Going through 9 months of pregnancy is a completely life-changing experience. It’s not exactly a picnic, either; you’ll find that each month seemingly brings more restrictions and no-nos than the last, compared to the number of things that are actually allowed for you!
However, when it comes to feeling good about yourself and sporting that pregnancy glow, beauty and skincare don’t have to take a backseat. Thanks to science, you can look up the ingredients that you should avoid and find alternatives for your pregnancy skincare needs.
Researching what skincare products you can and can’t use while pregnant can get overwhelming, so here’s a quick breakdown:
FOR FINE LINES AND AGING
Your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy and one of those is the appearance of fine lines and signs of aging. But, don’t reach for that anti-aging skincare cream and treatment just yet! A lot of these products contain different forms of Vitamin A called retinoids, which are often great for helping improve skin by promoting collagen production and cell turnover. However, for moms-to-be, this is a big no-no, as retinoids pose the risk of birth defects and liver toxicity in developing babies.
You can usually find these ingredients listed as tazarotene, isotretinoin, retinyl palmitate, adapalene, retinaldehyde, tretinoin, and retinoic acid.