Beauty products to avoid during pregnancy
During pregnancy one should be cautious while using cosmetics and beauty care products containing chemicals that might harm your baby in different ways. Even though the cosmetics could be safe on a normal female but the chemicals might have dangerous side effects on a pregnancy.
The chemicals contained in creams, lotions and shampoos show gradual effects that become evident in the long run. The side effects associated with usage of beauty products might not be experienced immediately and thus one continues to use skin care products that will hamper growth of you baby. One such product is acutane, a key ingredient of acne creams that causes birth defects in the baby. The following products should be avoided under all circumstances by a pregnant.
1. Retinol creams Skin care products containing retinoid affect the health of an unborn child. The effects are fairly severe if expecting moms are exposed to oral retinoid. It can cause birth defects in a baby.
2. Paraben lotions-paraben is added as preservative to a wide range of beauty products to protects bacterial, fungal and mold growth on creams, shampoos, sunscreens, astringents and different types of body lotions. Paraben is not safe as it causes disruption in reproductive hormones.
While performing pedicures and manicures, extensive use of stain removers and alcoholic cleansers is a common practice. Nail paint removers contain acetone and ethanol that release fumes when used. These fumes, when inhaled by expecting mothers, can affect development of fetus.
There are many more products that are harmful during pregnancy. Phthalate and dibutyl phthalate are present in nail polishes, hair removing lotions, deodorants, body sprays, etc. Phthalates when absorbed by body also hamper fetal growth.
It’s suggested not to change beauty products frequently as your skin gets suited to the specific types of ingredients present in the product.