Bump Naturally

Childbirth Education, Doula, Photographer – Omaha, NE

You Are What You Eat (& What You Slather on your Skin)

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As soon as I found out I was pregnant with my son, I immediately cleaned up my eating habits (started buying organic, added lots of protein, made sure to drink half my body weight in ounces of water) but it never even crossed my mind to look at what I was slathering ON my body and belly on a daily basis. I eventually heard through the grapevine that the acne regimen I was using was not recommended during pregnancy or nursing (which was confirmed by my doctor). I figured this was only the case because it was a harsh acne product… I never thought that my “natural” and “organic” shampoo/conditioner and makeup products from Target and Sephora could be “toxic”. Clearly, they wouldn’t be for sale if they weren’t safe, right?

#SwitchtoSafer w/ Beautycounter

To my horror, I learned (soon after the birth of my daughter) that I was blissfully unaware that companies could and were green-washing products with marketing buzz words like “gluten free,” “organic,” “botanical,” and “natural” that hold absolutely no meaning in the self regulated market of personal care products. Did you know that the U.S. hasn’t passed any major protective legislation banning harmful ingredients in personal care products since 1938 (despite the introduction of over 80K new ingredients since then)?! I quickly discovered that the majority of the products I had been using my entire life were full of yuck. And when I say yuck, I mean carcinogens, hormone disruptors, allergens and God knows what else.

I want to share with you all… moms struggling with infertility, expecting mamas, nursing mamas, even dads too that it matters what we put on our skin. Unlike the air we breathe, we do have some control over what we put in and on our bodies. While our bodies can metabolize what we eat, our skin doesn’t have that ability and much of what we put on it will be quickly absorbed into our bloodstreams. As women who are bringing new life into the world, this is a scary fact and I hope you will take a look at what your using an start making informed choices.

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A great starting place is to download the EWG or Think Dirty app and scan the products

you’re using on a daily basis to check the safety of their ingredients. Here are just a few red flags that you may want to use as a starting point and you make the transition to safer products

Shampoo/Conditioner: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Fragrance, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Potassium Sorbate, just to name a few. Here is an article that shares the top 12 toxins to avoid in hair care and why. Safer Alternative: Beautycounter Body Collection

Makeup: Heavy metals, fragrance, parabens, phthalates, lead and other toxins. More info hereSafer Alternative: Beautycounter Makeup

Deodorant: Aluminum, parabens, triclosan, phthalates & fragrance. Learn more hereSafer Alternatives: Piper Wai and Native

Toothpaste: SLS, triclosan. Safer Alternative: Hello Brand

I was extremely grateful for my friend Lindsey for sharing Beautycounter with me. I quickly fell in love with not only the company’s mission (to get safer products in the hands of everyone) but their amazing products. My only regret was not finding them sooner. If you’re interested in learning more about Beautycounter and switching to safer products, please join me for my interactive Facebook event, Sunday, August 13th: #SwitchToSafer w/ Beautycounter – Pregnancy, Postpartum & Beyond.

Author: BumpNaturally

My passions are: natural birth, breastfeeding, attachment parenting, photography & social media

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