14 Beauty Ingredients to Avoid During Pregnancy

Lindsey Metrus
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We're beginning to enter a world where ruling out toxic ingredients in our beauty regimens is becoming more mainstream. The education is right at our fingertips, and the sheer scope of natural and organic products is bursting at the seams. Admittedly, though, I myself pay close attention to the labels on my skincare products, but when it comes to makeup, I'm much less discerning—it's hard to give up a foundation and mascara you've been using for years when no natural alternative seems to quite match up. And somehow, I naively bargain with myself that the silicones and parabens that are seeping into my bloodstream don't seem like imminent danger in the short-term. But if I knew that my beauty choices were affecting someone else, I'd re-evaluate.

Cue pregnancy: I'm not anywhere near ready to have kids, but I know that if and when I get pregnant, my routine will look much different than it does today. This is because there are a ton of hidden ingredients that aren't great for baby, let alone your own body. To find out what these offending ingredients are, I spoke with several top dermatologists for their thoughts.

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