During pregnancy, changes in hormones and nutrient needs will cause changes in our diet, medications and body, which is totally natural and normal! Most of us know to avoid eating undercooked or raw foods, and to not drink alcohol, but what about all our skin care and beauty related items?
Did you know exposures to certain ingredients in our skin care could be unsafe during pregnancy? To reduce the risk of birth defects, or complications during pregnancy it’s best to double-check the ingredients in our beauty and self-care routine.
First and foremost, there is no ABSOLUTE rule for what to CUT OUT during pregnancy. It all depends on how conservative you want to be. I know for most moms, with their first child, they tend to be super careful, and then afterward, they continue life as normal. It’s all up to you and what you’re comfortable with. For example, I still drink coffee every day, I still workout, I still eat deli sandwiches and I’ve had a salmon roll here or there. It all depends on what you are comfortable with.
What we are presenting here is for the most conservative and careful of moms. You are most likely not going to harm your baby if you use any of these ingredients once, but perhaps with repeated and most concentrated exposure, there could be some side effects. Additionally, be careful of where the research comes from, as many ingredients have not been extensively studied in pregnant women but have been instead studied in an internal form in mice. So take advice with a grain of salt! All Banish products are pregnancy safe for the most conservative of mamas to be.
Ingredients to Avoid During Pregnancy
Many common acne ingredients and treatments can be harmful during pregnancy
Acne ingredients to avoid during pregnancy are:
Personally, I have always been using Banish products since I started Banish, so I didn’t need to cut anything out! How convenient! Because I’m naturally allergic to anything with a lot of chemicals, I didn’t need to cut out or change much in my skincare and beauty routine. For skincare, I always have used Banish, which is convenient that I didn’t need to purchase a whole new line of products. For bodycare, I did stop using any lotion except for the Banish vitamin C creme mixed with Banish oil. For extensively dry parts on my body, I used the Fighter Gel. I do not get my hair colored, so I didn’t need to worry about that. If you do color your hair, try a more gentle solution or try henna. Ask your doctor what kind of hair coloring treatments are safe. The only new product I needed to incorporate was deodorant. Technically there hasn’t been any studies that prove deodorants will cause harm to the baby-but for a piece of my own mind, I switched to Jason Naturals and Lavanilla deodorant.
Banish products helped me with nausea and dizziness:
I use the All Clear Mint Cleanser twice a day, and this was a godsend when I had nausea. I would wash my face with cold water+All Clear Mint Cleanser and it made me feel less dizzy and nauseous.
Banish products helped with dry skin and stretch marks:
Then I noticed my skin becoming drier, so I would use the Banish Oil, Vitamin C Creme, and Banish Elixir regularly on my face. I would also spray the elixir on my face while working, to keep my skin extra hydrated. I also would mix all three products and use them on my belly area after a shower to keep my tummy hydrated and to prevent stretch marks. Vitamin C is perfectly safe to use during pregnancy, and I need all the collagen building help I can get!
Banish products helped with pregnancy melasma and pimples:
I also noticed my skin started developing melasma (red patches) and some small bump like pimples. Nothing super cystic though. I used the activated charcoal clay masque mixed with the elixir to clear out any congestion in the skin.
Banish Fighter Gel helped with Eczema:
I’ve had eczema in the past two years, but it got significantly worse during pregnancy. Some people say it’s a sign of pregnancy! I use the Banish Fighter Gel once in the morning and one time before I go to bed to prevent itching and inflammation. The antiseptic properties of the fighter gel helped with all the cuts and scabs from the scratching.
Check the list of ingredients to stop using during pregnancy and read your labels to see if you need to put a hiatus on them.