As your baby bump begins to expand to make room for your growing baby, it’s important to take care of your skin. Preventative care is more effective than trying to reverse the damage post-partum, so dive into a hydrating, all-over body moisturizing routine as soon as you get the good news.
I recommend using a combination of moisturizers, butters and oils to keep skin well-hydrated day and night, focusing on oils at night before bedtime and intensive moisturizers during the day. Follow this guide to start taking care of your skin before the sign of the first stretch mark appears:
Before your morning shower, apply olive oil or Lansinoh to protect your hyper-sensitive nipples -- I recommend using this on your nipples post-partum as well while breastfeeding to prevent cracks and soreness. After the shower, lather your skin with a rich body cream. During my pregnancy, I rubbed Repechage Seaweed Body Cream all over my body, then layered an extra coat of Basq Illipe Body Butter Triple Moisture Complex on my belly and breasts. Both of these moisturizers are very nourishing and have mild scents that are easily tolerated during pregnancy.
Stock up on a variety of oils so you can alternate them nightly, depending on which scents you can tolerate that day. I recommend Kanshi Naturally Healing Massage Oil. It's a soybean based oil with natural mango and papaya juice scents. It absorbs really nicely into the skin, and my husband just loved the way it made our bedroom smell! Before bed, I also recommend giving yourself a foot massage with a nourishing foot cream based on shea butter and peppermint oils.
What to look for
Always read product labels to ensure you're selecting safe, natural products for your pre-baby skin care routine. Many so-called mommy products are actually mineral oil based (one of the cheapest ingredients on the market)! Don't be fooled by the hefty price tag if the product lists mineral oil on top of the ingredients list. On the bright side, many mommy-to-be moisturizers are shea butter based. Shea is a great natural ingredient, and you can find many products on the market that contain shea butter, even if they're not necessarily marketed to pregnant women.
Use body butters and oils daily to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. Always read labels before buying skin care products, and make choices based on the ingredients rather than product packaging. Just because it has mommy in the title doesn't necessarily make it better! Top ingredients to look for include shea butter, cocoa butter, lavender oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), coconut oil, soybean oil, carrot oil, seaweed, glycerin, aloe, rosehip oil and jojoba seed oil.
We know that when moms invest in beauty products, you’re expecting them to work a little bit of magic. New lines from EOS, Sephora, and Basq are promising to do just that, all with a touch of whimsy thanks to their Disney-inspired packaging.
Using Alice in Wonderland as its muse, skin care company EOS just launched a new line of lip balms in Blueberry Potion, Sweet Vanilla Nonsense, and Watermelon Wonderland flavors. As if that’s not fun enough, the egg-shaped applicator features Mickey Mouse shaped grooves.
For a bit more of the “royal” treatment, head on over to Sephora, which is unveiling individual cosmetic lines for every Disney Princess. The three piece Cinderella collection is available now. The stunning packaging references different scenes in the film, and each shade name is based on objects or characters in the film.
Last but not least, The Disney Store recently teamed up with maternity skin care company Basq to create a line for expecting moms. Our favorite product is Pure Bliss, a lotion that chills your skin to provide relief from daily aches and pains. Now if that’s not magic I’m not sure what is!
It may not be winter yet, but if you’re currently looking for that perfect baby shower present, odds are good that the little bundle is due to arrive during the winter months.
Look no further than Disney Baby for all of your gifting needs. With so many cold-weather options available in a variety of adorable styles, we’ve got you covered!
Check out my favorites!
Loving Touch Gift Set
Gentle products are always important to use on the sensitive skin of newborns, but at no time is it more important than during the winter months. The mama-to-be will enjoy it too!
Gift Set, $60 Basq Skin Care
Now here’s an eye gel you can use day and night. The antioxidants help bring down any puffiness or swelling around the eyes. On those days where you’re a little more tired and or didn’t get enough rest — this will be a huge help to cover up.
Disney's It's A Small World Skin Essentials by Basq - 20% Discount
Skin Essentials Kit Includes Touch Lavender Body Butter 8 oz,
Dream Lavender Sleep Mist 4oz, Love Nourishing Cleansing Bar 3oz.
I should tell you right at the onset that I'm a big fan of moisturizers, beauty creams, lavender scent, essential oils and natural options to most remedies. Which brings me to this wonderful discovery of *Disney's It's a Small World Skin Essentials Kit by Basq. And as one who have been plagued by sleeplessness lately, I'm beyond interested to try out the DREAM Lavender Sleep Mist which is included in the kit, to hopefully help me find that elusive Zzzz's at night or lull me to sleep!
I should also tell you that I was privileged to try TOUCH Lavender Body Butter out in advance when a sample of it was included inside the swag bag that us attendees got from Disney Social Media Moms Conference this year. I fell in love with it and I'm so happy to have another jar to use and review additional products by them.
What I love about each of the products in the kit:
TOUCH Lavender Body Butter Not only does it smells divine but feels smooth and buttery on the skin. I love applying it at night or after a shower. It makes my skin silky and I love that! Definitely pampering in a small bottle. I couldn't get enough of it. Even my 8 year old loved it. And to be honest, I truly love this body butter! Scent and all. Retails for $26.00
DREAM Lavender Sleep Mist
This is no joke but it actually worked for me. And surprisingly for my daughter too who have been a restless sleeper for the past few days. The Lavender scent was pretty calming. We would pre-spray the room and then one or two more sprays prior to sleeping and that seems to do the trick. Now my daughter won't go to sleep without it. So do I. I may get used to this. And that isn't a bad thing at all if you ask me. More sleep, the better! Retails for $20.00
LOVE Nourishing Cleansing Bar
This soap have a very subtle scent which I love. I also love that essential oils were used. I think it is ideal for anyone who is sensitive to strong scent and for a baby's delicate skin. It also lathers well yet rinse off very easily. Simple, straighforward soap! Love that! Retails for $8.00
Now check out the golden pouch that comes with the kit! It's quite cute and so attractive. All that a Disney-inspired product should be. If you must know it immediately found itself a good spot inside my Minnie Mouse Bag!
A little thing about Basq: "The basq line is clinically tested for no Sensitivity and Allergy and all products are Paraben-free, Phthalate-free, SLS Free and not tested on animals. Basq has become the go-to brand for A-List celebrities such as Heidi Klum, Christy Turlington, Marcia Cross, Sheryl Crow and many more looking for head to toe glow."
For those looking for a Fragrance Free option – basq’s same decadent Illipe Body Butter is available without fragrance. A beautiful, thick butter that fortifies skin from the inside out and a perfect way to fight stretch marks all over the body. This Triple Butter-Triple Oil blend works deep down for instant renewal and can easily be combined with basq’s new Aroma Oils for custom treatments depending upon your needs and mood. The luxe texture comes from the Illipe butter base, rich yet absorbs quickly and deeply like other butters can't- giving the skin super deep nourishment without a heavy, greasy feel. The skin gets a powerful blast of essential fatty acid rich oils that repair collagen… Read More and elastin damage that leads to loose, slack skin. While Rosehip, Grapeseed, and Borageseed Oils promote skin regeneration, improve circulation to fight cellulite, and fortify cell membranes for tightened, toned skin. Ideal for dry skin, firming and toning, stretch mark care. There's no such thing as too rich when it comes to gorgeous, glowing skin.Hide Text
Pregnancy is such a beautiful time in a woman’s life, but it is also a period that requires constant TLC. Maternity skin care is one product category that I refused to skimp out on while I was pregnant with all three of my children.
The Big News Is...
Disney’s gone maternity! Click through the slideshow to check out this fabulous collaboration between Basq and Disney Baby.
I rubbed natural butters and creams on my belly to keep stretch marks at bay and I’m happy to report that they worked quite beautifully! I have only a few faint stretch marks that are just barely visible and I honestly believe that this is due to a proper diet and quality belly cream.
Basq is a brand that I used during two of my pregnancies. Their products are rich in natural oils and are great for those who are sensitive or have allergies. All products are paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free and not tested on animals. The brand has quite the celebrity following with a whole list of A-List mamas using their products.
I was excited to find out today that Disney Baby and Basq has collaborated on a maternity skin care line exclusive to Disney Baby! Here is a look at the entire line designed to care for mom during and after pregnancy. You can purchase all of the products below through www.disneystore.com.
The three Mark Free Zone Stretch Mark Oils are fast absorbing and keep skin soft and resilient. The formula is created with Omegas 3, 6 and 9, a nourishing blend of Hazelnut, Rosehip, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Wheat Germ and Sesame for the all-over stretch and bounce back.
Choose from three scents – Soothing Lavender, Fresh Green Spa and Energizing Citrus.
Cooling, soothingand aptly named “Pure Bliss”, this lotion-gel is designed to sooth your aches and ease fatigue and discomfort in the back, shoulders and legs. Natural wonders Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Eucalyptus and Lavender comfort body shifts and changes.
Great to help soothe aches, swelling and hot flashes.
The new Vanishing Act Stretch Mark Belly Butter helps prepare your skin for the ‘big stretch’. Start early so that your skin can stretch better and rebound after.
Breasts go through their maximum stretch during pregnancy and nursing, so it is important that you give them a little extra care. This butter blend is made with essential fatty acids and Vitamins to help delicate skin stay strong and up. Fragrance Free for sensitive noses ;).
Congratulations! The Big News Kit
From the cute box to the printed greeting, this is such a great gift idea for moms embarking on the journey of motherhood. The kit includes Pure Bliss Cooling Lotion (8 oz), Bounce Back Bust Butter (4 oz), Mark Free Zone Stretch Mark Oil in Soothing Lavender (2 oz).
One of my favorite attractions at the Disneyland Resort is It’s A Small World. My mom actually attended the 1964 New York World’s Fair as a small child and remembers seeing the ride there! It’s been one of her favorites ever since! The entire facade of the ride is so whimsical and magical, I just LOVE it.
Anywhoo, when I first heard about the It’s A Small World line of mom and child skin care products by Basq, I was pretty intrigued. I saw the packaging for the first time at this year’s DisneySMMoms Celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort when there was a surprise in my room one evening of their TOUCH Lavender Body Butter. I almost flipped my lid when I saw it because it was so beautiful!
Well, even though it said it was for mother and baby, I thought “hmmm…I’m a mom and my babies are 10 and 14, so I qualify, right?” I think so! I opened up that jar and put it on my arms immediately…my skin gets so dry in that Central Florida climate and I don’t normally take the time down there to do anything about it, but we were at the Yacht Club and it was all about relaxing. The fragrance was simply wonderful and it felt so luxurious! Not too strong at all, just very mild and soothing. I really dislike skin care products with too much fragrance, but I don’t like the plain stuff either. I know…I’m difficult. Anyway, this was perfect and I was really wishing it had been around when my kiddos were babies!
Photo Courtesy of Basq
So, here’s the thing. I really wanted a mom and baby to try the products too and it just so happened that my nephew was just a few months old so I asked my sister-in-law to be my loyal subject and try out the rest of the products I was given to sample. She also has a friend with a baby who was just a little older than my nephew and here’s what they both had to say about the products:
Photo Courtesy of Basq
She had this to say about the SHARE Lavender Calming Oil: “Baby loves this on his feet as the directions on the box suggest. He can be fussy, and I put it on his feet and he stops being fussy because he likes his little toes being massaged! I like it because it makes him smell wonderful without using scented lotions on his dry skin.”
Photo Courtesy of Basq
And this to say about the LOVE Nourishing Cleansing Bar: “This soap is nice to use for me. It lathers up nicely and feels luxurious on ~ I am guessing that is due to the coconut base in the ingredient list. However, even though it says it is for mom and baby, I would not use it on baby for two reasons. One, I typically use a liquid soap to make a bubble bath for baby and two, the box says to keep the product out of baby’s eyes. I prefer to use a tear-free soap on baby.”
Photo Courtesy of Basq
They both said the DREAM Sleep Mist “bottle is beautiful and sprays smoothly, smells wonderful when sprayed in the room”. I have to agree because I sprayed some in my bedroom before I handed it over and it was really light and lovely. I know that a beautifully smelling room always makes me feel more relaxed, imagine what it can do for your cranky little one?
I’m hoping that I’ve gotten you excited about these luxurious mom and baby products inspired by It’s A Small World! They’re really fabulous and I hope you’ll give them a try. I’ve also got some FANTASTIC news for all of you! I am hosting a giveaway for a SKIN ESSENTIALS KIT that includes the TOUCH Body Butter, DREAM Sleep Mist, and LOVE Cleansing Bar!!!! So, you could win these products and give them a try for free!! All you have to do to enter is follow the super fast rafflecopter entry below!
I’m also happy to tell you that all the products in the It’s A Small World Line are hypoallergenic, sensitivity tested, and parabin free. One more thing…just in case you aren’t the lucky winner of my giveaway, I’ve got a 20% discount code for you to use on your next purchase from basqitsasmallworld.com or basqnyc.com! Just put in JMM20 during checkout and you’ll receive your discount! Please hurry, this code is only valid through 9/7/2012!
I love how my feet feel after a pedi, but during those in between times – well, not so much. Needless to say, I’m intrigued with Spa Socks from Basq. These moisture enriched socks have a gel lining built in that bathe your feet with nourishing oils perfecting and repairing dry feet, rough heels and hard calluses. Spa Socks retail for $40 and have up to 50 uses.