Tag: skin care

Moisturize like you mean it: 3 of our favorite skin-soothers for fall

Helloooo, fall and winter skin. We meet again…sigh. It’s always around this time of year that my poor face starts to look–and feel–like it’s going to flake off completely. I’ve experimented with a ton of different products (and I mean a ton) to find the best skin hydrators. My must-have moisturizers of the moment? A drugstore bestie, an organic newbie, and a remake of an old fave. A chill in the air means time for some majorly hydrating moisturizers. I’ve learned from my dermatologist that the best ingredients to help the skin attract more water (and retain its water...

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An eyecare system from Bliss that helps give tired eyes (like ours) a little help.

Soooo maybe your eyes need a little help like mine. Blame it on lack of sleep or parenting–way easier on the ego than blaming it on age.  I found a really nice little eyecare system from Bliss that’s been a pleasure to use. I’ve been a longtime fan of Bliss for at least 15 years, in fact. (Still annoyed that they killed off the Big Blue Bar though. Best soap ever.)   I’m pretty low maintenance with my beauty routine, which is why the Bliss Firm Baby, Firm Total Eye System is making me super happy. It’s two little tubes attached...

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The super pure moisturizer that’s great for kids’ eczema…or fickle grownup skin

I always look for facial moisturizers that are oil-free and chemical-free. So that basically leaves…uh, water. Until now. This amazing, natural, one-ingredient spray not only treats eczema and dry skin for babies, kids, and adults, but it also makes my face totally glow, without any of the cystic acne I usually get from oils. You might say I’m…coconuts for it. Heh. CapriClear has only one ingredient: fractionated coconut oil, also known as caprylic triglyceride. Basically, you get the benefits of coconut oil without the scent and waxiness, leaving a clear, pure, all-natural spray that’s non-staining, odorless, and a great...

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An all-natural, organic solution to those pesky summer itchies

When I was a little kid, I just scratched mosquito bites until they bled. Like a boss. But now that I like to shave my legs, wear breezy dresses, and not look totally grody, I’m super excited to have found an all-natural salve to help calm the itchies. And it’s great for kids and pregnant women, too. I’d been waiting to test Anti Itch Balm until I had, you know, an itch. A very helpful mosquito heard about my plight and proceeded to spend an entire night in my bed. I woke up clamoring for the little pot of...

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High quality, kid-friendly SPF to go. Ooh la la.

I tried carrying a tube of sunscreen in my purse once. Once. And then I got a new purse. So I’m head over heels for individually packaged, safe sunscreen for kids that even I can’t spill. Bonus: it works. And smells great. [Don’t miss a chance to win this wonder sunblock, after the jump!] If you’ve ever wished for a kid-friendly sunscreen that can’t be spilled, can fit in your pocket, and actually works, we’ve got good news. These Sun Protection Wipes for kids from Le bébé Coo are practically perfect in every way. Each box includes 40 packets, and each packet includes a...

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What is the safest sunscreen for kids and babies? EWG has 20 of them.

Each year we eagerly await the Environmental Working Group’s list of the safest sunscreens for kids (and grownups too) and we’re so glad to see the 2013 list is ready, just in time for the unofficial start of summer. Click over to the list of the safest sunscreens and you’ll find not only more than 180 beach and sport sunscreens–the ones we’re most interested in for our own kids–but SPF moisturizers, lip balms and makeup that all meet their criteria. We’ve culled it down to their top picks all scoring a “1” that are made especially for babies and...

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A pregnancy care package subscription to make those 9 months a little easier to take? Yes, please

Every pregnancy is a gift and with this being my third, I still marvel at how miraculous the whole process is. But along with the miracle of life comes other “gifts” like massive indigestion, fatigue, bloating, and well, I’ll spare you the others. Just in time for my final pregnancy, I’m so happy to find a new service that sends moms-to-be like me a box of treats every month to make the pregnancy a little easier. The pregnancy care packages from Mommies First are customized to suit whatever month of pregnancy you are in. The sample box I got...

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Pamper your favorite mama, organically

If you counted the number of times my reviews have stated that moms love being pampered… well, it might start to sound like a cry for help. As we all know, motherhood is a 24-7 job, and when we finally get some down time, we deserve the best–in bath products and in chocolate. With that in mind, here’s a delicious Mother’s Day Gift Set from one of our favorite organic bath companies that should make mom feel outrageously special.  [Don’t miss a BIG exclusive giveaway after the jump!] CMP favorite Zoe Organics has teamed up with Moksa Organics to...

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Life’s an organic bowl of cherries

My girls have this ridiculous obsession with lip balm. Considering how it’s actually on their lips (and thus, entering their digestive system, let’s be honest) I tend to be more conscientious about lip balm ingredients than even things like kids’ nail polishes. The brand new line of organic kids’ lip balms from eco-beauty fave Shelissa Organics is handcrafted in the US from organic and local plants, including sunflower oil, beeswax, coconut oil, and Vitamin E oil. No petroleum, no icky chemicals, no animal testing. It gets a big thumbs up from my kids–and the EWG cosmetics database. They feel pretty slick and rich going...

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Fairiche skin care: luxury stuff for faces in need of pampering

Now that forced hot air and dry radiator heat is less a part of my days (hallelujah) I can already feel my skin starting to adapt. It’s time to put away the heavier, winter moisturizers and transition to something lighter. The brand new Fairiche line is a luxury anti-aging skincare line but uh, let’s just just call it a luxury skincare line, shall we? It’s actually formulated to take on those nagging concerns like fine wrinkles, dark spots and hyperpigmentation but you don’t have to have middle-age skin to see the effects. I’ve been trying out the Fairiche Vivid...

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Pamper the new mama in your life with Farmaesthetics luxe body care

New mothers are a special breed and require a special regimen. On the feeding front? Give them whatever they want and back away slowly, telling them how beautiful they are. And when it comes to caring for them, you can’t go wrong pampering their tired bodies with lovely, all-natural formulations that make them feel relaxed, reenergized, and glowing. So basically my advice is this: give them this kit, maybe garnished with a chocolate cake.   {And don’t miss an exclusive giveaway for CMP readers, just after the jump!} Farmaesthetics has the sort of website that makes me salivate: row...

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Seventh Generation’s new baby products are eco-awesome

Long before I had kids, I was buying Seventh Generation products to clean my little apartment. I liked their earth-friendly business practices, their mindful selection of ingredients, and the fact that I could grab what I needed from the shelves of my local supermarket.  And though my kids are now beyond the baby stage, I was intrigued to hear that Seventh Generation has introduced a new line of baby bath and skin care products. Those of you with babies in the house will definitely like the eco-awesome offerings. Seventh Generation’s new line of baby bathtime and baby skin care...

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The superhero of winter skin creams

What can destroy the yearly family photo calendar, ruin the shoulder of your holiday sweater, and repel grandmothers in a single bound? Answer: It’s the little kid with the green snot waterfall and the gnarly red snot rash. And that, dear friends, was my kid this year. Luckily, we found two new products that work together to stop this problem and make that adorable kid kissable again. It’s no secret we love MD Moms, and now I love these two new products too. The Baby Silk Dry Skin Rescue Cream is formulated to relieve dry, itchy, sensitive skin that’s...

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Sometimes a little pampering is in order: the natural indulgence of Tata Harper Skincare

Luxe alert: I was introduced to the 100% natural, nontoxic Tata Harper Skincare at Canyon Ranch this summer. It was a moment of seriously posh pampering in my otherwise ordinary life, and an incredibly soothing experience. Luckily, it’s a splurge you can enjoy at home–well, minus the aesthetician. So if you know someone who could use some pampering and serious self-care after a long year (including you!), you might just want to give Santa the heads-up. Honestly, I’m hooked on this line, and here’s why. For starters, Tata Harper Skincare is created using 100% natural ingredients that I can...

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Method soap: cleaning your hands, your dishes, and now, your oceans

Every square mile of our oceans has an average of 46,000 pieces of plastic swirling around there. It’s killing nearly one million sea birds a year that swallow it, and another 100,000 turtles, dolphins, whales and sharks. I don’t know how to say it any other way, but that’s disgusting. So I’m so delighted to see that none other than Method is doing something good about it. For more than a year, Method has worked with volunteers from Hawaiian environmental groups to scour local beaches and collect (by hand, no less) more than a ton of plastic. With help...

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Basq in the glow of beautiful pregnancy skin

My daughter turns six next week, and that means I’m feeling extra nostalgic–even about my stretch marks. Back then, I didn’t know the importance of keeping growing belly skin supple, and now I’m suffering for it.  If only I could send a care package back to my August 2006 self, here are the two products I would send…along with a lot of cookies. The first product on the list is actually three products–or, to be more specific, one lovely body oil in three different scents. The Resilient Body Oil Trio Set from basq includes one bottle each of their signature...

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Natural relief from things that make kids go OUCH

My kids entered a phase around 4 when bug bite creams and sting-stoppers terrified them. I’m sure it had a little something to do with the one we “promised them” wouldn’t hurt but turned out to be made with alcohol. (It wasn’t totally our fault; we were traveling abroad and couldn’t read the ingredients.) CMP favorite Mayron’s Goods has a terrific new product however, that takes all the hurt away. This time, Melanie Mayron (along with her adorable chemist dad) has taken a break from directing to put out OUCH Stuff, aptly named because it’s the stuff you put on those cuts...

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The pros and cons of 4 popular cleansing wipes

Traveling as much as I do, I don’t know why I wasted so much time agonizing about 3-ounce bottles of leaky cleansers and travel-sized samples of sub-par skincare brands, when there’s a whole world of fantastic cleansing cloths out there. I’ve been playing around with a few brands over the last year, and here are 4 great picks for all kinds of skin types, that definitely beat using the hotel soap on your face. (Been there.) For Regular Skin: Comodynes Makeup Remover Wipes for Normal Skin I grabbed these off the shelf at Ricky’s in a panic before a...

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The sunblock that turned us into a family of sunblock snobs

This sunblock is so good, so easy, and so waterproof that my kids call it only “the good one.” Well, not my three-year-old. He calls it “dat good can dat you spray.” Translation: winning product. The brand is MD Solar Sciences, which bills itself as a physician-driven skin cancer prevention company– unlike, say, companies that also make SPF 2 body oil and post-sun aloe gel.  “The good one” refers to two different products that work equally well. The Quick Dry Body Spray is our very favorite, as it sprays cleanly and, believe it or not, clearly. With almost no...

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A safe sunscreen to use all summer long

We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun. But the confusing thing is that some sunscreens contain scary ingredients that may actually cancel out their sun protection benefits. I’m always on the lookout for a more natural, toxin-free SPF, which is not an easy task. Thankfully I found a new one that delivers safety and effectiveness with no yucky white streaking. The new sunscreens from Suntegrity Skincare at Lion’esque Style are free of all potentially harmful chemicals, including parabens, phthalates, and nano particles. I definitely feel safe smearing it all over myself and...

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