If you’ve heard the hype about toxic ingredients, you know there’s some icky stuff floating around in our everyday products. While it’s a good idea to avoid these additives all the time, it’s especially important while you’re expecting. What goes on your body eventually makes its way to your budding bump, too. To keep you and your wee one in the clear, consider making these simple swaps in your beauty routine …
Face wash: It may be tempting to see your mama-to-be glow and not want to rock the boat with a change to your facial regimen, but many cleansers designed to help with breakouts or dullness often contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, neither of which are considered safe during pregnancy. Instead, opt for a gentle wash rich in antioxidants that won’t irritate or dry out the skin.
Tip: If you suffer from acne and are afraid to go all-natural, you can still use a facial cleanser that contains no more than 2 percent salicylic acid. Make sure to verify the percentage on the label and run it by your doctor beforehand.
Deodorant: This is a big one, ladies. Many deodorants are packed with harmful toxins that have no business being applied to the skin daily. Elements like aluminum (most commonly found in antiperspirants), parabens, triclosan, artificial fragrances and more are lurking in each stick, so it’s imperative you kick yours to the curb if it’s not specially formulated with both mom and baby in mind.
The dermatologist tested deodorant by Earth Mama Organics is the perfect blend of clean, organic ingredients that actually work (we promise you won’t smell!) and yummy essential oils that give it the freshest scent with every use. We’ve tested it on our own all-day errands with our babies and can attest to its hardworking formula! What’s more, it’s also breastfeeding safe and gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Don’t waste any time on this, mamas—it’s that important!
Dry shampoo: If you don’t use it yet, you most likely will once baby arrives. Easy to use and fast-acting, dry shampoos are a go-to for busy moms who can’t grab a shower. Look for one in powder form versus an aerosol can (which is bad for you and the ozone layer). You can look for the USDA Organic symbol on the packaging if not sure which brand to pick, and when in doubt, you can always rely on a good ol’ fashioned scrub later on.