Baby-Proofing Beauty: What to Look For & What to Avoid

BY Sam Pick · March 11, 2016

When the gorgeous Annette Vartanian of A Vintage Splendor found out she was pregnant, she thought that giving up her wine and high-waist jeans were going to be the toughest things to adapt to. She was slightly off. In addition to a list of foods, beverages and activities she was told to avoid, her doctor provided her with a list of ingredients she should skip throughout the course of her pregnancy. This prompted Annette to rethink her beauty regimen and find those all-natural alternatives that would be effective for her skin and nontoxic to the baby. As I’m sure every mother would attest, great skin is important, but a healthy and happy baby comes first. Watch her video below to learn the 6 products every mom-to-be should have in their beauty arsenal.

Her 6 Must-Haves:


1. Complexion Correction

Her Pick: Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads

Developed for sensitive, normal to oily and problem skin types, these easy to use pads glide easily over the surface of the skin, removing oil, makeup, dead skin cells and pollutants without causing irritation.

“These pads are incredibly effective at preventing and healing acne without stripping my skin of its natural moisture. They do this using the power of glycolic acid, rather than the harsh benzoyl peroxide. I feel comfortable using these pads daily to treat my skin, and I don’t have to worry about them causing dryness, itchiness or other reactions.”

2. Body Butter

Her Pick: Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter 

Deeply moisturizes stretching skin to prevent stretch marks on a growing natal belly. Shea butter nourishes and locks in moisture to restore the skin’s appearance, while sweet almond oil provides relief from inflammation, redness and itching.

“This rub butter is like a mini spa treatment at home for me. Every morning and night I rub it in to prevent stretch marks and soothe itchiness from my stretching skin. This may sound crazy, but I envision that I’m at the spa as I apply this rub butter. It’s such a rich moisturizer, and the smell just helps me transcend into total anxiety-free zone.”

3. Sunscreen

Her Pick: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray

A fast-absorbing formula that provides a high UVA and UVB protection to prevent sunburn and skin damage. Its lightweight texture leaves a silky finish on your skin and is ideal for all skin types.

“This is an effective sunscreen formulated without parabens or fragrances, which is so important to me in a product. The sunscreen protects my skin, which is important during and after pregnancy, and since it’s formulated without synthetic chemicals or perfumes, I feel safe applying it throughout the day when I’m in the sun.”

4. Concealer

Her Pick: Tarte Cosmetics Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector – Light-Medium 

Rich in nourishing vitamins and minerals, this corrector targets and minimizes the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and other imperfections for a radiant tone and even-looking texture.

“Finally, a corrector that’s super creamy and works everywhere on my face. It helps me fake a good night’s sleep, plus works great to cover blemishes and red spots. I love Tarte Cosmetics because their products have zero parabens, sulfates, phthalates and other chemicals I can barely pronounce! Much like nutritionists recommend to not eat foods that have ingredients you can’t pronounce, avoid products that have ingredients you can’t pronounce.”

5. Foundation

Her Pick: bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation – Bare Natural

Pairs the coverage of a liquid foundation with the benefits of a vitamin C serum and sunscreen. Known for creating a “no-makeup” look, this serum foundation sets to a silky, natural finish that seamlessly covers and improves imperfections.

“This serum foundation gives me that perfect dewy skin without looking like I’m wearing any makeup. Now that’s a win! Similar to Tarte, this foundation is free of any nasty chemicals, so I know it’s a great product for my baby and me.”

6. Anti-Aging Treatment

Her Pick: Sunday Riley Good Genes

Repairs and helps prevent the visible signs of aging while promoting a brighter, more even complexion. NV-5 Ageless Complex reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving facial micro-circulation.

“Truly a magic potion in a bottle. I never thought I could battle wrinkles, uneven skin tone, acne and other skin dilemmas with one product and without retinoids. This product is strong, but it doesn’t beat up my skin, and—most importantly—it’s not harmful to my baby.”

Sam Pick

Sam Pick is the Social Media Specialist behind DermStore. Joining the team as a Copywriter back in 2012 after working for various online fashion and entertainment publications, Sam has nestled into his new role by helping expand the social voice and... Read More >

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