As much as we want to stay beautiful while pregnant, it is better to stay away (for now) from chemicals that can be found in beauty products. Here are some of themthat are said to be harmful to you and to the unborn baby.
Phthalates– also known as dibutyl phthalate (DBP), diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP). Usually found in nail/cuticle treatment, lipstick, fragrance and anti-aging products. They are actually plasticizers that add texture and luster to cosmetics, make the nail polish chip-resistant and fragrances to last longer or absorb into the skin better.
Parabens – also known as sodium methylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben that are found in moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, anti-aging products, sunscreen, toner/astringent and makeup. This chemical is used as preservatives to protect the beauty products from bacterial growth.
Toluene – also known as methylbenzene and are found in nail products. Toluene is an industrial solvent that can dissolve chemical substances that makes the application of nail polish smooth and stick to the nails.
Formaldehyde– is usually found in nail-strengthening and cuticle treatments, hair color/bleaching, styling gel/lotion. It is actually a preservative, disinfectant and hardener in cosmetic products.
P-phenylenediamine– also known as PPD, PPDA is a hair colorant found in hair color/bleaching, hairspray, shampoo and conditioner.
Oxybenzone – or benzophenone– is a chemical that absorbs ultraviolet light and are found in usually sunscreen products.
Lastly Fragrances – also known as perfume, parfum, cologne, scent and can be found almost in every beauty products from moisturizer, perfume, deodorant, lipstick to makeup. Fragrance is used in a product to make the smell appealing, hiding the unfriendly odors of chemicals used in the product.
Check out also if the product you are using contains lead acetate, methylisothiazolinone (MIT) and selenium, these are rare chemicals used in the beauty products nowadays but there’s no harm in checking them out too.
Switch to an all-natural and organic beauty products. But still don't be fooled by these words just because it says "all-natural" and "organic" doesn't mean it is safe to use during pregnancy. It is still best to read the label, research and ask your doctor. After all we are talking about our health and the health of the unborn child which are the most important. And always remember these words “better safe than sorry”.
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