Face Masks –
Many spas use organic skin care lines and although they contain organic ingredients, they often contain alpha hydroxy acids in their fruit based masques. It is important to be aware of the following information in order to make informed decision as to whether or not you wish to receive treatments with these products. Further reading from WebMD indicates:
Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of natural acids found in foods. Alpha hydroxy acids include citric acid (found in citrus fruits), glycolic acid (found in sugar cane), lactic acid (found in sour milk), malic acid (found in apples), tartaric acid (found in grapes), and others.
Various alpha hydroxy acids are applied to the skin (used topically) for moisturizing and removing dead skin cells, for treating acne and improving the appearance of acne scars, for improving the appearance of photo-aged skin, and firming and smoothing skin.
Alpha hydroxy creams at a concentration of 10% or less are LIKELY SAFE when applied to the skin during pregnancy and breast-feeding. But don’t take malic acid (the form of alpha hydroxy acids that is generally taken by mouth). Not enough is known about the safety of malic acid during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Although benzoyl peroxide has been considered safe to use during pregnancy, no data exists to examine its effect on unborn children. The American Pregnancy Association advises pregnant women to avoid salicylic acid as well as Accutane, Retin-A and Tetracycline.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks is advertised in every pregnancy magazine as THE body lotion to use while pregnant. Be aware that this product has a score of 6 on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic’s Database and contains the following ingredients: fragrance, parabens and diazolidinyl urea (a formaldehyde release) just to name a few.
Earth Mama Body Butter
Earth Mama Body Butter contains organic ingredients and is vegan, gluten and cruelty-free. It contains no artificial fragrances, preservatives or dyes. According to the Earth Mama website, the lotion contains the following ingredients:
Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe) leaf juice extract, Olea europaea (organic olive) fruit oil, Helianthus annuus (organic sunflower) seed oil, Kosher vegetable glycerin, Butyrospermum parkii (organic shea) butter, Olivoyl hydrolyzed oat protein, Cetearyl alcohol, Glyceryl oleate, Glyceryl stearate, Citrus sinensis (organic sweet orange), Aspalathus linearis (organic rooibos) leaf extract, Simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) seed oil, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) flower extract, Borago officinalis (organic borage) seed oil, Rubus Idaeus, (organic red raspberry) seed oil, Citrus aurantium amara (neroli) oil, Vanilla planifolia (organic vanilla) fruit extract, Xanthan gum
Score of 0 on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database
I avoided perfumes while pregnant and continue to wear very sparingly (i.e. a night out) even now. I found this great article on 6 natural perfumes that do not contain phthalates or parabens from ecosalon. The brands are Strange Invisible Perfumes, Honores Des Pres, Persephenie, Crow Perfume, Red Flower and Le Labo.