Are Your Beauty Treatments Pregnancy Safe?

Looking fabulous is important. You still want to be your flawless self throughout pregnancy, but it seems like every time you hit the salon, some one is asking you whether or not it’s safe. You could find yourself lost on Google looking up ingredients and second guessing next weeks appointment at the spa.

So, are your beauty treatments pregnancy safe?

Gel Mani/Pedis

It turns out gel nail polish is potentially toxic to your baby. Dangerous compounds can be absorbed through your nail beds.

Instead of gel polish, opt for a regular manicure or pedicure and choose colors that don’t contain dibutyl phthalate, DBP, toluene or formaldehyde. Avoid hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and even possible skin cancer by drying your nails in front of a fan instead of a UV light.

Waxing and Sugaring

You can still go bare and silky smooth while pregnant. Waxing and sugaring are perfectly safe during pregnancy. The added convenience of having someone else do your bikini or Brazilian is priceless. It can be tough to reach and see once your belly grows.

Your skin may be more sensitive than usual meaning the hair removal process is more painful and results in more irritation. Try applying witch hazel before and after waxing.

If you’re planning to have your lady bits groomed before your baby’s birth, aim for a week prior so that your skin has time to heal and isn’t further irritated by all the goings on of birth.

Teeth Whitening

Sadly, you’ll have to wait until after your baby is born to have a smile that matches your pregnancy glow. The chemicals in professional and over-the-counter tooth whitening products may not be safe during pregnancy.

Whitening tooth pastes that use baking soda are still safe.

Tanning

If bronze skin is part of your signature style, you’ll be wondering about the safety of tanning. While tanning beds and outdoor tanning are always considered unsafe due to the increased risk of cancer you can opt for self-tanning products like St. Tropez. Keeping your more sensitive skin in mind, always do a patch test first.

Sunscreen is suitable for pregnancy use.

Facials

You can still get a facial while pregnant, and it’s a great way to practice self-care. Avoid harsh treatments like chemical peels, salicylic acid, and laser procedures, opting for extractions or treatments using glycolic acid, lactic acid or alpha hydroxy acids.

Hair Extensions

There is no reason you can’t keep those flowing locks. Stick to weaves, links, tape-ins or clip-ins over hair extensions that use glue. Hair extensions are safe for pregnancy and a great way to maintain thick healthy hair through pregnancy and into postpartum. You may find your hair extension are less comfortable during pregnancy as your kin becomes more sensitive and your blood flow increases. The most difficult part will be all that sitting you need to do for your installation and maintenance tightenings.

Lash Extension

Eye lash extension during pregnancy can be a bit controversial. Technically speaking, if your eyelash professional is skilled and uses a high quality adhesive it is considered safe. The adhesive never actually comes into contact with your skin, although the fumes can be irritating to the eye. The process of having your eyelash extensions put on does require you to lie still and flat on your back for about an hour which is also difficult and not ideal during pregnancy. Most professionals do not recommend you try eyelash extension for the first time during pregnancy. Applying strip lashed is a great alternative.

Fillers and Botox

Botox and dermal fillers haven’t been approved for use during pregnancy, so it’s best to hold off on these treatments until after your baby arrives. Most of these treatments won’t have completely lost their effects in just nine months. Talk to your dermatologist before resuming treatments if you’re breastfeeding.

 

Nine months can seem like a long time to go without your favorite beauty treatments, but I promise it’ll be over before you know it. By replacing your usual beauty treatments with safer alternatives or replacing them with prenatal massages and baby shopping, you’ll still feel like a 10.