Navigating the 40 weeks of pregnancy can feel daunting, especially for first-time mothers who are simply trying to safely enjoy what is supposed to be the most beautiful experience of their lives. When you’re not figuring out what food to eat and how much (or how little) exercise is appropriate, you’re questioning your beauty routines, based on old wives’ tales and the, at times unwanted, advice of friends, family and perfect strangers. Look no further, for we’ve unveiled the truth behind three common pregnancy beauty myths.
Myth: All Expectant Women Get The Pregnancy “Glow”
Thanks to those powerful hormones, your skin will produce excess oil during your pregnancy, which can cause breakouts and acne, or, in some cases, a beautiful glow. Skin changes are common during pregnancy and can include: the mask of pregnancy (dark patches of pigmentation on the face), itchy palms and soles (redness and irritation caused by increased estrogen) and skin tags (painless, flesh colored growths). While there is no guarantee that you will get that pregnancy glow, you can combat some of your skin woes with Nine Naturals Repairing Body Balm, which can be applied from head to toe, or you can try the Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Belly Butter to soothe dry itchy skin.
Myth: Perfume and Sunscreen Are A No-No
Research suggests that any product placed on the skin can potentially be absorbed into the bloodstream, so it’s best to use caution during pregnancy; however that doesn’t mean that you have to forgo spritzing your skin with a luscious scent. Rather, you should look for a fragrance that is crafted from essential oils and doesn’t contain parabens, phthalates, synthetics, propylene glycol, and dyes. We can’t get enough of the natural scents from Pour le Monde.
Sun protection during pregnancy is vital, as hormones cause your skin to become more sensitive, thus putting it at greater risk for damage. Switching to a non-chemical sunscreen, such as Nine Naturals Natural Sunscreen SPF 32, will coat your skin with nourishing oils, while offering broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. In addition to using a zinc oxide-based sunscreen, always wear a hat and invest in a few pieces of clothing with sunscreen built into the fabrication.
Myth: Manicures Are Dangerous
All nail salon customers – pregnant or not – run the risk of picking up surface germs and being exposed to bacteria, unless personal tools and nail polish are used during every salon visit. However, now that baby’s on board, in addition to bringing your own tools to the salon, you should come armed with your favorite 5-free nail colors, which are formulated without formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde resin and camphor. Brands that are 5-free include: Zoya, RGB, Scotch Naturals and Ten over Ten.
Moderation is key during pregnancy; but if you still feel uncomfortable or concerned using a particular product or receiving a specific treatment, reach out to your physician for guidance.