Pregnancy can be one of the most precious times in your life. You are instantly in love, and want to all that you can to ensure your little bundle arrives safe and well. Diet and exercise play their rolls in this, and we do all that we can to avoid anything that may bring harm, but did you know that there can be hidden dangers in your skincare? Certain ingredients should be avoided while pregnant and some more commonly used than you think. Keep reading to find out 3 ingredients that you should take a mental red flag towards.


One of our go to anti ageing ingredients that will have to take its place on your shelf while pregnant, and best stay there until you are no longer breastfeeding. Evidence suggests prescription retinoids like accutane pose a risk of birth defects, however plenty of over the counter products also contain different forms of Vitamin A like retinol and retinyl palmitate so always best to ask if you are not sure. Try a natural retinol alternative instead such as Saya Renew Serum. A dreamy oil-based antioxidant facial serum that will refine and renew your skin! It will soften the appearance of ageing, promote collagen and stimulate skin cell renewal. Notice a visible improvement of hyperpigmentation, signs of ageing and scarring. Formulated with a blend of 15 botanicals that work in synergy to hydrate, rejuvenate and protect the skin. Bakuchiol, a natural retinol alternative, and Kakadu Plum to renew and brighten the skin, as well as the following incredible botanicalto provide protection, balance and hydration.

Chemical Sunscreens

As scary as it is, some sunscreens contain ingredients such as oxybenzone or avobenzone that are possible hormone disruptors. These can interfere with bubby’s nervous system development. Sun protection is still very important, so don’t ditch sunscreen all together. Instead opt for a physical or natural option instead. We love the Eco by Sonya Natural Rosehip sunscreen. Suitable to use on the face and body will give you the protection you are needing without the absorption of all the nasties. This one is even perfect to use on your little darling when he or she arrives.


Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate

If you are expecting, now is the time to switch to simple deodorants or natural alternatives. Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate which is found in antiperspirants, affects the cells that produce sweat and is not recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding as it can pass through your skin and into the bloodstream. Chemical deodorants also contain parabens which are preservatives that have been linked to birth defects. Switching to a natural, aluminium free deodorant can take a little getting used to, and can sometimes take a little time to find the right one to suit you. Be patient, as it will be beneficial for both you and for your little one. We love the Salt & Stone natural deodorants. Available in a variety of scents, this is A natural deodorant formulated without baking soda for all skin types. This clear formula glides on completely residue free, leaving no stains. Hyaluronic Acid conditions and moisturizes the skin while probiotics help neutralize odour.

The best thing to do, is to keep it simple, think natural, and be kind to yourself. Unfortunately cutting everything out of our lives that is said to be “unsafe” is impossible, because lets face it… the list seems to grow so often, but all we can do is to try our best, and try to educate our selves to increase awareness. Every nasty ingredient that you avoid, is one ingredient that will not cause harm to your baby. Well done Mumma. x


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