There are a multitude of things a pregnant woman must be cautious about. Not only do we have to worry about the things we eat or the physical labor to avoid, but we also have to be very careful about the everyday products we use on our bodies, face wash included.
I was really surprised to learn that there are various chemicals in the seemingly benign products we use daily, that can have serious side effects on a fetus. Don’t get me wrong, I was aware of the obvious “no-no” products to avoid that can cause serious birth issues: Accutane, retinoids and salycylic acids to name a few, but it took some further research (and consulting with my older sisters) to learn that there are a plethora of other chemicals that you should use sparingly or avoid altogether.
So, I found it a God-send, when I was introduced to Neutrogena Naturals: a reliable everyday cleanser I could safely use while pregnant! One of my main attractions to the cleanser, was the fact that it not only addressed the various skin issues (aka acne) I’ve been plagued with, but it also contained natural ingredients that were actually good for my skin. It’s said to be free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates — chemicals that I learned are not recommended for use while pregnant. And granted there are hundreds of things out there that pregnant women should avoid, the reality is, we can’t avoid them all…but it was very reassuring to have some sense of control in my skincare routine.
Okay, so how did the product actually work for me? Pretty darn good. My skin is left feeling fresh and clean and extremely soft to the touch. I’ve also noticed the size of my pores shrinking as my zits become more manageable. I am elated with the results and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a safe and effective face cleanser while pregnant :).
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported hundreds of thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a blogger and maternal health advocate at MommysBundle.com.