Green Your Beauty Routine Before Baby

By Latham Thomas

Pregnancy is the perfect time to mix it up with your beauty regimen. There are so many brands out there loaded with chemicals that aren’t so great for you, and certainly not good for your baby. How do you know what is safe to use? Remember: your skin is your largest organ so you want to be keen on what’s clean in your beauty routine. Here are my some suggestions for chemical free beauty products that are good for your glow, safe for your baby and the planet.

Get Rich with Omega Moisture Rich Skin Cream. Dense creams, like Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter ($35), help protect the skin from dryness and help maintain skin elasticity, often preventing stretch marks. A formula rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 will ensure your skin has the best fighting chance against pregnancy stretch marks.

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Luxe Lather with Sulphate Free Body Wash. When washing your body, use a gentle wash that maintains the skin pH. Our favorite is Geranium Rose Luxury Skin Wash by Georgia by G & Company ($24), a light-lathering, luxurious and refreshing body wash that leaves skin with a natural glow due to the rich organic oils of coconut, olive and jojoba. Plus, this body wash can double as a mild shampoo.

Scrub It Up with Chemical Free Scrub. The key to healthy, elastic skin is to exfoliate away the dull, itchy top skin layer and prompt cellular renewal in the lower layers where stretch marks occur. With the combination of natural ingredients, including shea butter and other nourishing essential oils, Basq Sugar Body Polish ($26) is made to penetrate deeply for intense skin fortification and elasticity.

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Sun Kissed with DHA-Free Bronzer. With summer here, you want a healthy summer glow but both spending too much time in the sun and sunless tanners are no-nos. Instead, bronze it up with a mineral based formula like After Glow Costmetics Organic Infused Glow Bronzer ($26.00).

Cat Eyes with Paraben & Petroleum Free-Eyeliner. Your eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of your body must be protected from allergens and harmful chemicals but, of course, you still want to rock a sassy cat eye. No problem! Try Josie Maran Magic Marker Argan Liquid Eyeliner ($22). It’s fragrance and paraben-free and packed in sustainably-harvested wood.

Pucker Up with Paraben-Free Lip Gloss. Most of the lipgloss we apply ends up not only on our mouths but in our mouths as well and with Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss ($6), that’s not a problem. Castor seed, sunflower and sweet almond oils nourish and moisturize, leaving your pout with a beautiful sheen that screams kiss me! 

Fly Fingers with Non-Toxic Nail Polish. The nail salon used to be a toxic war zone, but now with water based nail polishes in trendy colors from Priti NYC Nail Polish ($12.50) you can flaunt your fingers eco-style with DBP, toluene and formaldehyde free manicures.

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