• Ingredients to avoid during pregnancy

    Some ingredients should be avoided in skin care during pregnancy. These ingredients are as follows:

    -Retinoids: Retinoids are ingredients that promote skin regeneration and help treat skin problems such as acne and blemishes. However, it is thought that retinoids during pregnancy may cause developmental problems in the baby. Therefore, products containing retinoids should be avoided during pregnancy.
    -Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone is an ingredient used to treat skin blemishes. However, hydroquinone is also thought to cause developmental problems in the baby during pregnancy. Therefore, products containing hydroquinone should be avoided during pregnancy.
    -Arbutin Arbutin is a natural form of hydroquinone. Like hydroquinone, arbutin is thought to cause developmental problems in the baby during pregnancy. Therefore, products containing arbutin should also be avoided during pregnancy.

    There is also disagreement among doctors about some ingredients during pregnancy. These ingredients are as follows:

    -Salicylic acid Salicylic acid is an ingredient that helps remove dead skin cells. Salicylic acid is considered safe in pregnancy at concentrations below 2%. However, some doctors advise that products containing salicylic acid in concentrations above 2% should be avoided during pregnancy.
    -Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs): AHAs are a group of ingredients that help remove dead skin cells. AHAs are considered safe in pregnancy at concentrations below 5%. However, some doctors advise that products containing AHAs in concentrations above 5% should be avoided during pregnancy.
    -Some herbal extracts: There is not enough research on whether some herbal extracts are safe during pregnancy. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid products containing such herbal extracts during pregnancy.

    General recommendations

    Do not forget to use sunscreen. As the skin becomes more sensitive during pregnancy, it is more vulnerable to the sun's rays. Therefore, you should always use sunscreen when going outside.
    Drink plenty of water. Water helps to keep the skin moisturized and healthy. Therefore, make sure you drink plenty of water during pregnancy.
    Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet also helps to keep your skin healthy. Therefore, try to eat healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains during pregnancy.

  • Safe Cosmetics and Care Products during Pregnancy

    Pregnancy is an important period in a woman's life and there are many factors to consider during this period. One of these factors is the choice of daily cosmetics and care products. Choosing safe products during pregnancy is very important to protect your baby's health. Based on my own pregnancy experience, I will give information about the cosmetics and care products I prefer during pregnancy.

    1. Hair Care:
    Some chemicals in hairdresser procedures may pose a risk during pregnancy. Especially keratin treatments that are fixed to the hair require caution due to the formaldehyde-releasing substances they contain. I avoided going to the hairdresser to avoid inhaling the vapors of these substances. I also did not prefer hair coloring. However, by paying attention to the content of hair dyes used at home, you can dye your hair safely during pregnancy.

    2. Nail polish and other cosmetic products:
    It is important to pay attention to the content of cosmetic products such as nail polish, toothpaste and deodorant. It will be especially useful to consult your doctor about using deodorants containing aluminum. Aluminum content can cause skin sensitivity. Fluoride content in toothpastes is a factor that should not be swallowed.

    3. UV Lamp-Dried Gel Nails and Teeth Whitening Strips:
    Avoiding gel nail applications and teeth whitening strips that are dried using UV lamps is a recommended approach during pregnancy. It may be a healthy choice to pay attention to the absorption of the chemicals they contain and to avoid these applications to protect the skin.

    4. Using LED Masks:
    LED masks are widely used products in skin care. However, it is important to verify the content and safety of the product by consulting your doctor before using it during pregnancy.

    5. Skin Care and Stretch Mark Cream:
    Keeping your skin moisturized during pregnancy can reduce stretch mark formation. Moisturizers and special stretch mark creams can support your skin during this process. However, it would be a safe approach to consult your doctor when choosing a product.

    Paying attention to the ingredients in the cosmetics and care products you use during pregnancy is important for the health of your baby. However, every woman's body structure is different, so it is important not to make radical decisions without consulting your doctor. Remember that every pregnancy is unique and following your doctor's advice can help you have a healthy pregnancy.