While our skin might not seem as important as organs like our heart or lungs it actually plays a very important role. Think about it: it keeps our organs intact and makes us look presentable. It provides protection and acts as a barrier to our muscles and organs guarding against extreme temperatures, sunlight, and harmful chemicals.
Pregnancy is a time when many women choose to make changes to their skincare routine and rightfully so. As you begin to realize what you are putting on your body is actually being absorbed into your body and thus, coming into contact with your baby, it doesn't take long before your skincare products are being tossed into the trash. Pregnancy can create a sense of vulnerability and apprehension causing us to rethink those products we've always reached for and used without second thought. However, I urge everyone (not just those of you that are pregnant) to rethink the cosmetics you are using.
One of my favorite websites to consult when purchasing a product or attempting to learn more about a product is the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. This website is amazing and you need to check it out ASAP if you haven't already! You can look up all of the products you use to see how they rank, what chemicals they contain and what their associated risks are. There is also a special section for "mommy and baby". Incredibly helpful as you begin to navigate the overwhelming world of baby products with labels that promise to be "natural", "eco friendly", and "safe for baby".
Below are some of my favorite natural products. They have short ingredient lists and you can actually pronounce and recognize the ingredients listed, which is rare these days. I especially love the Bella Organics line because they have little trial sizes that you can purchase for less than $4 each before you commit to buying a larger size.
Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant (free of aluminum chloride with a light scent)
Crystal Essence Chamomile & Green Tea Deodorant (rolls on clear and is free of aluminum chloride)
Bella Organics Caribbean Coconut Body Butter (the smell takes you to the tropics)
Booda Butter Daily Moisturizer (tons of uses; I carry this around in my diaper bag)
Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream (for dry skin, chapped lips, smoothing flyaways, etc.)
Earth Mama Angel Baby Calming Lavender Shampoo & Body Wash (for mommy and baby)
Ava Anderson Shampoo and Conditioner
I hope this post will cause you to pause and reconsider what skin products you are currently using. Remember that your skin is a delicate organ that deserves TLC and high-quality, natural products. Happy shopping!
What are some of your favorite all natural products?