonal changes. Unfortunately, some ingredients used to treat acne can be harmful to use during pregnancy. Belli Acne Cleansing Facial Wash contains natural, alpha-hydroxy acids to cleanse and gently exfoliate acne-prone skin. It’s a way to safely treat unsightly acne outbreaks. Belli also makes products that offer safe, non-toxic body cleansing.
Don’t forget about sunscreen. Sun protection is even more important during pregnancy. Many women develop dark areas of increased pigmentation on their skin during pregnancy. Wearing sun protection helps to prevent this. Belli Anti Chloasma Facial Sunscreen SPF 25 is a sunscreen that’s mineral-based and contains no harmful chemicals. It’s safe to use every day throughout the full nine months of pregnancy.
Belli even makes a product that helps to prevent stretch marks called Belli Elasticity Belly Oil. It’s safe to use daily during pregnancy to moisturize and nourish skin while reducing the risk of stretch marks. For stretch marks that have already formed, Belli Stretchmark Minimizing Cream contains tested ingredients that will make them look less obvious.
Once baby arrives, Mustela makes life easier with a newborn kit that contains safe products designed to meet the skin care needs of a newborn. It includes shampoo that helps to prevent and treat cradle cap as well as a soothing, soap-free cleanser that won’t irritate a baby’s sensitive skin. It also includes a nourishing body lotion and vitamin barrier cream to protect against diaper rash.
For diaper changes, Mustela Cleansing and Soothing Wipes for Diaper Change are made with an alcohol-free, plant-based cleansing milk that’s soothing and non-irritating to sensitive newborn skin. Plus, there’s the additional peace of mind that comes from knowing it contains no harmful chemicals.
Make sure the skin care ingredients you use during and after pregnancy are safe and the ones you use on baby afterwards aren’t harmful. Your baby’s health depends on it.