Just because you are pregnant doesn't mean you have to throw your beauty regime out of the window and become an unglamorous frump. There will be times during your nine months of pregnancy when the joy of a decent hairdo, facial or other beauty treatment will be just the tonic you need.
But what is safe? Here's the low down on the pregnancy safety of three popular beauty treats.
The general consensus of opinion to states that dyeing your hair during pregnancy is OK as long as you observe a few important factors. It is advisable to dye hair in the second trimester, when baby is at a less vulnerable stage of development. There has been little research about the affects of the chemical compounds in hair dyes on the unborn child, so for ultimate safety and peace of mind, best to let your roots grow for nine months.
However, plenty of women do dye their hair during pregnancy without adverse affects. Be aware that if the chemical compounds in some hair dye products were to build up in your body, it's conceivable for them to have an adverse effect on your baby. Though, you would need to be dyeing your hair excessively for these chemicals to accumulate at significant levels.
Dye is absorbed through the skin on your scalp, not via the hair shaft, so treatment such as highlights and many pregnant women favour streaks as this lessens your contact with chemicals. For best results have your hair dyed professionally, ensuring that the room is well ventilated.
If you do apply dye at home yourself, leave it on your hair for the minimum recommended time and make sure the room is well aired.
If you are a fan of acrylic nails, as part of your beauty treatment, then it is safe to continue having them applied during pregnancy on an occasional basis. Make sure that the application takes place in a well-ventilated room as the fumes and chemicals produced could make you feel nauseous and are not good to inhale. Many women find one of the benefits of pregnancy is a stronger more beautiful nail so you might prefer to go ‘au naturel’ until the baby’s birth.
Of course during your pregnancy you could opt for the pale and interesting look. If you want to inject a bit of colour into your cheeks you can still safely use fake tan, but there are certain things to avoid. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the active ingredient in fake tan; it is a non-toxic sugar that works by reacting with the proteins that sit on the top layer of your skin. Other fake tans can contain a substance called erythrulose, which functions in the same way as DHA. Fake tans are applied onto the top layer of your skin, which is made up of dead cells in the process of being shed, so the chemicals in tanning products do not enter your bloodstream in this way. Avoid sprays or fake tanning booths where you are likely to inhale airborne tanning products containing chemicals. Stick to hand applied mousses, wipes and creams during pregnancy. Never use tanning pills or injections during your pregnancy.