Truth time: As much as being pregnant is a massive blessing, it also comes with a slew of required sacrifices -- primarily for the sake of the little one you’re growing in your belly! And we get it: You’ve already said goodbye to your favorite sashimi and those Friday night cocktails, so now you’re questioning if you really have to give up your beauty routine at a time when you need it the most. (Admit it: Not all of us are lucky to have that pregnancy glow for the whole nine months.)
The good news: The old advice that you have to stop using makeup and all sorts of beauty products when preggo? It’s just that -- old advice. While it’s true that many of today’s products contain chemicals that can be harmful for you while you’re pregnant (think anti-aging ingredients like Vitamin A and retinol, acne treatments like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, skin whiteners like hydroquinone, and other harmful chemicals like parabens, formaldehyde, and phthalates), there are also a wide range of gentle, all-natural options that you can indulge in, guilt-free. We’ve rounded up our top beauty picks for kikay mommies like you!
BASE: Pixi H20 SkinTint, P1,190, glamourbox.ph
When you’re infanticipating, it’s normal for your hormones to go haywire, causing an increase in the production of sebum, a.k.a. excess oil that causes breakouts. Skip the heavy foundations—which can further irritate skin—and opt for an extra gentle base like this water-based tint. Free of parabens and fragrances, it’s also got rose water to soften and moisturize skin, for a healthy preggy glow!
CONCEALER: VMV Hypoallergenics Skin the Bluff, P855, VMV Hypoallergenics
This color-correcting concealer is tailor-made for sensitive skin types, so it contains zero toxic chemicals that can harm your baby. Bonus benefit: It’s infused with USDA-certified organic virgin coconut oil to hydrate skin and keep it supple!
BLUSH: Human Nature PerfectFlush Cream Tint, P395, humanheartnature.com
Flaunt a rosy flush—even if you’ve been nauseous all morning—with this all-natural cheek and lip tint. Unlike powder blushes that can look streaky, the smooth creamy formula glides on skin seamlessly without caking. Dab and blend your lips, too, for gorgeous puckers. Comes in three shades.
LIPSTICK: Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippie, P649 each, and Liquid Matte Lippie, P699 each, happyskincosmetics.com
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Known for delivering skin-caring makeup, Happy Skin boasts of a wide range of lippies that are ultra safe, and don’t scrimp on color. Their moisturizing matte lippies are bestsellers for a reason: They’re impressively hydrating while providing an ultra matte finish. Try the latest shades from their bridal collection: Yas Queen and Fierce Kiss.
MASCARA: Eye of Horus Bio Lash Lift Mascara, P1,150, glamourbox.ph
This vegan mascara (you read that right!) is formulated from a mix of organic ingredients, including marine algae, plant-derived collagen, and vitamin E, to nourish your lashes—and boost growth over time—while giving a lifted look. Beauty hack: You can use this as your liner, too! Just swipe a slanted liner brush on the wand to get some pigment, and use this to draw on your lash line.
Local beauty brand Ellana Cosmetics prides itself in producing all-vegan, cruelty-free products—including these gorgeous pigments that you can use as eye shadows or skin illuminators. Our top picks: Romance (rose gold frost), Loyalty (coral pink satin frost), and Honesty (pure gold frost).
FACIAL WIPES: Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes, P625, Beauty Bar
Always sooo tired? We feel you. Which is why it pays to have these gentle cleansing wipes in your purse: These towelettes remove makeup, cleanse, and tone in one easy step, so you can very well do your nighttime routine while lying down in bed. We love that it’s got cucumber and sage to refresh and soothe tired skin, too!
DRY SHAMPOO: Made by David Organics Orange and Vanilla Dry Shampoo, P250, BeautyMNL.com
Skip the strong hairsprays—which may contain the phthalates, a hormone-disrupting chemical—when you’re pregnant, and switch to more baby-friendly styling products instead, like this organic dry shampoo. A safe mix of starch and natural oils, this works to volumize hair in an instant (bye-bye, flat locks!), and easily absorbs excess oil and grease.
NAIL POLISH: Solique x Agoo Gel Polish, P180 each, girlstuffforever.com
This collection by local brand Girl Stuff—a collaboration with beauty expert Agoo Bengzon—lets you enjoy long-lasting gel manis and pedis minus the guilt. Each gorgeous shade is free from the five harmful chemicals normally found in polishes (formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, and formaldehyde-resins), and requires no UV curing. Choose from three shades: Posse (dark blue), Smitten (magenta) and Cloud (lilac).
SUNBLOCK: Daylong SPF 50 Light Gel, P620, S&R
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Trade your chemical sunblock with one with physical UV blockers—meaning the ingredients lie on the surface on the skin—like this oil-free sunscreen gel that’s powered by titanium dioxide. It’s quick-absorbing, non-greasy, and free from fragrance and parabens. Perfect for preggo mommies on the go!