For the past few years, organic cosmetics have been on the rise! Since certain health scandals and the arrival of applications to analyze products, consumers have been looking for more natural products. Maternity is the perfect time to change your habits. More vulnerable, pregnant women and young mothers must pay even more particular attention to the products they consume and apply to their skin.
Many pregnant women turn to natural and organic solutions during this event and they are right! But knowing which cosmetics are really suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women can be a real headache.
- What is an organic cosmetic?
- Why prefer organic cosmetics for pregnancy?
- Ingredients to avoid during pregnancy
- A brand specializing in organic cosmetics for pregnancy: Les Laboratoires Téane
- Stretch marks: a concern for pregnant women
- The labels and certifications of Laboratoires Téane
What is an organic cosmetic?
A certified organic cosmetic is a cosmetic made from a minimum of ingredients of natural origin and ingredients from organic farming . It contains plant extracts, floral waters, vegetable oils or even essential oils. Conventional cosmetics only contain 1 to 2% active ingredients where organic cosmetics have 30 to 40%.
To prefer organic cosmetics is to ensure a cleaner composition , more respectful for your skin and your health . Indeed, certified organic cosmetics must comply with strict specifications prohibiting the presence of controversial ingredients. Chemical components, potentially irritating or harmful substances such as phenoxyethanol, MIT (methylisothiazolinone) and even parabens are not allowed.
Certified organic cosmetics are more respectful of the environment. Manufacturing processes must be non-polluting. Certain non-biodegradable ingredients such as silicone are prohibited.
They do not contain animal extracts but may contain ingredients produced naturally by animals such as beeswax or honey. Animal testing is prohibited but be aware that this has been the regulation for all cosmetics in Europe (organic or non-organic) since 2013.
Why prefer organic cosmetics for pregnancy?
Maternity is an important event for a woman who changes her way of consuming with at the heart of her concerns: health. During pregnancy, your skin is more sensitive due to hormonal changes. Your baby can absorb what you eat or apply to your skin. Conventional cosmetics still contain substances that can be "harmful" or irritating to your health and that of your baby. Pay particular attention to leave-in products (deodorant, cream, etc.) and make-up (especially lipstick and nail polish). For varnishes, avoid them or apply only occasionally.
Did you know that 40% of cosmetics contain endocrine disruptors? Endocrine disruptors are likely to disrupt the endocrine system, a substance toxic to hormones. And we know that the hormonal system plays a very important role during pregnancy for the proper development of the foetus.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of known or likely to be endocrine disruptors: Triclosan, phthalates (Diethyl Phthalate), parabens (propyl-paraben, Methylparaben, code names E214 to E217), BHT (Butylhydroxytoluene), BHA (Butylhydroxyanisole) . We also avoid cosmetics containing aluminum (aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium pentachlorohydrate).
Faced with these alarming data, it is essential to use cosmetics that have no impact on your health. If you have little knowledge, locate the right labels to provide you with guarantees on the composition of the products: ecocert, cosmebio, cosmos, natrue... Indeed, these labels respect strict specifications to prohibit ingredients that are harmful to you and your Babe.
Ingredients to avoid during pregnancy
Choosing organic cosmetics during maternity is a great decision not only for you, but also for your baby!
By choosing certified organic cosmetics , you choose products that do not contain chemical ingredients or ingredients suspected of being endocrine disruptors. But, are all organic beauty products "safe" during pregnancy? Unfortunately, not all!
Some ingredients found in organic cosmetics are not recommended for pregnant women. These include essential oils , retinol and its derivatives of the retinoid family, and salicylic acid. Although essential oils are natural, they are not suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women. They are all to be avoided during the first 3 months of pregnancy and some during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Know that there are plenty of products with clean compositions and adapted to pregnancy that will make you feel beautiful during this incredible adventure that is pregnancy.
An organic cosmetics brand for pregnancy
Téane Laboratories have been experts in certified organic care for pregnant women, young mothers and babies for over 10 years. We are demanding in the choice of our ingredients to bring you cosmetics that are safe to use. Téane works so that women can experience this motherhood with complete peace of mind. Serenity means that you can use organic cosmetics without having to ask yourself questions. We are committed to providing you with effective, innovative treatments using patented formulas . The products contain ingredients that have no impact on your health and that of your baby .
Our products are certified organic and we even go beyond the charter imposed by Cosmebio. Indeed, we have chosen to avoid essential oils, alcohol, allergens in our products to offer you the most security.
Stretch marks: a concern for pregnant women
The appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy can be a source of anxiety. Many solutions exist on the market, often forcing you to choose between naturalness or effectiveness. At Téane, our products are without compromise. To offer you effective solutions, we have conducted years of Research & Development on a Malagasy plant, Cassia Alata. This plant has exceptional virtues on the prevention and repair of stretch marks. Téane Laboratories protected their discovery by filing 2 patents. Then, we incorporated these active ingredients into the products of the 100% Mom Range, a range dedicated to maternity. It contains four certified organic products to prevent and repair stretch marks and firm the skin after pregnancy. All products are compatible with pregnancy and breastfeeding. You can also read our article on how to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy for more information.
The COSMEBIO label
To avoid a meticulous deciphering of the compositions of your cosmetics, go for organic labels. Organic labels do this work for you, eliminating any toxic or controversial substances . Just as effective and pleasant, organic cosmetics during maternity will guarantee you an irreproachable composition for your health. As for whether the product is compatible with pregnancy and breastfeeding, decipher the compositions or go to specific products for maternity.
Choosing a cosmetic labeled by COSMEBIO is the guarantee that the product contains:
- 95% minimum of ingredients of natural origin on the total of the product (water and minerals considered as natural l s)
- 95% minimum organic ingredients on all plants.
- 10% minimum of organic ingredients on the total product (water and minerals considered non-organic because they are not grown) for the Cosmebio charter and 20% for the COSMOS charter .
To find out more, see our page " What is an organic cosmetic "?
Bibliography and further reading
- Roger W Harms. (2004 ) Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy ( 1st edition) New York: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
- 2021. Cosmébio, the organic and natural cosmetics label . [online] Available at: < https://www.cosmebio.org/en/le-label/ > [accessed August 31, 2021].