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How to Maintain a Beauty Regime During Your Pregnancy
Do not believe what you see; just because the natural product's label says 'organic' does not mean the product actually is. Be an educated consumer; if the product is made in the USA, look for the little green 'USDA Certified Organic' symbol. If you are outside of the USA, find out what the organic certification symbol is for your specific country or order from a country that has a reputable symbol that signifies the highest organic certification standards.
Can I Use My Same Beauty Products During Pregnancy?
Most women are not aware of the chemicals in their cosmetics or just don't care until its too late. For this reason, it is important to pay more attention to the ingredients in your products rather than which products that model in the most recent issue of 'In Style' is wearing because:
- She is likely not pregnant, therefore she is not affecting anyone but herself.
- She probably does not know the affects of that product on her health.
You, on the other hand, are going to be more aware of what you are putting on your skin because if you want to give birth to the healthiest baby possible, you have to take the precautions necessary and know that everything you do, eat and use will affect your unborn child. So is it necessary to do an entire product overhaul? This depends; are the products you can't live without for nine months toxic, or not? Read on to find out.
The Marketing Secret Every Woman Should Know--Especially If You're Pregnant
Before you throw out half of the products in your bathroom and before I recommend any organic products to you, it is important to know how health supplement and 'organic' cosmetics companies continue to deceive consumers and gain billions of dollars from consumer ignorance.
Products that are not labeled 'USDA Certified Organic' can be contaminated with pesticides, chemicals and hazardous ingredients that are toxic for you and your baby.
You will notice some beauty and bath products are a certain percentage 'organic,' or not certified organic at all. For these products, it is a good idea to run it by Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Website to view safety information.
What Makeup Is Safe To Wear During Pregnancy?
Here are the pregnancy safe cosmetics that I know of that sell primarily organic, paraben-free and chemical-free cosmetics and skincare.
Vapour Beauty (you can sample almost any 5 products for $15, then receive $10 coupon code for a full-size product!)
Good Deals On Natural Skincare Products With High Ratings!!!
Reading some of these reviews is making me want to buy some! Ten bucks for a pack of six!?? Too good to pass up for the cold winter months!
Can I Use Nail Polish During Pregnancy?
The effects of getting your nails done every few weeks during pregnancy are not documented, but there was a study done in North Carolina that found an increase in spontaneous abortions for women who worked as full-time cosmetologists. These women were using cleansers and products that contained formaldehyde and were likely inhaling the chemicals of nail sculpting processes.
If you must get your nails done, do your baby a favor; use no nail polish. Instead, use a nail care buffer that makes your nails shine without any polish or chemicals. One such brand I know of is Obey Your Body. Yes, the buffer is pricey (usually about $30) but so worth every penny; it makes your nails shine like you are wearing clear nail polish!
Obey Your Body Nail Kits With Buffer Deals!
Is It Safe To Self-Tan While Pregnant?
No, there are no safe self-tanners while pregnant.
The worst thing you could possibly do is get a spray-on tan; sure, the FDA may have approved the chemical ingredients for lotions and topical use but the likely risks and safety hazards of inhaling those micro drops of self-tanner as you get sprayed is still unknown.
The chemical that causes your skin to tan when you go to get a spray tan or even use a mousse or lotion is called Dihydroxyacetone, also known as DHA. This ingredient is mutagenic to DNA and can definitely be toxic to your unborn baby.
Don't Use Fragrances Unless They're Organic Essential Oils
Most women have no idea of the consequences of using fragrances over long periods of time, let alone using perfumes while pregnant. Inhaling pthalates, 'aldehydes' and neurotoxins are not just carcinogenic and toxic, but can actually change your DNA, just like the ingredient in self-tanners and are known to cause reproductive damage and possibly even spontaneous abortion.
Give those perfumes away for the next nine months and stick to lotions and creams fragranced with organic essential oils or nothing at all.
Do It Yourself (DIY) Products
DIY skin moisturizer, DIY body scrubs and DIY face moisturizer are just a few of the many homemade skincare products you can create at home. Pinterest, the social networking site which allows you to 'pin' things you like onto your own virtual bulletin board, has made DIY face products and even DIY cosmetics hugely popular for people looking to save money and looking to find natural skincare.