Hormones can have a big impact on our complexions, but during pregnancy and nursing the ebb and flow of your hormonal balance can be tough to navigate. Beauty-minded mommas
may contend with problematic skin types
that range from dry to blemish-prone extremes, with the extra risk of developing melasma, the "pregnancy mask." Part of the solution can be finding the right mommy- and baby-safe products
to treat common skin issues. Tara Foley, the founder of green retailer Follain
, explains, "With little to no regulation of the beauty industry in the United States, [most] brands contain some level of toxic ingredients which are absorbed through our skin and into our bloodstream and have been connected with everything from birth defects to uterine contractions." The risks are real, but don't let the challenges deter you. To help devise your mommy-safe regimen, Neal Schultz M.D., founder of Beauty RX
, Tara Foley of Follain, and Lily Talakoub M.D. of McLean Dermatology Center
have a few pointers for the ultimate guide to safe skincare and cosmetics for moms-to-be. Click through for their top tips and to browse their picks.