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The Best Pregnancy-Safe Beauty Products

Mar 19 2013 - 3:16am

If you're pregnant, you're probably well accustomed to being told about things you can't do, foods you can't eat, and products you can't use [1]. That's the bad news. The good news is that for every "no," there's a solution, especially when it comes to your beauty regime. It just takes a little extra sleuth work — and that's what we're here for! Check out our best bets for pregnancy-safe beauty products.

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What to Avoid
Perfumes and body lotions containing phthalates [3] (or anything that has a very strong scent)

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Organic perfumes with all-natural ingredients are your safest bet. Look for formulas that are derived from organic botanical oils and avoid overpowering scents.

A Few to Try (clockwise from top)
Honore des Pres [4] ($145), Ayala Moriel Parfums [5] ($120), and Red Flower organic perfume [6] ($48–$186).

For Problem Skin

What to Avoid
Acne medications [7]

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Wash your skin with a gentle facial cleanser that contains no more than two percent salicylic acid (this information should be on the product packaging). If that doesn't do the trick, pay a visit to the dermatologist and ask for a safe topical solution.

For Nails

What to Avoid
Poorly ventilated nail salons and chemical-heavy polish and remover [8]

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Opt for chemical-free products like Zoya nail polish [9] ($8), which is free of toluene, formaldehyde, phthalates, and camphor, and Priti nontoxic soy nail polish remover [10] ($28). Both are perfect for at-home mani-pedis or bring them with you to your next appointment. If you're going to a salon or spa, just make sure that the space is well-ventilated and clean.

To Brighten Skin

What to Avoid
Skin-lightening products that contain hydroquinone or glutathione [11]

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One of the unfortunate side effects of pregnancy is melasma (or "pregnancy mask"). Characterized by a discoloration or darkening of the face, it often disappears on its own after the baby is born. In the meantime, you can try to cover it up with organic tinted moisturizers, foundations, and creams.

A Few to Try (left to right)
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer [12] ($12),
Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 Foundation [13] ($26), and Lavera Mattifying Balancing Cream [14] ($29).


What to Avoid
Self-tanner and spray tanning [15]

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While we don't recommend hours spent in direct sunlight, vitamin D in moderation will enhance your mom-to-be glow and is likely to improve your mood. Be sure to wear a strong, plant-based and paraben-free sunscreen, like Alba Botanica SPF 45 [16] ($11), use an umbrella or wear a hat, and avoid the hottest times of day (midafternoon).

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