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Pregnancy Skin Care Routine Changes: How to Glow

I’ve written a lot about pregnancy skin care changes due to hormonal fluctuations, changing skin care needs and the skin care ingredients to avoid during pregnancy, but how do you actually put that information to use? What pregnancy skin care routine changes do you need to make?

Pregnancy Skin Care Routine Changes

Today I’m sharing what my skin care routine looked like while I was pregnant. Keep in mind that I have been pregnant twice, both times in my mid to late 30s. So, this meant that I wanted to continue fighting aging. I also developed Melasma during my third trimester of my first pregnancy, so I wanted to try and prevent it from getting worse while treating it (if possible). When reading this post, remember that you can also check out my big list of pregnancy safe skincare products if you have questions about specific products.

What Should a Basic Skin Care Routine Look Like?

First, a quick little review of what I think should be included in everyone’s skin care routine and any modifications for pregnancy.

1. Gentle Cleansing: Pick a cleanser that removes all of your makeup (especially in the eye area, it’s amazing how much eye liner and mascara can be left behind and look horrible), rinses off easily and leaves your skin non-irritated with no redness or after wash tightness.

2. Exfoliation: Usually done either physically (with a scrub or wash cloth or even a BuffPuf) or chemically. In my usual life I prefer chemical since it is more predictable and my skin can tolerate it well. However since the hydroxy acids are a no-go during pregnancy I’ve opted for physical exfoliation.

3. Moisturization: The mythical glowy complexion of pregnancy can be achieved (I think I had it for a few weeks somewhere around week 24), and one of the keys is moisture!

Keeping your skin nice and plump helps with minimizing any signs of aging as well, even if the effects are temporary. My favorite ingredient in a moisturizer is Hyaluronic Acid (aka- Sodium Hyaluronate) since as a humectant it attracts and keeps moisture in the skin rather than sealing it in (and looking greasy) like an emollient. I love emollients on my body though. Just not on my t-zone.

4. Sun Protection: This is always important. At a bare minimum I think everyone needs a SPF 15 with broad spectrum UVA and UVB coverage, SPF 30 is even better if you can get it. I do not think that you should be looking to your makeup for SPF (chances are you’re not going to use the huge amount of foundation or powder to obtain that rating, if your product has SPF in it just consider this a little added bonus).

I think you need to have your sunscreen in your daily moisturizer or a separate sunscreen product. Note that during pregnancy with your hormones run amok you are at risk of developing the dreaded “mask of pregnancy”, Melasma. I’ll be featuring a full post about this (along with the recs of a few dermatologists on how to deal with it) in a few weeks, but your main defense against it is sunscreen. So slather up!

Anti-Aging Skin Care while Pregnant

Anti-Aging Skin Care while Pregnant

This is how I think of anti-aging skin care. I want to try and cover all of those bases, but when pregnant, a few of those ingredient categories are ones to avoid while pregnant.

Pregnancy Skin Care Routine Changes

So, what pregnancy safe skin care products have I found? The first products in each category were part of my pregnancy skin care routine, then I have listed a few that are also safe to be in your pregnancy skin care routine.

I have reviewed the ingredients lists of these products as of 12/24/2017. Note, products may have adjustments in their ingredients lists at any time.

Gentle Cleanser
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser
Also Works:
Cetaphil Cleanser
Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

Nightly/Treatment Moisturizer
StriVectin SD, which has been updated to StriVectin SD Advanced, buy it at Amazon
Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream at Sephora

Eye Cream
The eye cream I used has been reformulated and I no longer recommend it. These would all be safe.
Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm

Day Moisturizer with SPF
Again, the product I used while pregnant has been reformulated. After searching, I’ve found these pregnancy safe facial sunscreens and BB Creams.

You can check out a much longer list of pregnancy safe skin care products.

Guide to Skin Care while Pregnant or Nursing

Don’t forget to check out the other articles in my Pregnancy and Nursing Skin Care Guide!

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  1. November 5, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    Swati- My recs are in the post above. You only need to worry about pregnancy!

    I'm sorry to hear about your miscarriage. I can see why you're being so cautious!
    I think there must be a difference in formulas between the US and UK. I pulled out my bottles of the SPF and non-SPF versions and neither have a Vitamin A derivative (including Retinyl Palmitate) listed as ingredients. You need to avoid this ingredient completely, so I would NOT recommend the UK version. I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending the Ultra Facial Cream from Kiehl's UK since I can't see a full ingredient list.

  2. Anonymous
    November 5, 2012 / 11:58 pm

    Hi Christine,

    Many thanks for the quick response. Very much appreciated.

    Please could you help to see if below can be used during pregnancy.

    Many thanks in advance!

    Aqua/Water, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Capryloyl Glycine, Parfum/Fragrance, Safflower Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Tocopherol, Behenyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Xylitol, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Arachidyl Glucoside, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Tetrasodium Edta, Dehydroacetic Acid, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Disodium Edta, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Robinia Pseudacacia Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Linalool [N2505/A].Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Robinia Pseudacacia Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Linalool [N2505/A].

    REN – Hydra Calm Global Day Cream
    Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Cetearyl Ethyhexanoate, Myristyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triheptanoin, Oryzanol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Bisabolol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Pueraria Lobata (Kudzu) Symbiozome Extract, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora Linalloliferum (Ho Wood) Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Tocopherol.

    REN – Balancing fluid
    Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Lauryl Laurate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tapioca Starch, Cetearyl Glucoside, Oryzanol, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Crataegus Oxyacantha Stem Extract, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Pueraria Lobata (Kudzu) Symbiozome Extract, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Callitris Intratropica Wood Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Glucose, Tocopherol.

  3. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012 / 2:12 am

    Hi Christine,Thank you so much for the information u provided..

    Could you please tell me that these products are safe to use?
    Clinique youth surge night
    Clinique repairwear eye cream
    And i use this facemask from the face shop containing

    Water, polyglutamic acid/methyl propanediol,sodium hyaluronate,algae extract, betaine, peg 32, glycerin, peg/ppg-17 copolymer, biosaccharide gum, butylene glicol, sd alcohol 40, peg 40 hydrogenated castor oil,hydrogenTed letichin,sesame seed extract,citrus paradisi fruit extract

    Im also using white detox makeup base from biotherm for my sunscreen is that safe? Thanks in advance


  4. November 23, 2012 / 5:36 am

    Hi Christine,

    I'm so happy to have found your blog. This is such great help for soon to be mommy's like me.:)

    I'd like to ask if these products are safe, please.:)

    Thank you in advance.:)

    1. Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Exceptional Complete Care Eye and Lip Cream

    Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolyer, Butylene Glycol, Porpylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Squalene, Carpylic/Capric Triglyceride, Steareth-21, Linum Usitatissimum (linseed) Seed Exctract, Orchid Exctract, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Sodium Polyacrylate, Steareth-2, Glyceryl Hydroxystearate, Methylparaben, Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Protein, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Propylene Carbonate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tromethamine, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Protein, Isobutylparaben, Carbomer, Sodium Hyalluronate, Phenoxythanol, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Smithsonite Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptides-5, Eriobotrya Japonica Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3.

    2. Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen AA SPF50+/PA+++

    Water, Cyclomethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Polybutylene Glycol/ppg-9/1 Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Ethylhexanoate, Octocrylene, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-10, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thymus Serpillum Extract, Potentilla Erecta Root Extract, Triethanolamine, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Acrylates/dimethicone Copolymer, Silica, Hexyltrimethoxysilane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isostearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trisodium Edta, Butylene Glycol, Bht, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide

    3. Creme De La Mer

    Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Mineral oil Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Sesame Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Sesame Seed, Medicago sativa (alfalfa) seed powder, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus amygdulus dulcis (sweet almond) seed meal, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Paraffin, Tocopheryl succinate, Niacin, Beta-carotene, Decyl oleate, Aluminium distearate, Octyldodecanol, Citric acid, Cyanocobalamin, Magnesium stearate, Panthenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Benzyl salicylate, Citral, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Alcohol Denat., Fragrance (Parfum).

    4. Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser
    Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Coco-Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Solum Diatomeae/Diatomaceous Earth, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-14M, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Salicylic Acid, Avena Sativa Flour/Oat Kernel Flour, Tocopherol, Sodium Hydroxide, Allantoin.

    6. Shiseido – Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF 42 PA+++

    Titanium Dioxide, Cyclomethicone, Water, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Talc, Dipropylene glycol, Dimethicone, Copolyol,Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Zinc Myristate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Thiotaurine, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Isostearic Acid, Aluminum distearate, Aluminum hydroxide, Calcium Stearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Glycerin, Polysilicone-2, Sodium Citrate,, Palmitic Acid, Tocopherol, Distearyldimonium chloride, Trisodium EDTA, Isopropyl, Alcohol, BHT, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Iron Oxides

    Thank you so much!:)

  5. November 23, 2012 / 5:39 am


    I'll also add the ff products.:) Thanks again.:)

    Purity facial wash

    water (aqua), sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium trideceth sulfate, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, coco-glucoside, cocos nucifera (coconut) alcohol, peg-120 methyl glucose dioleate, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) wood oil, geranium maculatum oil, guaiac (guaiacum officinale) extract, cymbopogon martini oil, rosa damascena extract, amyris balsamifera bark oil, santalum album (sandalwood) oil, salvia officinalis (sage) oil, cinnamomum cassia leaf oil, anthemis nobilis flower oil, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, piper nigrum (pepper) seed extract, polysorbate 20, glycerin, carbomer, triethanolamine, methylparaben, propylparaben, citric acid, imidazolidinyl urea, yellow 5 (ci 19140)

    am/pm Ultra Soothing Sunscreen SPF50

    Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (11.7%), Purified Water, Zinc Oxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita, Butyrospermum Parkii, Jojoba Oil, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclomethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Methicone, Neopentyl glycol dicaprate,

    Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover

    Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycol Distearate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates Copolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance

    Thank you!

  6. November 27, 2012 / 9:51 am

    Hi Christine,

    THanks for this useful post. I am assuming that Olay Regenerist wrinkle relaxing cream is also safe during pregnancy as I don't see any retinod. Can you help me? 🙂 Super Thanks!

    full ingredients
    water, cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, polyethylene, niacinamide, propylene glycol, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, dimethicone, panthenol, polymethylsilsesquioxane, polyacrylamide, tocopneryl acetate, c13-14 isoparaffin, dmdm hydantoin, allantoin, carnosine, laureth-4, laureth-7, citric acid, fragrance, disodium edta, yeast extract, titanium dioxide, peg-100 stearate, butylene glycol, benzyl alcohol, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, camellia sinensis leaf extract, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4

  7. November 28, 2012 / 12:07 am

    Hi Christine,

    How are you!
    I love your blog so much. I am pregant for my second baby and will be due on next spring.

    I'm looking to buy a eye care and moisturizer for the coming winter, Can you check for me whether my skincare is safe or not:

    Origin product line:

    1. Origin Plantscription™ Anti-aging eye cream
    2. origin No Puffery™Cooling mask for puffy eyes
    3. Origin High-Potency Night-A-Mins™
    Mineral-enriched renewal cream



  8. Anonymous
    November 28, 2012 / 9:50 pm

    Hi Christine, This is amazing, so helpful! Is Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer-illuminating- safe to use? Here are the ingredients (according to their website)

    (Bare Radiance, Natural Radiance, Warm Radiance): Octinoxate 7.50%, Avorbenzone 2.00%. Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Xylitylglucoside, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hexyl Laurate, Anhydroxylitol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), XYlitol, Copper Gluconate, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Tribehenin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica, Tin Oxide.


  9. November 29, 2012 / 1:53 am

    @Carla Sia- It looks like the Creme de La Mer has a Salicylate in it, as well as Citric Acid. Citric acid is usually there to balance the pH, and you get quite a bit more just by drinking OJ, the Salicylate is one we generally say to avoid as well, but that risk is more theoretical. It's also in the Kiehl's Rare Earth Cleanser.

    @Ria- Again, Citric Acid toward the end, but you probably get way more from a sip of OJ… I'd probably be fine using it. 😀

    @Kelly- Unfortunately I can't find the Origins ingredients anywhere… 🙁

    @Anon- Looks ok to me!

  10. Kerry
    November 29, 2012 / 10:21 am

    Dear Christine,

    Happy belated Thanksgiving!

    I've actually bought the Ren Hydra Calm Global Day Cream. But haven't started using yet. Please could you help to see if all the ingredients look ok to use.

    Thanks millions!

    REN – Hydra Calm Global Day Cream
    Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Cetearyl Ethyhexanoate, Myristyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triheptanoin, Oryzanol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Bisabolol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Pueraria Lobata (Kudzu) Symbiozome Extract, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora Linalloliferum (Ho Wood) Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Tocopherol.

  11. Anonymous
    November 29, 2012 / 4:11 pm

    No one has addressed sulfur-based products yet. I know Mario Badescu and Sephora have a few but I can't find any information on it. My dermatologist was not at all helpful. I guess no one wants to be the one to recommend anything. She wasn't sure about sulfur or glycolic and had to look them up. Even then she wasn't sure. How do doctors not know and where do we find answers? The Internet?

  12. Anonymous
    November 30, 2012 / 3:31 am


    Is Ren Micro Polish Cleanser safe to use while nursing:

    Amber: Exfoliates and polishes skin surface.
    -Papaya Enzyme: Removes dead skin cells.
    -Glycolic and Lactic Acid: Decongests skin to leave it smooth and even toned.

    Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sorbitol, Disiodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Amber Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Maltodextrin, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lactic Acid, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Quadrangularis Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Alcohol Denat., Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Bisulfite, Limonene, Linalool, Citral.

  13. December 1, 2012 / 2:48 am

    Hello Christine,
    I have check the ingredient of the ORIGINS GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream:

    Myrtus Communis Leaf Water

    Methyl trimethicone

    Butylene Glycol

    PEG-100 Stearate

    Cetyl Ricinoleate
    Behenyl Alcohol

    Cucumis Sativus
    Green Tea
    Cordyceps Sinensis Extract

    Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

    Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
    Shea Butter

    Coleus barbatus
    Yeast Extract
    Folic Acid
    Hydrogenated lecithin

    Jojoba Wax PEG-120 Esters


    Myristyl alcohol

    Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7

    Sodium Hyaluronate
    Ascorbyl tocopheryl maleate

    Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone
    Sodium Sulfite
    Sodium Metabisulfite
    Sorbic Acid

    CI 77891
    Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

  14. December 1, 2012 / 2:51 am

    Hello Christine,

    Again, could you check :

    ORIGINS High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-enriched moisture cream
    Rose Flower Water

    Anthemis Nobilis
    Citrus aurantium amara
    Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
    Polysorbate 40

    Cetyl Alcohol

    Butylene Glycol

    Myristyl alcohol

    PEG-100 Stearate

    Citrus aurantium dulcis
    Valeriana officinalis

    Cinnamomum cassia

    Ferula galbaniflua

    Vanilla Planifolia


    Centella asiatica

    Triticum Vulgare
    Chlorella vulgaris
    Hordeum vulgare

    Avena sativa
    Retinyl Palmitate
    Tocopheryl Linoleate

    Folic Acid
    Linoleic Acid

    Sodium Hyaluronate
    Linolenic acid
    Sodium mannose phosphate

    Hexylene Glycol
    Caprylyl Glycol

    Cetearyl Alcohol

    Glyceryl Stearate
    Disodium EDTA

    Potassium Sorbate

    Sodium Benzoate
    yeast extractfaexextrait de levure
    magnesium ascorbyl phosphate [] panthenol

  15. Anonymous
    December 2, 2012 / 4:33 pm

    Is aveeno active naturals positively radiant brightening cleanser safe?

  16. Anonymous
    December 4, 2012 / 10:54 pm

    My doctor told me that Glycolic Acid (aka AHA) is safe. Is this true?
    I really hope so….My skin is very acne prone, and my Glycolic acid facewash is the only product I've found that will keep the pimpled at bay.

  17. December 5, 2012 / 2:01 am

    @Kerry the REN – Hydra Calm Global Day Cream looks fine 😀

    Anon- The reason your doctor didn't know is because there really isn't an answer, no one has truly done the correct studies to declare sulfur or glycolic acid products "safe". I've been asked about both quite a bit lately, so I'll amend my post above to reflect my answer.

    While nursing you don't need to worry about any of the topical products, only oral. So, the Ren Micro Polish Cleanser is fine!

    Kelly- the eye cream is fine, but the night cream has a retinoid so it isn't.

    Anon- The Aveeno cleanser is fine!

    Anon- I'm updating above with my opinion on the glycolic acid

  18. December 9, 2012 / 12:30 am

    Hello Christine,

    Thank you very much for your reply. Can I brother you again? Can you check whether Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is safe?

    I have posted the ingredients as follows:

    1 ozWater, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin*, Squalane*, Tocopheryl Acetate*, Ceteareth-20*, Palmitoyl Grapevine Shoot Extract*, Glyceryl Stearate Se*, Parfum (Fragrance), Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Phytate*. *Plant origin.

  19. Rachelle
    December 16, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    I wish I had found this blog much earlier in my (first) pregnancy!

  20. Kerry
    December 31, 2012 / 2:27 pm

    Hi Christine,

    Many thanks for helping checking out. Much appreciated!

    Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!


  21. February 19, 2013 / 10:02 am

    I really enjoyed reading through your blog, thanks for all the useful tips you mentioned, and about the design, I love it!
    My little boy is 3yrs now, but I thought it would be useful for sometime in the future 🙂

  22. April 4, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    Hi Christine,
    Love your blog! I'm still in my first trimester and have been using the Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum
    Here are the Ingredients:
    Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Alpha Tocopherol, Polysorbate 80, Panthenol, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Benzylalcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Fragrance.

    I also have the La Mer The concentrate

    What do you think? Are they safe? Thanks so much for taking the time to answer all of these questions!


  23. joy
    July 11, 2017 / 9:09 am

    Hi Christine,

    I am just reading how you have been helpful to new and old mums.I am 14weeks pregnant and i am having challenges with what skin care product to use?a friend advised me to use oriflame product that they are all natural.So i picked on of their body and face lotion named ESSENTIAL FAIRNESS,these are the ingredients:

    Pomelo extract,aqua ethylhexyl,methonycinnamate,batylene,glycol,butyl,methoxydibenzoylmethans,glycerine c-12-15 alkyl benzoate,octocrylene,alumium starch,octenylsuccinate cetyl alcohol,cyclopentasiloxane,glyceryl stearate,peg-100 sterate,dimethicone,cyclohexasiloxane,caprylylglycol,parfum,imidazolidinyl,urea,carbomer,methylparaben,propyl paraben,disodium,edta,xanthan gum,sodium,hydroxide,bht,citrus grandis fruit extract,sodium benzoate,citric acid.Please i want to know if these ingredients are safe.Thanks and Regrads

    • 15mins
      July 11, 2017 / 11:27 am

      That looks ok to me!

  24. Summer Whitney
    December 19, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Hi! So hyaluronic acid IS SAFE while nursing?? Thx!

    • Summer Whitney
      December 19, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      PS- Im currently using Andalou naturals sensitive rose line while nursing…

      • 15mins
        December 20, 2017 / 6:48 pm

        I’m not familiar with that line, but hyaluronic acid is definitely safe!

    • 15mins
      December 20, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Yes, it’s not an acid even. It’s a very large molecule (too large to penetrate into the skin, though your body makes it and it’s found naturally in the dermis), it just holds water there. It’s one of my favorite moisturizing ingredients!

  25. Afshan
    January 1, 2018 / 3:39 am

    Just read ur blog. I have a question which os apart from the blog. It is about using neutrogena microdermabariosion home kit for getting rid of ace scars while 28 weeks of pregnancy. Can i use it?
    Appreciate your time and very informative blog.


    • 15mins
      January 2, 2018 / 10:30 am

      Due to differences in formulations around the world (eg- Canada is often different than the US even, though I live <1 hour from Canada by car), I am no longer answering questions about formulations without a list of ingredients.

  26. Anonymous
    January 31, 2018 / 1:35 am

    Hi Christine,

    Thank you for your blog.

    This is the ingredient list for Lashboost. Is it safe to use during pregnancy?
    Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Biotin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isopropyl Cloprostenate, Octapeptide-2, Allantoin, Panthenol, Copper Tripeptide-1, Pantethine, Polypeptide-23, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Glycerin, Sea Water, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Rhizobian Gum, Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, PVP, Lecithin, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide.

  27. Karolyn
    February 10, 2018 / 11:22 pm

    Hi Christine!! Omg,
    I’m so glad I found your site!! Could you please tell me if the ingredients in Ren’s bioretinoid oil, bioretinoid cream, and instant beauty shot are safe for nursing. I keep trying to find out and have had no luck! Please please please advise!!

    Bioretinoid oil: Vitamin A from Andean Musk Rose Seed Oil, Pro-Vitamin A from Arctic Seabuckthorn Berry Fruit Flesh and Retinoid Analogue from Brazilian White Beggar’s Stick Flower boosts collagen, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, corrects skin tone and repairs sun damage
    Tocopherol from Vitamin E fights off free radicals and protects from oxidative damage
    Omega 6 and 7 from Arctic Seabuckthorn Berry Fruit Flesh promotes healthy cell renewal and repair &
    Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Bakuchiol, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Parfum* (Fragrance), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Linalool *100% Natural Fragrance – Parfum 100% Naturel

    Ren Bioretinoid anti-aging face cream: Retinoid Analogue from Brazilian Organic White Beggar’s-Tick Flower, boosts collagen and dramatically reduces fine lines and wrinkles
    Galactan from Red Algae, repairs cells and protects DNA which prevents premature ageing
    Oleuropein from Olive Leaf. An anti-oxidant that detoxifies and boosts radiance
    Phycocolloids from Porphyridium Cruentum Microalga, instantly lift and firm skin
    Hyaluronic Acid from Yeast, replenishes and plumps skin

    Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Myristyl Myristate, Oleyl Alcohol, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Lauryl Laurate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Triheptanoin, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Bakuchiol, Oryzanol, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Pullulan, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Levan, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Parfum* (Fragrance), Xanthan Gum, Sodium Sulfite, Decyl Glucoside, Lactic Acid, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Rosa Damascena Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Beta-Carotene, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Linalool *100% Natural Fragrance – Parfum 100% Naturel

    Lastly, keep you doing & Beautiful Instant Firming shot

    Hyaluronan 1 from Yeast Biofermentation instantly firms and smoothes lines and wrinkles
    Hyaluronan 2 from Yeast Biofermentation firms and remodels over time
    Phycocolloids from Microalga plump from within giving the skin lasting hydration and comfort
    Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Pullulan, Carbomer, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Rosa Damascena Extract, Citronellol, Geraniol

    Please please advise!!!


  28. Audra
    February 26, 2018 / 8:59 am

    Hi Christine!

    I recently changed my skincare routine and just found out that I pregnant with my 3rd.

    I mix it up between the Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk and the Juice Beauty Organic Treatment oil

    Or I use the CoCoKind cleansing oil, Rosewater tonic, organic facial repair serum and the organic eye firming oil.

    Any insight as to if these products are safe?

    Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk:
    Vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice/jus de raisin blanc bio)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice/jus de aloès bio)*, glycerin†, cetearyl alcohol, caprylic/capric triglyceride†, prunus amygdalus dulcis (organic sweet almond oil/huile d’amande douce bio)*, carthamus tinctorius (organic safflower seed oil/huile de carthame bio)*, ceteareth-20, rubus idaeus (organic red raspberry juice/jus de framboise bio)*, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil/huile de graines de tournesol bio)*, sesamum indicum (organic sesame seed oil/huile de graines de sésame bio)*, vitis vinifera (grape seed oil/huile de pépins de raisin), hydrolyzed linseed extract, cetearyl glucoside, gluconolactone†, calcium gluconate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, calendula officinalis (marigold flower extract/extrait des fleurs de souci), chamomilla recutita (chamomile extract/extrait de camomille), tilia cordata (linden flower extract/extrait des fleurs de tilleul), panthenol (Vitamin B5/vitamine B5), ascorbic acid (Vitamin C/vitamine C), tocopherol (Vitamin E/vitamine E), allantoin, xanthan gum, citrus sinensis (orange oil/huile d’orange), boswellia carterii (frankincense oil/huile d’encens).

    Juice Beauty Organic Treatment Oil
    Organic plant oils of helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, olea europaea (organic olive oil)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil)*, linum usitatissimum (organic linseed oil)*, borago officinalis (organic borage seed oil)*, oenothera biennis (organic evening primrose oil)*, vaccinium macrocarpon (organic cranberry seed oil)*, vinis vitifera (organic grape seed oil)*, organic botanical extracts of olea europaea (organic olive leaf extract)*, calendula officinalis (organic marigold flower extract)*, chamomilla recutita (organic matricaria flower extract)*, daucus carota sativa (organic carrot root extract)*, geranium maculatum (organic spotted cranesbill flower extract)*, helichrysum stoechas (organic eternal flower extract)*, melissa officinalis (organic lemon balm leaf extract)*, tocopherol (Vitamin E), pelargonium graveolens (organic geranium)* and citrus aurantium (organic petitgrain)* pure essential oils

    CoCoKind states on their website:
    Our products are safe to use during pregnancy, but we always recommend checking with your physician for specific concerns! We only use clean and gentle formulations. When we use essential oils, they comprise less than 1% of the overall formula. We also have a baby line (great for both babies and mamas!) which does not include essential oils at all.

    Organic facial cleansing oil
    Ingredients: Organic virgin coconut oil, organic virgin avocado oil, organic tea tree oil, organic lavender oil

    Rosewater toner
    Ingredients: Organic rose hydrosol

    Organic facial repair serum
    Ingredients: Organic virgin coconut oil, organic avocado oil, organic rosehip oil

    Eye firming oil
    Ingredients: Organic virgin coconut oil, organic virgin avocado oil, organic grapeseed oil

    Thank you so much! I’m always overly cautious and my skin has changed so much since my daughter weaned last year and I started my cycle again so I can’t use the products I was using anymore.

    • 15mins
      February 28, 2018 / 1:44 pm

      I don’t see anything of concern in any of these products

  29. Michelle
    March 3, 2018 / 10:14 am

    Hi Christine! I’m so glad to come across your site. Please help me check if the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is safe to use while nursing? These are the ingredients: Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-75, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Pantethine, Caffeine, Lectithin, Tripeptide-32, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium RNA, Bisabolol, Glycereth-26, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Oleth-3, Oleth-5, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Yeast Extract, Choleth-24, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceteth-24, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hexylene Glycol, Carbonmer, Triethanolamine, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4, Yellow 5.

    Thank you 🙂

    Thanks! 🙂

    • 15mins
      March 3, 2018 / 3:33 pm

      It looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing to me.

  30. Estelle
    March 11, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    Hi Christine, I am 7 week pregnant and I’m using dermalogica pure light spf 50 .
    Can you please check whether the ingredients safe to use.
    Here are the ingredients listed in the box.
    Water/aqua/eau, cyclopentasiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone/ vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Oligopeptide -34, Oligopeptide-51, Squalane, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Polysorbate 60, Phytic Acid, Zinc Glycinate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

    • 15mins
      March 11, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      I don’t think that’s the full list, you’re missing the sunscreen active ingredients

      • Estelle
        March 12, 2018 / 10:08 am

        Hi Christine,

        I found this ingredient list in the website. But what is listed in the box is slightly different. Can you please check whether it is safe to use. Thank you so much for your help!

        Active ingredients: Avobenzone (3.0%) Octinoxate (7.5%). Other ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polysorbate 80, Dimethyl Capramide, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Lavendula Spica (Lavender) Flower Oil, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Oligopeptide-34, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Zinc Glycinate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 60, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/ Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol Behenate, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

        • 15mins
          March 12, 2018 / 2:55 pm

          I’d avoid all chemical sunscreens while pregnant, look for Zinc and Titanium based instead.

          • Estelle
            March 12, 2018 / 8:44 pm

            I will stop using dermalogica pure light. Thank you!!

  31. March 16, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    Hi there, I wrote earlier,
    Wanted to ask you a few questions regarding products i had just purchased. Would you mind if I email you!?
    [email protected]

    I spent literally hundreds and before i open them i want to make sure im doing the best for my baby. I just don’t know where to go with my questions. My head is spinning from trying to find info online regarding things like ‘allantoin’ in my face wash!

    please help,
    It would be greatly appreciated!

    • 15mins
      March 16, 2018 / 3:35 pm

      You can email! I’m [email protected] Allantoin is fine LOL 🙂

  32. Kim
    April 2, 2018 / 3:03 am

    Regarding the StirVectin SD Advanced, I read to avoid products containing Butylene Glycol (paraben preservative)? Is it safe when pregnant? Thank you.

    • 15mins
      April 2, 2018 / 9:56 am

      Butylene glycol is fine, as are parabens. They’re actually naturally found in blueberries and we don’t have evidence linking them to anything.

  33. Sarah Altmann
    April 7, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    Love your blog! Just curious, is organic rose water safe to use in the first trimester of pregnancy?

    • Sarah Altmann
      April 7, 2018 / 4:17 pm

      P.S. I would be using it as a fragrance

      • 15mins
        April 7, 2018 / 9:51 pm

        It should be totally fine!

  34. Sarah Altmann
    April 7, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    Hi Christine, will you please advise me whether these two products are safe to use in the first trimenter of pregnancy? Here are the ingredients:
    1.Bronzing Body Butter
    Organic shea butter
    Organic cocoa butter
    Organic mango butter
    Coconut oil
    Tapioca powder
    Chocolate fragrance oil (high grade) iron oxides
    Mica Brown oxide pigment titanium dioxide

    2. Natural Exfoliating Sugar Scrub,
    Ingredients: sugar, lime, lemon, shea butter, coconut oil

    • 15mins
      April 7, 2018 / 9:51 pm

      Both look fine to me 🙂

  35. Lauren
    April 19, 2018 / 9:37 am

    Hi Christine!

    I love your site and I’m so glad I came across it. I am currently nursing my daughter and have been struggling with my skin for a few months now. I have been trying to find out if these products are ok to use while nursing. Can you advise me please?

    Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer

    Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Squalane, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Methyl Gluceth-20, C15-19 Alkane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Propanediol, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium PCA, Malic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Ceramide NP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharide Isomerate, Jojoba Esters, Bisabolol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rose Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Wood Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tridecane, Isoamyl Laurate, Isohexadecane, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glycereth-26 , Ethylhexyl Olivate, Undecane, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, C13-15 Alkane , Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 60, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019)

    Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
    Glycolic acid, Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Jojoba Esters, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycol Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Polyquaternium-4, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

    Thank you!

    • 15mins
      April 19, 2018 / 9:52 am

      Neither of those are safe, sorry!

  36. May 13, 2018 / 7:24 pm


    I just wanna ask if it safe to use these product ingredients while pregnant


    Cocos Nucifera Oil, Water,Sodium Hydroxide,Talc,Cocodiethanolamide,Glycerin,Betaine,Koic Acid,Fragrance Ananassa Duch Fruit Extract,Alpha Arbutin,Arctostaphylos UVA Ursi Extract.

    • 15mins
      May 13, 2018 / 10:13 pm

      No, not with the alpha arbutin

  37. Klara
    May 26, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    Hi Christine!

    Thank you so much for writing this blog, Finding pregnancy safe products are otherwise a jungle!

    I Wonder about these products and if they’re safe, and apologize if you already answered these before.

    Water/Aqua, Squalane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Chrondrus Crispus Extract, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Sodium Phytate, Lechithin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactic Acid, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract

    Squalane, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Geraniol

    Hylamide SubQ eye
    aqua (water), glycerin, methyl methacrylate/peg/ppg-4/3 methacrylate crosspolymer, albizia julibrissin bark extract, propanediol, myristoyl nonapeptide-3, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate, epigallocatechin gallatyl glucoside, gallyl glucoside, darutoside, aminobutyric acid, fucus vesiculosus extract, ascophyllum nodosum extract, asparagopsis armata extract, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, mangifera indica seed butter, lecithin, orbignya oleifera seed oil, squalane, sorbitol, tocopheryl acetate, propyl gallate, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, pentylene glycol, cetearyl isononanoate, ceteareth-20, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, xanthan gum, ceteareth-12, cetyl palmitate, gluconolactone, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, benzoic acid, benzyl alcohol, hexylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, dehydroacetic acid, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin.

    Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm
    Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Peg-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino Esters-1, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Amber Powder, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Disodium Phosphate, Citric Acid.

    I also wonder if rosehip in facial cleansers is bad?

    All the best,


    • 15mins
      May 28, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      All of those are fine, and rosehip oil is fine

  38. Brooke
    May 29, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    I just found your blog and would be so grateful for your advice on my day/night creams. I’m 6 weeks pregnant.

    Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50

    Active ingredients: Avobenzone (3.0%), Octinoxate (7.5%). Other ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius Oleosomes, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dimethicone, Dimethyl Capramide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Aniba Rosaeodora Wood Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus Leaf/Flower Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Oil, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Lecithin, Glucosamine HCL, Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysilicone-11, Glycine Soja Protein, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Decyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 80, Urea, Galactoarabinan, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Polysorbate 60, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Eugenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol, CI 77891

    Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Night

    aqua/water/eau, isononyl isononanoate, cetyl alcohol, glycerin, neopentyl glycol diheptanoate, propanediol, glycolic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone, arachidyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, sodium hydroxide, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, glyceryl stearate, peg-100 stearate, cyclopentasiloxane, squalane, phenoxyethanol, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, cyclohexasiloxane, arachidyl glucoside, magnesium aluminum silicate, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, caprylyl glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, citric acid, mandelic acid, xanthan gum, parfum/fragrance, bisabolol, polysorbate 60, allantoin, sodium pca, disodium edta, ethylhexyl palmitate, adenosine, myrothamnus flabellifolia leaf extract, farnesol, limonene, evodia rutaecarpa fruit extract, butylene glycol, ascorbic acid, faex/yeast extract/extrait de levure, opuntia coccinellifera flower extract, citral, silica dimethyl silylate, bht, ethylhexylglycerin, hyaluronic acid, silanetriol, sodium hyaluronate, sorbic acid, hexylene glycol, linalool.

    Thank you so much!

    • 15mins
      May 31, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      Neither of those are safe

  39. Janice
    May 30, 2018 / 6:06 am

    Hi Christine,
    I’m so excited to discover your site!!!
    I’m currently 9 weeks pregnant and is starting to worry me that the skincare/makeup/cleansing products I’m using might not be safe to use while I’m pregnant….I have been using these products ever since the first day I found out I’m pregnant and I wear makeup everyday.


    – it has Ethane Sulfonic Acid in it, is that safe to use?
    – it is a brightening toning lotion, I heard from friends before not to use any whitening or brightening products during pregnancy, is that true?


    I am trying to find the list if the ingredients but unfortunately I couldn’t find any…
    Below is the descriptions I found from Sephora.
    – ULTIME8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil is infused with eight exquisite oils of botanical origin. The silky oil offers deep, effective cleansing in one step without drying out the skin or leaving a residue. The appearance of skin improves over time with continued use for a smooth and toned complexion.



    Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Beeswax\Cera Alba\Cire D’Abeille, Ozokerite, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax\Candelilla Cera\Cire De Candelilla, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Talc, Octyldodecanol, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Silica, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Tocopherol, Squalane, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, [+/- Mica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)]

    5) GIVENCHY Teint Couture Long-Wearing Compact Foundation PA++


    Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Diisotearyl Malate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Fragrance, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Bht.[+/-: Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxyde), Ci 77491 – Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake)].

    Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxyde, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Bht, Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 73360 (Red 30 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides).






    Thanks a lot for your help Christine!!!

    Hope you have a great day!!!!!!:)))

    • 15mins
      May 31, 2018 / 2:06 pm

      I can’t comment on any of the items without ingredient lists. It’s true that you can’t use any self tanners for sure, and most (but not all) brightening products. The Shu in #1 has white peony which I think is where the brightening comes from, but i can’t find any info on that acid you mentioned. It isn’t an AHA or BHA, but beyond that i don’t have safety info. The foundations you listed ingredients for and the highlighter both look ok.

  40. anon
    May 30, 2018 / 11:15 am

    Hi, thanks so much for your blog. i am going out of my mind looking at skin care ingredients. i am 5 weeks pregnant and i was hoping you wouldn’t mind looking at the following ingredients and advising if ok to use?

    image prevention daily matte moisturiser 32-
    INGREDIENTSZinc oxide – powerful, physical broad-spectrum sun protectionOctinoxate – boosts UVB protectionDNA Protection Complex (photosomes, roxisomes, ultrasomes) – protects the skin from environmental and free radical damage, protects skin DNA, and promotes DNA repair in the skinMicro-sponges – absorb excess oil from the skinBVOSC – oil-soluble Vitamin C provides antioxidant protectionThiotaine – potent antioxidant that repairs and protects skin

    niod multi molecular hylauronic complex
    Aqua (Water), Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Butyroyl Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Salvia Sclarea Extract, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, PCA, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sodium Lactate, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Algae Extract, Sodium Salicylate, Lecithin, Polyglucuronic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sclerotium Gum, Pullulan, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Citric Acid, Magnesium Chloride, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Ethoxydiglycol, Propyl Gallate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

    Version 3.8.003

    MMHC2 is the second generation of MMHC. The formula offers a multi-dimensional approach to topical hyaluronic supplementation by combining 15 forms of hyaluronic compounds, hyaluronic precursors and a hyaluronic support technology in a peptide-charged delivery system. It offers water-based hydration and helps skin surface look plump, elastic, comfortable and uniform. 

    Amongst the 15 hyaluronic compounds is an extremely rare direct form of hyaluronic acid. Almost universally in the world of beauty, the term “hyaluronic acid” is used loosely to refer to “sodium hyaluronate” which is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid. When brands refer to “hyaluronic acid” in their information and marketing materials, in almost every case the reference is to forms of “sodium hyaluronate” which appears in the ingredient listing of the products. While several sodium salt forms of hyaluronic acid are included in MMHC2, the formula also includes 1.0% direct hyaluronic acid which appears as “hyaluronic acid” in the ingredient listing. This inclusion is exceptionally rare for a broad range of formulation and commercial reasons. Direct hyaluronic acid offers pro-repair support far beyond basic water hydration that sodium hyaluronate offers, resulting in improvements to the elastic appearance and the general healthy look of skin. 

    The formula also contains a hyaluronic support system of adaptogenic water-starved clary sage flavonoids, phenylethanoid glycosides from narrow leaf plantain and several dermal amino acids. This complex system acts as a non-clogging, water-protective barrier to optimize the function of hyaluronic compounds and help support dermal water retention. 

    HYALURONIC TECHNOLOGIESDirect Form Hyaluronic Acid (MMHC2)The rare and direct form of hyaluronic acid, not in the commonly-available sodium salt form (known as sodium hyaluronate), this very active raw form of HA offers pro-repair support for healthy-looking skin with improved elastic appearance.Enzyme-Reacted Glucosamine Amide HA Pre-Cursor (Rapid Reaction)Highly complex compound is derived by enzymatic phosphorylation of N-acetyl-glucosamine through a green chemistry process.Bio-Yeast HA Pre-Cursor (Moderate Term Reaction)Contains oligomers of acetylated glucuronic acids derived from biofermentation.Novel HA Pre-Cursor Peptide Complex (Sustained Reaction)World’s first peptide complex that is pro-decorin and pro-lumican.Marine Hyaluronic Complex of Exopolysaccharides (MMHC2)Derived through fermentation of marine genus Pseudoaltermonas sp., sustainably sourced from Brittany, this complex supports water content of tissues in exposure to temperature variations.Tamarind-Derived Hyaluronic ComplexVegetable-derived parallel to the body’s own hyaluronic acid offers hydration in the short-term while promoting elastic-looking skin with continued use.Mushroom-Derived Hyaluronic ComplexFungi-derived parallel to the body’s own hyaluronic acid offers 400% more surface hydration than hyaluronic acid (which already attracts 1,000 times its weight in water) but without the strong water affinity that can prevent penetration of water-bound technologies.Locust-Bean-Derived Hyaluronic ComplexA higher-weight saccharide from the locust bean offers non-tacky, weightless surface hydration immediately upon application and encourages skin surface to attract atmospheric water more readily.Hyaluronic Acid CrosspolymerA unique cross-linked non-animal form of hyaluronic acid that delivers water and water-soluble actives through its nonequilibrium gel structure, helping to maintain water content with continued use. Complex delivery of water-bound content through this system allows for smaller-sized technologies to remain effective topically even in the presence of (high-molecular-weight) hyaluronic acid that ordinarily actually impairs absorption.Very-Low-Molecular-Weight Hyaluronic ComplexA hyaluronic complex in near-impossible molecular weight for lasting hydration with continued use in a form never before associated with hyaluronic acid.Hydrolyzed (Low-Molecular-Weight) Hyaluronic ComplexOffers lasting comfort and hydration for the skin with continued use.Mid-Molecular-Weight Hyaluronic ComplexOffers short-term comfort and hydration.Fermentation-Derived (High-Molecular-Weight) Hyaluronic AcidHighly-purified fermentation-derived hyaluronic acid offers superb surface hydration and comfort while helping to prevent moisture loss.Hyaluronic Acid ButyrateUnique anfipatic complex from a reaction of butyric acid and hyaluronan helps support epidermic barriers to improve signs of cutaneous wellness.Hyaluronic Support System of Adaptogenic Water-Starved Clary Sage Flavonoids, Phenylethanoid Glycosides from Narrow Leaf Plantain and Dermal Amino Acids (MMHC2)Acts as a non-clogging water-protective barrier to optimize the function of hyaluronic compounds and help support dermal water retention.

    I used the vital c enzyme masque once since I found out i was pregnant and have just noticed it has retinyl palmitate in it so will not use. i am panicking cause I’ve used it, do u think much of this absorbs into the skin?

    Key Ingredients

    20% Blend:L- ascorbic acid & SAP (sodium ascorbyl phosphate) – Vitamin C: antioxidants

    Hyaluronic acid – Hydrator:binds 1000x its weight in water

    Retinyl palmitate – Vitamin A – skin revitalizer

    Papaya, pineapple – Enzymes: gentle exfoliators

    Resveratrol (grape seed extract) – Antioxidant

    RNA – Ribonucleic acid:moisturizing

    Vitamin E – Antioxidant

    Orange blossom extract (organic) – Essential oil

    Ingredients List


    I have just got a sample of the kheils oil free ultra facial cream do you think this is ok?


    Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Propanediol, Glycereth-26, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pseufoalteromonas Ferment Extract,, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Panthenol, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

    thank you so much in advance

    • 15mins
      May 31, 2018 / 2:14 pm

      Only the Kiehl’s Oil Free Ultra Facial cream is safe (it’s included in my big list of pregnancy safe skincare products). I wouldn’t worry too much about the retinoid in 1 product for a few weeks, just discontinue use. Many women don’t realize they are pregnant for months!

  41. Mandy
    June 11, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    This blog is super helpful. Thank you so much! Pregnancy and breast feeding safe products are so hard to identify so I truly appreciate you sharing these helpful information. Would you happen to know if La Mer’s Regenerating serum and Eye Concentrate are safe for pregnancy/ breastfeeding? Ingredient lists are linked below. Thanks again!

    • 15mins
      June 11, 2018 / 9:33 pm

      They look ok!

  42. Sarah
    October 18, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Hi! Thank you SO much for helping all the mama’s out there. Was wondering about these guys:

    Elf Night Cream


    Elf Recovery Cream


    Elf Illuminating Moisturizer

    Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Acrylates/C10- 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Tin Oxide, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

    Elf Wake Up Multi-Masks

    Water (Aqua), Hydroxyethyl Urea, Diglycerin, Panthenol, Trehalose, Niacinamide, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Menthyl Lactate, Propylene Glycol, 1,2- Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Pentylene Glycol, Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine

    Thank you SOOOO much!

    • 15mins
      October 18, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      All look ok!

  43. DF
    October 19, 2018 / 9:20 am

    Hello Dear Christine,
    A great great site, thank you for your effort. This site is a life-saver.
    I would like to ask you a makeup removal?
    Bioderma Sensibio H20

    • 15mins
      October 19, 2018 / 9:44 am

      This is fine!

  44. JM
    October 29, 2018 / 6:52 am

    Hello, it’s me again. Is Bio Oil safe to use to lighten skin with dark marks because of ezcema?

    Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil)
    Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil)
    Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil)
    Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil)
    Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
    Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
    Oil base
    Paraffinum Liquidum
    Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate
    Isopropyl Myristate
    Glycine Soja Oil
    Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil
    Fragrance (Rose)
    Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
    Amyl Cinnamal
    Benzyl Salicylate
    Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
    CI 26100

    • 15mins
      October 30, 2018 / 2:52 pm

      No, it isn’t due to retinoids and salicylates.

    • JM
      October 30, 2018 / 9:12 pm

      thank u for the response :). do u have any recommendations to whiten dark spots?

        • JM
          November 1, 2018 / 4:51 am

          thank u. i checked the list and planning to try one. would just like to confirm if all the products there are safe for pregnant women even for large part of the body?

          • 15mins
            November 1, 2018 / 10:13 am


  45. Sophie
    November 10, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    Wow Christine you have so many comments here! You are so good to be helping all of us! Thank you for replying to my comment on your other post. Is this eye cream by Liz Earle safe to use? Supposedly a lot of it is natural:

    Aqua (water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium polyacrylate, Borago officinalis seed oil, Rosa rubiginosa seed oil, Myristyl myristate, Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil, Soybean glycerides, Propanediol, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, Punica granatum fruit extract, Medicago sativa (alfalfa) seed extract, Spilanthes acmella flower extract, Alaria esculenta extract, Rheum rhaponticum root extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium stearoyl glutamate, Lactobacillus ferment lysate, Butyrospermum parkii butter unsaponifiables, Sodium hyaluronate, Xanthan gum, Saccharomyces cerevisiae extract, Hydrolyzed lupine protein, Arginine, Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, Lactobacillus ferment, Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Chlorphenesin, Caffeine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aspartic acid, Ascorbyl palmitate, Sodium chloride, Citric acid.

    And also this cream by Mac:
    Water/Aqua/Eau Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Trisiloxane, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Yeast Extract/Faex/Extrait De Levure, Caffeine, Sorbitol, Trehalose, Rhodochrosite, Magnesium Chloride, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sucrose, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, PEG-8, Polysorbate 80, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Sulfate, Diamond Powder, Potassium Nitrate, Potassium Phosphate, Oleth-10, Salicylic Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate

    • 15mins
      November 10, 2018 / 1:56 pm

      Liz Earle is ok, but not the Mac

      • Sophie
        November 10, 2018 / 5:36 pm

        Oh god I’ve used it a couple of times before I read that you have to becareful what you out on your skin! What damage could I have done??

        • 15mins
          November 10, 2018 / 5:55 pm

          The skin is a barrier so not as much gets absorbed as you think. A few uses is probably ok, but I would avoid for the rest of your pregnancy.

  46. Melly
    November 17, 2018 / 11:48 pm

    Hi Doctor,

    Thank you very much for this valuable information. I read through some of the comments and you said not to worry about shampoo and conditioner products. How about body wash, lotion, perfume and deodorant products? What kind of ingredients should we avoid? Or they are all safe to use while pregnant?
    Thank you very much for your help

    • 15mins
      November 18, 2018 / 9:24 am

      Body wash and lotions should be treated the same as skincare products, avoid the same ingredients. Perfume is fine. I haven’t found any deodorants that aren’t ok.

      • Melly
        November 20, 2018 / 1:14 am

        Thanks a lot Doctor!

  47. Jaclyn
    November 25, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    Hi Christine!

    Wondering if the recommended products are okay in Canada. Here are the ingredients,

    KIEHL’S SINCE 1851
    Ultra Facial Cleanser
    Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Acrylates Copolymer, Peg-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Pentylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Distearyl Ether, Behenyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Laureth-2, Propylparaben, Sodium Methylparaben, Squalane, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Avocado Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.

    Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm
    Water, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, C10-18 Triglycerides, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glyceryl Stearate, Niacinamide, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Jojoba Esters, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Algae Extract, Carbomer, Hyaluronic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, PEG-75 Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Polyglycerin-3, Sodium Lactate, Polysorbate 20, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, EDTA, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol.

    • 15mins
      November 25, 2018 / 7:28 pm

      You can find all of the safe Kiehl’s and First Aid Beauty products (there are none from FAB) in my post with pregnancy safe skin care products.

  48. Katie
    January 12, 2019 / 6:44 am

    Heya! I love your blog 🙂

    Is the THE ORDINARY Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% safe to use in pregnancy

    I’ve heard that Adelaic acid is a good pregnancy safe alternative to other acids?
    If this one isn’t safe do you have any recommendations?

    Aqua (Water), Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Azelaic Acid, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Isohexadecane, Tocopherol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Isoceteth-20, Polysorbate 60, Triethanolamine, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin

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