The Safe Guide to Skin Care Products and Makeup (especially during pregnancy)!
July 16th, 2016

Did you know that only 11 chemicals in personal care products have been banned in the United States but the European Union has banned over 1000 chemicals? Did you know that 80% of what you put on your skin can be absorbed into your bloodstream?! These are just some of the reasons for the very strict vetting process we use for every product we sell at Supplet. We have listed the ‘scariest’ chemicals that you need to steer clear of below in your beauty and personal
care products.

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Personal Care Products and Makeup During Pregnancy – Here is what to stay away from:

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) – BHA and BHT are commonly used as a preservative in cosmetic products.  They are possible carcinogens and haven’t undergone pre-market testing by the FDA so it’s best to avoid them. (Carcinogens can cause cancer!)

BPA – BPA has been found in packaging and can leach into products. BPA has been linked to reproductive disorders and recently has been linked to ADHD.

Formaldehyde, DEA (dithanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine) – Formaldehyde is often found in shampoos (look for DMDM hydantoin on the label), hair gels, certain hair treatments and nail polish.  Research shows that it may cause cancer.

Lead – Lead is most commonly found in 60% of lipsticks, foundation, nail colors and toothpaste.  It has also been linked to miscarriage and reduced fertility.

Oxybenzone – Oxybenzone is most commonly found in sunscreens and may lead to a low birth weight.  It’s easily absorbed through the skin and is found in roughly 80% of the sunscreens on the market today.  Make sure you opt for a oxybenzone free sunscreen. Check out our list of safe sunscreens.

Parabens – Parabens are a common preservative in cosmetics, and roughly 75%-90% of cosmetics contain Parabens!  Parabens have been linked to hormone disruption, breast cancer and reduced fertility.

Phthalates – Phthalates are more commonly found in scents and perfumes.  Phthalates have been linked to birth defects.  To make things even more difficult, fragrances are protected by trade secret laws so manufacturers don’t have to disclose them.  We have checked with our suppliers to ensure their fragrances are natural (mostly using essential oils)!

Retinoids/Retin A/Salycylic acid –  Studies have shown that high amounts of vitamin A and salicylic acid have resulted in birth defects and other various pregnancy complications so it’s best to avoid them. Read more: Salycylic Acid is it a big no no during pregnancy? 

Toluene – Toluene is most commonly found in nail polish.  Breathing it in can be harmful to your nervous system and cause symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.  In addition, it has also been linked to birth defects and developmental issues in children.

Triclosan – Triclosan is typically found as an antibacterial agent in hand soaps and toothpaste.  It’s been linked to low birth weight, endocrine disruption, fetal nervous system damage and reproductive abnormalities just to name a few.  Regular soap and water work just as well so avoid this if you can.

This gives you an idea of what you should be looking for during your everyday beauty regimen when you’re pregnant.  Check out our safe list of makeup products for pregnancy (that actually work well!).

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