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Mommy & Me Skincare

BWB has selected a few special skincare companies that put mothers and children first by using only safe ingredients that work to balance, soothe, and comfort skin.

Skincare regimens should change throughout our lives, but especially as we go through the different stages during and after pregnancy.

The reason a woman’s skin changes so dramatically during pregnancy is due to severe changes in hormone levels. Many women struggle with skin sensitivities they never encountered before, like Melasma, or hyper-pigmentation, breakouts, eczema, and rosacea.

The solution is not so easy. Mothers have to worry about whether ingredients they put on their skin will absorb into their bloodstream and effect their babies during pregnancy and while nursing. They also have to worry about care for their baby’s skin, which is also sensitive and responds best to pure, gentle ingredients.

BWB has selected a few special skincare companies that put mothers and children first by using only safe ingredients that work to balance, soothe, and comfort skin.

Chantecaille has enchanted us with their baby skincare line, Bébé. It uses only certified organic, botanical, and plant-based ingredients. We asked Olivia Chantecaille to share what inspired her to create Bébé:

“I have always been a passionate and a strong believer in the power of plants. My mother and I have been creating innovative, luxurious botanical products since our brand inception. When my daughter was born, new and more sophisticated organic ingredients and textures were just coming to market that allowed me to make products for her that I also loved to use.”

Their line includes three products: Orange Blossom Face Cream, Flower Petal Hair & Body Wash, and Wild Moss Rose Lotion. Mrs. Chantecaille incorporates ingredients such as organic flower waters, wild moss rose extract, orange blossom, and coconut lipids to create her sweet, loving products that smell as delicious as they look. It’s exactly what your baby’s skin deserves.

For mama, we absolutely love their Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask. Ingredients such as macadamia seed oil, evening primrose oil, and jasmine flowers are cradled in a base of pure rose water. Use as a mask or an overnight treatment to calm and hydrate skin.

basq NYC takes the guess work out of finding skin care products that are safe to use during pregnancy and while nursing. All of their products are effective and address skin issues, free of any harmful ingredients.

For new moms, try their Bright Eyes Cucumber Tea Eye Gel, which uses camellia tea leaf and cucumber fruit extracts with sodium hyaluronate to reduce puffiness, firm and rehydrate tired eyes. The gel is soothing and cool. Keep it in the fridge for for added benefits.

As your body adjusts to so many changes, their Ultra Nourishing Mega Moisture Cream provides support for the skin. Essential fatty acids, borage, coconut, shea, grapeseed, and orsehip oils stimulate collagen production. Your skin is left soft and with a faint smell of rose.

Mustela has always been dedicated to safe skincare for mothers and children. For the past 60 years, they have researched and developed their products to ensure  safe and trusted skincare during and after pregnancy, for both mom and baby. A popular favorite is the Belly + Bust Pregnancy Skincare Set. It includes Stretch Mark Prevention Cream, which uses avocado peptides to improve elasticity, plant based sugar molecules to strengthen elastin and promote collagen, and Shea butter to hydrate and soften the skin. The Bust Firming Serum combines an elastoregulator with the medicinal Centella plant to firm and tone during pre-natal and postpartum stages.

For on-the-go baby care, you will love Mustela’s No Rinse Cleansing Water. It is derived from 98% natural ingredients and is gentle enough for newborns. Mustela’s own miceller water, aloe and avocado fruit extract gently cleanse faces, toes, and bottoms. The Nourishing Stick With Cold Cream is a must for every diaper bag. It includes sunflower seed oil, triglycerides, Shea butter and avocado to heal chapped cheeks, lips and any other area that needs soothing. The stick application makes it simple to use on even the fussiest baby.

Earth Mama Organics was founded by Melinda Olson, a nurse and herbalist, who specializes in natural, organic and herbal based products designed for safe use by pregnant and breastfeeding moms. They also offer amazing products for children of all ages.

We highly recommend their deodorants, which are specially formulated for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Organic arrowroot powder, corn starch, baking soda, coconut oil, and candelilla really keep you dry and odor free, and they come in 4 fabulous scents. Our favorite is the Bright Citrus Deodorant. Another must have product is their Baby Face Organic Nose & Cheek Balm formulated for “drooling chins and drippy noses.” Calendula, Shea butter, beeswax, and sunflower oil soothe and heal chapped skin.

Soapwalla, is a company whose products are handmade in Brooklyn, NY with sustainable, organically grown and edible ingredients. They believe that what we use on our skin should be as safe as what we put in our body, so their collection is safe and beneficial for mommies everywhere. BWB loves their Indulgent Bath Soaking Salts Gift Set which includes 4 different bath salts that are made with sea salts, utah red besin salts, epsom salts, gray salts, and dried and powdered spices and oils. These salts will soothe tired legs, recharge your body and heal your spirit.

Belli Beauty was created in 2002 by a doctor and beauty expert, a husband and wife team who could not find safe skincare options during the pregnancy of their first child. Belli is  “designed for piece of mind” during all life stages, including pregnancy and nursing – it’s even ob/gyn recommended. We are impressed by their acne products, which are free of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic and glycolic acids. Not only can those ingredients be dry and irritating, but they should also be avoided during pregnancy. These acne solutions are also LactMed screened to avoid ingredients that may be harmful if passed through mother’s breast milk.

Start with their Anti-Blemish Facial Wash, which gently cleanses skin of impurities and dead cells with ingredients such as olive oil, lactic acid, green tea, cucumber fruit extract, and lemon peel oil.

Acne Control Spot Treatment uses colloidal sulfur, chamomile, tea tree oil, radish root, and cucumber fruit to treat breakouts safely and quickly. Follow with Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator, which uses Vitamin C and grapeseed oil to hydrate skin, leaving it glowing and balanced.

Vanessa Baumann

Vanessa Baumann has been a licensed, medical aesthetician in New York for over twenty-three years, working with some of Manhattan’s top plastic surgeons. Choosing to change gears and express herself through her love of writing, she is now a freelance writer and beauty editor. Vanessa also may be found on Facebook and Instagram, sharing her knowledge of skincare products, advice, and the quest for glowing skin.

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