If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you’ve probably been inundated with a laundry list of foods to avoid, activities to be mindful of, and beverages to cut back on or cut out, but did you know that you also need to be careful about what you put on your skin? Your skin is your body's largest organ, and it absorbs everything you apply to it. You can (and probably should) think of it as a giant mouth. If you’re applying something to your skin that you would question eating, that might be a sign you need to rethink your skincare. It also means that all those skincare products you’ve never read the labels may be affecting your health and be a cause for concern for your baby.
That’s why it’s so important to read your labels and be sure to use skincare products that contain clean, pregnancy-safe ingredients. It’s especially important with products you use daily, perhaps twice daily, like a moisturizer to use a pregnancy-safe face moisturizer every day.
First things first, what is a moisturizer? A face moisturizer is a fundamental skincare product that helps hydrate, nourish, and protect your skin from dryness, irritation, and environmental damage. It can also improve the appearance and texture of your skin, by locking in water and nourishing your skin barrier, which results in smoother, softer, and more radiant-looking skin.
A moisturizer is a key skincare product for everyone, but the problem is, that not all face moisturizers are safe for pregnant women. Some of them contain ingredients that can be harmful for you and your baby, such as retinoids, high percentages of salicylic acid, parabens, phthalates, and even fragrances. These ingredients can cause allergic reactions, hormonal imbalances, fertility problems and even birth defects.
In this article, we will cover the potential dangers of some common ingredients found in face moisturizers and what to look out for when reading the labels so you know exactly what to avoid during pregnancy and beyond. We will also provide some recommendations for the best pregnancy-safe face moisturizers for different skin types and concerns. Plus, we will introduce you to some of STUNN’s pregnancy-safe and hormone-friendly face oils, which are natural, organic, and effective skincare products that will get you glowing by delivering vitamin C, increasing ceramides, and deeply moisturizing your skin, morning and night.
By the end of this article, you will have a better understanding of how to choose a face moisturizer that is safe for you and your baby, and how to take care of and elevate your skin during this special time of your life. Let’s get started!
What Face Moisturizer is Safe During Pregnancy?
The answer to this question is not as simple as you might think. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for choosing a face moisturizer that is safe for pregnant women. Different products may have different effects on different people, depending on their skin type, sensitivity, and allergies. However, there are some general guidelines that you can follow to make an informed decision.
First of all, you should look for a face moisturizer that is ideally made with clean, organic ingredients, and is free from harsh preservatives and synthetic fragrance. These are some of the qualities that indicate that a product is safe and gentle for your skin, and does not contain any harmful chemicals or additives. However, just because something is natural does not mean that it is safe or effective. Be sure to look out for comedogenic ingredients (pore-clogging ingredients) such as coconut and olive oil. Also, be mindful of both the type and percentage of essential oils in natural products. You want to be aware of essential oils that are not safe for pregnancy such as helichrysum, sage, camphor, and cinnamon.
Secondly, you should look for a face moisturizer that is suitable for your skin type and unique concerns or goals. Different skin types have different needs and preferences when it comes to hydration, nourishment, and protection. For example, if you have dry skin, you may need a richer and creamier moisturizer that can lock in moisture and prevent flaking or cracking. If you have oily skin, you may need a lighter moisturizer that can balance your sebum production and won’t clog your pores. If you have sensitive skin, you may need a soothing and calming moisturizer that can reduce inflammation and redness.
By following these guidelines, you can narrow down your options and find a face moisturizer that is safe for you and your baby during pregnancy. However, if you want to save yourself some time and hassle, we have done the research for you and found some of the best pregnancy safe face moisturizers for different skin types and concerns. Keep reading to find out more!
What Moisturizer Ingredients to Avoid While Pregnant?
Now that you know what to look for in a face moisturizer that is safe and effective during pregnancy, it’s time to zero in on what you need to avoid. As we mentioned, there are some ingredients that are commonly found in popular face moisturizers that can be harmful for you and your baby during pregnancy. These ingredients can cause allergic reactions, hormonal imbalances, fertility problems and birth defects. Here are some of the most dangerous ingredients that you should avoid in a face moisturizer when you’re pregnant:
Retinoids are a type of vitamin A derivative that are used to treat acne, wrinkles, and sun damage. They can help improve skin cell turnover, collagen production, and skin texture. However, synthetic retinoids can also cause birth defects, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. Retinoids can be found in products with names such as retinol, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, or tretinoin. Some examples of products that contain retinoids are Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Cream and RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream. These are not to be confused with retinol alternatives or products formulated with plant-based ingredients that are designed to provide similar results as synthetic retinol, like STUNN’s pregnancy safe phyto retinol, Fountain.
Salicylic Acid (2% and greater):
Salicylic acid is a type of beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is used to treat acne, blackheads, and whiteheads. It can help exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, and reduce inflammation. However, salicylic acid in high doses; 2% and greater, can also cause serious complications during labor and delivery. Salicylic acid can be found in products with names such as salicylic acid, beta hydroxy acid, or BHA. Some examples of products that contain salicylic acid are Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment and Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask. Good news is, products that contain less than 2%, like STUNN’s Gloss Clarifying Serum, are considered safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Parabens are a type of preservative that are used to prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi, and mold in cosmetic products. They can help extend the shelf life and stability of products. However, parabens can also mimic estrogen, disrupt the endocrine system, and increase the risk of breast cancer. Parabens can be found in products with names such as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, or ethylparaben. Some examples of products that contain parabens are Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream and L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream.
Phthalates are a type of plasticizer that are used to enhance the texture, fragrance, and color of cosmetic products. They can help make products more flexible, smooth, and appealing. However, phthalates can also interfere with the reproductive system, cause birth defects, and damage the liver and kidneys. There are six different types, so it’s very important to thoroughly read your labels. Phthalates can be found in products with names such as diethylhexyl phthalate, dibutyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, di-isononyl phthalate, or benzyl-butyl phthalate. While many brands such as L’Oreal and Wella claim to be phthalate-free, a lab test done in Sweden showed that many brands did contain phthalates, even though they were not on the label. This is why it is absolutely critical that you do your research, and if you’re unsure, opt for products that do not contain any preservatives.
Synthetic Fragrances are a type of additive that are used to give a pleasant smell to cosmetic products. They can help mask the odor of other ingredients, or create a mood or a theme for the product. However, fragrances can also cause allergic reactions, headaches, nausea, or asthma. Beyond that, fragrances fall under the protection of ‘trade secrets’ therefore they do not have to disclose the ingredients, and many fragrances have been shown to contain phthalates and even formaldehyde. Fragrances can be found in products with names such as fragrance, perfume, parfum, or aroma. Some examples of products that contain fragrances are Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion and Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15.
These are some of the most common ingredients that you should avoid in a face moisturizer when you’re pregnant. However, this is not an exhaustive list. There may be other ingredients that are not safe for you or your baby. That’s why it’s important to read labels carefully and do your research before buying or using any product. If you’re not sure about an ingredient or a product, consult your doctor or dermatologist for guidance.
The Best Pregnancy Safe Face Moisturizers for Different Skin Types
Now that you know what ingredients to avoid in a face moisturizer when you’re pregnant, you may be wondering what the best moisturizers are that you can use instead. Well, we have good news for you! There are plenty of pregnancy safe face moisturizers that are suitable for different skin types and concerns. Whether you have dry, oily, sensitive, acne-prone, or aging skin, there is a product that can help you hydrate, nourish, and protect your skin without compromising your health or your baby’s health.
To help you find the best pregnancy safe face moisturizer for your skin type and concern, we have compiled a list of some of the top-rated products that are safe, effective, and affordable. These products have positive reviews, ratings, and feedback from other pregnant women who have used them. They also have natural, organic, hypoallergenic, and fragrance-free ingredients that are gentle and beneficial for your skin. Here are some of the best pregnancy safe face moisturizers for different skin types:
For dry skin: If you have dry skin, you need a moisturizer that can lock in moisture and prevent transepidermal water loss. You may also need a moisturizer that can soothe and repair your skin barrier, which can be damaged by environmental factors or hormonal changes. One of the best pregnancy safe face moisturizers for dry skin is Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream. This product is a cult-favorite and is made from natural ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, beeswax, lanolin, and calendula extract. It has a rich and creamy texture that can deeply moisturize and nourish your skin. It can also heal dry patches, chapped lips, or cracked heels. It has a subtle herbal scent that is refreshing and relaxing.
For oily skin: If you have oily skin, you need a moisturizer that can balance your sebum production and prevent clogging your pores. You may also need a moisturizer that can mattify your skin and control shine. One of the best pregnancy safe face moisturizers for oily skin is Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer. This product is made from sugarcane derived squalane, which is a lightweight and non-comedogenic oil that can hydrate and replenish your skin without making it greasy. It also contains probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that can help regulate your skin’s pH and microbiome. It has a gel-like texture that can absorb quickly and leave your skin smooth and matte. It has a mild floral scent that is pleasant and soothing.
For sensitive skin: If you have sensitive skin, you need a moisturizer that can reduce inflammation and redness. You may also need a moisturizer that can calm and comfort your skin, which can be easily irritated by external or internal factors. One of the best pregnancy safe face moisturizers for sensitive skin is Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer. This product is made from a blend of superfood omega fatty acids, replenishing ceramides and antioxidants. The omegas from chia and flax seed oils help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, while passion fruit & guava extracts help to soothe stressed skin. It’s lightweight and leaves skin hydrated and smooth.
For acne-prone skin: If you have acne-prone skin, you need a moisturizer that can prevent breakouts and heal blemishes. You may also need a moisturizer that can fight bacteria, reduce oil production, and clear pores. One of the best pregnancy safe face moisturizers for acne-prone skin is Belli Beauty Acne Control Spot Treatment. This product is made from colloidal sulfur, which is a natural and safe ingredient that can kill acne-causing bacteria, dry out pimples, and exfoliate dead skin cells. It also contains tea tree oil at a safe dosage, which is an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent that can disinfect and calm your skin. It has a cream-like texture that can target and treat specific areas of your face. One caveat is that it has a mild sulfur scent, however it is not overpowering.
For aging skin: If you have aging skin, you need a moisturizer that can reduce the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging, or dullness. You may also need a moisturizer that can boost collagen production, improve elasticity, and brighten complexion. One of the best pregnancy safe face moisturizers for aging skin is Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer. This product is made from fruit stem cells, which are powerful ingredients that can stimulate cell renewal, repair damage, and reverse aging. It also contains vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and brightening agent that can fight free radicals, fade dark spots, and enhance radiance. It has a creamy and luxurious texture that can smooth and firm your skin. It has a citrus scent that is refreshing and uplifting.
So far, we have shown you some of the best pregnancy safe face moisturizers that are suitable for different skin types and concerns. However, if you are looking for something that may more effectively moisturize your skin, and is more natural that contains zero preservatives or harmful ingredients, we have a special treat for you! Let us introduce you to STUNN’s pregnancy safe face oils, which are unlike any other face moisturizers you have ever tried.
How STUNN Collective’s Pregnancy Safe Face Oils Can Help You Achieve Healthy and Radiant Skin
STUNN Collective’s face oils are made from 100% plant-based ingredients that are carefully selected and sourced from around the world. They are rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins that hydrate, nourish, protect, and repair your skin. They are also free of any synthetic chemicals, preservatives, fragrances, or fillers that can harm your skin and your baby’s health.
STUNN’s face oils are not only safe for pregnant women, but also designed to be hormone friendly, meaning they are a great choice at any stage in your life. The full lineup of products are professionally formulated to address and correct common skin issues that pregnant women face, such as dryness, dullness, sensitivity, hyperpigmentation and hormonal acne. Additionally, specific products can also help prevent or repair the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging, or dark spots, by stimulating collagen production and strengthening elasticity. They will also enhance your natural beauty and glow, making you look and feel more confident and radiant.
STUNN Collective offers two amazing face oils that are safe for pregnant women: Dew Brightening Face Oil which contains rosehip oil, which is rich in vitamin A and C, which can stimulate cell renewal, collagen production and help fade hyperpigmentation to brighten your skin’s complexion. The second is Revival Barrier Repair Face Oil, which contains prebiotic oat kernel oil which is phenomenal for sensitive and dry skin, as it strengthens and repairs your skin barrier, and promotes the synthesis of ceramide lipids to deeply moisturize and leave skin plump, supple, and ultra hydrated. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, let’s dive in and explore what else these high performance face oils can do for you.
Dew Brightening Face Oil, a lightweight and fast-absorbing product, was developed to help you achieve dewy and luminous skin. It contains organic and natural ingredients such as jojoba oil, sea buckthorn, raspberry seed and tangerine to lock in moisture all day, while brightening your complexion, boosting collagen production and protecting your skin from environmental stressors.
Revival Barrier Repair Face Oil, a rich and nourishing oil, was designed to deeply moisturize your skin, while strengthening and repairing your skin barrier and increasing your skin’s ceramide lipids. It contains organic and natural ingredients such as broccoli seed oil, sunflower, jojoba, and ginger to soothe irritation, help repair your skin damage, calm your skin irritation, and leave your skin incredibly soft, smooth, and supple.
In addition to these two high powered face oils, STUNN offers two oil-based serums, Gloss Clarifying Serum developed with pregnancy safe organic and plant-based ingredients to target hormonal acne and melasma, and Fountain Phyto Retinol formulated as a pregnancy safe retinol alternative to stimulate collagen, strengthen elasticity, and help repair fine lines and wrinkles.
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In this article, we have covered the potential dangers of some common ingredients in face moisturizers, and what to look for when reading your skincare labels. We have also provided some recommendations for the best pregnancy safe face moisturizers for different skin types and concerns. Plus, we have introduced you to STUNN Collective’s pregnancy safe and hormone friendly skincare line, which is developed with natural, organic, and effective ingredients to address your specific skin concerns to give you your glow back by helping you achieve truly healthy and radiant skin.
We hope that this article has helped you understand how to choose a face moisturizer that is safe for you and your baby during pregnancy. Remember, your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it deserves the best care and attention. By using a pregnancy safe face moisturizer every day, you can hydrate, nourish, protect, and repair your skin without compromising your health or your baby’s health.
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Q: What face moisturizer is safe during pregnancy?
A: A face moisturizer that is safe during pregnancy is one that is ideally natural, organic, synthetic fragrance-free, and contains no harmful ingredients such as retinol, parabens, or phthalates.
Q: What moisturizer ingredients to avoid while pregnant?
A: Some of the moisturizer ingredients to avoid while pregnant are retinoids, products that contain 2% salicylic acid or greater, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. These ingredients can cause allergic reactions, hormonal imbalances, fertility problems, and birth defects.
Q: What moisturizer is best in pregnancy?
A: The best all over moisturizer in pregnancy is one that can hydrate, nourish, protect, and repair your skin without compromising your health or your baby’s health, such as STUNN’s Dew Brightening Face Oil made with clean, natural, pregnancy safe ingredients to lock in moisture all day, and Revival Barrier Repair Face Oil made with organic and natural ingredients to deeply moisturize overnight, while strengthening and repairing your skin barrier.