By Alicia Dell’Anna
Despite the fact that the cosmetics industry is barely regulated at all, many women often don’t consider which chemicals may be lurking in their cosmetics until they become pregnant. Sure, we all know we should avoid Botox and hair dye when we’re expecting, but the fact is that many mainstream skincare and makeup brands are full of harmful ingredients that can enter your bloodstream and cause illness ranging from skin conditions, kidney and liver disease to cancer. And that’s just for you–who knows what they could do to ‘you junior’?
Obviously, any soon-to-be mom would surely rather be ‘better safe than sorry’ when it comes to choosing cosmetic products to use during her special 9 months. For help here, we asked expert Alicia Dell’Anna for her suggestions on products that she knows to be 100% safe for women–and their bumps.
Since 2013, Alicia has been providing concierge services to expectant mothers and young families across the globe.“During pregnancy, women become far more conscious of the ingredients in their beauty products,” she says. “But it’s hard for them to choose–after all, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the advice dispensed by in-laws, doctors, friends and family”. Clients come to Delivered by Dell’Anna for a unique and tailor-made service to make their pregnancy as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
With a little black book of all things mama and baby, Alicia selected the 10 products her clients love most.
A boob savior! Rich in Omegas 3, 6 and 9 to lock in hydration, CoQ10 a powerful antioxidant, Shea butter to help restore and repair and green cabbage leaf extract to help ease swelling. This is the product most recommended by pregnant women and new mums.
If you are looking for a pregnancy-friendly shampoo and conditioner, look no further. Nine Naturals delivers the perfect blend of Jojoba seed oil, shea butter and sunflower seed oil along with lemon, lime, and peppermint essential oils. Designed to not only revitalise your hair, but also alleviate morning sickness and fatigue.
Unless you are extremely lucky, with pregnancy comes hormonal acne. Most anti blemish cleansers contain Salicylic acid, something doctors recommend you avoid during pregnancy. Belli’s face wash comes as a shining skin savior. Lemon peel oil, green tea extracts and cucumber leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed.
Gold winner at the Gentle Parenting Awards 2015, this oil will help maintain your skin’s natural elasticity whilst moisturising and nourishing your growing bump. A very effective product with a beautiful, light scent.
A true multi tasker, Pai’s BioRegenerate is best used at night. Add a few drops to your facial moisturiser or apply to scars and stretchmarks and let it work its magic. You’ll wake up reaping the benefits of this fabulous product, before, during and after pregnancy.
My clients love it so much, it was difficult to choose just one product from the Jane Iredale range. If you are looking to enhance your natural pregnancy glow whilst covering those hormonal blemishes, this is the product for you. Jane Ireland is a mineral make-up brand, perfect for expectant mothers.
This is a universal face cream suitable for all skin types, but especially formulated to be fully natural, so as not to interfere with health and safety of ‘the buns in the oven’. Lightweight, it absorbs quickly into the skin and the subtle aroma promises not to offend even the most sensitive of pregnant noses.
Feel like your legs are made of lead? Never fear: this product eases tired and achy feet and legs. It contains natural menthol extract for a refreshing feeling and avocado peptides to soothe. Leg cramps be gone! Store in the fridge for an extra cooling effect, and to help constrict swollen veins.
We’ve all been there: your skin is breaking out, your legs feel bloated, your hair is lank and greasy. But at least your nails can look pretty! Non-toxic with over 300 colours to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice from this 5-free nail varnish.
Many of my clients complain their hair is greasier during pregnancy. A dry shampoo will give your hair that extra boost when you need it, and can also lend an emergency hand when you’re just too knackered to shower in those later months, and especially in those earlier months, just after giving birth! With a unique all-natural blend that is both highly absorbent while still being extremely fine in texture, Skinny Skinny will soften, nourish and lightly scent your hair, too.