When you’re pregnant, it’s even more important to be conscious of what you’re putting in your body. We understand that you need to mask the breakouts and dark spots that comes along with being pregnant. But before you start using your usual products or performing your usual routine, experts shared some beauty tips that’ll ensure your healthy pregnancy.
- Avoid Using Any Form of Retinoids. While retinoids work wonders in treating acne, wrinkles and stretch marks, experts suggest ditching them during your pregnancy period as it can cause birth defects when taken orally. Although the retinoids in oral form (isotretinoin) are the only ones guaranteed to have such effect, it’d be better to avoid its topical form during your pregnancy period as well.
- Limit Your Salicylic Acid Usage. Salicylic acid is another ingredient used to treat acne, as it aids in sloughing off the dead skin cells that clogs the pores. If taken orally during pregnancy, however, it can cause some complications and birth defects. But if you’re breaking out like crazy, try using glycolic acid as an alternative treatment as it is completely harmless to use during pregnancy and is considered a gold standard in chemical exfoliation as well.
- Ditch Self-Tanners. A huge fan of self-tanning products? Sad to say, you need to ditch it for the meantime as some spray tans contain ingredients that can cause some pregnancy complications. If you still plan on using self-tanning products, experts suggest that you carefully review the product’s label and drop those that contain any known carcinogens.
- Be Extra Cautious When Getting Waxed. Although considered safe to receive during pregnancy, waxing can cause infections or ingrown hairs when not done properly. So make sure that the salon you’re visiting doesn’t double-dip in the wax and is sanitary.
- Skip Any Injectables. While fillers can be safe to have if done by a trained professional, no studies have still proven that it’s safe to receive during pregnancy. So be smart enough to re-schedule your treatment after your baby is born.
Having a healthy pregnancy isn’t just about sticking to a healthy diet and workout routine, it’s also about knowing what beauty habits to stop doing while you’re in such stage. So be a smart pregnant woman and ditch these beauty habits for the meantime to ensure not just your safety, but your baby’s as well.