Pregnancy skincare glossary

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You’d have to be a cosmetic scientist to keep up with all of the claims and ingredients that are on most skincare labels today. We created a glossary with all the information you need so that you don’t have to search for “parabens” on your phone in the drugstore ever again.

Allergy-tested: If you have sensitive skin, you’re probably familiar with the label “hypoallergenic.” Hypoallergenic means that a product contains ingredients that haven’t been shown to cause allergic reactions in most people. It doesn’t mean that the product has actually been tested, or that this particular combination of ingredients is known to not cause allergic reactions.

The gold standard for allergy-safe products is actually “allergy-tested.” This means that the makers of the product actually provided it to people with sensitive skin and determined that it’s safe to use.

Artificial dyes: You might want to check the label of that beautiful purple lotion and silky pink shampoo you have. If you see Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 6, or another artificial dye listed in the ingredients section, your products have artificial dyes in them that might irritate your skin.

There’s nothing wrong with going au natural in the color department, but if you’re not ready to say goodbye to your rainbow of skincare products, look for products that have natural dyes like acai and alkanet in them.

Artificial fragrances: These are fragrances that have been created by scientists in a lab. Though you’ll find them in almost every product in the skincare aisle, they can irritate sensitive skin.

Many people prefer natural scents during pregnancy that are derived from plants and essential oils, like eucalyptus and lavender.

Cruelty-free: Cruelty-free is a label for products that do not harm animals. It also means that a product was not tested on animals.

Gluten-free: The general rule is that if your body has trouble digesting gluten, it can react negatively to gluten in skincare. Skincare products that are labeled gluten-free do not have gluten as an ingredient, and are not made in facilities that handle gluten, which makes them safer for people who have Celiac Disease or are gluten intolerant.

OB/GYN and dermatologist recommended: This means exactly what you would guess. The product has been reviewed by doctors who say that the product is safe and does what it claims to do.

Paraben-free: Parabens are a preservative that have been used in skincare products since the 1950s – about 85% of cosmetics contain them. In the 1990s, scientists discovered that parabens that accumulate in the body may increase the risk of breast cancer in some women.

The World Health Organization and FDA have determined that parabens are safe in very small amounts – like the amount found in skincare products. Some brands though, like Belli Skincare, have decided to forgo it entirely to ensure that their product is safe during pregnancy and nursing.

The bottom line

Finding pregnancy skincare products that are allergy-tested; have no artificials dyes or fragrances; are cruelty, gluten, and paraben-free; and are recommended by both OB/GYNs and dermatologists sounds pretty daunting.

Fortunately, every skincare product from Belli Skincare meets all of the above criteria. Their special pregnancy line even features products that are proven to be safe specifically during pregnancy and nursing. Tap below to believe in better skin with Belli Skincare.

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