"Think of pregnancy as a time to refresh your routine with new and improved multitasking skin care products specially created to pamper your changing skin.”There are a lot of changes that occur during pregnancy and after you give birth, especially to your skin. Depending on how your skin reacts to the unavoidable hormone surges, you may wind up with dry or greasy patches, dark spots, stretch marks, an itchy belly and more. You may even find that your most beloved skin care products are suddenly too harsh for your now super-sensitive skin.Choosing pregnancy safe skincare does not need to be complicated or restrictive however it is important to become more mindful of what you put on your skin especially during and after pregnancy.WHY?There are toxins found in beauty products that has been linked to pre-term birth, developmental delays, altered genes etc… With an increased rate of autism, allergies and asthma in newborns and children it makes sense to start looking more closely at what we are putting on and in our bodies.COMMON SKINCARE INGREDIENTS TO AVOID WHILE PREGNANT/BREASTFEEDING:Retinoids/ Retinol: Commonly linked to birth defects, they can also make the skin more sensitive to UV lights.Tetracycline: This antibiotic acne treatment can affect the development of baby’s teeth and bones.Salicylic acid & BHAs: While local and limited use of topical acne-fighting products that contain up to 2 percent of salicylic acid are low-risk for baby, some dermatologists still suggest avoiding it just in case as in high doses have been shown to cause birth defects and pregnancy complications.Parabens: Common preservatives found in skincare products and cosmetics. They have been linked to reduced fertility, hormone disruption and breast cancer. Look for paraben free skincare and makeup.Synthetic fragrances: they often contain phthalates, which have been shown to disrupt the endocrine system, interfering with normal hormone production.Chemical sunscreens: opt for physical (or natural) sunscreen instead of a chemical one. Especially ones containing oxybenzone and avobenzone which are possible hormone disruptors that can affect fetal health.Whilst there are so many natural beauty products on the market, not all of them are pregnancy and breastfeeding safe. Science continues to show that at our baby is being affected by what we are putting on our skin.Let us help you put your mind at ease and get that glowing complexion whilst doing the best thing by your baby. Shop our range.