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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Cosmedix

Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Cosmedix

Pregnancy safe beauty products can be super difficult and confusing. I have an entire guide devoted to what products are safe to use while pregnant including information on what ingredients to avoid while pregnant and a huge list of pregnancy safe skincare products. The list has gotten so large that I’ve decided to start listing brands in their own individual posts.

Here you’ll find pregnancy safe products from Cosmedix as of 3/11/2020. If it is not safe, I’ll tell you why. All of the products meet my pregnancy safe criteria. If they release a new product that is not listed here, please comment below and I will add it. Note I will link to every product directly to avoid confusion. You’ll know exactly which product I mean.

Please refer to my post on pregnancy safe makeup, where I explain why you don’t need to worry about your mascara, powders, eyeliners, etc.

How to Request a Product Review

I try to review all of the products that I can when I publish a list. Note, I am in the US and I only have access to US products. Please don’t be rude if I skipped your favorite cleanser, when items are out of stock sometimes they aren’t on the brand’s site, or maybe you are in Asia and I am in the US.

I reserve the comments on each post for reviews of product from that brand, this makes it easier for others to find products later. Please only ask about Cosmedix on this post, I will delete other product questions. You can find other brands here. If your brand is not included, please ask on the brand list post.

Pregnancy Safe Products from Cosmedix

Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum
Benefit Balance Antioxidant Infused Toning Mist
Bio-Shape Firming Face Mask
CPR Skin Recovery Serum
Detox Activated Charcoal Mask
Enhance Lip-Plumping Mask
Humidify Deep Moisture Cream
Hydrate+ Broad Spectrum SPF 17 Moisturizing Sunscreen
Lumi Crystal Liquid Crystal Lip Hydrator
Micro Defense Microbiome Sheet Mask Set
Mystic Hydrating Treatment
Opti Crystal Liquid Crystal Eye Serum
Polish Dual-Action Body Scrub
Protect UV Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizing Spray
Pure C Vitamin C Mixing Crystals
Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser
Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil
Reboot Overnight Hydration Complex
Remedy Omega-Complex Treatment Oil
Replenish Intensely Nourishing Hand Treatment

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Benefit Gentle Cleanser: Gluconolactone
Cell ID Nutritive Defense Serum: Gluconolactone
Clarify Salicylic Acid Foaming Cleanser: Salicylic Acid
Clear Deep Cleansing Mask: Salicylic Acid
Defy Triple Hydroxy Acid Age-Defying Treatment: Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid
Emulsion Intense Hydrator: Gluconolactone
Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask: Gluconolactone
Peptide-Rich Defense Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen: Chemical Sunscreens
Phytoclear Clarifying Moisturizer: Gluconolactone
Phytoharmony Balancing Moisturizer: Gluconolactone
Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask: Gluconolactone
Purity Balance Exfoliating Prep Toner: Salicylic Acid
Purity Detox Scrub: Salicylic Acid
Radiance Age Restorative Serum: Gluconolactone
Rescue Intense Hydrating Balm & Mask: Mandelic Acid
Shineless Oil-Free Moisturizer: Stem Cells
Simply Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum: Salicylic Acid, Licorice Root, Gluconolactone
Surge Hyaluronic Acid Booster: Gluconolactone

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

Note I’m including products with retinoids here, as those are a bit iffy. It depends on how conservative you want to be while nursing (still absolutely contraindicated while pregnant). Refer to my post on ingredients to avoid while nursing for more discussion.

There isn’t info out there on the safety of Cannabis used topically during pregnancy or nursing. We do know smoking marijuana with THC has bad effects and should be avoided, though it hasn’t been fully decided if it is just the THC or something else as well.
Note that in theory Hemp and CBD do not have THC in them, it’s breed out of the plant is the official status. However, depending upon how it was processed many CBD oils will test positive for THC. But there are still the unknowns we haven’t decided about. I would not recommend using Hemp or Cannabis products while nursing or pregnant for that reason.

A-Lift Overnight Vitamin A Body Treatment: Retinoid, Gluconolactone
Clarity Skin-Clarifying Serum: Salicylic Acid, Retinoid
Define Age-Defying Treatment with Hydroxy Acids & Retinol: Retinoid, Malic Acid, Tartaric Acid
Eye GeniusBrilliant Eye Complex: Retinoid
Illuminate & Lift Neck & Décolleté Treatment: Retinoid, Salicylic Acid
Refine Plus High-Potency Refinishing Treatment: Retinoid
Refine Refinishing Treatment: Retinoid
Restore Moisture-Rich Mask: Retinoid
Serenity CBD Targeted Relief Rollerball: Hemp
Serum 16 Rapid Renewal Serum: Retinoid

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  1. 7.30.20
    G said:

    I noticed that you have listed the “Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask: Gluconolactone” as pregnancy safe, but the word Gluconolactone is in bold. Since that ingredient is also listed in bold below under the NOT SAFE list, I just wanted to double check whether the Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask is still safe. Why is the word Gluconolactone called out in that listing?

    Thank you so much for this incredible resource, it is very much appreciated!

    • 7.30.20
      Christine said:

      That’s my fault, I make these lists in HTML for various reasons, and sometimes the view is cluttered and things aren’t quite in the right order. I paste in the name, immediately type what I saw was an issue, then go back and copy and paste the link for it and create the link. I must have thought I was under ok for nursing but not pregnancy, I’ve just moved it down to the right area. Thanks!

    • 7.22.21
      sassa said:

      Hi I’m not sure if the ingredients have changed but can you please review the opti crystal all again. I am concerned about the “neem flower”. Cholesteryl Oleyl Carbonate, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Cholesteryl Stearate, Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Trap), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Flower Extract, Amino Esters-1, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Thioctic (R-lipoic) Acid, Copper Gluconate, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol Denat.

      • 7.22.21
        Christine said:

        This is fine for pregnancy and nursing.
        I was previously concerned about Neem (so, you’re not crazy!), but after discussions with a few OBs I took it off of my list of ingredients to avoid. Some discussion here: skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy

  2. 9.11.20
    Sol said:

    Hi there! I saw the restorative age serum as Prego safe but it has salicylic acid in it I think?

    • 9.12.20
      Christine said:

      No, it doesn’t if you look at the ingredient list (in order to count it needs to be listed as a separate ingredient, sometimes those things are in extracts). I did just notice gluconolactone in the formulation, which either I didn’t notice before or it wasn’t listed? Regardless, it should go under ok for nursing and not pregnancy

  3. 9.19.20
    Whitney said:


    Thank you so much for all this research. I am wondering why the Rescue Hydrating Balm is marked as not safe for pregnancy. I can’t find anywhere that mandelic acid is unsafe for pregnancy. Thanks in advance.

  4. 9.24.20
    Jasmine said:

    Hi Doc,

    I want to double check if the ingredient glycine soja oil in the Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil was a safe ingredient? as I was told to be aware of this ingredient

    Thank you very much

  5. 9.24.20
    N said:

    The Benefit Balance Antioxidant Infused Toning Mist contains HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) WATER, which is the source of salicylic acid and couldn’t be considered safe.

    • 9.24.20
      Christine said:

      Salicylic acid within extracts and oils is considered safe. Witch hazel is also considered safe. It is when salicylic acid is of a higher percent and included independently in the ingredient list that you need to worry about it.

  6. 6.5.21
    Stephanie Thayer said:

    Hi there! I would so appreciate your opinion on this retinol alternative product; BAKUCHIOL COMPLETE PLANT-BASED RETINOL ALTERNATIVE SERUM


    • 6.5.21
      Christine said:

      I screen bakuchiol as a retinoid, Avoid in pregnancy and in nursing if you’re conservative

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