The Glow // Pregnancy Beauty Must-Haves

Whether you want to enhance your pregnancy glow or fake one even if you’re not pregnant, I’ve put together a list of my favorite must-have beauty products that I’ve personally come to love so far during pregnancy. Hormones are partially responsible, and an increase in blood volume also brings more blood to the skin, giving it a radiant look. Although this “pregnancy glow” comes from within, you can definitely play it up it by taking care of your skin.

1. Lotions & Potions

With all the growing your body is going through, your skin starts to feel itchy and generally uncomfortable. I’ve been loving Mustela’s Stretch Mark Cream – it’s creamy yet penetrates very quickly and has some pretty amazing stretch mark claims. I’m definitely prone to stretch marks, but I’m going to keep using the Mustela until the end in hopes of lessening their severity.

Also, your skin starts to feel itchy as it stretches, so thick creams, oils, and butters can provide huge relief throughout pregnancy, whether or not you care to combat stretch marks. My favorite belly oil is the Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil and favorite belly butter is Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter.

2. Exfoliation

To help that pregnancy glow show through even more, exfoliate regularly. I love using my Clarisonic with both the face brush and the body brush in the shower.

3. Aluminum-Free Deodorant

Most traditional antiperspirants contain aluminum, which has been linked to possibly causing breast cancer. Since we apply deodorant so close to our breast tissue, I like to play it safe most days with LAVANILA’s aluminum-free deodorant. However, it’s not the most powerful deodorant on the market, so I try to wear it when I work from home or when I’m just going to run some errands. For important meetings, etc., I do still pull out the “big guns,” like Secret.

4. 3-Free & 5-Free Nail Polish

Nail polishes are stinky, so I was a bit worried about breathing in the fumes while pregnant. I still wanted to wear nail polish, so I did some research and found out which lacquer brands are 3-Free and 5-Free. 3-Free nail polish has No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde; 5-Free has no No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.

Some of my favorite 3-Free nail polishes are by Butter London, Essie, OPI, and Deborah Lippmann. Some of my favorite 5-Free nail polishes are by Zoya, Chanel, and Dior.

5. Safe Lipstick

Apparently women eat close to 7 pounds of lipstick in their lifetime. Since we inevitably ingest it as we wear it and what we eat goes to baby, why not opt for something a little safer. Bite Beauty, for example, uses food-grade ingredients in their lip products, so you don’t have to worry about heavy metals accumulating inside of you and your growing little one.

6. Water

Yup, plain old water. Dress it up with lemon or other fruit infusions. Get a pretty refillable water bottle, either glass or BPA-free plastic. Heck, sometimes I put water in a wine glass when I get bored of drinking it. It’ll help with your pregnancy thirst and keep your skin looking and feeling nice. Think of drinking water as a beauty treatment, and it’ll help you fulfill your daily minimum.

7. Dark Spot Corrector

One of the common skin changes during pregnancy is called the “mask of pregnancy” or melasma. Melasma causes dark spots to appear on a pregnant woman’s face, commonly on the forehead and cheeks. I’ve been using Burt’s Bees Brightening Dark Spot Corrector (along with SPF) to hopefully prevent these dark spots since day one. Since Burt’s Bees is 99% natural, I feel pretty safe using their skincare line during pregnancy. As a plus, this dark spot corrector feels like a quick-absorbing serum, so I usually use it as my serum before applying face makeup.

8. Tinted Moisturizer or BB/CC Cream with SPF

To prevent melasma dark spots during pregnancy, you want to use a good SPF product. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream has an SPF of 50+ (physical SPF only, not chemical) and also happens to be an awesome all-in-one product to help save time in the morning. It’s a full-coverage color-correcting cream, anti-aging serum, and broad spectrum SPF. I know this will be especially helpful when baby arrives.

9. Moisturizing Lip Balm

My lips tend to get dry during this pregnancy, so having a really good moisturizing lip balm on hand is definitely a must-have. Dior’s ‘Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm also has an SPF of 10. It’s a true little luxury, and pregnant mamas deserve those every once in a while!

10. Falsies

For a quick glam pick-me-up, pop on a pair of natural-looking false eyelashes. See my tutorial on how to apply them here.

QUICK TIP: My eyes suddenly started burning from my usual Duo lash adhesive during this pregnancy for some reason, so I recently discovered the latex-free Revlon lash adhesive and the similar latex-free Duo option, which has made it possible for me to wear lashes again!

Better yet, get eyelash extensions. You’ll wake up looking beautiful without any eye makeup.

Pass this list along to any of your preggo friends, and be sure to follow Bond Girl Glam on Bloglovin’.



Bond Girl Glam is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog by Irina Bond, curated to inspire your inner Bond Girl.


  1. 9.17.14
    Anna said:

    Hey Irina! How’s that It Cosmetics CC – is it good for combo skin? Would you recommend it for summer heat or dry winter? Been wanting to try it but haven’t yet…Thanks

    • 9.17.14

      Truthfully, I’ve never tried it in the winter, but I imagine it would work well then too. I have combo/oily skin as well, and my bronzer/blush stays on pretty well by the end of the day, so I’d say it’s a good option for that skin type. You should go to Ulta and ask for a sample! xo

  2. 7.20.16
    Randi said:

    Hi. You mention that the it Cosmetics CC cream is a must have during pregnancy. I am an esthetician and wouldnt recommend it as it contains retinyl palmitate which is a derivative of Vitamin A and is a no no during pregnancy.

    • 7.21.16

      Oh, no! I had no idea. I’ll have to do some more research on it. Thank you for pointing it out.

      • 8.23.16

        Here’s what the company replied when I asked about safety during pregnancy:

        “All of our products undergo rigorous testing and quality assurance before they reach the consumer, and we work with plastic surgeons, as well as dermatologists, to ensure everything we put in is safe and good for you to use. We have not heard any complaints about our products being harmful during pregnancy or post, however we would suggest you review and share the ingredients for products you’re interested in using with your doctor. He/she would be the most qualified to tell you if a product is safe for you to use! All ingredients can be found on our website, and also on the websites of our retail partners, Ulta and QVC! Hope this helps! Take care!”

        I’m super curious now and will have to ask my doctor whenever I have my next appointment. xo

        • 9.3.16
          Jill said:

          Did you ever follow up with your doctor about the CC cream? It cosmetics CC cream is my holy grail face product and I just recently found out that I’m pregnant. Wondering if I’ll have to stop using it!

          • 9.4.16

            Hi Jill,

            No, I haven’t had a chance to ask because I’m not pregnant at this time (so I’m not seeing my OBGYN very often). I will keep this question in mind next time I get a chance to talk to a doctor. If you get a chance before me (or anyone else reading), I’m sure we’d all love to know what he or she says.

            xo, Irina

          • 11.10.16
            Jill said:

            DO NOT use any It Cosmetic products while pregnant….I stopped. All the products contain retinyl palmitate and every doc and medical article will tell you to stay away from this ingredient while pregnant. Randi was correct above. This article should be corrected.

            • 11.10.16

              I wrote this blog post to simply share what I liked using during my first pregnancy. I’m just a regular person, not a medical professional. After doing some research since this ingredient was pointed out, you would need large amounts daily of prescription-grade vitamin A to come close to the 10,000 IU threshold that has been linked to problems with pregnancy. The stuff in this face product doesn’t come close to the same amount as something like Accutane, which is an obvious no-no. In fact, that retinal palmitate can be found in a lot of cosmetics, even sunscreens and prenatal vitamins. As pregnant women we are scared about everything, especially the first time around. My baby turned out perfectly fine, so I think you need to take things with a grain of salt and think big picture – how much vitamin A are you getting from everything you consume and apply daily? Too much of other vitamins can also have adverse effects. It’s all about balance, babes. xo

  3. 10.14.17
    Korinah said:

    Hello! Just wondering towards end you mentioned get eyelash extensions are they safe? I still have mine and just recently found out we’re pregnant. Wondering if I’ll continue getting eyelash extensions monthly thanks!

    • 10.14.17

      I think it’s safe. It’s just uncomfortable to lay for long periods of time to get them done, especially at the end. I did it at the end of pregnancy and had lashes during labor and into the first few months postpartum. Helped me feel put-together and pretty.

  4. 5.16.18
    Melissa said:

    I’m almost 8 months in on Baby #2 and have tried every aluminum-free “natural” deodorant I can find…VERY HAPPY to report I’ve stopped looking after I found Schmidt’s deodorant at Whole Foods! I’ve really tried every online only to local health food store brand I’ve found and still pulled out my Secret or Degree for “serious” days. I live in hot and sunny south Florida and I have ONLY needed to use the Schmit Geranium this entire pregnancy and dont plan on switching back to another brand after pregnancy, who need extra aluminum? Hoping the come out with more scents.. i’ve found 3 i think, all decent. Seriously. Try it!

    • 6.10.18

      Congrats on baby #2!! That’s amazing; I’m going to buy it next time I’m at Whole Foods. I feel like the key to trying natural deodorant is getting through the few days or weeks (depending on the person) of your body getting rid of the aluminum and knowing you might “smell” a bit. I’d bring a few baby wipes and the deodorant with me to reapply throughout the day. xo

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