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How to apply makeup during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, due to the constant exchange taking place between the mother and the child, the consumption of certain foods is discouraged. The same applies to cosmetics. Thus, while combining makeup and pregnancy is not impossible, it is advisable to be cautious about the product composition. Let's study this together.

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Published February 8, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 4 min read

Can we wear makeup when we are pregnant?

It is entirely possible to continue taking care of one's skin and wearing makeup during pregnancy. Foundations, lipsticks, mascara... do not necessarily have to be relegated to the closet for 9 months. However, it is necessary to take some precautions. First, think about checking the composition of the makeup you wish to apply.

Products containing essential oils should be avoided, for instance, as some are neurotoxic and can cause nausea or spasms. Makeup products formulated withallergens are also not recommended. The sensitivity of the skin is indeed heightened during pregnancy, and it is not uncommon for a pregnant woman to react to a substance she previously tolerated very well.

Thus, it is important to pay attention to the composition of cosmetics and makeup that one applies to their skin when pregnant. Apart from this criterion, wearing makeup during pregnancy is not contraindicated. As a precautionary principle, it is possible to turn towards natural cosmetics or brands specialized for pregnant women. Prefer those with the shortest possible INCI list to reduce the risk of reaction. Finally, if it is not mentioned on a makeup product that its use is suitable during pregnancy, it is better not to incorporate it into your routine.

Makeup to conceal pregnancy discomforts.

Pregnancy is a delicate period that can lead to the emergence of skin imperfections, signs of fatigue, and a loss of complexion radiance. In order to conceal these marks, it is possible to use makeup. Pay attention to the composition of the products and check if they are explicitly described as suitable for pregnant women. Finally, we recommend using a light hand.

For a unified and radiant complexion, you can start by applying a light foundation or a BB cream. This product will also help to diminish the signs of acne, fatigue, or nausea. Some foundations are formulated with hydrating active ingredients, giving them a dual action: caring for the skin while masking imperfections. For more localized use, you can turn to a concealer or an under-eye corrector, which you would apply only around the eye contour or areas to be concealed (melasma, pimples...).

If you're feeling festive, you can also color your eyelids with a eyeshadow, which will add depth to your gaze. You can then further accentuate it by applying mascara. Finally, some women like to add a small touch of color to their face with a lipstick. Numerous shades are available on the market, allowing everyone to find their perfect match.

Any recommendations?

concealer suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women, available in 6 shades to accommodate all skin tones. This 2-in-1 treatment provides a natural finish and is enriched with caffeine and cornflower hydrosol (INCI: Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water) to help reduce dark circles over time. We also recommend our mascara serum , enriched with pea peptides (INCI: Pisum Sativum (Pea) Peptide) and castor oil (INCI: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil) to strengthen lashes and promote their growth.

Sources

  • EINARSON A. & al. Safety of skin care products during pregnancy. Canadian Family Physician (2011).

  • TYLER K. H. Physiological skin changes during pregnancy. Journal of Clinical Gynecology and Obstetrics (2015)

  • LADYMAN S. & al. Neurophysiological and cognitive changes in pregnancy. Handbook of Clinical Neurology (2020).

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