Expecting a baby can be an amazing and exciting time, but with so many changes to your body and to your hormones, your skin can take a toll. Yes, your hair has never looked better and let's give a nod to the ample breast size you are now rocking, but the addition of pimples, lackluster skin tone and stretching skin aren't allowing your body to be at it's prime. Mothers-to-be now more than ever are seeking out more natural choices in their beauty regime to support their skin and body while not causing harm to your baby.
Considering the beauty junkie you are (or were), your purchasing choices might've changed when you found out you were pregnant. This marks a time when even the most devoted beauty addict has to reconsider what she puts on her skin, because what’s okay for mom might not be the best for baby. The careful consideration that goes into choosing a product doesn’t end with childbirth, a newborn’s delicate and often sensitive skin requires the most natural if not organic products and ingredients.
During this special time, it pays to scrutinize your favorite brand’s ingredients or change your staples altogether to find a more healthy alternative.
We’ve selected 5 all-natural cruelty-free face and body goodies, that are L&R approved for pregnancy and even perfect for after you introduce your bundle of joy to the world!
Company: Mama Mio
Product pick: Goodbye Stretch Marks Stretch Mark Minimiser
What it is: Pregnancy experts Mama Mio present the Goodbye Stretch Marks Stretch Mark Minimiser, a lightweight cream specially formulated to improve the appearance of uneven skin. Five powerful ingredients are combined with peptides, fruit and algae extracts and a blend of nourishing oils to contribute towards the reducing the appearance of stretch marks caused by pregnancy and weight change, whilst also providing key nutrients the body needs to maintain skin elasticity. Safe for use during pregnancy and nursing.
Skin Concerns: stretch marks, sagging skin, uneven skin
Price: $60 (3.4 fl oz)
Company: The Honest Company
Product pick: Organic Nipple Balm
What it is: Made with USDA certified organic ingredients, this hypoallergenic organic nipple balm helps soothe tender, sore, or nursing nipples. Designed for nursing — no need to wipe off before nursing.
Skin Concerns: dry skin, tender nipples, sensitive skin
Price: $13.95 (1.8 oz)
Company: The Spoiled Mama
Product pick: Happy Legs Relief for Swollen Ankles & Feet
What it is: If puffy feet have got you cursing all your shoes, this aloe leg gel will be your secret crutch! What can make an aloe leg gel so darn special? To start, theirs is infused with organic herbs, cucumber and spirulina to help soothe and revitalize your legs and feet. Rich with vitamins A and C, this refreshing formula helps bring on pregnancy swollen feet relief quickly while protecting irritated and sensitive skin.
Skin Concerns: swollen ankles/feel, irritated skin, sensitive skin
Price: $16 (4.7 oz)
Company: Nine Naturals
Product pick: Citrus + Mint Nourishing Shampoo
What it is: No pregnancy hair care regimen is complete without this safe, all-natural pregnancy shampoo. Perk up your hair and your mood with the bright scents of lemon, lime and soothing peppermint in this luxurious, sulfate-free shampoo. Organic jojoba seed oil and shea butter boost shine and lock in moisture; vitamin B5 strengthens and helps prevent split ends. Use the shampoo for before, during and after pregnancy. The gentle formula makes it great for everyday use on all hair types and is safe for color-treated hair.
Hair Concerns: unruly hair, dry hair, oily hair, dull hair
Price: $20 (8 fl oz)
Company: Leahlani Skincare
Product pick: Kalima Cleansing Powder
What it is: Your cleansing ritual will never be the same. Silken coconut milk, soothing oatmeal, vitamin and antioxidant rich tropical fruits, softening clays and organic vanilla beans come together to create the most exotic and opulent cleansing powder you have ever experienced. Organic hibiscus flower, wildcrafted camu camu fruit and water activated vitamin C are a powerhouse trio working harmoniously together to boost collagen production and even out the complexion. When used as a cleansing mask, Kalima is especially magical at helping to fade post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Skin Concerns: dull skin, breakouts, uneven skin tone
Price: $52 (3.3 oz)