As any mommy-to-be can attest, the moment you discover a little one is on its way, every decision takes on an entirely new meaning. Should you have that morning cup of coffee? Is it ok to still dye your grays? What about going organic?
Some decisions, such as taking prenatal vitamins and not drinking alcohol, are much easier than others! But on most decisions, there’s often conflicting information from your physician, your grandmother, and that woman in the produce section who was judging your selection of non-organic bananas.
Pregnancy-friendly skincare is likely not high on the priority list during a woman’s first trimester. However, there are some skin care ingredients that should be avoided during pregnancy, and you should make skincare routine adjustments for pregnancy.
As a beauty blogger and a pediatrician in my “real” life, I get a lot of questions from readers about what skincare to use during pregnancy. Note that my criteria are pretty conservative, but there are some ingredients that are still considered “safe” in the medical literature and that many people would prefer to avoid (I’m looking at you parabens – here’s a study from the International Journal of Toxicology, 2008). I have not added parabens on my list of ingredients to avoid, but if you are in any doubt, just avoid them. Sleep is a precious commodity during pregnancy, and you shouldn’t be losing it over your choice of facial cleanser! When in doubt about any product or ingredient, it is always best to speak to your physician.