You’re pregnant—congratulations! Once you’ve wrapped your head around the fact that you’ll have to forgo a glass of wine with dinner and sushi altogether, your next move is to adjust your beauty routine. It’s a better reason than any to shelve all of your paraben-filled body lotions, rid the shower of your favorite sulfate-infused shampoo—and maybe cut back on some of those visits to the toxic fume-emitting nail salon.
The jury is still out on whether or not these chemical ingredients can have negative impacts on fetal health but, chances are, pregnant women should not be taking any chances. To make sure that we were on the right track we consulted leading experts in the non-toxic luxury beauty category—from French drugstore brands like Avene to some of the pioneers in the field of organic treatments like Tracie Martyn. Tracie Martyn’s Marius Morariu gave insight on what they deem to be the correct approach. “I’m from the school of thought where you have to be as natural as possible during the pregnancy; it’s a time to nurture the baby and really build up, so that you have the reserves to go through the pregnancy. Don’t do anything that you wouldn’t usually do and let it be a natural process.”
He went on to let us in on some of his genius tips, like Tracie Martyn’s all-natural Amla Purifying Cleanser that's ideal for those prone to hyper pigmentation (a common side effect of pregnancy) and the chemical-free Resculpting Neck and Body Serum that increases collagen production. “Don’t worry about stretch marks. Leave the tummy the way it is and eat really healthy.” But if your pregnancy does leave an unwanted mark, Tracie Martyn has a cream for that.