After having a baby, your body needs a little extra love in the beauty category. Your poor skin has been stretched, you are dead tired, and you spend the majority of your time nursing, so products that hydrate and rejuvenate in a safe and natural way are just what the doctor ordered.
Since a newborn is so fragile and sensitive, I personally have a heightened awareness for what is inside the products I am applying externally, because I spend so much time cuddled up against my babe. So, I found a few key products that meet all of my safety requirements and wanted to share with my fellow mammas. Here is what I am loving as I recover and try and restore my pre-baby body:
1. BELLA B Body Buzz Post Pregnancy Recovery Cream: Free of petroleum, lanolin and parabens (artificial preservatives), Body Buzz is specially formulated to firm skin all over the body and minimize cellulite in an all in one body cream. Sold at Destination Maternity. I lather it on my “stretched” areas like my belly and tush to help firm the skin.
2. The Honest Company Nipple Balm: Helps relieve irritation and helps heal sensitive sore or chapped nursing nipples; made from a mix of calendula oil, olive oil, shea butter, tamanu and aloe. No need to wipe off before nursing and its unscented. Sold at Destination Maternity. I use it as an preventative measure and have had no pain while nursing.
3. BASQ Revive Resilient Body Oil: Award winning blend of all natural oils; packed with skin essential omegas and fatty acids for skin strengthening, toning and protection. Built to absorb deeply and quickly for intense moisturization and repair. This select blend includes Hazelnut, Sweet Almond, Wheat Germ, Grapeseed, Rosehip Oils plus Vitamin E, all rich in Essential Fatty Acids to help build collagen and elastin. Paraben and Phthalate Free. Sold at Saks Fifth Avenue. I use it as a replacement to my usual body moisturizer and my skin couldn’t feel softer!
4. Nine Naturals Vanilla and Geranium Regenerative Pregnancy Belly Butter and Stretch Mark Cream: Crafted from rich, organic emollients like broccoli seed oil, shea butter and cupuaçu butter, each ingredient is packed with restorative omega fatty acids and works deep within your skin’s connective tissue to dramatically improve elasticity, control stretch marks and fight itchiness. 100% Natural. Sulfate-free, Paraben-free, Phthalate-free, BPA-free, Triclosan-free, DEA-free, Petrochemical-free. No artificial chemicals, dyes or synthetic fragrance. Sold at NineNaturals.com. I loved using it at the end of my pregnancy and haven’t stopped. I love that it’s not greasy!