The minute you realized you were pregnant you have avoided wine, caffeine, eschewed of junk foods and followed a healthy diet, rest and exercise routine. You do indulge in makeup which is your only solace when it comes to camouflaging your skin woes. However, keep in mind that all makeup is not good for your baby’s health.
The problem arises because most cosmetics in the market are not subject to any regulation. The toxicity of the chemicals in cosmetics and their impact on the baby when used while expecting is ambiguous.
For your own safety during pregnancy, be alert for any of these ingredients during pregnancy and steer clear of them. You can consult your dermatologists for specific alternatives to them.
- Vitamin A: Creams and pills that contain retinoids, a synthetic form of vitamin A, help fight acne and psoriasis and treat skin disorders. However, the use of retinoids during pregnancy can affect fetal development. However, an oral intake of sufficient amount of vitamin A can work wonders for your skin and health.
- Vitamin K: Vitamin K is one of the major ingredients in any skin lightening cream. However, it also aids clotting of blood. It is advisable, during pregnancy, to not let Vitamin K penetrate the skin, reach the blood stream and cause blood clots which can lead to fetal complications.
- Centella Asiatica: Most women fret about the stretch marks they endure during pregnancy. Centella Asiatica is an effective treatment for stretch marks. However, it increases sensitivity to the sun rays and can cause a rash in pregnant women. Its oral intake can even result in miscarriage.
- Lead and Mercury: Found as an ingredient in plenty of cosmetics is harmful for your growing fetus especially in the first trimester.
- Others: Stay away from formaldehyde found in hair straightening creams, nail polishes and eyelash glue when you are pregnant. Also, avoid phthalates found in artificial fragrances and nail polishes. Babies whose mother used phthalates excessively during pregnancy have been found more prone to asthama. Thioglycolic acid found in hair removal creams, hrdoquinone used as a lightening agent in creams, and chemical sunscreens are all to be avoided. A prenatal exposure can apparently reduce the IQ of the baby by six points.
Looking glamorous and good is your prerogative. A proactive skin care regime is all you need to keep your skin youthful and glowing, not just during pregnancy but throughout your life. But for that, you need not always rely on chemicals. Ask your grandmother to share her secrets for her glowing skin. Go organic.