If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, have you thought about your beauty products? Not all skincare and makeup is safe to use for pregnancy. And truly, who wants to spend hours researching which ingredients you should avoid in your skincare if you are pregnant? Is it safe to use your favorite retinol serum or what about benzoyl peroxide to treat your hormone related blemishes?
When I was pregnant with my first child, I had a major anxiety moment over my beauty products. I was a doctor and reading all of the ingredient lists and learning which ones I needed to avoid was very intimidating! I wrote a few posts about the process, readers started asking questions, and over the years pregnancy safe beauty products grew into more and more posts on 15 Minute Beauty. I’ve tried to take the entire process and make it much easier for my readers.
Where to Start
First, I recommend starting with my Pregnancy Skincare eBook. Yes, you need to subscribe to my newsletter to get it, but it is otherwise free! I promise, I don’t email often, and when I do it is with helpful pregnancy beauty updates. The eBook describes my approach to pregnancy skincare, why I think you need a “core” of products that you use throughout your pregnancy.
Please also check out the “hub” of the pregnancy beauty safety posts, my Pregnancy Skincare Guide. This is where you will find links to most of the posts. If you are going to bookmark a page, that’s the one to bookmark!
I have reviewed the ingredient lists of thousands of beauty products. Many of these products are listed below on individual brand lists.
Things to Know
• I have reviewed the entire brand as of the date listed. Most of the lists have products sorted by safety, but some lists haven’t had the unsafe products listed yet, only the safe products are listed. That means if your favorite cleanser was available on the date in the post, but it isn’t listed, then there’s a reason it wasn’t listed as safe.
• I review products available in the United States, as that is where I live, and about 90% of my readers. Please be aware that internationally ingredient lists may vary (check your product against the one I have linked), and there are some products available elsewhere that I don’t even know exist (so please don’t get snippy with me, I didn’t skip your cleanser on purpose).
• These brands don’t have ingredients listed on their US sites and I don’t have a reliable source of ingredients. They will sometimes release ingredients if you email them. Chanel and Shu Uemura