A Pregnant Woman’s Guide To Safer Beauty Treatments
Your pregnant and you want to still look your best, but you are worried about whether your normal beauty treatments and products are safe to undergo and use during your pregnancy. This article is designed as a A Pregnant Woman’s Guide To Safer Beauty Treatments.
Some things you can safely do, while other beauty treatments may need to be modified.
The best advice I can give you is to err on the side of caution, after all you are growing the most incredible miracle inside you, your own beautiful baby!
Nurturing and protecting your baby as it grows in your womb, should be a very powerful incentive to start adopting the health benefits of a more natural, organic rich and healthy lifestyle!
Safe Skincare & Cosmetics Use During Pregnancy
Go simple and basic with your skincare, hair care, cosmetics and personal care products.
- Avoid synthetic chemicals and artificial colours and fragrances in all your beauty products. Read Synthetic Perfumes Making Us Sick.
- Avoid any makeup or skincare product that contains Nano-particle Technology. As the particles can be small enough to enter the bloodstream.
- Choose natural and organic skincare, hair care and cosmetics
- Use pure organic cold pressed coconut oil as a moisturiser, makeup remover and hair treatment. Read Uses For Raw Coconut Oil and Raw Coconut Oil Health Benefits And Uses.
- Where possible also choose unscented skin and hair care products and this includes those fragrances with pure essential oils.
- If your natural products contain essential oils, be sure to check what they are and whether they can be used safely during pregnancy.
- Some articles you may find helpful are Why Mineral Makeup Is Better Than Synthetic Makeup and Toxic Chemicals In Baby Personal Care Products & Choosing Safer Baby Skin Care this article applies to adult skin and hair care also.
- Also avoid aluminum deodorants.
Hair Colouring Safely While Pregnant
If you absolutely have to colour your hair while your pregnant, then opt to use safer, more natural based products,
- Try 100% pure henna and very importantly make sure you are in a very well ventilated area.
- If you are going to use synthetic hair dyes and bleaches, the the safest way to do this is to choose foil highlights or low-lights which avoids the product being applied directly onto your scalp, minimizing the skin to product contact.
- Make absolutely sure you are in a well ventilated area when visiting a salon, or colouring at home.
- Have a read of my article How To Colour Your Hair Naturally & Safely and Animal Testing & Toxic Ingredients In Hair Dyes. Learn How To Avoid Them
Safer Manicures While Pregnant.
The same goes for manicures, use safer nail polishes e.g Adorn Toxic Free Nail-polish and safer polish removal products such as Fresh Therapies.
Even when using these safer, cruelty free nail products, make sure you are in a well ventilated room.
If you go to a manicurist salon, again find one that uses safer nail products and that is also well ventilated, as it is the fumes that are inhaled and potentially harmful to both yourself and the foetus.
I advise you read this before making the decision while pregnant to get fake nails – Manicure Dangers, Shellac, Gel & Nail Polishes, What You Should First Know.
Safer Fake Tanning Alternatives For Pregnant Women.
If you really just have to have a fake tan when pregnant, then choose to rub on ‘a wash off’ all natural, essential oil free, mineral tanner,
Alternatively try using a loose 100% pure mineral bronzing powder such as Livinia Natural Bronzer mixed with a little all natural body lotion or body butter.
It is best to avoid fake tanning creams altogether, but if you must fake tan, then choose a natural and certified organic, self-tanning cream. ECO TAN is probably the safest option, but is does still contain an organic DHA. According to what research I could fins, it is the inhalation of DHA that is concerning the health experts and not the topical application via creams and lotions. See Solarium and Fake Tanning Risk And Dangers.
Safe Hair Removal Options In Pregnancy
I would advise while pregnant to remove your body hair by the following safe methods and avoid laser hair removal and electrolysis and cream hair removers.
- waxing with natural and essential oil free waxes.
- using an epilator.
Choosing Cruelty Free Products Even When Pregnant
Please choose to use certified cruelty free personal care products from companies that have been accredited and listed on the Cruelty Free List by Choose Cruelty Free or the Leaping Bunny List if your are in USA/UK/Europe. But be careful not to buy from a Leaping Bunny listed company that is owned by a parent company that still animal tested; e.g Body Shop now owned by L’Oreal.
You can not trust that a company may write on their products, or advertise that they are cruelty free, as any company can use clever loopholes to claim this, when in-fact they are still animal testing. See more in Cruelty Free Cosmetics, How To Be Sure Your Cosmetics Truly Are Not Being Tested On Animals.