Considering the seasoned beauty junkie you are (or were), things might have changed when you found out you were pregnant. This marks a time when even the most devoted beauty addict has to slow down and take stock of what she puts on her skin, because what’s okay for mom might not be best for baby. The careful consideration that goes into choosing a product doesn’t end with childbirth. A newborn’s delicate skin requires the gentlest of products and ingredients.
During a sensitive time like pregnancy, it pays to scrutinize your favorite brand’s ingredients or change your staples altogether. Dr. Fayne Frey, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of FryFace, advises that products containing “Vitamin A derivatives, like tretinoin (a prescription product) and its relatives, like retinol and retinaldehyde (found in over-the-counter products) should be avoided as they are known teratogens” (implicated in birth defects).
“Avoiding self-tanners while pregnant is also advised as DHA (dihydroxyacetone), the ingredient used in these products, is usually aerosolized and may find its way into the maternal bloodstream by being inhaled,” Dr. Frey says.
Don’t hastily rely on the tricks of old practices. For instance, talcum powder was used to keep baby bottoms dry for generations, but has been revealed to be unsafe. “There have been some studies (that show that) talc powder can be breathed in through the lungs,” says New Jersey-based ob-gyn Dr. Fares Diarbakerli MD, FACOG.
On the market for safe baby and mom skin care products? Count on these reliable brands for the needs of both mom and your little one.
This all-natural brand, co-founded by Jessica Alba, promises to lay it straight: no toxic chemicals or compromises when it comes to creating safe and natural products. Organic ingredients like argan oil, jojoba, shea butter and quinoa proteins in their Conditioning Detangler help you make the most out of the lushness that pregnancy hormones give your hair. A must-have item among new moms, breastfeeding soreness is soothed with their Organic Nipple Balm, made with ingredients safe enough for babies to ingest.
Mustela is a trusted French brand with an impressive range of products. The Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream, which is a five-star-rated product on Dermstore, provides relief and healing for babies with eczema. Their Newborn Set, another highly rated item, contains bestsellers such as the Physiobébé No-Rinse Cleansing Fluid and a gentle Foaming Shampoo for Newborns, making it the perfect gift for any discerning mom.
This organic, vegan line provides great sun protection for babies and kids with sensitive skin. Fortified with titanium dioxide, the Super Sensitive Broad Spectrum SPF 30 physically blocks harmful rays, but does not penetrate into the skin. Its paraben-free formula makes the Light and Happy Aromatherapy Bubble Bath an enjoyable and safe soak for a stressed-out and expectant mom.
Pediatrician- and dermatologist-tested, Noodle and Boo products feature the finest ingredients that are certified hypoallergenic. The Perfecting Crème keeps stretch marks at bay and makes your skin feel soft as your baby’s. Enriched with aloe, the Ultimate Ointment is perfect for combating the three common skin conditions that afflict young babies: cradle cap, diaper rash and eczema.
Weleda is a dream come true for those trying to steer away from synthetic fragrances and chemicals, as well as animal testing. Pregnant moms can relish in all-natural, plant-based conditioners, shampoos and hair treatments such as the Oat Replenishing Treatment, which is a heaven-sent when you’re trying to avoid harsh salon treatments. A Dermstore bestseller, the Citrus Deodorant naturally detoxifies and refreshes your skin. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to be primitive!
Founded by moms who wanted to create a safe and professional collection of hair, bath and body products for children, each item in this collection features botanical extracts and nourishing ingredients. With mouthwatering scents such as pineapple, blueberry, coconut and raspberry, we simply can’t get enough of their natural shampoos, conditioners and detangler!
Formulated with natural oils and antioxidant-rich plant extracts, basq NYC is a luxury line that ensures safety and reliability for moms and babies. When the big day finally arrives, don’t forget to pack the Oh Baby! Mama Must Haves Hospital Set. It contains everything your skin needs to get back to its best after the most important event of your life. The Cucumber Tea Gel Bright Eyes will be your best friend during those sleepless nights ahead.
Crafted without parabens or synthetic fragrances, this skin care line was especially made for your skin after having a baby. The Gorgeous Glow Facial Wash, which gently yet effectively cleanses, is a must-have addition to incorporate into your beauty routine. A favorite among expecting moms, the Pregnancy Boob Tube is an olive oil-infused concoction that promises to firm up the bust during and after pregnancy.
Approved and recommended by OB-GYNs during pregnancy, Belli’s products steer clear of artificial fragrances and phthalates. When a pesky zit appears and reaching for the salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide is out of the question, the Acne Control Spot Treatment, made with chamomile and tea tree oil, will save the day. Gentle enough for nourishing you from head to toe, the Clearly Coconut Oil is purity in a bottle—an all-around salve for your skin and hair.
A top choice among hospitals and birthing centers across the United States and Canada, Babytime by Episencial features a line of safe skin care products fortified with green technology, made especially for pregnant women and children with hyperactive skin. Great for touch therapy for your new baby, the Massage Serum also works to reduce inflammation and tame your stretch marks.