Pregnancy safe skincare, cosmetics, and best practices

Pregnancy can be a glorious time, but it can also be a confusing time, particularly when it comes to matters of beauty. Hormones throw your usual skin balance out of whack, and a glow on some complexions might be a greasy slick on others. Hair is simply different. And then there’s the more pressing matter of whether the products in your medicine cabinet are safe to use; even seasoned beauty editors find themselves squinting at the complex lists of ingredients, trying to discern which formulas are fair game and which aren’t. And products that may seem harmless on first impression—such as natural skin care—may actually be the opposite: Though it’s less commonly known, some essential oils have potentially risky side effects.

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