Since finding out I’m pregnant, my husband and I have purged almost our entire household of everything unsafe for me to encounter over the next several months. Of course, our first instinct was to ditch anything I couldn’t eat or drink, but it didn’t take me too long to realize that what I was putting on my skin needed to be reassessed, too.
With a discerning eye, the ThinkDirty app, and a list of ingredients to avoid, I carefully combed through my makeup and skin care collections and whittled them down to what I knew was safe. Of course, this meant saying goodbye to a number of so-called “holy grail” products. However, doing so opened me up to a whole new world of clean (or cleaner) options that I wouldn’t have looked into otherwise!
Keep reading to discover the products I enjoy using on a daily basis!
If you read my Updated Morning Skin Care Routine post back in December, you already know that this product is a long-time favorite. Although I mostly use it for exfoliating, it does foam up and double as a nice, deep-cleaning cleanser that leaves my skin feeling fresh without that dry, stripped feeling. I’ll frequently switch between this product and my Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser, which I still use with my Mia 2!
Thankfully, pregnancy-safe moisturizers aren’t too hard to come by, but I found it difficult to find a product that wouldn’t make my naturally oily skin look like a grease slick by the end of the day. After doing a little digging, I found the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel was loved by women with all skin types. So, I gave it a try and I’m already halfway through my first tub. When the time comes, I’ll definitely repurchase this product and use it beyond my pregnancy.
When I first started looking into pregnancy-safe products, I was almost completely certain that drugstore complexion lines would be out of the question. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I found out a primer I already loved and owned was safe to continue using. This blurring primer has definitely helped keep my changing skin under wraps, and it works well with all of the various foundations I’ve tried out over the last three or so months. Definitely a winner!
Although the above NYX product was safe for me to use, I found it incredibly difficult to find drugstore foundations without harmful preservatives like parabens and phthalates that actually matched my skin tone. So, Jordan and I ventured out to Sephora for some clean foundation samples, and bareMinerals’ was the best I had tried! Although the shade isn’t exactly right (though I feel like my skin’s changing pH levels have something to do with how much the product oxidizes), this foundation provides unbeatable coverage and goes a long way. Since finding out I’m pregnant, a few drugstore brands like NYX and Pacifica have come out with cleaner foundations, so I’ll let you know my thoughts as I try them!
When I say this product packs a lot of coverage, I absolutely mean it. Plus, it comes in a wide shade range, doesn’t include any nasty preservatives, and is virtually scentless — meaning it’s perfect for those of us with sensitive skin, too!
Before getting pregnant, I was a Coty Airspun devotee. However, when I realized how many ingredients I would need to avoid over the next nine months of my life, the high levels of talc the product features made me really uncomfortable. So, after some trial and error, I found the CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder and haven’t looked back.
Each of CoverFX’s products is completely free of talc, parabens, phthalates, and other harsh preservatives that can have a negative impact on baby and my own body down the line. Needless to say, this brand will be a staple in my makeup routine for years to come.
This product was a pre-pregnancy favorite, and because of Tarte’s commitment to creating clean, cruelty-free products, it has remained in my collection. This versatile palette provides me with neutral eyeshadows and my everyday bronzer, and the powders lay as beautifully on my skin now as they did when I first purchased the palette.
Because mascara goes on the eyes and not the skin, I haven’t made a concerted effort to switch to a high-end product. Instead, I’ve stuck with my tried-and-true mascara, L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise. This product lengthens and separates my lashes beautifully, and doesn’t flake or transfer onto my lids or lower lash line.
Similar to my mascara, I didn’t see anything blatantly wrong with continuing to use my ride-or-die brow pencil. Though, if anyone knows of a reason why I shouldn’t use this specific product (or has recommendations for other brow pencils), please feel free to leave that information in the comments below!
If you made it to the end of this post, congratulations! It was a long one. My skin care and makeup routines are nothing to really write home about these days, but I hope they helped you discover some new, clean(er) products to try and potentially add to your own collection!