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Your belly may be getting bigger, but your ingredient lists should be getting smaller.

From stretching skin to shifting hormones, your body may behave differently during pregnancy. And whatever ingredients you put on your skin need to be okay for baby, too.


Most people notice their skin and noses are more sensitive during pregnancy, and many have rashes and reactions— even to products they’ve been using for years. (Headaches in response to strong fragrances are also common.) Newborn skin is notoriously sensitive and reactive as well.

Fluctuating hormones can cause eczema flares or dermatitis, on the face and elsewhere, as well as generally itchy, dry skin. If you notice extremely itchy hands and feet, or are having frequent hives on your skin, you should make an appointment to see your healthcare provider. Cradle cap is one of the most common newborn rashes, and most newborn rashes are benign, but check with your pediatrician to be sure.

Hormonal shifts and surges can cause acne on the face, chest, and back. The same goes for babies, who often have newborn acne!

Skin is not only more prone to sun sensitivity during pregnancy, but also to hyperpigmentation, also called melasma. It usually resolves a few months after delivery, but can be permanent for some women.

Pregnancy & Newborn skin

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By eliminating select ingredients and sticking to a simpler routine, you can increase your chances of having healthy, happy skin during pregnancy, and helping your new baby’s skin stay that way, too.

critical beginning steps

Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate
This common foaming agent is present in everything from toothpaste to hair care to laundry detergent. It is a skin irritant, and can exacerbate everything from dermatitis to eczema to psoriasis. It can even turn perfectly normal skin into super-sensitive, irritable skin, and it definitely exacerbates cradle cap.

Synthetic Fragrance
Most synthetic scent comprises hundreds of undisclosed ingredients, and that’s too many unknowns! Also, you may find that synthetic scent triggers headaches or skin rashes more during pregnancy. Newborns should avoid not only synthetic fragrance, but also essential oils for the 6-12 months of life. Remember, this applies to the laundry detergent, too!

Parabens + Phthalates
There is some evidence to suggest that parabens and phthalates can affect natural hormone cycles in mothers and babies, so why not avoid them?

Oh So + Oh So Detox Soap
These unscented, low-lather bars are formulated for the most sensitive skin, with minimal ingredients and no essential oils. Oh So Soap is excellent for shampooing newborn hair, and often relieves cradle cap—just avoid the eyes.

Naked Body Oil
Applied to wet skin, this unscented oil will begin to strengthen the lipid layer that is often compromised with reactive skin.

Naked Body Mousse
For a little extra softening, this unscented, whipped shea butter mousse will continue the soothing without irritation, especially on that growing tummy of yours.

Body products cover 91% of the surface area of your skin, so by changing these few products, you’ve cleaned up your act by a ton! If you want to clean up from the neck up, try these facial products during pregnancy, too.

Black Clay Facial Soap
Perfect for a wash before bedtime, this best-selling bar is great for sensitive skin.

Purely Simple Face Cream
Whether you’re dry or oily, this light moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated and calm.

Lip Doctor
Another staple in our essential-oil free collection, Lip Doctor soothes dry lips with cocoa butter and olive oil. Works wonders for dry baby lips, too!

super important next steps

If you’re not averse to scent, you can add a few other delights to soothe your skin and senses during pregnancy. All Osmia body soaps and bath products are pregnancy-safe, and most of our body oils are as well.

Once baby comes, you’ll want to stick with unscented products for 6-12 months, so our Naked Collection is perfect for you both!

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