What you put in your body and on your body during pregnancy is of considerable importance. While you are housing and nourishing another life in your womb, you also have to ensure your body remains healthy and strong to sustain your precious baby. You’re probably making adjustments to your diet during pregnancy and you should consider doing the same for your skin.
You may think that topical skin care is all about your external skin organ but it goes much deeper than that. What you put on your skin is absorbed into your body directly into your blood stream and carried throughout your body. As we have discussed, many skin care products, personal care items and cosmetics contain harmful toxins that are absorbed into your body. While taking this risk may not have bothered you before, during pregnancy you might think twice about what you are “feeding” your skin and therefore your baby.
While the FDA does not regulate most over-the-counter skin, beauty and personal care products, most dermatologist and OBGYNs agree that there are certain ingredients moms-to-be should avoid during pregnancy. Most of them are synthetic chemicals that can be powerful but harmful to mother and baby. These include salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide that help dry up oily patches and clear acne. Also, prescription acne antibiotics like acutane should be avoided during pregnancy as its combination of ingredients is too harsh for a growing baby.
Most natural skin care ingredients are safe during pregnancy, including many of our Natura Veda skin care system products. After all, we’re capturing the best of nature and bottling it up for your skin and overall wellbeing. There is one exception, however. Although they have not proven to be dangerous when used topically, retinoids or retinol should be avoided during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Retinol is a powerful natural form of Vitamin A that works as an anti-wrinkle, age-defying agent. While no side effects have been reported, OBGYNs exercise caution with even this all-natural ingredient. (This shows how powerful nature can be, but still better left for after pregnancy!)
Ok, so what’s a mom-to-be to do when she wants to magnify her pregnancy glow and minimize fine lines, wrinkles, pregnancy spots and stretch marks? Stick to nature, that’s what! Antioxidants are a mighty defense against the effects of aging. They help nourish cells for a fuller appearance and increased cellular turnover. Vitamin C is among the best topical antioxidants for radiant skin and it’s a major ingredient in our Natura Veda skin care line. With Moringa oil and other botanical and phyto-nutrients, Natura Veda’s natural skin care products are exactly what expectant moms need to maintain their beauty routines during pregnancy.
Also, cleaning and moisturizing skin twice daily are essential for gorgeous skin during pregnancy. Hormones may throw your skin off balance, but replenishing nutrients and healing skin deep into the epidermis can help combat pregnancy acne, rosacea, discoloration, stretch marks and dryness. Our Gentle Foaming Cleanser and Moringa-Infused Daily Moisturizing Cream are excellent for use all over the body. New moms should also exfoliate with our Apricot Exfoliant several times a week to slough off dead skin cells and encourage fresh cells to rise to the surface. Additionally, sunscreen is recommended during pregnancy although some sunscreen actives may bother a new mom’s sensitive skin. Try a natural mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide ant titanium dioxide instead.
The jury is still out on the use of cosmetics during pregnancy. Many natural mamas choose to go “naked” to avoid the unregulated heavy metals that intentionally and unintentionally infiltrate make-up. It’s a personal choice but consider eliminating or reducing your use of cosmetics at this critical time of development for your baby.