Pregnancy is a beautiful time, full of excitement and joy, it is also a time where women face many changes, requiring special care and precautions to stay healthy and allow normal development of the baby.
Good nutrition, healthy habits and staying calmed and relaxed are normally part of the doctor’s recommendations. But how about avoiding harmful chemicals?
Unfurnately, it is very easy to be exposed to toxins from contaminated foods, pollution etc. The skin absorbs toxins easily, so, it is very important to avoid skincare ingredients that can pose a risk during pregnancy.
Here is a list of those ingredients that you should stay away from…
Ingredients to avoid during pregnancy
This list is created to provide a helpful guide to use when you are looking for beauty products; that way your routines and beauty care won’t be affected during this wonderful time of your life.
- Retinoids: these are present in the acne and anti-aging products, under the following names: retinyl palmitate, retinoic acid, isotretinoin, adapalene, retinaldehyde, tazarotene, and tretinoin. Doctors recommend not to get pregnant under the use of those products, or if you are planning to. However, if you got pregnant cut the application immediately.
- Phthalates: this is used in products like perfumes and nail polish to increase the effect of other chemicals in their formulas. Products with phthalates are associated with health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and bad fetal development. So next time look for products phthalates-free when you want a new perfume or nail polish.
- Formaldehyde: speaking about nail polish, this one can be found in many different brands. Others, like hair straightening treatments and eyelashes glue, also have this in their formulas. You will find the formaldehyde under many labels like quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol), and others. Buy only formaldehyde-free products for your house.
- Ammonia: are you in love with dying your hair? Well, many hair dyes have this ingredient as part of their formulas, that is the reason behind the success of many ammonia-free alternatives. Actually, you can find many that are using natural ingredients to bring better protection for the hair.
- Dihydroxyacetone: also known as DHA, can be found in spray self-tanners, this one reacts on your skin making it look like a recent tan without getting under the sun. However, the problem is if you inhale the particles; for that reason, it is best to avoid spray tanning during pregnancy.
Source: Mother Nature Network
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