Natural Cosmetics for Pregnant Women

Natural cosmetics for pregnant women are an ideal way to maintain skincare without producing risks. Learn more in today's article!
Natural Cosmetics for Pregnant Women
Maria del Carmen Hernandez

Reviewed and approved by the dermatologist Maria del Carmen Hernandez.

Last update: 17 March, 2023

Natural cosmetics are one of the most popular options for pregnant women when it comes to facial and body skincare. In nature, there’s a wide variety of products that aren’t developed based on chemicals and don’t undergo toxic processes in their preparation.

Natural products are ideal for this stage, as their components can be used without this posing a potential risk of any kind.
Let’s look at some of our favorites! Take note!

Natural cosmetic products are ideal during pregnancy

Natural cosmetics for pregnant women are based on the use of products made of natural elements of mineral, vegetable, or animal origin. In addition, they’re not usually tested on animals and don’t contain high chemical content. Below, we’ll tell you what the options are.

Rosehip oil

Rosehip oil contains high levels of vitamin A and vitamin C. It’s also composed of essential fatty acids, such as palmitic, oleic, linoleic and gamma linolenic acids.

In the case of vitamin C, this ingredient has good antioxidant properties that help to reduce the damage generated by ultraviolet light on the skin. In addition, it favors the production of collagen to reduce wrinkles.

Shea butter

Shea butter is one of the most widely used products in the cosmetic industry. This is due to its high percentage of unsaponifiable compounds that have important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Shea butter also has moisturizing properties and combats skin aging. However, the American Academy of Dermatology doesn’t recommend its use in those skins prone to develop acne because it can clog pores and worsen this condition.

At the same time, shea butter has large amounts of vitamin E and vitamin A, which promote significant antioxidant activity.

Argan oil

A bottle of argan oil
Argan oil is used to keep the skin soft and moisturized. It is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E.

Argan oil is produced from the seeds of Argania spinosa L. It’s used in the treatment of skin infections and in hair and skin care routines.

According to some scientific publications, daily topical application of argan oil improves skin elasticity and skin hydration. This occurs because it restores the protective barrier function of the tissue and maintains the ability to retain water. In addition, frequent use provides a softening and soothing effect on the skin.

Oatmeal water

The use of oatmeal can absorb excess sebum that accumulates on the skin surface and contribute to the treatment of acne. In addition, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties combat the effects of dry skin and promote the natural removal of dead skin cells.

Oatmeal contains special compounds called saponins. These are natural cleansers that remove dirt and oil that clog pores and also exfoliate the surface of the skin.

Chia oil

Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. The oil derived from them is used in skin care as a potent anti-aging agent. It also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which provide the following benefits:

  • Perception of a healthier skin surface
  • Protection against ultraviolet damage
  • Moisturizing the skin, which reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles

Chamomile poultices

Chamomile has anti-allergic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties. It has even been incorporated into a wide variety of cosmetic products, such as moisturizers, soothing cleansers, and hair cleansers, as it enhances color.

One of chamomile’s components, levomenol, is a potent natural moisturizing and anti-inflammatory agent, which diminishes the signs of sun damage. It also reduces itching and improves skin texture and elasticity. In addition, thanks to its soothing and decongestive properties, it helps reduce skin sensitivity and redness triggered by rosacea.

A pregnant woman putting coconut oil on her belly.
Coconut oil helps protect the skin from infections, both for the pregnant woman and the baby.

Coconut oil

Coconut is composed of many free fatty acids including lauric, myristic, palmitic, caprylic, capric, oleic, linoleic, and stearic acid.

Coconut oil has been shown to be as effective and safe as mineral oil when applied as a moisturizer for mild to moderate xerosis. Also, it’s used for moisturizing hair as a hair mask and results in shiny, soft hair.

Moreover, thanks to its high vitamin E content, it helps to improve and treat certain skin disorders such as the following:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Xerosis

Natural cosmetics and pregnancy

If you want to maintain beauty care during pregnancy, natural cosmetics are the right choice. You can find everything from soaps and shampoos to body and hair oils.

Not only are nutrition and a healthy lifestyle important during pregnancy, but also beauty care and the right choice of products.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.