Pregnancy: equally exciting and discouraging.
With the flood of Dos and Don & # 39; ts from mother-in-law, midwife, friend and everyone else who wants to get involved, expectant mothers can often have difficulty separate fact from fiction.
Although it is easy to deal with what you incorporate into your body, too often less attention is paid to what you put on it.
I always encourage customers to read ingredient lists and look up anything they don't recognize. This advice is never more important than during pregnancy. To help all expectant mothers, I thought I'd highlight some of the key cosmetic ingredients to avoid.
As I mentioned last week, suffer many women with rosacea or spider veins when pregnant. Alcohol not only removes your skin's natural oil, it also triggers these conditions. However, keep in mind that not all alcohols are bad – they are the ethyl alcohols to watch out for.
Although there are no specific correlations between Ha and pregnancy complications. It is believed that harsh chemicals used in dyes can be absorbed by the scalp. Permanent hair dyes are usually the worst because they contain both the color itself and a "developer". The developer contains strong chemicals such as ammonia and hydrogen peroxide, which allow the color to penetrate the hair shaft. If you crave color, opt for a semi-permanent color or a few highlights instead so the dye doesn't come in direct contact with the scalp.
Massages – we all love them But for bodies with bumps, they provide much-needed relief for those swollen ankles and aching limbs.
Fragrance massage oils should go a long way since they contain a high concentration of essential oils (usually five times more than a cream-based product). Ask your beautician to use a non-perfumed vegetable oil instead of a perfumed one.
Essential oils are a good alternative to artificial fragrances, but should always be treated with care and used in the correct dilution.
Some essential oils can have adverse side effects in pregnant women. For example, rosemary is considered an "emmenagogue" – a substance that promotes menstrual flow and stimulates the uterus. This unnatural stimulation can potentially lead to miscarriages in the early stages of pregnancy.
The following oils are just a few “emmenogogs” and should be avoided during pregnancy *:
- Clary Sage
* This list is not exhaustive. Therefore, be sure to examine the properties of essential oils that you could come into contact with.
This advice is purely precautionary – most essential oils are completely safe in the right proportions, and aromatherapy, if practiced safely, has many beneficial ones Effects.
Regarding the products you are already using, most fragrant natural creams contain minimal amounts of essential oil (usually less than 0, 5-1%)). However, the amounts of the ingredients are not easy to deduce from the label. Therefore, it is often recommended to avoid all essential oils for the first trimester and continue to avoid "emmenagogues" afterwards.
Knowledge is everything. As long as you check these ingredient lists and stay up to date, there is no reason why you can not beautify until birth!
Sarah's blog on organic skin care – https://blog.paiskincare.com
Sarah is the founder of Pai Skincare, an organic skin care line for sensitive skin.