MOTHER'S DAY


MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR YOU & FOR YOUR MAMA


DUDLEY STEPHENS

A FAVORITE FOR MY MOM & FOR MYSELF! DUDLEY STEPHEN’S FLEECE STYLES ARE MADE IN BROOKLYN FROM SUSTAINABLE RECYCLED YARN. YOU CAN’T GET US OUT OF THESE FLEECES. AFTER YOUR FIRST PURCHASE YOU WILL BE HOOKED. IT’S ALSO RUN BY TWO MOMS SO WHAT BETTER DAY TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES RUN BY MOTHERS. YOU CAN FIND THEIR SITE, HERE.

ASHA

ONE PIECE OF MEANINGFUL JEWELRY TO ME IS MY ZODIAC PENDENT NECKLACE FROM ASHA. THIS PIECE FEATURES A LARGE ZODIAC MOTHER OF PEARL PENDENT (SCORPIO) FOLLOWED BY TWO SMALLER MOTHER OF PEARL PENDENTS FOR THE BOYS ( LIBRA ) & ( ARIES ). I ALSO WEAR THIS PIECE NONSTOP. YOU CAN WEAR IT LONG OR STYLE IT BY WRAPPING IT AROUND YOUR NECK FOR A LAYERED LOOK. YOU CAN USE MOM20 FOR A DISCOUNT CODE. I KNOW THERE’S A COMMON THEME GOING ON, ASHA IS RUN BY A MOM AS WELL. YOU CAN FIND THE ZODIAK NECKLACE, HERE.

PERSONAL TRAINING WITH COUNTDOWN FITNESS, GREENWICH

SOMETIMES WE CAN FEEL LIKE THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD IS ON OUR SHOULDERS ,SELF CARE IS SO IMPORTANT. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT PERSONAL TRAINING WITH COUNTDOWN FITNESS FOR BUSY MOMS ARE 30 MINUTE SESSIONS , THE SLOW BURN METHOD (THINK TONING TO THE MAX) & ONCE A WEEK TRAINING. COUNTDOWN FITNESS IS OWNED BY A TODDLER DAD SO HE GETS IT! YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE, HERE.

MODERN DERMATOLOGY, WESTPORT

ANOTHER SELF CARE ITEM WHICH IS AT THE TOP OF MY LIST. EVERYTHING SKIN! A GIFT CARD TO MODERN DERMATOLOGY WOULD BE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST FOR A MOTHER’S DAY GIFT! YOU WILL BE IN GOOD HANDS AS BOTH DERMATOLOGISTS /OWERS OF MODERN DERMATOLOGY HAVE FOUR KIDS EACH. MY FAVORITE TREATMENTS, THE VAMPIRE FACIAL AND HYDRO FACIAL. YOU CAN FIND THEIR WEBSITE, HERE.




MONOGRAMMARY

ALSO A MAMA! I LOVE A GOOD MONOGRAM. LIKE MY MOMS PINK TURTLENECK A GOOD MONOGRAM ADDS SUCH A FUN PERSONAL TOUCH. I LOVE THE MORE MODERN LOOK WHEN MONOGRAMMING WOMEN’S WEAR WITH THIS ADORABLE WHITE SWEATSHIRT WITH THE FIRST LETTER OF YOUR KIDS NAME SEPARATED WITH A HEART. YOU CAN FIND IT, HERE.

INNERLIGHT WELLNESS, DARIEN

INNERLIGHT OFFERS SELF CARE ON ALL LEVELS FOR MOMS. THEY OFFER ‘INFARED SAUNAS’ WHICH PROVIDE HEALING BENEFITS AND ARE CLINICALLY PROVEN TO DECREASE INFLAMMATION, BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, AND ASSIST THE BODY IN IT’S NATURAL DETOXIFICATION PROCESS. AT ILW YOU CAN ALSO FIND THE ‘STUDIO’ WHERE COACHING SERVICES AND WELLNESS EVENTS ARE HELD. THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT OPTIONS FOR NEW MOMS. NEED SOME CBD? YOU CAN ALSO PICK IT UP IN THEIR STORE. THE OWNER IS A TWIN MAMA!

INDIGO ACCUPUNCTURE & WELLNESS, STAMFORD

ANOTHER GREAT MAMA RUN BUSINESS. SARAH IS AN ACUPUNCTURIST AND CHINESE HERBALIST. “SARAH IS PASSIONATE ABOUT PROVIDING HEALTHCARE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY- FROM PEDIATRICS TO SPORTS INJURIES TO FERTILITY—CHINESE MEDICINE CAN TREAT IT ALL” I’VE BEEN TO HER SUPER CHIC STUDIO. I FELT A SENSE OF CALMING UPON ARRIVAL AND REALLY ENJOYED MY TREATMENT. SHE ALSO HAS A WELLNESS SHOP ON HER WEBSITE WHICH INCLUDES A BUNCH OF WELLNESS GIFTS & YOU CAN ALSO PURCHASE A GIFT CARD. I’VE BEEN THERE, MY HUSBANDS BEEN THERE & MY MOM HAS BEEN! WE ALL LOVE SARAH. YOU CAN FIND HER WEBSITE, HERE.


















MAMA FRIENDLY ANTI-AGING TREATMENTS & NO SHAME IN THE BOTOX GAME


MY THOUGHTS ON BEAUTY & SOME ANTI-AGING TREATMENTS WITH MODERN DERMATOLOGY


SKIN JOURNEY

If you just started following along on my skin journey I ended up in Dr. Robinson’s office when I noticed an extreme jump in aging. It was for obvious reasons. Two under two, babies will do it to you. I was taking care of everyone in my life except myself and it was starting to show. I always told myself to be proactive with skincare but at this point I felt like if I didn’t act soon the proactive thing was going to be a lost cause. My issues were wrinkles (deep ones between my eyes a.k.a. the 11 lines), texture, redness, and uneven skin tone. Dr. Robinson put together a series of treatments to try and combat my concerns. Aging can mean different things to different people. For me my main concern was the lack of a natural glow. I miss that youthful glow I had back in the day and honestly if I had to pick the thing that is the most important to me it’s not the wrinkles, it’s that glow. Though, yes, the 11 lines do drive me crazy as well. I just want smooth glowing skin. Is that too much for a mama to ask for!? I think not.

I decided to do three treatments to help battle my issues. Picosure treatments, Vampire facials and a small amount of botox on my forehead.

PICOSURE

Dr. Robinson’s summary of the Picosure treatment: “This laser treatment is highly customizable to each patient's skin and goals. It's a great option for patients who don't want downtime but are looking to improve their skin and reduce signs of aging. The laser uses highly targeted energy delivered in a trillionth of a second to break up areas of pigment (freckles, sunspots) while causing minimal injury to the skin, which triggers the body's natural response to produce new collagen. It is a great treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and can also be used for tattoo removal.” 

Mrs. Nipples summary: This is a great treatment not only for the many benefits but it’s a very quick treatment for those busy moms that need to be in and out. I was just a little pink post procedure so there’s virtually no downtime. I do recommend making sure you use numbing cream before each treatment so I head in about 30 minutes before my session. After I’m nice and numb it’s then a quick 15 minute session followed by 5-10 minutes with an ice pack. I haven’t finished my package of treatments but I will be sharing the results when I do. Bonus: It’s breastfeeding friendly!

VAMPIRE FACIAL

Dr. Robinson’s summary of the Vampire facial: “The Vampire Facial refers to the process of micro needling the face (creating small holes in the skin) and then applying a patent PRP (platelet-rich-plasma) overtop to sink in. To create the PRP, we draw the patient's blood, spin it down in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. This treatment is most effective when done in a series and is great for overall skin rejuvenation, treatment of texture, and fine lines.”

Mrs. Nipples summary: I’m loving the immediate results I see with my vampire facial also known as the PRP facial. I also think it’s a super interesting treatment. The doctor draws blood for the facial, hence the name. They then spin the blood to separate the platelets and plasma from the red blood cells. The liquid that is then applied to your face is the platelet-rich plasma. The dated way of performing the facial is to put the blood on the patients face as well. New studies show the benefits lay in the platelet-rich plasma and that is why it is now separated. The platelet-rich plasma is applied onto your face during microneedling so it can penetrate your skin. I did not find this treatment painful at all. The microneedling basically permeates the skin with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and in turn it stimulates collagen and elastin fibers to promote cell turnover. This is also a great treatment for moms as it is packed with benefits with no downtime and is all done during a short office visit. I’m still mid package with this one but I already can highly recommend it. Bonus: It’s breastfeeding friendly!

BOTOX

Dr. Robinson’s summary of Botox: “Botox is a neuromodulator (Dysport and Xeomin are other options in this same category). Botox can be used for lines, wrinkles and facial sculpting. It can be used preventatively in light doses to prevent deep wrinkles from developing. It can be used for people who have already developed wrinkles to smooth the area and prevent them from worsening. The treatment works by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles that create these movements, causing them to relax which will soften your expressions and reduce your wrinkles. They can also work to soften and sculpt the face and neck by decreasing unwanted muscle mass. It can also be used for medical conditions like Migraines and Excessive Sweating.”

Dr. Robinson’s summary around the safety of Botox: “Botox is safe when injected by a qualified and experienced board certified dermatologist. Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. What we inject is a highly diluted version of this toxin, it stays where it is injected, but even if it entered your bloodstream, the cosmetic doses (typically less than 100 units) used are significantly lower than the toxic dose that would be harmful systemically (2,500-3,000 units).”

Mrs. Nipple’s summary: I know there are many of us that might hide their love for botox. I don’t really see the big deal. I feel by women not being honest and open with other women about the work they have done can set unrealistic expectation for other women. There should be no shame in the botox game.

Though yes I used to be one of the women that was like whaaattttttttt???? Never!

I had two treatments of botox before Charlie was conceived, both used as preventative measures. The first time I had a small amount injected into my forehead and loved it. No one noticed, not even my own mother. I think the secret is putting just enough for preventative measures but not too much that it looks like you had work done. I went in 6 months later and had a little more injected along with a small injection around my eyes. I honestly did not like the results when I had it done to my eyes. I would smile and feel like my eyes looked hallow. I felt like I couldn’t smile with my eyes….if that makes sense. (This was most likely due to the Doctor that injected it, which was before I found Modern Dermatology) I really loved the results I saw by having it done to my forehead. It was quick and it really wasn’t that painful at all. There is also basically minimal downtime, I just had slight bumps where the injection site was and they went down soon after.

I was planning on doing a small amount of botox on my forehead after Charlie was done breastfeeding but I found out I was pregnant when I was just 10 months postpartum. That plan was put on hold and my lines between my eyes have only continued to get deeper. So here I am again a few years later counting down the days. I breastfeed my babies until they turn one so I will wait until Ford is one for my treatment. I think some people, especially men think of the completely frozen plastic look when they think of botox or the overfilled over botoxed look you might see on a Bravo reality show. This is not what I’m referring to here. I think botox can go undetected when it is used correctly by an expert to keep the natural look of a persons face or when it is used as a preventative measure.

I also would like to point out there is so much beauty in aging and I’m in no way telling you that you need botox if you have wrinkles. My mom has never done anything to her skin and has such a beautiful complexion. It is such a personal decision. I’m just giving you what is some useful information so you can make your own choice.

ICE QUEEN: disclaimer

IMPORTANT: Remember, just don’t over do it. I don’t like the frozen look for many reasons, one it looks so unnatural, two the more important one…human connection. Human connection is so important and without being able to make facial expressions based on how you are feeling when speaking to your children or others in many ways can change the way you process emotions. Studies suggest, that when you can’t physically express your emotions, you feel less emotion. Again along with that it also just looks unnatural and processed. What are your feelings towards botox? Go comment on my latest post and share!

Q & A

HAVE YOU EVER DONE FILLERS OR ANY OTHER COSMETIC PROCEDURES: I have not had fillers and it’s not something I plan to do. I also have never had any other cosmetic procedures.

DO YOU STILL HAVE BOTOX IN YOUR FACE: Nope, I don’t. I have not had it in over three years. Botox only lasts around 3 months and I had it done 4 years ago.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND BOTOX: Honestly I wouldn’t get it done if you are very young. I got it done too early in my opinion. I only had a few very very fine lines and I didn’t really need it. I was 29 years old and thought I was getting it as a preventative measure. The problem with that is Botox only lasts a few months so 4 years later, two babies, pronounced 11 lines and no botox left in my face, I kind of felt like I flushed that money down the toilet.

BOTOX & other tales from aging during mommyhood... everything skin!


Q&A WITH MODERN DERMATOLOGY


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I’m beyond excited to announce I’ve partnered with Modern Dermatology on a quest to reverse my skin to my pre-mama/pre 30s days.

I wanted to find an office that had the latest technology, were very up to date with current trends and studies, and something else that was important to me was that my doctor was a mom! Trusting someone with your skin is a big deal. I wanted to not only be able to express my concerns but I really wanted to feel like I was seeing someone who really “got” the changes I felt I was going through due to #momlife. Both women that founded Modern Dermatology are moms of…….wait for it…..FOUR KIDS EACH. What are the chances that I find an office that exceeds all of my concerns and between both of the dermatologists they have eight children.

Dr. Robinson pictured above. How are you a mom of four?!

Dr. Robinson pictured above. How are you a mom of four?!

Dr. Klein and Dr. Robinson first met during their residency at Yale, where they received top-tier training from leaders in medicine. They each went on to gain experience in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology, while participating in cutting edge research, and presentations locally and around the world….YUP! I knew I found the right spot! You can check out their website, HERE.

Soon after the birth of my second baby I noticed an extreme jump in aging when it came to my skin. It wasn’t gradual by any stretch of the imagination. I felt as though I went to bed one night and woke up the next with large pores, some acne scars, wrinkles, and an extreme lack of any glow. Maybe I’ve been too busy to notice but it felt like an overnight change. It’s been three years and counting that have been full of pregnancies and breastfeeding with no break in between and I was left with skin I didn’t recognize.

Now that I’m 33 years old I’ve decided this year was the year to really focus on restoring my skin. I’ll be sharing more about the specific treatments I will be doing but they include multiple treatments of the PicoSure laser and vampire facials. Dr. Robinson took a look at my skin and told me exactly what I needed to reverse the signs of aging that I was concerned with. I realized the average facial at the spa was not cutting it. I needed something that had longterm benefits but was also breastfeeding friendly.

After sharing my my feelings around my mama skin I had such a huge response online. So many of you agreed and had so many questions. It can get confusing around what you can & can’t do pre baby, during pregnancy and post baby. Here were the most common questions. Dr. Robinson answers all of them below. The most popular being BOTOX.

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Is botox safe while pregnant and/or breastfeeding?

It is not safe to treat while pregnant or nursing as the toxin does enter our blood stream, albeit briefly, and has not been tested on pregnancy/nursing women.

 

What are your thoughts around light therapy? Low frequency stimulation...

Laser and light therapies are great options for needle-shy patients who are looking for skin rejuvenation. The light therapies available in our office are stronger versions of the “at home” devices on the market, which offer low-level stimulation. These devices activate receptors in your skin, and stimulate cells to regenerate – and when we increase the cadence of cell turnover it can help calm existing issues like acne, while boosting collagen production, which will lead to a decrease in visible fine lines and wrinkles.

 

What can you do to treat wrinkles while breastfeeding?

I recommend HydraFacials for patients looking to treat their skin while nursing. Just be sure to tell your aesthetician you are nursing so they can customize which products are used during the treatment.

 

 

What should our daily skincare routine consist of? Serums, toners, collagen...

1) Cleanse with a gentle cleanser like Alastin Gentle Cleanser

2) Toner (if you use one, but they really aren’t necessary and I generally advice against them)

3) SPF if you’re using a chemical blocker. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the UV energy into the skin, so for it to work it needs to be on top of clean skin so it can be absorbed and do its job.

4) Prescription or Topical if you have one (e.g. an Rx Acne topical)

5) Antioxidant Serum

6) Oil Free Moisturizer

7) SPF if you’re using a physical sunscreen. Physical sunscreens work by reflecting the UV rays off of the skin, so it should be the last thing on your skin.

 

If you start botox what happens if you stop? Do you have to keep getting treatments forever?

Botox generally wears off in 3-4 months. Nothing “happens” it just wears off and your muscle movement returns. You can choose whether or not to re-treat, it’s not an “all-in” commitment.

 

I am pregnant with my third and I really want to get the broken/ruptured blood vessels on my face removed. How do I go about doing this and can I do it while pregnant?

During pregnancy blood volume in your body increases, which can worsen this issue and can lead to new broken blood vessels (along with other conditions like varicose veins). I would suggest treating after delivery with a  series of Vbeam Pulsed-Dye-Laser treatments.

 

What is the injection procedure for smile creases?

It always depends on the anatomy of the specific patient’s concerns, but in general a combination of light toxin and a small amount of filler. The toxin would help prevent the wrinkles from worsening, especially lines above the upper lip, while the filler provides instant plumping of the sunken area where the wrinkle currently sits.

 

Are there any retinol products (like a daily serum) that are pregnancy safe?

Retinols and retinoids are NOT safe during pregnancy. Alternatives to retinols to build collagen such as petpides, can be used safelty.

 

 

Should you wait until you are done having babies to start getting botox?

You certainly don’t have to. Many of my patients like to treat between pregnancies. 

 

What negative side effects does botox have?

If you’re treated by an inexperienced injector you may be over-treated and left looking “frozen.” While botulinum toxin injections are easy in terms of comfort time for the patient, the treatment still needs to be done by a trained and experienced medical professional. If the injections are too deep, too low, or in the wrong spot, you could have negative side effects, like a droopy eyelid or forehead or asymmetry. It’s important to see an experienced, board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for botulinum toxin injections .

 

What can I use to help the 11 lines between my eye brows?

botulinum toxin, as it stops the muscles from contracting. Stopping or softening the muscle contractions in the glabella ( muscles between the eyebrows) leads to a softening of the 11 lines. ]

 

Best skincare products that are breastfeeding safe AND effective?

I love peptides based products as they are retinol/retinoid free but can have a great effect on collagen and elastin production. My favorite is Alastin Restorative Complex. I also find that a great morning antioxidant with vitamin C complexed with safe but effective topicals acids is imperative. My favorite is Pure  BioDerm  Super Antioxidant

 

 

Is botox safe to get in between pregnancies? (If you are planning on having another baby but you are not pregnant yet)

YES!

 

Can you really get rid of stretch marks via laser treatments?

 

Stretch marks come in two varieties, red and white. Red stretch marks can be treated with a series of PDL or VBeam laser which helps dimish the redness. In addition, white stretch marks can be lessened with a series of fractional resurfacing, such as the Fraxel Dual, as it helps to build collagen and reduce the depth of the stretch marks.

 

 

 

Any easy ways to help Melasama spots?

There are a few options including laser treatments, as well as peels. The Cosmelan peel is a great option for most patients. The peel targets hyperpigmentation by reducing melanin production. The mask stays on for 6-8 hours, is rinsed off with a gentle cleanser and within 1-2 days the skin becomes red and swollen, then 3-5 days later peeling begins. In addition, as series or lasers such as the Pico and Revlite can be helpful for reducing melasma. Just remember though, when exposed to the sun, the melasma can return, so great sun protection is the key.

 

What safe treatments (pregnant) should we be doing to help keep our skin looking youthful (Since botox is out)?

 During pregnancy a series of light treatments can help reduce inflammation, redness, and the occasional breakout. This paired with gentle peels and facials can keep your skin glowing and looking great while waiting for baby

 

 

What's the best treatment for post pregnancy melasma that can be used during a new pregnancy? 

Many chemicals and treatments for melasma can’t be used during pregnancy. Also, as melasma is the “mask of pregnancy” and is linkled to the pregnancy hormone status, it makes sense to wait to treat until after delivery. But again, sun protection and topical antioxidants are key.




My skin is so loose on my face and neck after my baby. What is this happening?

What can I do thats natural and safe? (34 years old) Sounds like part of your issue might be dehydration – which is common for new moms, especially if you’re nursing – so start with some water and try a hydrating treatment like HydraFacial.

 

What in office treatments result in that youthful glow I feel like this tired mom is lacking? 

There are SO many options – the best first step is a consult to evaluate what is the best for your concerns. We can customize a treatment plan based on your skin and your comfort level with needles, lasers, pain…etc.

 

I've been working out non stop and feel like I have pockets of fat I just can't get rid of. What can I do? 

We have a few options…Kybella is an injectable solution for the pouch of fat under the chin, other options include SculpSure (heating fat) and CoolSculpting (freezing fat). These are all permanent fat reduction treatments.

 

I'm still struggling with diastasis recti 12 months post-delivery. Did you struggle with this at all? Any advice? 

Diastasis recti can be really tough. Targeted therapy can help to rebuild the abdominal wall muscles. Somestimes, surgery is needed to put the muscles back together and it is best to consult with a plastic surgeon for more information.

 

 What are the best ways to age well?

At the core it’s all about prevention. That starts with daily use of sunscreen SPF 30+. The sun – specifically UVA rays – is the biggest “bad guy” when it comes to aging. Second to that are our lifestyle choices – eating a healthy diet and getting exercise. From there we are fortunate to have many advances in cosmetic medicine from injectables and laser treatments to skincare products and body sculpting.

Deanne Mraz Robinson, M.D., FAAD 

President, Modern Dermatology 

I found Modern Dermatology through my friend and fellow blogger Lindsay Blackinton. We will be teaming up together for a great giveaway with Modern Dermatology! stay tuned.

Fighting Allergies


Spring & Allergies 


This week has been miserable for me. I'm fighting a terrible reaction to all of the pollen in the air. I've recently been tracking the conditions and have been trying to stay in during "high" pollen days. I use this tracker HERE.  I spent most of my day on the couch with cold compresses on my eyes. I reached out for advice around fighting allergies through instagram stories and received such great feedback around successful solutions others have actually tried. After doing some of my own research it seems the instagram universe is in tune with what works! I wanted to share, please find the results below. 

Natural remedies 

Essential oils: You can use peppermint oil if you are not nursing but if you are nursing it will affect your milk supply.

A blend of lemon, lavender, and peppermint or cedar wood oil (if you are breastfeeding) is supposed to work wonders! You can apply the oil right onto your pressure points as needed. You can use everyday as a prevention method. 

OR

A blend of lemon, lavender, & peppermint mixed with a carrier oil (grapeseed, avocado, olive oil) To apply just swipe it across your sinuses and down your nose. 

Sabadil: A homeopathic medicine that temporarily relieves one or more of the symptoms of hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies: itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy throat and nose. You can find it, HERE. 

Neti Pot: Neti pots are a great, natural way to relieve nasal congestion and allergies, as long as you use sterile water and don’t use it too frequently. They have been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years.  

Local honey: Ingest 1 tsp of LOCAL honey in the AM and PM. When a person eats local honey, they are thought to be ingesting local pollen. Over time, a person may become less sensitive to this pollen. As a result, they may experience fewer seasonal allergy symptoms.

MEDICATIONS 

If you are breastfeeding like I am you can also use Claritin which falls under category L1. There are 4 Lactation Risk Categories L1-L4, L1 being the safest. 

Claritin and Breastfeeding

Claritin – L1: Claritin is considered safe for breastfeeding. Only 0.3-1.2% of the medication will be transferred through the breast milk to the baby. It is important to note that this is for plain Claritin only. Claritin D is not recommended for breastfeeding because of the decongestant that has been added to the allergy medication. If buying the generic brand, look for the active ingredient Loratidine.

Other Allergy Medications and Breastfeeding

Zyrtec – L2: This has a higher risk level than Claritin because there hasn’t been enough research. However, studies done on dogs suggest that 3% is transferred through breast milk. If buying the generic brand, look for the active ingredient Cetirizine.

Allegra – L2: It is believed that 0.5-0.7% is transferred through breast milk. If buying the generic brand, look for the active ingredient Fexofenadine.

Benadryl, Aller Clore, & Dimatapp – These allergy medications are not recommended for breastfeeding mothers. They can make you sleepy, which means they are sedating. That sedation can be passed on to the infant and may cause breathing problems.


 

 

SOME OF MY NON-TOXIC FAVORITES


BEAUTY & NON-TOXIC PICS


Isn't it crazy that I am doing a post on non-toxic maintenance products. Hopefully there will come a time when all products will be non-toxic, but for now I rounded up my top non-toxic maintenance picks below:

DEODORANT: I'm slightly obsessed with Piperwai activated charcol deodorant. I've been using it for two years and it's the only product I have on automatic delivery and still run out of! You can find it, HERE. Just make sure you get the jar NOT the stick. 

NAIL POLISH: My go-to is, Londontown! They are a "9-free" nail polish and nail care line, which claim to be free of formaldehyde, camphor, toluene, DBP (dibutyl pthalate and phthalates), formaldehyde resin, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, parabens, and lead. I'll take it! Most nail polish at the salons are "watered down" anyways so why not play it safe and bring your own for a longer lasting manicure. You can find some of my favorite colors, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Nail hardener & base coat HERE. Protective top coat, HERE. Cuticle oil, HERE

TOOTHPASTE: I've tried a bunch of fluride free toothpastes and have had trouble finding a brand that actually made my teeth feel clean. I love Natures Gate, it's the only toothpaste that did the job. You can find it, HERE. That price is for 6 tubes. I promise you will love it! The toothpaste is all natural and crafted with pure essential oils and botanical extracts, the holistic toothpaste is free of GMOs, gluten, fluoride, parabens and artificial flavors.

SCRUB: My go to body scrub is Coco Rose Body Polish, you can find it HERE. It's not only all natural but each ingredient is included for a therapeutic reason. You can't go wrong with a product made from virgin coconut oil, moroccan rose, shea butter, pink clay and sugar. 

HANDSOAP: Not only am I a huge fan of pretty details, like the way Beekman wraps their bars of soap, but I'm also a huge fan of their brand and products. Their soaps and skin care products are all made using natural ingredients, without chemicals or preservatives. Most use fresh goat milk from Beekman 1802 Farm, and can be used on the most sensitive of skin. You can shop the soap, HERE. 

FROWNIES FOR FIGHTING WRINKLES THE NATURAL WAY


WRINKLES & SKIN CARE 


These work the old school way. I used these patches a few years ago and loved them as a good alternative to botox or anything with chemicals. Recently, I've been noticing terrible lines between my eyes, so I decided to start using them again. They work best for forehead lines though. They are very straight forward. They stop you from making the repetitive motions, like scrunching or squeezing facial muscles that cause wrinkles. The patch basically tightens up the area that it's applied to.

You should wear them when you sleep or just hanging around the house for a few hours. The consistency almost feels like construction paper. You just wet the patch and stick them over the area you want to stop from moving and they smooth the appearance of expression lines. You can use the Frownies Rose Water Spray to apply them, but water works just as well. I can't believe they have been around since 1886! They are paraban, polysorbate, disodium edta, sodium laureth, lauryl sulfate, phthalates, and fragrance free. 



Non- Toxic Skin Care & Clean Beauty


Skin care & Pregnancy 


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If you saw my makeup post then you know I'm all about all natural skincare. I always check for parabens and phthalates among other things. Though this started during my first pregnancy, it's now something I stick to, pregnant or not. My go-to skincare one stop shop is, Follain. It's the equivalent to Sephora minus all of the chemicals. Follain is somewhere you can shop with 100% confidence that you are getting products that will help, not hurt you. I suffer from slight redness and the occasional breakout but other than those two issues, I have normal skin. Check out my skincare routine below. 

MAKE UP REMOVER

I've tried so many makeup removers but they all seem to strip my skin. I stopped using wipes and now only use cleansing oil. You can find it HERE    

CLEANSERS

I use different cleansers each day depending on how my skin is acting. I have four I alternate among. 

1) To get a squeaky clean feel, I use this awesome charcoal bar; you can find it HERE . If you workout everyday this is a great post workout cleanser and this is for YOU! 

2) When my skin is acting sensitive, this is my cleanser. This cleanser is gentle enough for babies. Its ingredients include natural grain-based witch hazel combined with healing lavender and geranium to deliver squeaky clean skin without stripping or irritation. You can find it HERE. If you have sensitive skin, this cleanser is for YOU!

3) There are days where that "pregnancy glow" is a distant memory, when your skin is so dull that you need an instant pick me up. You need a brightening cleanser. If that's you, then you can find it HERE . If you have dull skin then this is for YOU!

4) This Osea mud cleanser does wonders for oily or acne prone skin. This potion includes organic algae masquerading as mud and delivers immediate relief. The result is clean, tingling skin, ready to work its way back to balance. If oil or acne is your problem you can find it, HERE If you have acne prone or oily skin then this is for YOU!

REDDNESS

If you suffer from redness or skin that gets irritated easily this Organic soothing Gel soothes & calms skin. It works wonders. You can find it, HERE

TONER

Out of all the products, the Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist is a favorite. All I know is when I spray this baby on,  I'm left with smooth and glowing skin. I was never a person that used toners until I found this product. It is a MUST have. You can find it HERE. 

FACE SERUM

I love this serum. Its very versatile and works for any skin type. While it reduces lines and redness, it's even gentle enough for fine lines in the sensitive undereye area. The nutrients in this product leave your skin radiating. You can find it HERE  

UNDER EYE SERUM

If you choose to use an under eye specific repair serum I like La Bella Figura. It's a little $$$ but check it out. You can find it, HERE

MOISTURIZER

 I like a very lightweight moisturizer. When I'm breaking out, I use Osea Blemish Balm Moisturizer. You can find it HERE

For all other days, I use  the Osea Atmosphere Protection cream which is also lightweight. It shields skin from youth-robbing free radicals. You can find it HERE 

OR 

The indie Lee facial cream. You can find it HERE

CHOOSING A SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER WHILE PREGNANT


PREGNANCY & HAIR CARE


 

 

MRS.NIPPLE MAMA TIPS

When purchasing a shampoo and conditioner make sure the product is free of:

  1. Sodium lauryl sulfate, a popular surfactant found in shampoos, has been linked to birth defects in animal studies.  

  2. Parabens

  3. Synthetic fragrances which may contain phthalates (Phthalates may alter hormone levels)

  4. The preservative, methylisothiazolinone (MIT) In scientific studies, MIT inhibited the growth of rats’ nerve cells

Pregnant or not, choosing a safe shampoo and conditioned is important because your hair follicles provide entry points into your skin, so these chemicals could easily enter your body. Keep in mind it's even more important you are confident in your hair care products because these are products you will be using on a weekly basis throughout your pregnancy. That being said, navigating the lists of ingredients on beauty products seems to be more of an art, something many of us do not want to spend time doing. Follain is the Sephora of chemical and toxin free beauty products. It takes the guess work out of questions like, "Is this product safe for my unborn baby" I buy most of my beauty products here because I have 100% confidence in their products. If you are local Organachs Farm to Skin in Westport CT is another great place to purchase chemical and toxic free beauty products. 

 

MY ROUTINE

1. Less is more when it comes to daily hair care 

2. I keep it as natural as possible with chemical free products

3. I also try and go as long as possible between washes. If I don't do an intense workout, with my thick coarse hair I can get by for about five days after a good blowout.

4. I try to let my hair air dry as much as possible. I blow out my hair around once or once every other week. 

5. If I let my hair air dry but I have a meeting or event I just run a Drybar curling iron through it, SHOP HERE.  

SHOP

Shop more of my recommendations for shampoo, conditioner, hair dye, and dry shampoo  HERE