When you’re pregnant you are eating for two, sleeping, for two, and breathing for two. This is why it is so important for expecting mothers to address their diet and routine. What many don’t realize is that it is also important to change what you put on your hair and skin. Your skin absorbs between 60-70% of what is put on it, and it is the largest organ in the human body. That means it is possible to poison the body simply by placing a chemical on the skin. A deadly and quite common ingredient in hair color, paraphenylenediamine (PPD), has been responsible for countless deaths all across the world and life-threatening, permanent allergies. The dangers in these chemical combinations is why it is important to always take your skincare and hair care products seriously, even when not pregnant. However, it is doubly so when you are.
The following is a list of common chemicals that are found in every day health and beauty products but most be avoided at all costs when pregnant:
- Formaldehyde—this is found in hair straightening products, nail polishes, and in false eyelash glues, and contains carcinogens, meaning they are bad for baby AND you
- Ammonia—ammonia is found in almost every permanent hair dye on the market. This is a product that irritates the lungs when breathed and that’s never good since the baby receives its oxygen supply from Mom.
- Phthalates—these chemicals have been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, fetal abnormality, and even ADHD. They are found in perfumes and nail polishes. They will be listed as: benzylbutyl phthalate (BzBP), diethyl (DEP, DMP), or dibutyl (DMP).
- Paraphenylenediamine (PPD)—This was mentioned earlier but cannot go without saying since it has the potential to immediately end the life of some people. We encourage everyone to research this product thoroughly.
The rule of thumb when it comes to pregnancy and products is that if you can use an organic version of a product, then do so.
There are just as many natural and organic substitutes out there that can be used that it makes no sense not to use them. Most of the time, they are not just better for you but they work more effectively. Consider this, Shea butter is in most high end moisturizers as a processed ingredient (meaning lost effectiveness) but it can be used on the skin directly in its cold pressed form without having to also accept chemical preservatives that are used mainly to keep the product on stocking shelves.
Why pay $80 for Clarins when you can buy a Shea butter product like our Vanilla Coconut Crème Body Butter for 1/3 of that and avoid health risks to you and your baby? There are organic approaches to most everything we use chemicals for, and when you’re pregnant you have even more reason to do so. You and your baby both deserve the best.