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Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Sunday Riley

Pregnancy Safe Skincare from Sunday Riley

Pregnancy safe skincare 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 every pregnancy safe skincare product from Sunday Riley as of 5/3/2020. 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 note, it can take up to an hour to review the ingredient lists of each product. I review with my own list of pregnancy safe criteria. I obtain my ingredient lists from the brands and major retailers (typically Nordstrom and Sephora), and I review the US versions. Please do not ask me to re-review the same products over and over, I do not have the time to do so, and many people have been rude about this. For more brands, please head over to the list of pregnancy safe products.

Pregnancy Safe Products from Sunday Riley

Blue Moon Clean Rinse Cleansing Balm (at Sephora, Dermstore)
C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C and Turmeric Face Oil (at Sephora, Dermstore)
C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream (at Sephora, Dermstore)
Ceramic Slip Cleanser (at Sephora, Dermstore)
Ice Ceramide Moisturizing Cream (at Sephora, Dermstore)
Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil (at Sephora, Dermstore)
Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner
Slumber Party Pillow Spray

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Auto Correct Eye Cream (at Sephora): Glycolic Acid
C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum (at Sephora, Dermstore): Glycolic Acid
• C.E.O. Vitamin C + E Cleansing Oil (at Sephora, Dermstore): Willow Bark (Salicylate)
Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum: Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid
Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment: Glycolic Acid
Good Genes Lactic Acid (at Sephora, Dermstore): Licorice Root
Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask (at Sephora, Dermstore): Licorice Root
U.F.O. Ultra Clarifying Acne Treatment Face Oil (at Sephora, Dermstore): Salicylic Acid, Licorice Root

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.

A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum (at Sephora, Dermstore): Retinoid
Luna Sleeping Night Oil (at Sephora, Dermstore): Retinoid
Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream (at Sephora, Dermstore): Arbutin, Malic Acid

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45 Comments

  1. 1.10.19
    Sara Russek said:

    Is the new “Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil” safe for pregnancy?

  2. 2.14.19
    Lesa said:

    Why is the Arbutin safe for nursing in this product but not in THE Ordinary?

    • 2.14.19
      15mins said:

      Oh! Because I copied it under the wrong category. Thanks for catching that, it should be under not safe for either.

  3. 2.25.19
    michellelie said:

    Hi, i saw in the list that Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil is listed in category “Safe for pregnancy” but it is rich in vitamin A, so is it ok?

    -Blueberry Seed Oil: Contains high antioxidant levels, Vitamin E, and Omega 3.
    -Cranberry Seed Oil: Rich in Vitamins A, C, E, and K; contains the perfect balance of Omegas 3, 6, and 9.
    -Red Raspberry Seed Oil: Provides soothing and calming properties; when used in conjunction with sunscreen, helps support natural UV protection.
    -Broccoli Seed Oil: Rich in Vitamin A and Erucic Acid (an Omega 9 oil).

    • 2.26.19
      15mins said:

      Because they’re in oils it’s ok

  4. 3.12.19
    Lee said:

    Hi!

    Is Saturday Skin Rise + Shine Gentle cleanser safe? And do you maybe know if this is a good cleanser for dry skin?

    Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Hydrolyzed Avocado Protein, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Sterate, Polyquaternium-7, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citric Acid, Hydrogentated Lecithin, Maltodextrin, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Butylene Glycol, Cholesterol, Peg-800, Polysorbate 20, Sh-Oligopeptide-1, Sh-Polypeptide-1, Sh-Oligopeptide-2, Sh-Polypeptide-22, Sh-Polypeptide-45, Sh-Polypeptide-8, Sh-Polypeptide-9, Disodium Edta, Sodium Benzoate.

    Thank you so much.

    • 3.13.19
      15mins said:

      This is safe. I haven’t used it before so I don’t know if it is ok for dry skin, sorry!

  5. 6.2.19
    Christina said:

    Hi! Not sure if this a new product but is the CEO Hydrating Vitamin Cream Safe?
    Water, Squalane, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, C10-18 Triglycerides, PEG-8 Beeswax, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tapioca Starch, PPG-12 SMDI Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Jojoba Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Lecithin, Glycerin, Microcitrus Australasica Fruit (Lime Pearl) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Alteromonas Ferment Extract (Exopolysaccharides), Phenoxyethanol, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit (Kakadu Plum) Extract, Bisabolol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Nylon-12, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, Rosa Centifolia Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Alcohol Denat (found in botanical extracts), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit (Yuzu) Extract, Lippia Citriodora Flower (Lemon Verbena) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit (Rosehips)Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Oolong Tea).

    • 6.3.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

  6. 6.28.19
    Emily said:

    I just purchased the C.E.O 15% vitamin C serum and I am exclusively breastfeeding. I wasn’t sure what you meant by it’s “ok” to use while nursing. Please let me know ASAP if I can use this while breastfeeding!! I dont want to harm my baby in any way. Thanks ya

    • 6.28.19
      15mins said:

      Ok means fine, the usual definition, you can use it. If here was a problem I would point it out and say don’t use.

  7. 7.22.19
    Vitrie said:

    How about UFO from Sunday Riley?

    • 7.22.19
      15mins said:

      It’s listed already under not safe for pregnancy but ok for nursing.

  8. 7.23.19
    Julia Downes said:

    Everything I read says Glycolic Acid is pregnancy safe, except your list… do you happen know that it is a high concentration in these products and that’s why you listed it as unsafe during pregnancy? Referring to the C.E.O 15% vitamin C Brightening Serum.
    Thank you so much!

    • 7.23.19
      15mins said:

      I don’t know the exact percent, and note that might vary actually by country as sometimes formulations do vary by region of the world.
      My list is pretty conservative, but note that Glycolic Acid is usually at least 28% absorbed after topical application. It was on my OB’s list of things to avoid (from a major top 5 OB department in the US), so that’s why I’ve included it in my list.

      • 7.26.19
        Julia said:

        Thank you! I did reach out to Sunday Riley and they got back to me and said it is in fact safe to use during pregnancy. But maybe I will err on the side of caution since you have an OB list of things to avoid.

        • 7.26.19
          15mins said:

          I’m more conservative than some brands. The simple truth is that there really isn’t data out there to say something for sure is or isn’t safe, those studies would actually be unethical to perform. So we have best guesses and inferences on what we know gets absorbed and what could possibly happen.

  9. 7.24.19
    Bani said:

    Hello! Love your blog! I read the comments you posted on the CEO Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil and I know it’s unsafe during pregnancy due to glycolic acid but is it safe while nursing? Thank you in advance!

    C.E.O. GLOW: RUBUS IDAEUS (COLD PRESSED RED RASPBERRY) SEED OIL, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DIETHYLHEXANOATE, CAPRYLYL CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, SIMMONDSIA CHINESES (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, VACCINIUM MACROCARPON (COLD PRESSED CRANBERRY) SEED OIL, PUNICA GRANATUM (COLD PRESSED POMEGRANATE) SEED OIL, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) SEED OIL, OENOTHERA BIENNIS (EVENING PRIMROSE) SEED, TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA (BITTER ORANGE) FLOWER OIL, ECLIPTA PROSTRATA EXTRACT, MELIA AZADIRACHTA LEAF EXTRACT, MORINGA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, TOCOPHEROL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, 4-T-BUTYLCYCLOHEXANOL, RIBES NIGRUM (BLACK CURRENT) SEED OIL, BISABOLOL, CETYLHYDROXYPROLINE PALMITAMIDE, HEXYLDECANOL, HYDROXYPHENYL PROPAMIDOBENZOIC ACID, STEARIC ACID, BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS (RAPESEED) STEROLS, CARDIOSPERMUM HALICACABUM FLOWER/ LEAF/ VINE EXTRACT, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE, ROSEMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT.

    • 7.25.19
      15mins said:

      Actually, I don’t see the glycolic acid listed separately, it likely is in one of the extracts and they mention it as a featured ingredient. I think this is ok for pregnancy and nursing. And they need to stop releasing so many new products, just when I think I’m all caught up on Sunday Riley… nope! LOL 🙂

      • 7.25.19
        Bani said:

        Lol! They sure have been coming out with lots of new stuff, I can’t keep up myself! Thank you so much for the help.

  10. 9.22.19
    Tieneke said:

    Is the new SUNDAY RILEY ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream safe?

    Extract Blend [Water/Eau/Aqua, Chondrus Crispus (Red Algae) Extract], Squalane, C13-15 Alkane (from Sugarcane), Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Tri(Polyglyceryl-3/Lauryl) Hydrogenated Trilinoleate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Ceramide NP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide AP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Fructooligosaccharides, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Pimpinella Anisum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Sterols, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax/Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Triethyl Citrate, Tapioca Starch, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Phytate, Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Aspartate, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Stearic Acid, Copper Gluconate, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer.

    And this serum by Summer Fridays?

    Water (Aqua), Niacinamide, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C), Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Squalane, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Orchis Mascula (Orchid) Flower Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Extract, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis (Cantaloupe) Fruit Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Rose Gallica Flower Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Leaf/Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Hydroxycitronellal.

    Thank you so much!

    • 9.23.19
      15mins said:

      Both look ok for pregnancy and nursing to me 🙂

  11. 10.30.19
    Aileen Link said:

    Hi there! I’m wondering if the following products/ingredients are okay to use while pregnant? I find such conflicting info everywhere.
    VIVANT SKINCARE 9% MANDELIC ACID TONER: Alcohol Denat, water, propylene glycol, mandelic acide, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, polysorbate 20

    FACE REALITY MANDELIC SERUM: aqua, witch hazel, mandelic acid, alcohol, lactic acid, butylene glycol, alcohol denat, sodium lactate, niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate, sodium PCA, xanthan gum, phenethyl alcohol, caprylyl glycol, potassium sorbate, urea, sodium hydroxide

    FACE REALITY MANDELIC FACE WASH: water, sodium C14-16 Olefin sulfonate, polyacrylate-1 crosspolymer, sodium cocoamphoacetate, witch hazel water, gluconolactone, mandelic acid (L), Honey, Green tea leaf extract, grape seed extract, kiwi fruit extract, glycerin, cocmidopropyl hydroxysultaine, sodium benzonate, alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, propanediol, phenoxyethanol

    FACE REALITY CLEARDERMA MOISTURIZER: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, COCO-Caprylate, Gylcery stearate, glycerin, tapioca starch, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl olivate, stearyl alcohol, niacinamide, carthamus tinctorius seed oil, lilac leaf cell culture extract, L-alpha, Allantoin, Chamomilla Recutita flower extract, Camellia oleifera leaf extract, cranberry fruit extract, fructooligosaccharides, glycrrhiza inflata root extract, totrol, witch hazel water, citrus peel oil, Phenoxyethanol, citric acid, sorbitan olivate, carbomer, potassium sorbate, stearic acide cetearyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, polysorbate 60, maltodextrin, alcohol denat, polysorbate 20, sodium hydroxide alcohol.

    Thank you so much!

    • 11.1.19
      15mins said:

      These are all ok for nursing but not pregnancy.
      The toner and serum due to mandelic acid, face wash has mandelic acid and gluconolactone, the moisturizer has licorice root and I’m not entire certain what exactly a cell culture extract is….

  12. 11.24.19
    Karen said:

    Hi, When clicking on the link above for the approved product ‘Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask’ it takes me to Sephora and the ingredients list shows: Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate.
    Isn’t that on the ‘no no’ list as licorice root? Or does the Dipotassium part of the equation alter its nature?
    Thank you for your tireless effort and help.

    • 11.24.19
      15mins said:

      No, it’s likely a reformulation as Sunday Riley has changed a couple of their products, and international versions are also different than US version. The licorice root is the softest call of the ingredients to avoid on my list, but I would put it under ok for nursing but not pregnancy.

      • 11.24.19
        K said:

        Thank you!

  13. 12.6.19
    Jess said:

    Hi – Can you please verify if the Sunday Riley Lip Balm (collaboration with United Airlines) is safe for pregnancy and nursing? Thank you!

    Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Synthetic Beeswax, Ozokerite, Microcrystalline Wax, Eurphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract.

    • 12.8.19
      15mins said:

      Looks ok!

  14. 2.27.20
    Kim said:

    Is Alastin gentle face wash and moisturizer pregnancy safe?

    • 2.27.20
      15mins said:

      Do you have an ingredient list?

  15. 3.4.20
    Britt said:

    Hi do you have any idea if the ceo vitamin c rich hydration cream is safe for pregnancy? Thanks for this I find it all very helpful!

    • 3.4.20
      15mins said:

      Do you have an ingredient list?

      • 3.4.20
        Britt said:

        WATER/EAU/AQUA, SQUALANE, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE, C10-18 TRIGLYCERIDES, PEG-8 BEESWAX, POLYGLYCERYL-6 DISTEARATE, TAPIOCA STARCH, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS OIL, CITRIC ACID, PPG-12/SMDI COPOLYMER, GLYCERIN, CITRUS TANGERINA PEEL OIL, SODIUM ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, BISABOLOL, JOJOBA ESTERS, TOCOPHEROL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, LIMONENE, PHENOXYETHANOL, LECITHIN, NYLON-12, ROSA CENTIFOLIA FLOWER WAX, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WAX, SODIUM PHYTATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, POLYGLYCERYL-3 BEESWAX, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ALCOHOL DENAT., CHLORPHENESIN, CITRUS AUSTRALASICA FRUIT EXTRACT, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, TERMINALIA FERDINANDIANA FRUIT EXTRACT, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CITRUS JUNOS FRUIT EXTRACT, CURCUMA LONGA ROOT EXTRACT, EUTERPE OLERACEA FRUIT EXTRACT, LIPPIA CITRIODORA FLOWER EXTRACT, OENOTHERA BIENNIS SEED EXTRACT, ROSA CANINA FRUIT EXTRACT, ALTEROMONAS FERMENT EXTRACT, BENZYL ALCOHOL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, LINALOOL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID.

        • 3.4.20
          15mins said:

          Looks ok

  16. 3.13.20
    Mo said:

    Hello is this Sunday Riley oil safe ;

    RUBUS IDAEUS (COLD PRESSED RED RASPBERRY) SEED OIL, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DIETHYLHEXANOATE, CAPRYLYL CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, SIMMONDSIA CHINESES (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, VACCINIUM MACROCARPON (COLD PRESSED CRANBERRY) SEED OIL, PUNICA GRANATUM (COLD PRESSED POMEGRANATE) SEED OIL, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) SEED OIL, OENOTHERA BIENNIS (EVENING PRIMROSE) SEED, TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA (BITTER ORANGE) FLOWER OIL, ECLIPTA PROSTRATA EXTRACT, MELIA AZADIRACHTA LEAF EXTRACT, MORINGA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, TOCOPHEROL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, 4-T-BUTYLCYCLOHEXANOL, RIBES NIGRUM (BLACK CURRENT) SEED OIL, BISABOLOL, CETYLHYDROXYPROLINE PALMITAMIDE, HEXYLDECANOL, HYDROXYPHENYL PROPAMIDOBENZOIC ACID, STEARIC ACID, BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS (RAPESEED) STEROLS, CARDIOSPERMUM HALICACABUM FLOWER/ LEAF/ VINE EXTRACT, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE, ROSEMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT.

    • 3.13.20
      15mins said:

      Looks ok

  17. 5.13.20
    Rebecca Brooke said:

    Hi
    I’m confused you rated the Sunday Riley Juno Antioxident + Superfood Face Oil as pregnancy safe as one of the main ingredients is Vitamin A. (It’s listed twice even in the formulation. In the cranberry seed oil and the broccoli seed oil). I really want to use it is it considered safe?