Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Patricia Wersinger

After you become pregnant, your loyalties tend to shift to everything green, healthy, earthy, non-toxic, natural and organic. Is that really necessary, you wonder, as you’re tempted by the new skin technology wonders you read about in glossy magazines? You bet! According to the Environmental Working Group, 455 chemicals are found in the body on a daily basis that should not be there. Just in their personal care, people are exposed to 126 chemicals a day and one in every 24 women is exposed every day to personal care ingredients that are known reproductive and developmental toxins. The skin is like a sponge that absorbs everything you put on it and it all ends up in the blood stream. Your baby is not spared from contamination as in your own womb it is already ingesting toxins stemming from what you eat and put on your skin. If you enjoy pampering yourself but don’t want all the synthetic chemicals of commercial products, try these botanically based natural brands for a sounder,”au naturel” fix. Plants were used for thousand of years to treat skin problems effectively and have properties well worth revisiting in our time of environmental disasters and synthetic addictions.

We all suffer from free radical damage and need a good skin lotion as a result. Aubrey Organics, one of the pioneers of the natural and herbal skin care movement, has a Sea Buckthorn Moisturizing Lotion with topical ester, ingredients essential to protect from free radical damage. It also contains organic aloe and evening primrose oil to soothe dry, itchy skin. For stretched marks after pregnancy and for skin that needs to improve texture, The Unscented Ultimate Moisturizing Lotion has organic sunflower, macadamia nut oils and white camelia oil to nourish and condition tired skin. For a face’s surface that feels taut, dry and uneven during or after pregnancy, The Rosa Mosqueta Rose Hip Moisturizing Cream is rich in LINOLENIC and LINOLEIC acids essential for hydrated healthy skin and horsetail and coltsfoot to improve elasticity. It works well to relax the face, fight little lines and keep it moisturized and soothed. For an oilier complexion, The Oil Balancing Moisturizer will condition and heal the skin with a coconut fatty acid cream base, calendula oil for cell renewal and a blend of herbs such as yarrow horsetail, mistletoe and nettle. For a new mom, nothing may be more relaxing than a bit of pampering during Baby’s nap. Aubrey Organics Green Tea and Green Clay Rejuvenating Mask cleans pores, cleanses and smoothes the skin with natural fruity acids. Green tea is twenty times more powerful than vitamin E to minimize the effect of sun and pollution on the skin’s aging process. Enjoy your rest and make it a routine to relieve the stress of your new mama life. Available in all health stores nationwide and at http://www.Aubreyorganics.com.

Meadowlake Farms Beehive Skin Therapies consistently aim for the purest non-toxic products with organic honey and botanicals harvested on their own farm. For the little lines around your eyes from sleepless nights (not carousing around town so much anymore as keeping up with Baby) try the About Eyes eye cream that gently moisturizes the fragile eye area with emolients extracted from pure raw honey, essential oils of grapefruit, sweet almond and carrot seed extract. Raw honey has extremely beneficial effects on the skin and is used in hospitals to heal skin burns. None of Meadowlake Farms products contain any petroleum derivatives, cosmeceuticals, bioceuticals, synthetic isolates and have no suspected human potential risks. Check this highly ethical company at http://www.beehiveskintherapies.com

Are you of the kind that cannot deal with a three step routine and demands a product that cleanses, tones, exfoliates and moisturizes, healing and balancing skin at the same time? Made of chlorey nahre (an organic micro-algae) and heilmoor clay, The Wonderbar does just that. It purges the skin of toxins and brings it to a new balance it never knew before. You may experience temporary dryness and even breakouts as your skin adjusts to the new regimen but once your skin has adjusted to its optimal 5.65 you will be surprised by the results. Dry skin gets less dry, oily skin gets less oily. The longer you use Wonderbar, the more balanced, healthy and glowing your skin will get. A true wonder of nature! For more information visit http://www.wonderbarusa.com

Do you have a little cellucite you want to work on after pregnancy the natural way? Bubalina Orange Vanilla detoxifying body lotion with orange flower extract tightens, tones, heals the skin and reduces cellucite. The ingredients are certified organic and include all the best botanical oils extracted from aloe leaf juice, sunflower, coconut, chamomille, evening primrose, rose hip, calendula and lavender. Bubalina cares about the environment and proves it by manufacturing its products at wind-powered laboratories and by using packaging that is only post consumer recyclable materials. It never uses any material derived from old growth forests and always uses vegetable inks for all its printing and graphics. How kinder to Mama Earth Dearest could you be? Check the whole luxurious line at http://www.bubalinabeauty.com

Non-chemical make up removers are not always effective in my experience but The Make-Up Removing Fluid With Cherry Bud in The Beauty Garden Collection by Sothys is able to remove make up from the fragile skins around eyes gently and effectively without leaving any oil residue that will leak into your eyes. You don’t even need to moisturize the eye area after removing the make up so soft and moistened the skin feels. The Flower Water With Angelica And Hawthorn can be used as an uplifting aromatic tonic for the rest of the face leaving it clear, healthy and rested. 99, 5 of the ingredients are of natural origin, 10% are purely organic. Check this refined collection at http://www.sothys.com

If your face needs a little facade repair, Noah’s Naturals Natural Age Repair is a nurturing three-step system including a gentle cream cleanser, a face moisturizer and a natural age repair firming gel serum. The line contains acai berry, a Brazilian superfruit packed with essential fatty acids that improve skin’s elasticity by stimulating the synthesis of antioxidants and amino acids. Acai berry is also known to protect the skin from free radicals. The line is free of parabens, propylen glycol, petrolatums, phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate so you don’t have to worry about any chemicals getting a free swim inside your body. The moisturizer and firming gel serum will make your skin feel moist and slightly uplifted and the natural aromas will pick up your tired mood to keep you on the go; http://www.noahsnaturals.com

VMV Hypoallergenics is a line of truly hypoallegenic products for sensitive skins especially recommended during pregnancy and lactation. The products are free of all cosmetic allergens and all 76 known allergens as published by the North American Contact Dermatitis Group. The Grandma Minnie Mom & Baby Care Collection includes Grandma Minnie’s Coo & Clean Baby Wash, Mommycoddling All-Over Lotion, Oil’s Well Nurturing Do-It-Oil, Kid Gloves Monolaurin Hand Sanitizer and The Big Brave Boo-Boo Balm. It contains organic virgin coconut oil native to skin, and green tea known for its antioxidant benefits. It is mild and creamy, with antibacterial, antiviral and protective properties. The skin gets moist and fresh without any sticky residue. The soothing lotion clears up rashes, mollifies irritated skin and the hand-sanitizer does not dry hands like most brands but softens them. Available at http://www.vmvhypoallergenics.com

For shaving your legs in an all natural way, the small but mighty alternative to shaving cream is All Natural Shaving Oil by Pacific Shaving. Good for moms and dads, it leaves skin conditioned and moisturized. Just apply 6 drops to wet skin and massage onto shaving area. Works great in the shower. The All Natural Shaving Cream contains anti-oxidant white and green teas to protect against free-radical damage and certified organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice. Also available is The Nick Stick, a liquid roll-on with aloe and bergamot oil to stop bleeding quickly and sterilizes wounds. This 3 oz product is guaranteed to last forty shaves and with every purchase a tree is planted to thank you. Available at http://www.pacificshaving.com

With all these natural and botanically enriched skin products, you can align your family to live with nature’s wealth.

Originally published July 2010
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