For starters, pregnant or not, let’s just sit back and think for a moment of all the ingredients that are part of our daily beauty routine, just like the foods and meds we consume, beauty cosmetics are other things we topically consume.. They have labels as well, try inspecting them, you will find yourself trying to desperately decode and decipher the multiple chemical formulas and it will shock the heck out of you..!
Today will be an eye-opener, considering the tens of products we personally use everyday, the pregnant woman should be extra cautious of what she exposes her body to.. There are potentially toxic chemicals hiding in shampoos, body lotions, makeup, skincare products with multiple risks and hazardous effects to the life that she’s growing inside of her..Pregnancy is a period when a woman should be particularly careful, as some of the toxic chemicals can have significant and long-lasting effects on reproductive health. Problems can include infertility, low birth weight, and preterm birth.
If you’re expecting don’t worry, you won’t have to go cosmetics-free for nine months, here is a list of the ingredients you should steer away from, and an explanation of why they are potentially harmful.. Join us and start reading your labels yummy mommies!
1 || Parabens
Commonly found in: body lotion, shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, foundation, and pomade. The most significant concern about parabens is their ability to mimic estrogen, a hormone responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics.
2 || Phthalates (Fragrance/Parfum)
Commonly found in: nail polish, synthetic fragrance, and hairspray. Phthalates can interfere with our bodies’ normal hormone functions as well. Often they’re hiding under the innocent-sounding “fragrance/parfum” written on your ingredient list, though. All you need to do is go for fragrance free labeled products..
3 || Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA)
Commonly found in: mascara, hair dyes, foundation, fragrances, sunscreens, pharmaceuticals, shampoo, and lotion. Ethanolamines, which often show up on labels as MEA, DEA, TEA, triethanolamine, or diethanolamine, may be linked to organ system toxicity and some cancers.
4 || BHA and BHT
Commonly found in: eye shadow, lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, blush, and face powder. These chemicals are used as preservatives in cosmetics and can act as hormone disruptors. There’s evidence that they could lead to developmental problems, making pregnant women and infants especially vulnerable.
5 || Retinyl Palmitate and Retinol (Vitamin A)
Commonly found in: moisturizers and anti-aging skin care. Retinoids are a type of vitamin A that prevents skin collagen from breaking down, thus making them a popular anti-aging tool. But consuming high doses of vitamin A during pregnancy has been shown to possibly cause birth defects, leaving doctors to recommend women avoid these products during pregnancy. Some oral retinoids, like the prescription acne medication Accutane, are known to be very dangerous for the fetus and should only be taken when you’re not pregnant or planning to be.
6 || Oxybenzone
Commonly found in: sunscreen, moisturizer, and aftershave. Oxybenzone can act like estrogen in the body, and it’s been shown to alter sperm production in animals. It is also associated with endometriosis and allergic reactions. The skin absorbs oxybenzone in significant amounts when we use sunscreen that contains it.
7 || Triclosan
Commonly found in: shaving cream, antibacterial liquid soap, soap bars, and toothpaste. This is a major watch out for pregnant women as there is strong evidence that this chemical is an endocrine disruptor that can cause hormonal imbalances resulting in everything from birth defects to cancer.
8 || Hydroquinone or Glutathione
Commonly found in: skin-lightening creams. Compared to many others chemicals, our skin easily absorbs these, making it best to minimize exposure during pregnancy. It’s best to avoid skin-lightening creams altogether while pregnant. Instead, be sure to wear a safe sunscreen to protect yourself from any sun damage or pregnancy-related skin discoloration.
9 || Diazolidinyl Urea (Formaldehyde)
Commonly found in: sunscreen, lotion, conditioner, and shampoo. This is a commonly used preservative that releases formaldehyde into products. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen. This ingredient is known an “in situ” reaction, meaning the original chemical turns in to something else once it’s in the formula. So be warned: formaldehyde won’t appear on the ingredient list, but diazolidinyl urea will.
10 || 1,4-Dioxane (PEG or Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
Commonly found in: bubble bath, shampoo, liquid soap, and hair relaxers. 1,4-dioxane is classified as a probable human carcinogen according to the International Agency on Research for Cancer. But you won’t find it on any ingredient list because this chemical is the byproduct of the process that is used to make certain types of surfactants, such as sodium laureth sulfate, and is considered an incidental ingredient not requiring ingredient disclosure.