I have a confession to make. I thought about makeup that is safe to use during pregnancy exactly zero times when I was pregnant. Though I took caution in what I ate and drank, I never once considered that what I was putting on my face might actually harm my baby or myself. Fast-forward a few years, and now I know so much more about the lack of regulation on the cosmetics industry in the U.S., and how important it is to make sure your makeup is safe, particularly during pregnancy.
It may surprise you to know that the United States is sorely behind much of the world when it comes to ensuring the safety of makeup and skincare products. It has been more than 80 years since Congress has updated a federal law regulating the cosmetics and personal care industry, as explained on the Environmental Working Group website. And if that wasn't enough to make your beautifully made-up face cringe, consider this: The European Union has banned the use of more than 1300 chemicals that are either known to cause health issues, or are suspected to be harmful, as outlined on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website. And the U.S.? Well, as noted on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website, we've restricted or banned the use of 11. Yep, 11.
So, what's a pregnant woman (or anyone who wants to wear makeup really) to do? Well, as Dr. Kelly Bickle, a Los Angeles-based dermatologist, tells Romper, it's all about knowing which ingredients are in your cosmetics and then being able to research any risks that may be associated with them. She says that while there isn't always research available on the safety of some ingredients when it comes to topical use, it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to questionable products such as anything with retinoids, parabens, formaldehyde, lead, and chemical sunscreens. And yes, those are all things that can commonly be found in cosmetics on our shelves.
Thankfully, there are many companies who are now stepping up to the makeup palette plate and creating safer alternatives (and being transparent about ingredients) that are sure to keep you looking gorgeous during pregnancy and beyond. One of my personal favorites is Beautycounter, which created "The Never List™" a list of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that are never used in their products. The Environmental Working Group's "Skin Deep" database is also an amazing tool for searching the safety of your makeup products.
Ready to do a beauty reboot? Well, the nine companies below all create makeup that is safe for pregnancy, and these products from their collections come recommended by celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno, who uses non-toxic and eco-friendly makeup on all her celebrity clients such as Felicity Jones, Amanda Seyfreid, and Natasha Lyonne.