Many women change their go to cosmeceuticals during pregnancy because the changes in hormones can cause changes in their skin. It is important to keep in mind, however, that you are under much stricter safety regulations when you are pregnant than when you are not. There are a few ingredients that, while perfectly safe most of the time, should be used with caution by a woman who is expecting a child.
Ask Your Doctor About Cosmeceuticals with Retinol
Retinol is becoming an increasingly common ingredient in cosmeceuticals for everything from signs of aging to acne. While it can be very effective, there is evidence to suggest that it can contribute to deformities in the brain, heart, and spinal cord of a fetus. While some doctors say that retinol absorbed through the skin in cosmeceuticals is not enough to damage a fetus, others suggest that it is not worth the risk. Speak with your doctor before using any cosmeceuticals with retinol during your pregnancy.
Not All Essential Oils Are Safe
Many women assume that all-natural products are safe for using during pregnancy. The truth, however, is that natural does not always equal safe. While many essential oils can be great for relaxation and various other health benefits during pregnancy, others can cause complications. For example, sage oil has been known to start contractions while rosemary oil can increase your blood pressure. Both of these can be extremely dangerous for a pregnant woman. Be sure that you carefully research all side effects of any oils before using them during pregnancy.
Use Caution with Sunscreen
Using proper sun protection is one of the most important things that you can do for your skin, and that includes during your pregnancy. However, when you are pregnant, it is essential that you protect yourself with an all-natural sunscreen option. Certain ingredients, such as oxybenzone, can contribute to a number of different birth defects if they are used during pregnancy. If you are confused about the ingredients in your sunscreen, don’t be afraid to run them by your doctor before using it.
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