Pregnancy Beauty Mom Goals for 2020
As the year (actually decade!) draws to a close, it’s natural to think about making life changes for the better for the new year. As a new or expecting mom, one of the most impactful places to make modifications is in your beauty and wellness routines. Opting for safer and smarter products is both empowering and healthy—especially if you’re cooking a little person in your body. Making little beauty swaps here and there is a great place to start. Here are some of baby steps for switching to a pregnancy-safe beauty regimen.
Baby Step 1: Turn Yourself into an Avid Ingredients Reader
Chances are you’re being super-careful about what you eat and reading the ingredients on the labels in your pantry or the grocery store aisle. However, many mamas apply the same skin care, hair care, and makeup products they’ve always used, without checking the labels for their ingredients. The topical ingredients we apply to our skin are absorbed into our bodies through several routes. Some enter through the hair follicles and sweat glands. In fact, just looking at the effects of topical products like nicotine patches, heat rubs, and some birth control patches will make you realize that what we put on our bodies does indeed affect us internally. Now is the time to do your due diligence about the beauty and skincare products you’re using. Become an avid ingredient reader and check out what’s in your products before applying them.
Baby Step 2: Don’t Be Fooled by the Words “Organic” and “Natural”
Millions of people today buy organic and natural beauty products in the belief that these products are not only good for the environment but also nontoxic and healthy for their body and healthy for their baby’s body. It’s an easy trap to fall into—If it says “organic” on the label, you may think, then it must be safe. Not so! “Organic” just means that the plant was grown without the use of any pesticides and was processed without the use of any synthetic chemicals. “Organic” says nothing about the safety of the plant itself.
Baby Step 3: Edit Your Beauty Routine
Think of your pregnancy as a nine-month beauty diet. Start by cutting back on some of the potentially harmful ingredients. If you find you can’t live without them, use them sparingly, and never on broken skin or cuts. Remember that pregnancy and nursing do not last a lifetime. We’re talking forty weeks and however many months you choose to breast-feed. You can always go back to your regular beauty routine afterward.
As the decade draws to a close, it’s natural to think about making life changes for the better. If you’re expecting, one of the most impactful places to make changes is in your beauty and wellness routines.