A safe and healthy environment for your baby begins inside the womb and stems from the food you eat to the supplements you take. While it’s common knowledge to ditch the raw sushi rolls or your favorite skinny margarita, it’s important to pay attention to what you’re applying ON your body, too.
Believe it or not, our skin is the largest organ in our body. The products we use can absorb into our bloodstream, and if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, the ingredients go to your baby.
A number of studies from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have shown that common chemicals in everyday personal care products, such as shampoo, makeup, and moisturizers, are associated with developmental, reproductive and behavioral disorders, hormone disruption, and cancer.
Don’t worry, this information isn’t to scare or overwhelm you. Rather, it’s the perfect chance to detoxify your beauty stash by checking the labels. That’s one of the first things I do when working with women, before and during pregnancy. I look for the following “no-no” ingredients and give their routine a revamp:
- Retinyl palmitate and Retinol
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
- BHA and BHT
- Oxybenzone Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA)
- Diazolidinyl urea
- Hydroquinone or glutathione
TIP: Another option is to download an app called, Think Dirty. It’s the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. Just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product and its ingredients.
If your favorite beauty product includes an unsafe ingredient, I have good news. Luckily, the switch to a clean routine is easier than ever! Over the next month, I’ll be sharing my favorite clean beauty products (makeup, skincare, and haircare) from brands you can trust.
To begin, let’s talk makeup! If morning sickness or exhaustion is getting you down, these products bring the glow factor in a way you’ll feel good about. I’ve given these suggestions to the women I work with and they LOVE them. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with a little retail therapy. Treat yourself, mama!
Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20 provides lightweight, sheer hydration that evens skin tone while protecting the skin from sun damage. Black currant, peony flower root extract, and vitamin C reduce the appearance of age spots and enhance skin brightness, while sodium hyaluronate promotes firmer, smoother-looking skin.
The Soft Focus liquid formula is designed to balance normal, sensitive and combination skin types, while instantly providing a naturally soft, satin finish. This breakthrough formula includes brightening Camellia and Vapour’s proprietary Herbal Enlightenment Complex of Frankincense, Tulsi, and Lotus to help soothe, calm and protect.
Formulated to reveal and enhance healthier looking skin, not just cover it up. Completely lightweight and hydrating to the skin, the “un” cover-up will reveal more youthful and radiant skin. Minimizes the appearance of pores and rejuvenates the skin
Hide dark circles, redness, and other imperfections with the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen. Plus, the click-pen and brush applicator make it easy to apply just the right amount, even on the go. Formulated with knotgrass extract, the concealer helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and photoaging, so skin looks firmer, brighter, and instantly more even.
Ultra-fine loose powder provides sheer, luminous coverage, setting and perfecting makeup as it evens skin tone. Plant-derived Phyto-Pigments disguise imperfections without emphasizing lines. Contains the Juice Beauty exclusive Moisture Powder Blend (glycerin, betaine, and phospholipids) to increase skin hydration and the Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS exclusive blend of rose and purple carrot.
With natural sun protection and a hint of luminosity, this flow-through and refillable component is well-loved as a convenient way to reset makeup and reapply SPF all year long.
This formula is the ultimate illuminator for creating a sensuous, sheer, luminous glow.
The rich creamy organic formula has a satin, smooth, weightless texture – free from all harsh, artificial chemicals and petroleum. So there’s no heavy, greasy film and no creasing, including proprietary organic green tea, olive and aloe formula heals and renews skin.
Stunning fresh-from-the-beach bronzing without risking harmful effects from the sun. Solar’s lush formula is infused with antioxidants including Pomegranate, Green Tea, and Açaí Berry, for natural protection.
Works as a bronzer for lighter skin tones and as a beautiful highlighter for darker skin tones. Can also be used to add natural contour to the cheeks. Created with a reddish undertone, Lustrous brings rich color and contour to sun-kissed summer skin.
An ultra sheer, glowing, cream bronzer without the orange, without the pink and without the grey giving just the right amount of warm, sun-kissed skin. Works on all skin tones and doubles as a luminizer for darker skin tones.
A sheer and natural-looking color that’s great for lips and cheeks.
Delivers the perfect pop of color and a plump, youthful look to lips and cheeks.
A spectrum of bold, stunningly versatile multi-use shades that can be worn on any part of the face. Apply to the cheeks, lips, and eyes by blending out for a sheer wash, or build up to create bold color.
ILIA Lipstick Crayon is packed with healing oils of Coconut, Sesame and Cranberry Seed.
This silky-smooth formula is lightweight yet ultra-moisturizing for the perfect mix of sheer color and polished sheen. Every shade was color-tested to ensure that each hue complements all skin tones.
Organic Manuka honey and myrrh extract are the ancient healers in this powerful lip treatment, which can soothe even cracked lips in a day or two. Also suitable for use around (and even in) the nose if needed for damaged skin. Healing lanolin has staying power to keep this balm in place all night long.
A signature favorite, the nourishing Erbaviva Organic Lip & Cheek Balm is a go-to healing balm for dry and chapped lips, cheeks, and hands. Glide on an abundance of good with rich shea butter to emolliate skin and organic essential oils of lavender and chamomile to calm and soothe. Calendula and rosemary extracts infuse the balm with natural antioxidants and healing properties.
This balm includes raw food-grade coconut oil (provides protection from the elements), cold pressed avocado oil (reduces the appearance of surface irritation while promoting healthy-looking, glowing skin), and lavender and mint essential oil (calms and creates a subtly refreshing tingling sensation)
A veil of sheer metallic hues that gives these unique shadows a glowing, light-reflective finish.
Eyeshadow palette featuring 6 shades of natural color for day and night. Made with chamomile, traditionally known for its calming and soothing properties, ideal for sensitive eyes.
Cream eyeshadow in mechanical form glides on effortlessly for a velvety wash of metallic color.
Made with natural fibers, this advanced formula creates fuller, more dramatic-looking lashes. The hourglass brush curls, separates, and plumps for high-drama glam. Cleaner, plant-derived ingredients like carnauba wax and rice bran wax replace harmful emollients while bataua oil helps soften lashes.
A highly-pigmented, high-performance mascara that defines and enhances lashes beautifully. Provitamin B5, Jojoba oil, and natural beeswax nourish and condition, leaving lashes healthy and lush. The rubber-bristled wand defines and separates so lashes stay clump-free.
Antioxidant-rich formula colored with intense plant-derived Phyto-Pigments stays soft and creamy for effortless blending. Its soft tip with excellent glide-on action defines the contour of your eyes and achieves a variety of effects, from a subtle yet precise look to a bolder, more dramatic definition.
These pencils contain rosemary leaf extract, a natural antioxidant, and sunflower oil, which gives them a creamy, emollient feel. The result is a smooth, stay-put formula that glides on gently and seamlessly. Plus, every pencil features a smudge tip so you can easily blend any line.
Promotes the growth of your brows while adding definition and color. A dual-ended brush is included.
Sweat-proof and water-resistant. Use as a brow groomer for extra shape and definition for a sleek natural look.
Nail Polish + Salons:
All tenoverten nail polish and nail care is rid of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), making them 8-free.
A unique mix of neutrals, brights, deeps, and metallics, tenoverten polishes are designed to be smooth and streak-free, allowing for easy application at-home or in the salon. Each tenoverten polish is named after a street in Downtown Manhattan and embodies the essence of the unique neighborhoods that inspire them. In addition to polish, tenoverten offers nail care products that provide a more natural alternative to traditional treatments.
Côte founders Mary Lennon and Leah Yari created Côte to provide a safe, transparent, quality product and an elegant nail care experience that could be shared with their families and friends without worry. They set out to take the “toxins” out of the nail treatment experience; from the shop environment to the technician/guest interaction, to the actual products themselves. With that in mind, all of Côte’s polishes are created free of the major toxins and allergens that are often associated with nail polish: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, camphor, formaldehyde resin, TPHP, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, parabens, and gluten.
Next up on the blog, I’ll be sharing my SKINCARE faves for pregnancy! Stay tuned!