Pregnancy is a critical stage for the development of your baby. You should learn how to nurture your body with healthy food and lifestyle practices. But what do you know about skincare? Believe it or not, choosing the right cosmetics during pregnancy might be as important as keeping a balanced diet. Some ingredients in conventional cosmetic products can be harmful to your developing baby. Here is a list of the most common ingredients you’d better avoid if you plan to get pregnant or already pregnant.
Ingredients to avoid during pregnancy
Prescription acne and anti-aging medications. Linked to an increased risk of birth defects for developing babies.
Antibiotics used to treat a wide variety of conditions such as acne and Lyme disease. It is claimed to damage a pregnant woman’s liver and discolor her growing baby’s teeth.
A skin-lightening agent. No studies have proved any negative effects on the fetus yet. But the fact that as much as 45 percent of this medication is absorbed into the skin after topical application is scary enough to make you stay on the safe side.
Additives used to increase the strength and effectiveness of other chemicals in a formula, such as perfume or nail polish. A new round of studies has found connections between prenatal phthalate exposure and abnormal fetal development.
A known carcinogen. Found in personal care products – straightening treatments, nail polish and eyelash glue.
Found typically in nail polish. A suspected carcinogen. Together with phthalates and formaldehyde, known as the “toxic trio”.
Found in many hair dyes. It can irritate the skin and lungs.
Found in spray self-tanners. While DHA is not absorbed into the body, it can be inhaled during application.
Used in hair removal creams. There are no studies about the effect that this ingredient has on a developing baby. However, it’s important to note that the European Union limits the amount of thioglycolic acid that can be used in products to 5 percent. In the United States products are allowed to contain as much as 15.2 percent.
Congratulations! You’re pregnant! No doubt you have been given the standard list of do’s and don’ts from your healthcare provider detailing all of the foods (we’re looking at you, sushi!) you should avoid for the next nine months. You’ve been told to drink plenty of water, get your sleep and – depending on your condition – get plenty of exercise.