Every decade, technology and medicine advances, and over time it has become clear that having a calm and healthy pregnancy allows the baby to better develop. During the '50s many doctors recommended all kinds of behaviours during pregnancy that would never be acceptable now. Back then, the effect that these types of products caused on mothers and fetuses was unknown, but with the advances in medical studies it was later discovered how detrimental they can be for health. Each year society moves forward, and today there is more awareness about the importance of the 9 months of gestation, the type of life that the mother should have along with good nutrition and physical health. All this in order to give the baby the nutrients they need.
But it has also been discovered that certain products or habits in many people's routines, such as the use of makeup during pregnancy, are not as harmless as previously thought. "We should avoid risky ingredients at all stages of our lives; however, pregnancy may be a period in which women should be particularly careful," expert Nneka Leiba told Pop Sugar during an interview. For this reason today I want to talk about the use of makeup during pregnancy, and clarify myths and realities to avoid falling into the paranoia that everything we do can affect the baby. The truth is that there are makeup products that moms can still use during pregnancy: she can still look beautiful.
20 Just Like Pregnant Moms Watch What They Eat, They Should Watch Their Makeup
Most women grow up playing with makeup. They are products that help us to add color and illuminate our faces and from time to time it helps us to feel more beautiful and glamorous. But a reality that we can not ignore is that makeup is made up of chemical products, which are not necessarily healthy for our bodies in the long term. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, a dermatologist in Manhattan, said during an interview with Vogue, "the governmental organization categorizes ingredients by letters of the alphabet, ranging from safest to those that should be avoided at all costs: A, B, C, D, and X. Generally, only categories A and B are considered safe to use during pregnancy, but it can be challenging to parse which ingredients on the list are found in beauty products, and it’s up to women to scrutinize labels closely." And Dendy Engelman, MD, another dermatologist explains that: “just like you want to be on your A-game with food and health when you’re pregnant, you have to be that way with beauty and skin care, too.”
19 Yellow Gel Eyeliner Pops And Is Safe
The golden rule is "everything in excess is bad" but that does not mean that we can not use make-up from time to time. And one of my favorite products is the Kylie's Yellow Eyeliner. Ideal for those women who love to be bold and get out of the makeup routine adding radiant colors. This eyeliner comes in the form of gel so it is easy to apply and leaves an impeccable finish in a color mate, ideal to enjoy these weeks before the end of summer and steal everyone's looks. Finally, these eyeliners contain 0.11 fl oz./oz. liq / 3.00 g.
18 Moms Accumulate More Skin To Lose
During pregnancy our hormonal processes change because our bodies are focused on protecting the baby and providing all the nutrients it needs for development. So it is normal that we present some changes in our bodies, such as more dead skin because we lose elasticity and moisture as it stretches and tightens to accommodate a growing belly. That's why it's important to hydrate ourselves with water and look for products that help us recover that elasticity that we are losing in our skin. Moms need products high in collagen or similar substances, such as coconut oil, that provides intense moisture to the skin and is full of antioxidants.
17 Coconut Lip Liner Goes On So Smooth
There's nothing better than keeping beautiful lips contoured and with color. For that the best thing is to use a lip liner that helps to give an impeccable finish. And among the products of Kylie's brand, we can find the Coconut Lip Liner. They describe it as a lip liner that's ultra-long with a creamy texture that glides across the lips for a very easy and comfortable application. The Lip Liner sharpens easily in most standard sized sharpeners. These lip lines contain a net wt./poids net .03 oz / 1.0g, and is an ideal option for mom to be looking for a more casual style and elegant.
16 Instead Of Heavy Stuff, Go For BB and CC creams
As explained previously, our skin during pregnancy is usually dry and we begin to develop more dead skin due to the hormonal changes. Makeup experts recommend changing all products that are heavy for the body, meaning that its chemical composition that does not allow our skin to be properly oxygenated. For that reason many experts recommend using BB creams and CC creams during pregnancy, The Bump explains that "the formulas tend to go on lighter, but according to Environmental Working Group research, these formulas have an average of 40 ingredients, compared with an average of 70 ingredients when foundation, concealer, and moisturizing sunscreen are used separately."
15 Matte Lipstick That Lasts A Long Time
Something that pregnant moms can maintain in their routine is a good lipstick. We can try to maintain a light foundation and give that extra touch of color with our lips, and the Kylie lipstick collection offers a variety of colors ideal for this summer. Also, as an extra tip we must remember that it is always good to use a moisturizer on our lips before using long lasting lipsticks. The Vacay Matte Lipstick is ideal for mothers who love bold colors and want to stand out. These lipsticks contain 0.12 fl oz./oz. liq / 3.5 g and they are long lasting so we can forget about having to touch up the color constantly during the course of the day.
14 Look For Fragrance-free To Avoid Chemicals
Fragrances in certain makeup products usually have a higher composition of certain chemicals that are not entirely healthy for the health of the baby. Remember that any product that we apply on our skin, with the passage of hours, is absorbed by our body. According to The Bump, "these are some examples of what could be lurking in your makeup undetected: phthalates associated with reproductive system defects in baby boys; octoxynols, another group of hormone disruptors; citral, eugenol, coumarin, and geraniol—chemicals that may increase chances of allergies and contact dermatitis." That's why too many experts suggest to moms-to-be look for products that are fragrance-free.
13 Say No More - Velvet Lip Kit
Kylie has a variety of makeup products ideal for expectant mothers looking to imitate the look of the young influencer using avant-garde colors and a unique style. And among one of the products that we can add to our list is Say No More - Velvet Lip Kit, which comes with a Velvet Liquid Lipstick and matching Lip Liner. In addition, this collection offers users to recreate the style of makeup and lips that the young artist has. According to Kylie's Cosmetic website, each Lip Kit contains: 1 Velvet Liquid Lipstick (0.11 fl oz./oz. liq / 3.0 g) and 1 Pencil Lip Liner (net wt./ poids net .03 oz/ 1.0g).
12 Boujee Matte Liquid Lipstick Is Perfect For Moms-To-Be Who Want To Impress
Boujee Matte Liquid Lipstick is pure elegance. This lipstick of a deep and intense color offers long-lasting results accompanied by the effect of fuller lips, similar to those of the television star, which have made her so iconic in the entertainment world. According to the Kylie Cosmetics website, these lipsticks contain 0.11 fl oz./oz. liq / 3.25 g. It is also easy to apply due to its liquid texture, which can be the ideal option to complete your look, especially if you enjoy intense and bold colors, and have a romantic date with your partner before the arrival of the baby.
11 Parabens: Preservatives Pregnant Moms Should Avoid
The reality is that parabens are something that we can find even in food, but it is more common in the make-up and pharmaceutical industry because it has assets that function as preservatives. In normal conditions, these types of components are not a reason to worry, but during pregnancy, it is better to reduce their exposure of your body. According to The Bump, "these preservative agents (also known as propylparaben, butylparaben, isopropylparaben and methylparabens) are used in foundation and lipstick to keep them from harboring bacteria. Parabens have been associated with developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune disruptions in babies because they can be passed to the fetus."
10 In Love With The Koko
In Love With The Koko is a set of 3 matte lipsticks accompanied by a gloss. It has the colors of summer: Bunny is a cool midtone mauve, Doll is a true bright tangerine, Baby Girl is a warm muted coral, Sugar Plum is a soft shimmering midtone nude gloss. According to the website Kylie's Cosmetics, the matte Liquid Lipsticks have high-intensity pigment for an instant bold matte lip and are long-wearing lipstick. Each one contains moisturizing ingredients for a comfortable, emollient and silky feel that does not dry your lips out. Meanwhile, the gloss offers a luminous and voluminous effect.
9 Avoid Aluminum Powder
One of the most potentially harmful components in makeup is aluminum, which is why many experts recommend that pregnant women banned the use of makeup such as eye shadows or metallic lipsticks based on aluminum. Remember that this type of component is absorbed by your skin, which means that the baby also absorbs it. According to The Bump its better to not use any makeup that contains aluminum because "it may make your eyeshadow shimmery, but aluminum powder can be absorbed by the skin, flagging neurotoxicity and respiratory concern." The website added that “Matte eyeshadows are less likely to contain aluminum.”
8 Nova Matte Lipstick
The best thing about pastel colors, in both clothes and makeup, is that they always seem to go well with everything. This lipstick, Nova Matte Lipstick from Kylie cosmetics brand, seems to be the ideal option for those who love wearing a classic and neutral makeup. When we are pregnant all attention seems to fall on the belly. For those who enjoy looking beautiful but without attracting attention, this soft pink may be that ideal touch that was missing in their look. According to the television celebrity's makeup website, this long-lasting lipstick has 0.12 fl oz./oz. liq / 3.5 g.
7 Retinol: Avoid Anti-Aging Cream
First of all, we must clarify certain details: retinol is not completely harmful. The problem comes when the properties of this substance are used excessively. It is normal to find retinol in beauty products, but exposing skin for long hours to these components is not so beneficial in the long term. According to The Bump, "this form of vitamin A (also known as retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and tretinoin) can be found in foundations and lipstick, specifically those labeled as 'anti-aging.' Too much vitamin A has been linked to fetal malformation and even early term miscarriages. It is best to avoid completely."
6 Kylie’s Skin Concealer
Many experts have clarified that the use of concealer during pregnancy is allowed. Of course, this depends on its chemical composition but in general terms, it is allowed. In addition, concealer can be used as a light base to cover certain imperfections, but it is always advisable to use a moisturizer before placing any type of makeup. According to Kylie's website, these concealers are "a lightweight formula that provides medium buildable coverage for a skin-like finish. The long-wearing concealer, available in an all-inclusive range of 30 shades, gives a luminous finish that looks just like your skin and is ideal for all skin types."
5 Incorporate A Gentle Exfoliator To The Beauty Routine
The best thing to take care of your skin is to create a routine before starting to apply makeup products, either using oils or moisturizers. But the best thing is always to use products that allow us to exfoliate our skin, because this allows us to remove the dead skin and certain contaminating bacteria that are in the air. By exfoliating our skin we are letting that the new layer breathe and oxygenate, keeping it healthier long term. According to The Bump, “exfoliating sloughs off dead skin so you’ll need less makeup. You can get away with using just a paraben-free powder instead of foundation.”
4 Blush By Kylie
Another product that also serves to complement our makeup lightly is the collection of blushes by Kylie, available in different shades that serve to recreate the most iconic styles of the television star and her famous sisters from the clan Kardashian. It also adapts to all skin tone types. According to the website, "each blush single comes with 1 matte pressed powder blush that can be used to recreate Kylie’s favorite looks or customize your own." Besides, each blush contains 1 Matte Pressed Powder with a net weight / pods net 1 X 7.50 grams / 1 X 0.26 oz.
3 Invest In A Good Concealer
As I explained earlier when we talked about Kylie's line of concealer, many experts recommend that people who do not want to use too many layers of makeup swap the base for a concealer. Why? Because its composition is lighter than many bases and similarly allows to correct imperfections that they do not like to be in sight. According to Diane Elizabeth, founder of Skin Care Ox, an organic beauty advice website, using concealer as a base let her “hide my blemishes without having to cover my entire face in makeup." She also explains that she loves to use concealing creams because usually they are made with some seed and oils, which helps hide blemishes without leaving a cakey residue.
2 Like Gloss
Like Gloss is part of the Gloss lipstick line of the youngest of the Kardashian clan, Kylie Jenner, this gloss is of an intense color. On the website, they describe it as "a warm mocha brown." Most of the lipsticks that Kylie offers allow to recreate that sensation of full lips. In addition, the website explains that 0.09 fl oz./oz gloss. liq / 2.60 g is "ultra-pigmented, lustrous gloss glides on the lips smoothly and evenly leaving behind a luminous and voluminous effect A blend of vitamin E and highly emollient ingredients provide hydration and moisturize the lips, while natural lip enhancers provide volume. The gloss has an even and saturated application that delivers a long-lasting brilliantly glossy end look."
1 Don't Become Paranoid
Avoiding paranoia is key. We know that there are thousands of articles about products and their consequences in our bodies, but just because we use make-up daily doesn't mean we are going to affect the baby. The important thing is to create a routine of beauty care, using exfoliants, moisturizers and letting our skin breathe from time to time during the week without using makeup. Food, exercise and drinking enough water during the day also play an important role in this type of situations. Conclusion? Avoid over-thinking and avoid using too many layers of makeup daily, your body will appreciate it over time.
References: fitpregnancy.com, thebump.com, aoafamily.com, and popsugar.com