Makeup can do wonders when you’re expecting. But before you go wandering at the beauty store, consult a dermatologist, Dr. Carolyn Chua of the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Manila advises, just so you’ll know what ingredients to avoid. “Preservatives in cosmetics like parabens and phthalates are linked to birth defects,” she says.
Here’s a rundown of what to have in your kikay kit:
- Concealer to hide blotchy or uneven color as well as dark undmake-up er eye circles—a common dilemma among pregnant women. Get one shade lighter than your foundation. Try Bobbi Brown concealer from Rustan’s Department Store.
- Yellow-toned foundation is best for all skin types. Choose one that gives your skin a smooth finish, while protecting you from the harmful rays of the sun. Try Olay Total Effects Touch of Foundation SPF 15, supermarkets; Avon Solutions Hydra Radiance Moisturizing Day Cream SPF 15, P320, Avon
- An ultra-moisture lipstick keeps your lips soft and smooth. Try Avon’s Ultra Moisture Therapy 24K Gold lipstick, Avon; Lancôme L’ Absolue Rouge lipstick, Rustan’s Department Store.
In the same way that an expectant mom should be more careful about what she eats, she also has to be more discerning about what she puts on her face. Dr. Sylvia Calingo of the Medical City, Pasig says pregnant women should avoid products that contain the following:
- Retinoids, tretinoin, retinoic acid “These ingredients are teratogenic or may cause harm to the fetus (like congenital abnormalities),” explains Dr. Calingo.
-Salicylic acid (Beta hydroxylacid, BHA)
- Potassium thioglycolate and calcium thioglycolate. These may be found in some hair removers.
- Glycolic acid. It is generally used as an exfoliant and moisturizer, but it may leave your skin extra-sensitive to the sun. Opt for products with natural citrus ingredients, rather than glycolic acid.
- Sylvia Calingo, M.D,, obstetrician-gynecologist, The Medical City, Pasig
- Carolyn Jean Chua, M.D., resident, Department of Dermatology, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Manila