Cosmetics and Pregnancy: How to take care of yourself and your baby

Published : 09/01/2018 11:15:41
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Cosmetics and Pregnancy: How to take care of yourself and your baby

Pregnancy is a unique and precious moment which deserves attention.  During pregnancy, the future mother and her little inhabitant are vulnerable.  As such, drugs and cosmetic products must be closely analyzed for any potential health risks that could compromise the pregnancy.

Most chemical products present in the environment and on our skin are introduced in the bathroom.  Loaded with aggressive preservatives, endocrine disruptors, and heavy metals, cosmetic and hyiene products are not as innocuous as they seem.  As a precautionary measure, cosmetics and hygiene products which contain risky ingredients must be avoided during pregnancy.  Widely used potentially hazardous ingredients include MIT (methylisothiazolinone), parabens, phthalate, PEG, EDTA, triclosan, alcohol, sodium laureth sufate (SLES) and ammonium lauryl sufate (ALS).  Further, allergens should also be avoided.  The hormonal disorder brought on by pregnancy causes cutaneous hypersensitivity that could trigger allergies.  European cosmetic regulation enforces strict labelling of all allergens present in the formula, but this is not as strictly enforced in other parts of the world, including the US.

Choosing natural products

Natural and organic products should be the choice for hygiene and skincare.  However, natural does not mean harmless.  For example, essential oils are proscribed during pregnancy because they are suspected of being teratogenic.  This means that these compounds can harm the development of the embreyo or fetus, leading to potential birth defects and health complications for the newborn.  Also, certain natural ingredients contain harmful compounds, unlabbeled.  This is the case for CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic) substances present in some natural products (essential oil of rose, certain fragrances or plant extracts) and other traditional cosmetic products.

Choose the right deodorant

Deodorants are among the most controversial hygiene products on the market, mainly because they contain aluminum salt.  Here's the problem: during pregnancy, women sweat more than usual and odor becomes more prevalent.  How, then, does one go about choosing the right deodorant during this time of increased vulnerability and sensitivity?  Rule number one: banish all deodorants which contain essential oils, especially during the first quarter, because these could trigger a miscarriage.  Choose natural formulas that leverage floral water.  BIOSME offers natural deodorants, without the presence of aluminum salt and alcohol, which contains an allergen-free fragrance.  This deodorant prevents the formation of perspiration odors.  As with all of BIOSME's products, our deodorants are completely absent of CMR substances.

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