Here’s a helpful infographic that I found while researching on what is and isn’t safe to use during pregnancy. Read the entire post from Skincare by Alana here!
Ever since I found out that I was pregnant, I have been researching on what is and isn’t safe for my baby. And I have had to clear out 95% of my products!
I’m not exactly throwing them out, but just putting them aside for the time being. After all, that’s probably almost a thousand dollars’ worth of products! It’s crazy how much I’ve spent on parabens and phthalates. Maybe I’ll go back to using my favourite products after delivery! Then again, after everything that I’ve read about them, maybe not. (Edit: I’ve passed them on to my sister, who has gladly taken ownership of them.)
Did you know…
That up to 232 chemicals are found in newborns?
Toxic substances are frequently found in the body of adults, and such toxic chemicals can also find their way into the wombs. Click here to read more! And these toxins find their way into our body and our babies’ through the food that we eat and the air that we breathe. I have never been a nut about these things before but now that I realise that everything I eat, breathe, and put on my skin will affect my growing baby inside me, I really want to do my best to give my baby the happiest and healthiest start in life. And with that, I’ve gotten rid of almost everything in my house that contains these toxic ingredients.
How to identify toxic ingredients?
To make things easier for you, I have compiled a list of ingredients that should not be in your everyday-use products. Try to identify them and stop using the products!
And don’t forget retinoids and salicylic acid, which are known to cause birth defects. They can be dangerous, especially in the first trimester when most of your baby’s organs are forming. When in doubt, just don’t.
If you are going for a facial, please do check with your aesthetician beforehand what products she will be using on you. Do thoroughly read through the list of ingredients before beginning your treatment. When in doubt, simply refer back to this list that I have painstakingly compiled above. I have had people tell me that it’s not that big a deal if your skin comes in contact with some of these “supposedly toxic” ingredients because it won’t be absorbed into my bloodstream anyway. Personally, I choose to be extra safe just to make sure that my unborn baby gets the best head start in life. Go ahead and call me a tiger mom, I know. I have struggled with allergies all my life and if there is anything at all that I can do to prevent my baby from having them, I will definitely do my best, even if it’s just a theory as of yet.
And in my next post, I will be touching on the products that I have switched to and where to buy these products that are safer to use during pregnancy so watch this space!