Safe Summer Beauty

How to protect yourself and your growing baby this season.


You've given up sushi and alcohol for the next nine months. Do you also have to give up your favorite summer beauty routines? Maybe.

Many common products and treatments can put you in contact with chemicals; some are harmless, but others should be used with caution or avoided altogether.

"In general, there is little research on this. No one has studied a million pregnant women to say that specific beauty treatments or products aren't going to have any effect on them," says Elizabeth Briden, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and medical director of the Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Institute in Edina, Minn.

"But you really don't have to give up your beauty routines because you're pregnant—just reduce your exposure to certain chemicals and remember to take a few precautions."