If you are starting to think about motherhood or actively trying to conceive, than it's time to discuss making the switch to safe beauty products during pregnancy.
There's a good chance you are aware that parabens and SLS are “baddies” and already avoid beauty products that tout their freedom from these toxic ingredients but what about the others?
The Case For Pregnancy Safe Beauty Products
Looking into others bathroom shelves (and remembering my own pre-green days), I can easily understand how Environmental Defence discovered that the average Canadian uses more than 15 personal care products with over 100 toxic ingredients before breakfast.
Consider your morning beauty routine: toothpaste, soap, deodorant, face cream, makeup, and hair care products.
The chemicals in these products can include petrochemicals, lead, and triclosan, end up in our bodies where they accumulate creating our toxic body burden.
Toxic Ten Ingredients To Avoid In Your Beauty Products
according to Environmental Defence
- Artificial Musks
- Coal Tar Derived Colours
- BHA & BHT
- Formaldehyde Releasing Agents
- Silicone Chemicals
Skip the toxic ten beauty ingredients before pregnancy and beyond
Once they enter our body, the toxic ten chemicals can harm our health in a variety of ways including disrupting our hormones (e.g., mimic or block estrogen), impacting our respiratory system (e.g., allergies or asthma), playing havoc with our reproductive system, and the introduction or aggravation of cancer through carcinogenic chemicals.
These same toxins can cause greater impact for children as they are still developing.
Pound for pound, children eat more food, consume more liquid, and breathe more air than adults. Their organs and respiratory, immune, and neurological systems are still developing making children more susceptible to the negative effects of poor indoor air quality and chemical exposure. Even babies are being born pre-polluted, read Environmental Defence's report here.
Regardless of where you on your parenting journey, auditing your personal care products is a step towards wellness for yourself and our planet. Not only do our beauty ingredients absorb into our skin but they end up in our water and soil systems.
How To Choose Safe Beauty Products During Pregnancy
Three great options for choosing better beauty products:
1. Get the EWG's Skin Deep database app to help you scan and search products when shopping or at home. I have long relied on this database to help me search products toxicity ratings and find better alternatives for clients and myself. It is a comprehensive database detailing and rating the potential health concerns of an item.
2. Download the Think Dirty Shop Clean app. It quickly scans products to give you the low down on their ingredients including how they rate on the “dirty meter”. It's my favourite local natural beauty tool because it often provides cleaner options of your product right in the same screen.
3. Download a free pocket guide of the Toxic Ten beauty ingredients to avoid to keep in your wallet.
You can take action today by choosing the two beauty products that you use each day since it's our daily habits that have the most impact on our overall wellness. Using one of the three beauty tools above, investigate how your products stack up.
Search amongst our reviews and profiles of the best natural beauty products to help you source a cleaner alternative.
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