The best pregnancy-safe beauty products
Here's our easy guide to the best pregnancy-safe skincare and nail products that help you glide through your nine months (almost) with ease
THE GUIDE TO PREGNANCY-SAFE SKINCARE
What you need to AVOID during pregnancy
• Ingredients like vitamin A / Retinol - Renova, Retin-A, Differin, Tazorac, and generic tretinoin in your skincare.
• Nail polish ingredients such as phthalates, formaldehyde and toluene.
• Ammonia in hair dye.
• Dihydroxyacetone in self-tan. Although it's considered low-risk, there are no tests on how safe a spray tan is via inhalation.
•Some (not all) aromatherapy blends.
The products to TRY during your pregnancy
• You can try vitamin C, peptides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid, as all are generally considered safe for use during pregnancy.
• You can still control acne and breakouts with benzoyl peroxide as it's considered safe in low concentrations (5% or less) when you're pregnant.
• For rosacea or discoloration try products containing azelaic acid.
THE BEST PREGNANCY PRODUCTS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE NEXT NINE MONTHS
1. Eye cream – you'll need a ton of this as sleeping with a bump takes its toll. We love Tata Harper's Restorative Eye Crème, £91, to help fight fatigue and dry skin with the baby-safe rose and lavender oils plus arnica.
2. For skin problems like rosacea and pigmentation problems dermatologists recommend The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension, £5.50 – it works well and is considered safe with a bump on board.
3. A therapeutic oil is essential pregnancy kit and The Neal's Yard Mother Oil, £15.50, smells divine and soothes frazzled minds and taut tummies and click here for the best pregnancy pampering destination in London.
4. Non-toxic nail polish can be hard to track down. But the Nailberry Oxygenated Nail Colour, £14.50, is a no-nasty formula that cares for your nails, especially if they're dry and dehydrated, plus it doesn't smell too much if you're experiencing an aversion to strong odours.
5. With the hormonal changes, some mums-to-be develop pimples and acne. This employs safe but hard-working ingredients (under 5% benzoyl peroxide) to banish blemishes: Acnecide, £10.49, from Boots or Superdrug.
6. Even though stretch-marks can be down to genes, you can certainly try to protect yourself with a super-efficient cream. We love Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter, £23.50. It's chock-full of omega oils and shea butter that helps to soothe taut skin and the associated itchiness with an ever-growing bump.
7. A leg spray will be your saviour as soon as you start to waddle. So if feet and legs are looking puffy and throb when you walk, then you need Bloom & Blossom Leg & Foot Spray, £14. It can be used under or over tights and helps to alleviate water retention and the pressure of heavy legs.