Green Your Beauty Routine for Pregnancy!
By: Latham Thomas
Pregnancy is the perfect time to mix it up with your beauty regimen. Pregnant clients often ask me what beauty products they should be using to cut down on their chemical consumption. What passes through your skin can potentially pass through the blood-placental barrier to your baby, so it's worth cleansing your vanity cabinet and stocking up on high-quality products. If you are intending to get pregnant, this is an essential part of the process that so many women overlook. There are countless brands out there loaded with chemicals that aren't so great for you, and certainly not good for your baby. How do you know what is safe to use? Remember your skin is your largest organ, so you want to be keen on what's clean in your beauty routine. Here are my some of my suggestions for chemical-free beauty products that are good for your glow and safe for your baby -- and the planet.
Essential oil-infused Organic Shampoo -- Many shampoos on the market claim to enrich your hair and be "natural" but when you look at the ingredients, you're lucky if you can pronounce one of them. Grace Lee of Nine Naturals started her line of shampoo, conditioners and body wash to help women make an easy switch towards green products. It's beauty without compromise, formulated specifically for pregnant women, and it comes in exotic scents like Mandarin & Ginger made with all-organic ingredients. You want a shampoo that is free of sulphates, phthalates, parabens and DEA. To perk up your hair, try the Nine Naturals Citrus & Mint Shampoo, $18.00 www.ninenaturals.com
Omega Moisture Rich Skin Cream -- Dense creams help protect the skin from dryness and help maintain skin elasticity, often preventing stretch marks. A formula rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 will ensure your skin has the best fighting chance against pregnancy stretch marks. Try Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter, $35.00 www.MamaMio.com
Sulphate-Free Body Wash -- When washing your body, it's imperative not to dry out the skin and to use a gentle wash that maintains the skin's pH. Our favorite is Geranium Rose Luxury Skin Wash by Georgia by G & Company, a light-lathering, luxurious and refreshing all-over body wash. It's great for sensitive skin of all ages and anyone who prefers a gentle cleanse. It leaves skin with it's natural glow due to the rich organic oils of coconut, olive and jojoba. This body wash can double as a mild shampoo. Geranium Rose Luxury Skin Wash, $24.00 www.GeorgiaNY.com
Scrub it up!
Chemical Free Scrub -- The key to healthy elastic skin is to exfoliate, sweeping away the dull, itchy top skin layer and prompting cellular renewal in the lower layers where stretch marks occur. With the combination of natural ingredients, including shea butter and other nourishing essential oils, Basq Sugar Body Polish is made to penetrate deeply for intense skin fortification and elasticity. Sugar Body Polish, $26.00 www.BasqNYC.com
Botanical facial care -- You want a product line that makes your skin glow while fortifying it with nutrition and bio-actives to give you that glow! Botanical based products can work with the skin to produce amazing results. Tata Harper's line of facial skin care products delivers. Start the day with her regenerating cleanser and see the difference in your glow, you will blind people with your radiance. Regenerating Cleanser, $50.00 www.TataHarperSkincare.com
DHA-free bronzer -- With summer here you want a healthy-looking, even bronze tint to your skin. Spending too much time in the sun is a no-no and sunless tanner is off the list as well. Bronze it up with a mineral-based formula. Try Organic Infused Glow Bronzer, $26.00 www.AfterGlowCosmetics.com
Paraben & Petroleum free- Eyeliner -- The eyes are one of the most sensitive regions on the face and must be protected from allergens and harmful chemicals. If you still want to rock a sassy cat eye, no problem. Try Josie Maran's fragrance and paraben-free eyeliner. It's packed in sustainably-harvested wood and comes in black, brown and charcoal. $18.00 www.JosieMaranCosmetics.com
Paraben-Free Lip Gloss -- You can lick your lips they look soooo good. Well that's the idea. Most of the gloss we apply ends up not only on our mouths, but in our mouths to some degree. Burt's Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss coats your lips for ultimate moisture and shine. Castor seed, sunflower and sweet almond oils nourish and moisturize, softening and soothing your lips. Infused with citrus oils, this gloss has a hint of a freshly-squeezed flavor and leaves your pout with a beautiful sheen that screams kiss me! Super Glossy Lip Shine, $6.00 www.BurtsBees.com
Herbal lip moisture -- Lips need moisture and purity above all else and Lux delivers. Organic Jojoba oil nourishes and regenerates tired lips and restores a supple youthful appearance. Lux's lip-specific infusion contains antioxidant Helichrysum flower, anti-inflammatory Lemon Balm and restorative Organic Calendula flowers. This lip balm is the bomb! Lux Organic Lip Conditioner, $16.00 www.VapourBeauty.com
Non-toxic Nail Polish is DBP, toluene and formaldehyde-free. The nail salon used to be a toxic war zone, but now with water-based nail polishes in trendy colors, you can flaunt your fingers eco-style. Priti NYC Nail Polish is toxin-free and comes in a a kid's line as well, Priti in Pink Princess. Priti Nail polish, $12.50 www.PritiNYC.com
For more check out the recommendations below:
Learn: More about toxins in skin care products www.nomoredirtylooks.com- No More Dirty Looks
Read: Belli Beautiful: The Essential Guide to the Safest Health and Beauty Products for Pregnancy, Mom, and Baby, by Annette Rubin, Melissa Schweiger
Buy: To purchase organic and green beauty products visit- www.SpiritBeautyLounge.com Spirit Beauty Lounge
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