Finding beauty products safe for pregnancy is a priority for me! The skin is your body’s largest organ and the chemicals we put on our skin go into our body. Some pass through to our developing baby! In addition to other pregnancy must-haves, non-toxic beauty products are at the top of my list! The number of products out there is overwhelming, and it is confusing because many are labeled “natural”, that are actually filled with toxic chemicals. The European Union has banned somewhere between 1,100 and 1,300 in cosmetics, whereas the US has banned somewhere between 9-13. Many groups, including the Environmental Working Group (EWG) are pushing the FDA to have better regulations… fingers crossed! In the meantime, a lot of personal research is required. I’ve had to do quite a bit of my own research and I’m hoping to save you some of that trouble.
When unsure about the safety of a product, EWG Skin Deep Database is my go-to safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products. I’m comfortable with beauty products found on Beautycounter, Honest Company, The Detox Market and Goop (but Goop is very expensive!) – but I do often type the product name into EWG Skin Deep just to double check. I’m listing some of the many products that meet my personal criteria for safety during pregnancy. Many of these can be found on Amazon or at your local drugstore.
Beauty by Earth Self Tanner (EWG rating* = 1)
ATTITUDE Blooming Belly Natural Foaming Face Cleanser (EWG rating* = 1)
Exactly! Organics Face Cleanser, Ylang Ylang Geranium (EWG rating* = 1)
Farmacy Natural Makeup Remover – Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm
Face Lotions, Serums & Creams
Herbal Choice Mari Natural SPF 30 Tinted Face & Body Lotion (EWG rating* = 1)
GRAYDON All Over Face + Body Lotion (EWG rating* = 1)
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum
Be Natural Organics Hyaluronic Serum (EWG rating* = 1)
Aromatica Argan Intensive Hydrating Serum (EWG rating* = 1)
Acure Organics Seriously Firming Facial Serum (EWG rating* = 1)
Inlight Organic Skincare Line Softener Intensive (EWG rating* = 1)
Acure Organics Cell Stimulating Face Mask (EWG rating* = 1)
Qet Botanicals Honey Cream Mask with Active Manuka UMF 16+ (EWG Top Scoring Product)
Tata Harper Skincare
Mineral Foundation Powder
Beautycounter Protect All Over Sunscreen Lotion (EWG rating* = 1)
Badger Balm Sunscreen
Butterbean Sunscreen (brand EWG rating* = 1)
Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Natural Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30 (EWG rating* = 2)
Read this article to learn how to make sure your sunscreen isn’t causing more harm than good
∙∙∙See also: Safe, Non-Toxic Sunscreens for Kids and Babies
According to research done by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, about 60% of lipsticks contain lead! Exposure to lead has been tied to problems with fertility, hormonal irregularities, neurological problems, and more. Other toxic heavy metals have been found in far too many lipsticks and lip glosses.
Shampoo / Conditioner
Hugo Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner
ATTITUDE Super Leaves Natural Shampoo (EWG Top Scoring Product)
ATTITUDE Blooming Belly Natural Shampoo (EWG Top Scoring Product)
John Masters Organics
Exactly! Organics Sulfate and Paraben-Free Shampoo (EWG rating* = 1)
Free & Clear Styling and Finishing Hair Spray (EWG rating* = 2)
Healing-Scents Unscented Hair Spray (EWG rating* = 1)
Davids Natural Toothpaste – Peppermint (EWG Top Scoring Product)
Jack N’ Jill Natural Toothpaste (EWG rating* = 1-2)
Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel is a glycerin-based formula. (EWG rating* = 2)
Dr. Bronner’s Anise All-One Toothpaste (EWG rating* = 1)
*Make Your Own*
If you are a Do-It-Yourself type, try out these homemade beauty product recipes from Mommypotamus and Wellness Mama:
Honey Face Wash • Turmeric Face Mask • Deodorant • Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer • Lotion Bars • Hair Strengthening Mask • Sunscreen • Natural Teeth Whitening • Natural Shimmer Lipstick • Body Wash • Natural Mascara
More on chemicals during pregnancy
Since many chemicals we put on our skin can make their way through the placenta to our growing babies, I make it a priority to use non-toxic beauty products that are safe for pregnancy. One ingredient to avoid is parabens. Parabens are found in most cosmetics. Parabens are tied to hormonal and fertility problems, as well as some cancers. Look for beauty products free of parabens!
Beautycounter is one of many brands that I trust. They have a “Never List” that includes ingredients that they will never use in their products (synthetic fragrances, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, BHA/BHT, SLES, and many more). When I read (on the Beautycounter site) that over 200 synthetic chemicals are found in the umbilical cord blood of newborns, well that scared me a bit. The fact that chemicals I put on my skin can cross the placenta and end up in my baby’s bloodstream means I need to make clean beauty products a priority. Another thing I learned from the Beautycounter website is that chemicals disruptive to the endocrine system are most dangerous in small amounts, “as they mimic the way our bodies naturally interact with hormones. And when our bodies are undergoing certain periods of development (in the womb, during infancy, puberty), we are more susceptible to hormone disruption, which can have big health effects later in life.” One fact that really hit home is that the chemical used in NuvaRing to prevent conception is only 0.035 Parts Per Billion! Tiny, right? Yet it is strong enough to prevent your ovaries from ovulating and releasing an egg!
*I mention the EWG ratings where I can when listing the products, but the EWG does not have ratings for all products at this time. Also, the ratings may change as new information comes out. I’ll update this as often as I can.
***I am not a medical professional, so please consult yours before making any key decisions.***
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