- The dangers of conventional deodorant during pregnancy
- Ingredients to avoid in conventional deodorants
- Choosing the right deodorant during pregnancy
The dangers of conventional deodorant during pregnancy
It must be said that the list of ingredients in conventional cosmetics is not always attractive, and that the repercussions on health can be real. Even more so when you are expecting a child: growing in utero, its proper development can be impacted by certain harmful substances. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, all care products you apply to your skin should be chosen carefully, as they may contain ingredients that may cross the placental barrier and impact fetal development.
This is even more true for deodorant, which is a non-rinsed product (it therefore remains in the body) often applied several times during the day to regain a feeling of freshness, and moreover on often irritated skin: repeated shaving armpits cause micro-lesions which facilitate the passage of ingredients into the body.
Studies are underway to evaluate the toxicity of deodorants on the fetus , but we are already talking about growth delays, an increased risk of malformations, poor brain development, allergies, children of low weight, but also a risk of premature birth.
Ingredients to avoid in conventional deodorants
Unfortunately, the list of components to avoid in deodorants is quite long, and it is often difficult to find the rare gem!
Aluminum salts are probably the best known, and they are found in all types of deodorants: in cream, stick, spray or roll-on, they are popular with manufacturers for their antiperspirant properties and their effective in keeping your armpits dry! Concretely, their presence blocks the pores, and thus prevents bad odors from taking hold.
The other side of the coin? They would promote the appearance of breast cancer, and have neurotoxic effects on the unborn baby.
The good news is that they are quite easy to locate in the INCI list, the list of ingredients which appears on the back of each treatment, since the word aluminum appears in full, for example "aluminum chloride".
However, be wary of the words “without aluminum salts” proudly displayed on certain products: they may still contain other unsavory substances.
Endocrine disruptors, such as phthalates, triclosan and parabens should also be avoided, particularly during pregnancy when hormonal production is at full speed :-). They are found under the names ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben… but also under more obscure names: butyl paraoxybenzoate is in fact the other name for butylparaben!
Finally, alcohol-free products should be preferred, as well as those without perfume (unless it is a deodorant 100% suitable for pregnancy ): they are less allergenic and less irritating for sensitive skin, which is often exposed to tough test during these nine months. Perfumes are perfect for masking bad smells, but their exact nature is not detailed by the manufacturers and they can conceal some (bad) surprises... On the other hand, the perfumes of brands dedicated to future and young mothers are generally developed especially for them in complete safety.
This list is not exhaustive, if you would like to know more, we invite you to consult our advice articles for pregnant women, and in particular the one on ingredients not recommended during pregnancy.
Choosing the right deodorant during pregnancy
Did you think that choosing an organic or natural deodorant was the solution to the problem? It's not always the case ! While certain hydrosols offer safe protection against perspiration, there is reason to be wary of many organic treatments that have relied on essential oils (for example, Palmarosa essential oil) to combat perspiration! Essential oils which, as you know, can also be harmful to the health of your little one...The same goes for alum stone, which, if it is synthetic, contains the famous aluminum salts that we want just flee! We also be careful with organic deodorants which may contain baking soda or magnesium hydroxide, two ingredients which can cause severe irritation. The same goes for those that contain Aloe Vera or Castor oil , two active ingredients known for their abortifacient effects. To navigate the jungle of deodorants and dispel all your doubts, the best thing is to opt for beauty products specifically formulated for pregnant women.
At Daylily, specialist in care for future mothers, we have worked hard to offer you a compatible deodorant from the first month of pregnancy and during breastfeeding! Enriched with organic arrowroot powder, triethyl citrate and natural polysaccharides, Le Déo Caresse protects you effectively and gives you a feeling of serenity throughout the day . Its complex of vegetable oils combined with mallow flower nourishes, soothes and softens the sensitive skin of your armpits for 100% comfort!
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Le Déo Caresse
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