This one goes out to all the nursing moms or mamas-to-be, who long for an enriching routine, where they can safely and confidently reach out for every single product. With our pregnancy-safe collection of nourishing, hydrating, and strengthening products, you’re guaranteed ingredients that’re 100% safe for the developing baby as well as 100% indulging for your skin.
At woods_, we’ve made it even easier for you to compile the ideal routine without investing too much time and effort in exploring ingredient lists. On our website, we’ve collected all our wonderful, pregnancy-safe products on a single site, making it easy and accessible for you to find just the type of product you’ve been searching for.
But what does it take for a product to be qualified as pregnancy-safe? When is a product not pregnancy-safe, and why is it so important to be aware of these factors in the first place? Whether you’re a first-time mom or you’ve been through the procedure before, it’s important to keep yourself updated on questions like these – so, let’s go through them together.
WHY USE PREGNANCY-SAFE PRODUCTS?
Just like you moderate your diet and lifestyle when you’re expecting, a pregnancy can call for some changes in your skincare routine. The explanation for this is actually quite simple: Because skincare products are formulated with ingredients that absorb into the skin to perform their effects, they’ll also become part of your system. Meanwhile, some ingredients can build up in the skin, thereby causing a much different reaction than desired. Therefore, it’s essential that you don’t let ingredients that can be harmful to your baby enter your body.
Your skin can change during pregnancy
… And it’s completely normal for it to do so. As a matter of fact, the reactions most likely aren’t caused by your products themselves. Your body changes in many ways during pregnancy, and this simply goes for your skin as well. Therefore, you shouldn’t be startled if you suddenly experience your skin becoming more breakout-prone due to accelerated oil production or you discover hyperpigmentation appearing.
Changes in your hormone balance, your metabolism, and blood vessels are all factors that can have an impact on your skin and its appearance. Therefore, you can experience your skin becoming more sensitive or irritated by your products. If this happens, we advise you to listen to your skin and seek other alternatives – and of course, you can always reach out to us, if you experience reactions from our products or simply want a good advice or two. We’ll gladly guide you to the right products for your skin.
WHEN IS A PRODUCT PREGNANCY-SAFE?
What does it take for you to be sure that your product is pregnancy-safe? First and foremost, a baby on board affects what ingredients you can use in your routine. If you’re in doubt in any way about whether a product or ingredient is beneficial to you or your baby, we’d advise you to consult a dermatologist or the company behind the product, you wish to use. Generally, we also recommend that you choose natural and gentle formulations with organic ingredients, like our 100% Nourishing Body Oil.
A product is pregnancy-safe when none of its ingredients can cause direct or indirect harm for the baby. Remember that the products you use will become part of your system – and therefore also your baby’s system.
WHAT INGREDIENTS SHOULD YOU AVOID WHILE PREGNANT OR NURSING?
It’s always nice to be on the safe side – and at woods_, we always wish for our lovely customers to feel safe, when they apply our products to their skin. Therefore, we always enrich our formulas with clean, natural, and organic ingredients that only want the best for your skin.
Lots of effective, active ingredients, which are normal for daily use in skincare routines, aren’t recommended for pregnant or nursing mamas by dermatologists, because they can be “too hard on” or even damaging to the developing baby.
Some ingredients that we recommend you opt out of during your pregnancy (or return to, when you’re no longer nursing or pregnant), include:
- Retinol/retinoids (vitamin A)
- Salicylic acid/BHA (in excess amounts)
- Chemical sunscreens containing oxybenzone (however, you can find chemical formulations without oxybenzone, such as our broad-spectrum and pregnancy-safe sunscreens).
- Glycolic acid.
- Perfumes (of course, this can depend on your individual preferences and skin type).
But don’t worry, you won’t need to turn your daily routine upside down. Several dermatologists find that pregnancy or nursing won’t affect your routine more than a few moderations. If you need help tailoring the most essential routine for your skin while being pregnant or nursing, you can learn much more in our blog post Mother’s day routines.