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Natural Beauty Tips to Baby-Proof your Skincare Regimen

Moms in the beauty business share 5 products they can't live without.

Natural Beauty Tips to Baby-Proof your Skincare Regimen

When you have a little one growing inside of you, every decision take on a new meaning. Can you keep on drinking that morning cup of Joe? Do you really need to nix brie cheese from your diet? What about your skincare regimen?

Finding beauty products that are baby safe, toxin free and organic can be both liberating and overwhelming. There are so many options to choose from, and you are probably showered with all sorts of conflicting information -- from your OB/Gyn to your mother to your downstairs neighbor. If you are in the process of baby-proofing your grooming routine, fear not -- help is on the way. Five of our favorite mamas in the natural skincare industry share their views on motherhood, along with natural beauty tips to keep that pregnancy glow going.

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Dr. Roshini Raj, Founder of TULA probiotic brand:

On taking care of yourself as a new mom:

“Being a mom, especially a working mom, has taught me to be incredibly organized and to manage my time more efficiently -- two skills that I absolutely need since my startup requires my attention 24/7. That said, new moms, entrepreneurs or not, are notoriously bad at taking care of themselves, and good skincare is often neglected. If there are two things moms need to do for their skin, it’s sleeping and eating well. A diet rich in antioxidants can improve complexion. And although sleep is hard to come by as a new mom (and as an entrepreneurial mom), the more you get, the better your skin will look and feel.”

What one product from your line should new moms invest in?

Since moms, at home or working, don’t have time for more complicated multi-step regimen, I recommend investing in a multitasking moisturizer that targets, hydrates and fights anti-aging. With our signature probiotic technology, TULA's Hydrating Day and Night cream fits the bill.

Melanie Mayron, Founder of Mayron’s Goods:

On motherhood as a motivational force:

“My desire to BE a mom was what actually started my business. I was looking at diaper creams and thought none of them were that great. I also wanted an option that had natural and organic ingredients, with no parabens. So I created Mayron’s Goods. Being a mom has also motivated me to expand our line and offer products not just for baby, but also for moms and adults. I’ve worked really hard to grow my business and ensure the best possible future for my children. Their well being is by far the biggest motivating factor there could ever be.”

What one product from your line should new moms invest in?

“If you want a cream that does it all, the Barrier Cream, which my dad worked on for 14 years, is it. It is a diaper cream that you can also use to soothe urinary tract infection and hemorrhoids. It also protects against chafing, which is great for runners or bikers.”

Sonia Deasy, Founder of Pestle & Mortar:

On a mother’s newfound skills:

“Being a mom made me super organized, and I understand what it’s like not to have as much “me” time. I think it’s also really helped me curate the necessary skincare products for busy mums. It’s about protecting your skin and taking care of skin before it’s too late -- not necessarily trying to look youthful, but about looking your best.”

What one product from your line should new moms invest in?

“Our Pure Hyaluronic Serum is the one product that boosts your skin, especially if you are sleep deprived. Instantly, you can look like you have had a good 8-hour night’s sleep.”

Mirjana Blankenship, Founder of Captain Blankenship:

On the importance of water:

“If there’s one advice I can give a new mom, it’s to drink lots of water. It is so easy to get dehydrated when your energy is focused on caring for the baby, especially if you are breastfeeding. Dehydration not only affects the way you feel internally, but also dries out your skin and lips. Raw coconut water, for example, is a great way to hydrate and recharge with natural electrolytes. I think I drank 15 of the Harmless Harvest during labor!”

What one product from your line should new moms invest in?

“I loved dry shampoo before I was a mom, but then got obsessed after I had my daughter Mila, 3 years ago. Our Mermaid Dry Shampoo not only absorbs oil, it also adds volume. It smells delicious too, like a rosy beach breeze.”

Sarah Villafranco, Founder of Osmia Organics:

On the balance between work and motherhood:

“Being a mother keeps everything in balanced perspective for me. I can have an excellent day at work, but if I come home to a sad little face, I am reminded (and ever humbled) about where my true work lies. And, even better, there are those tough days for the business, where things don’t go as I had hoped, or I feel like I didn’t meet my own expectations. But, when I come home and see my two strong girls throwing the softball outside, or chasing each other through the house dressed like pirates and laughing like hyenas, I realize that I’m doing one important job pretty well, and there’s always tomorrow for the business.”

What one product from your line should new moms invest in?

“By using a high-quality body oil on sopping wet skin, you provide the water, and you’re paying only for the beautiful plant oils that nourish your skin and restore elasticity. Our Unscented Body Oil is the ideal, utterly non-toxic way to soften skin without any irritation or exposure to ingredients that are either harmful or just too active for sensitive, post-pregnancy skin. It is also free of essential oils, as well, so they are completely safe to use on even the teeniest babies.”

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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

    I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

    I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

    My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

    The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

    Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

    1. Go apple picking.

    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

    To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

    2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

    We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

    To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

    3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

    Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

    To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

    4. Have a touch-football game.

    Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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