Organic skincare during pregnancyMost of us know that it’s important to avoid certain foods during pregnancy, but mums-to-be also need to take care with skincare. Here are some tips from Amanda Winwood, MD of Made For Life Organics.

 

Much of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream and so many expectant mums find 100% organic skincare a safer option.

Read on to discover the chemicals, commonly found in non-organic skincare products, which doctors suggest you avoid during pregnancy. 

 

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Of course, using 100% organic skincare helps to avoid these concerns, but you also need to take care with natural essential oils. All of our Made for Life Organics products are safe during pregnancy because they contain a small percentage of essential oils which is well within the limits considered safe by doctors, even if those essential oils are among those listed to be treated with caution. But for other products, you can find below, a list of essential oils which are considered safe and which to avoid

 

You can also find out how to use skincare products to reduce stretch marks and importantly, to help ensure that you feel nurtured and relaxed so you and your baby stay healthy and calm throughout this very special time.

 

Here are some of the chemicals to be avoided during pregnancy in high doses.

 

Rejuvenating Daily Face Oil by Spiezia OrganicsRetinoids — often used in anti-ageing moisturisers and acne treatments (don’t worry if you have been using this, in small doses there is no evidence of harm, doctors advise against use during pregnancy as a precaution). If you are suffering from pregnancy related acne, avoid products with retinoids in them and check with a pharmacist if you are unsure. Our organic Rejuvenating Daily Face Oil helps the skin to balance sebum production to reduce pregnancy related acne. Our Skin Solve Balm with calendula is also helpful in treating hormonal skin changes such as facial acne.

 

Salicylic acid — found in cleansers and toners and some acne treatments. Once or twice daily topical use are considered safe, but facial peels or extensive use is to be avoided.

 

Soy — found in some lotions and facial products. While soy-based lotions and facial products are generally safe to use, soy can make the dark patches that appear on facial skin during pregnancy, sometimes known as the 'mask of pregnancy' worse. Active soy products don’t have the same effect.

 

Which essential oils are safe, and which should be avoided?

 

In some cases, if you have suffered health complications during or before pregnancy (such as heart problems, epilepsy, miscarriage or bleeding during pregancy), your midwife may advise you to avoid essential oils altogether. 

 

However, long as you have checked with your midwife about previous health issues and your pregnancy is going well, these essential oils are considered safe and it is generally advised that you use them from the second trimester onwards:

 

Citrus oils

German camomile

Frankincense

Peppermint

Ylang ylang

Eucalyptus

Bergamot

Cypress

Tea tree oil (but do not use while you are in labour)

Geranium

Lavender

 

 

Oils that are not safe for you to use: 

 

Rosemary — believed to increase blood pressure, may cause contractions.

 

Jasmine and clary sage, laurel, angelica, thyme, cumin, aniseed, citronella and cinnamon leaf — may stimulate contractions.

 

Juniper berry — concerns it can harm kidneys.

 

Sage — concern this can cause bleeding in your uterus.

 

 

Basil — fears this can cause abnormal cell development.

 

Please note, that all of our Made for Life Organics balms and oils contain such a low percentage of essential oils that they are considered safe, even if they do contain essential oils that are listed among those to avoid.

 

Skincare and wellbeing tips during pregnancy

 

Pregnant woman with hands in heart shape on her bumpNurture your bump!

Gently massage our 100% organic Restorative Body Balm into your abdomen and thighs each evening from the second trimester. It is best to start after the first 12 weeks, from when you start to show and this can really help to enhance your skin’s elasticity which helps to prevent the development of stretchmarks. Regular massage can also help to reduce stress and its harmful effects on you and the baby. Studies show that regular gentle massage can also lift your mood and keep you feeling calmer and happier.

 

  • Use gentle, fluid strokes around the sides of your bump,circling up over it and down towards your pubic bone making circles with the flats of your hands.
  • Don’t forget to massage oil into your breasts as they grow too, moisturising and nurturing the skin here too can help to keep your skin soft and supple up top!
  • A really lovely thing to do is to make this a ritual with your partner, so he gets time to talk to the baby, and so you both have time to relax and spend time with each other too.
  • Make the most of this special time by treating yourself to a wonderfully relaxing pampering session for mums-to-be. We have a range of safe, nurturing treatments available, including our Pregnancy Pampering Ritual. Find a spa near you.

 

Care for your hair

You may find that during pregnancy your hair becomes thicker and glossier due to hormonal changes which make it grow faster and fall out less. Make the most of your lovely mum-to-be hair by massaging Head and Hair Oil into your scalp and through your hair to make it even glossier.

 

Put your feet up

Many women experience swelling in their ankles in later stages of pregnancy due to water retention. It is recommended that you literally put your feet up, higher than your heart on the sofa or cushions for an hour each day. Having someone caring to massage your legs and feet with our Soothing Leg and Foot Balm will also help to reduce the discomfort of swelling and improve your circulation, not to mention reducing stress and making you feel nurtured!