It is no surprise that pregnancy and nursing skin care products are held to a higher standard of safety. This is due to the fact that many recent studies have shown some serious concerns with a large variety of cosmetic ingredients.
Some ingredients have proven to show reproductive and developmental toxicity along with birth defects, as well as being known carcinogens (cancer causing agents). They can also cause estrogenic activity which can be dangerous if expecting.
Skin care needs of pregnant women and oncology patients are very similar. Pregnancy, chemotherapy and radiation bring about some of the same skin issues and conditions such as sensitivity, irritation and dry skin.
It is also imperative that expecting moms and cancer patients use clean and safe ingredients.
"Our products were developed for a very specific target market," explains Gina Zeiger, president/founder of Pretty Mommies, an all natural maternity skin care line.
"When we launched, we set out to be the new standard in pregnancy and nursing skin care (prettymommies.com) and to become the first physician maternity skin care line. What we didn't realize at the time was how appealing our line was going to be to many other consumers outside of our particular demographic, specifically cancer patients.
"Oncology patients require a skin care line that essentially mirrors a pregnancy line clean, all natural, free of estrogenic activity, contains soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, etcetera.
Pretty Mommies products fit this profile perfectly, so the crossover from maternity skin care to oncology skin care then becomes apparent," said Zeiger.
"Being a medical aesthetician I am very conscientious of the products we carry in our skin care center. We find that Pretty Mommies is a great fit for not only expecting women but is also a safe and effective skin care system for our oncology clients," said Tricia Schaefer, oncology skincare specialist with True Spa Skin Care Center, Palmerton.
Pretty Mommies is the "Number one physician recommended maternity skin care line, according to the company. To find out more about their products, see before and after photos, read physician and patient testimonials visit www.prettymommies.com.
All Pretty Mommies products are vegan, gluten-free, and made in the United States.