Skin care products aimed at pregnant people are legion, but not all of them offer what I, halfway through my first pregnancy, want, which is simple: No parabens (which can mimic estrogen and settle in breast tissue). No retinol or retinoids (teratogenic). No phthalates (hormone disruptors). No methylisothiazolinone or methylchloroisothiazolinone (potential allergens whose use is already limited in EU countries). And definitely no harsh perfumes. In fact, the shorter the ingredient list, the better. And since I’m about to add another person to the Earth, arguably the least sustainable thing one can do, I’m also trying to eschew plastics and packaging wherever I can.
And in addition to everything I’m trying to avoid during this tender time, there’s also all the good stuff I want to amply luxuriate in because it’s actively helpful — hydrating, soothing, and acne-deterring (somehow being at baby-ready age doesn’t go hand-in-hand with outgrowing zits, which is terribly unfair). On top of that, there are the skincare issues I specifically need to address now or never — for example, thanks to putting on the freshman fifteen while simultaneously still going through puberty back in college, I’m well aware I’m very prone to stretch marks. Not a huge deal, and the tendency is mostly genetic, but if I can help my boobs and belly out by keeping them extra-supple as they grow yet again, why wouldn’t I? Hello, special omega-3-filled skincare specifically for pregnancy.