Pregnancy & Newborn magazine just ran a helpful article on what’s safe and what’s not during pregnancy when it comes to beauty treatments. Here’s a quick rundown:
Definitely NOT Safe:
- Laser Hair Removal
- Salicylic Acid (skin treatments)
- Retinoids (Vitamin A skin treatments)
- Dentist office teeth whitening
- Tanning Beds
Probably NOT Safe:
- Hair Coloring
- Hair perming/straightening
- At-home teeth whitening
- Self-tanners & spray tan
This information is based on commonly accepted medical studies and recommendations from OB’s. In my opinion, these beauty practices are also suspect for safety during pregnancy and otherwise:
- Polishing nails with conventional nail polishes. Instead, use something odorless and non-toxic, like Polished Mama products found at EuphoriaMaternity.com.
- Using perfumes (and air fresheners or candles) which utilize synthetic fragrances. Instead, choose products made only with pure essential oils.
- Using soaps, lotions, facial care products, shampoos, make-up, etc made with conventional harsh chemicals. If you haven’t already done so, check the products in your cabinets at www.CosmeticDatabase.com to see how they are graded on a scale of 1 to 10 for toxicity. For more info, click the “cosmetics” tag to the right.
- Frequenting smelly salons! If you smell fumes, you’re very likely to be inhaling potent toxins. Think twice about being present in a nail salon or hair salon that has a strong odor. If you get a headache from being there, take that as clear message that your body is under stress. Instead, search out eco-friendly salons or those that cater to pregnant women. Or, treat yourself at home with safe products.
- Applying chemical-based sunscreens. You don’t want to go there, mama! Choose one with active ingredients of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide ONLY. For more info, click the “sunscreen” tag to the right .