When expecting a baby, it's crucial to pay attention to the ingredients in your skincare routine. While some ingredients may be considered safe for most people, they can potentially have adverse effects on both the mother and the growing fetus during pregnancy or nursing.
Better be safe than sorry, here are 5 commonly used ingredients that you should avoid during pregnancy and that you will not find in any of the products we sell at DAGG:
- Retinoids, which are found in anti-aging creams and acne treatments, are known to tackle fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. However, as they are derived from vitamin A, they have been linked to birth defects and developmental issues. Fortunately, during pregnancy, there are clean and safe alternatives, such as hyaluronic acid, known for its hydration benefits, or niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3 that can even out skin tone and has anti-inflammatory properties. You can find these ingredients in our Hydra Serum and Everyday Face Cream from HONEY.
- Salicylic acid is a common ingredient in acne treatments and exfoliating products. It works by unclogging pores and can help to give you a clearer, smoother complexion. It is not recommended to use during pregnancy as a hight concentration may cause birth defects. As an alternative, you can use products that content tea tree oil, which has antibacterial properties that can help reduce inflammation and kill acne-causing bacteria. Our Refining Cleanser from LESSE is safe to use during pregnancy.
- Phthalates are often found in skincare. These chemicals enhance texture and flexibility. However, exposure to high levels of phthalates is not recommended for expectant and breastfeeding mothers as it may lead to health issues. Plant-based oils like coconut, jojoba, and avocado are safe alternatives during pregnancy and breastfeeding, while botanical extracts such as chamomile, lavender, and aloe vera provide nourishing benefits for the skin. Our Stretch Mark Balm from Sokind features these safe and natural ingredients.
- Propylene glycol is a synthetic organic compound used in many skincare products to help retain moisture. While considered safe in small amounts, high exposure may cause skin irritation and allergic reactions and concerns about its potential health risks during pregnancy. Safe alternatives are vegetable glycerin, honey, and aloe vera, which hydrate and moisturise without causing adverse effects, or shea butter, cocoa butter, and jojoba oil, which nourish and protect the skin while improving its texture and appearance. You can find these alternatives in our Mānuka Honey Mask from Activist.
- Essential oils can be found in various skincare products such as facial oils, serums, moisturisers, and body lotions. They are often used for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. However, some essential oils are not recommended during pregnancy while others are fine to use in small quantities, such as lavender and lemon. You can find these safe essential oils in Activist's Green Botanical Serum.