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Natural Beauty Tips to Baby-Proof Skin Treatments

Green Beauty Gurus offer REAL product advice for Pregnancy and Motherhood.

Natural Beauty Tips to Baby-Proof Skin Treatments
In a world where so many beauty and skincare products are being targeted to us every. single. day, it’s really hard to figure out what works and what doesn’t. But keeping up with what is actually safe and useful when you are expecting or nursing takes it to a whole new level. Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and beyond play mean tricks on your skin, and a lot of the ingredients that you usually use to treat the skin can be detrimental to baby and are off limit. How do you get rid of rashy, zitty bumps? What should you do to tackle wrinkles and brighten up your eyes after a sleepless night of nursing sessions? And can you do anything to help with that postpartum hair? We asked some of our favorite green beauty gurus to share the deets on their go-to beauty products that are safe to use during pregnancy and beyond. So if you’re still figuring out how to deal with your most pressing pregnancy and postpartum beauty issues in the safest, greenest possible way, here are some tips and must-have products from 5 of our favorite natural beauty experts.

1. Cindy DiPrima, CAP Beauty

For stretch marks and more: "Growing bellies need special care. This simple balm has a nutty, clean scent (no cloying florals!). It's made with Organic and Non-GMO ingredients, and its blend of Coconut, Jojoba and Rosehip Seed Oils deeply nourish to combat itching, ward off stretch marks, hydrate and soothe." $28, buy here.

For postpartum hair: "When I was pregnant, my hair was so shiny and thick, but then I started nursing. Nursing can deplete hair of nutrients leaving it dry and rough. With its heavy hit of Omega 7s, Living Libations Seabuckthorn Shampoo is designed to balance moisture and restore vitality to hair. Use it during pregnancy and beyond. It's even safe for babies and kids." $30, buy here.

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For positive energy: "Our energy mist relies on the power of flower essences to open the heart and increase your loving vibration. I can’t think of a more beautiful time to let the love flow." $46, buy here.

2. Allie Compton, Credo’s in-house esthetician and beauty expert.

For stretch marks: "The African Botanics Marula Stretchmark Botanical Body Oil is great to apply to the belly post shower while skin is damp and ready to receive the antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids in the oil that can help prevent stretch marks. $90, buy here.

To moisturize and maintain skin elasticity. "The Redefining Body Balm is a product that Tata Harper created for herself to use during her pregnancies. It ended up working so well that she made it a member of her line. The Kokum seed butter and murumuru butter are deeply moisturizing and can help with keeping the skin elastic during pregnancy. The extracts of arnica, borage, alfalfa are soothing to any itchiness that can occur." $120, buy here.

For breakouts and to build collagen. "The Pai's Rosehip Oil is a great alternative to Retinol and Retin-A. The potency of the Rosehip acts as a natural exfoliate and can be used at night as a treatment to help with hormonal breakouts." $40, buy here.

3. Tara Foley, owner of Follain.

To moisturize sensitive skin. "I'll base my answer off of personal experience, as pregnancy is still fresh in my mind (my son, Henry, is only four months old). My skin took many turns during pregnancy (as it does for most of our clients), breaking out at some points and drying out at others. More than anything else, my skin was the most sensitive it has ever been. I had to use very gentle, simple products with few ingredients.

"I used plain Kahina argan oil ($36) or SW Basics Cream ($32) to moisturize my face, and Soapwalla pregnant belly oil to moisturize my entire body (not just belly). Usually the Farmaesthetics' cleanser ($39), too. You'll notice these all have super mild, wholesome, and short ingredient lists. They all worked wonders to manage my super sensitive pregnancy skin!"

4. Jessa Blades, Natural Beauty Expert & Makeup Artist.

To moisturize and protect skin against harmful sun rays. "This Ursa Major lotion is amazing. A perfect 2-in-1 product. Plus, this non-toxic sunscreen won't turn your face white." $54, buy here.

For cuts and wounds. This Avena Botanicals Heal All Salve is a great natural Neosporin alternative for cuts and booboos or chapped hands during the winter season. $13, buy here.

To hydrate and prevent stretch marks. "Sopawalla's body oil is a luxurious way to moisturize and help lessen stretch marks." $32 buy here.

Bonus tip: for heartburns and morning sickness. I love these chamomile bitters for occasional heartburn and morning sickness during pregnancy. The high ginger content in this formula makes it effective for occasional nausea. $8, buy here.

5. Megan Schwarz, owner of Seed to Serum.

For dry skin. "Pregnancy left my skin parched so I relied heavily on oil cleansing. This simple gem, Maya Chia The Great Cleanse, is one of my favorites because it glides easily over the skin and rinses completely with just water!" $38, buy here.

For make-up options. "I don’t know if it was the crazy hormones or what, but I became obsessed with loud and bright lipstick while I was pregnant. And I loved that I could feel good when applying Axiology’s vegan, eco-conscious, palm oil free lipsticks!" $28, buy here.

Bonus tip: for morning sickness. "When morning sickness hit hard, I reached for A.S. Apothecary First Aid Kit #12: Calm & Tranquil. The earthy, comforting scent was absolute magic and helped to take my mind off of the constant nausea." $30, buy here.

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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