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Baby’s Skin

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In honor of my sweet friend who gave birth to her son yesterday, I thought I’d write about my favorite skincare tips for babies. Yes, babies have amazingly soft, sweet skin. (Seriously, can’t we figure out a way to bottle that new baby smell??) However, their skin is very sensitive and can easily dry out from over washing, harsh water and ingredients like fragrance, dyes and chemicals.

Dont over bathe your sweet babe: your newborn or infant is not going to get that dirty all day…that comes with toddler-hood. Daily bathing can disrupt the gentle pH balance of their delicate skin and dry them out.

Always use a gentle cleanser without SLS, parabens or fragrance: I really like this brand, and have also used the Dr. Bronner’s Baby Liquid Soap.

Use pure unrefined organic coconut oil, as long as there’s no allergy, as a body moisturizer and bootie balm: my doula gave me this tip and I swear by it. Coconut oil is full of omegas and antioxidants and is so hydrating without feeling heavy. It’s also naturally soothing and healing!

If you live in an area, like we do, that is known for crummy tap water…it may be a good idea to invest in a bath filter. You can attach it to the bath faucet and water will be purified before reaching the infant tub and your baby’s skin! These are great!

Use the two really great products for diaper rash: Mix ½ tsp of baby probiotic (like this) with coconut oil, or use Earth Mama Angel Baby’s diaper balm (I’ve even mixed the probiotic in this balm too!) Probiotics made specifically for infants are super gentle and can be used anytime (even for newborns). I have used them topically on the bum for rash as well as mixed some into breast milk. Newborns and infants can get Candida build-up or digestive disturbances that can manifest in topical rashes…probiotics help! They are also great for gas and tummy troubles.

When needed, use a talc-free powder: Ditch traditional baby powder and use a talk free version that’s much gentler. I love this one.

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Maui Honey Goodness

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One of the highlights from our recent “inspiration” trip to Maui was our bike ride from the Haleakala summit at 10,000 ft to Haiku, a quaint coastal town where Maui honey is made. We rode through misty clouds, eucalyptus forests, lavender farms and beautiful upcountry scenery…all of which overlooked the jewel-toned Maui coastline. This month’s facial special is inspired by our time in Maui, especially what we experienced along our bike ride.
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Maui honey is rich in enzymes and B vitamins. It is naturally both antibacterial and hydrating for the skin. Made with pollen from local Noni, Macadamia nut tree and wildflowers, this honey carries the scent of upcountry Maui. One of my most favorite at-home masks is also the most simple: 1 tbsp of raw honey on damp skin for 15 minutes. This honey will be featured as a special mask in the June facial special. You can order it online, if you wish, or use your local honey (found in local health conscious stores and farmer’s markets.)

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Pinterest Find: Essential Oil Chart

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Don’t you just adore Pinterest? I use essential oils in the spa and at home for numerous things…and I just love this chart, courtesy of G Baldwin and Company! It breaks down the ears of concern, ailments and the essential oils that are commonly used to help balance them and relieve symptoms. Just look at all those oils for the skin alone! Two things to keep in mind: always use pure therapeutic grade essential oils, and always use them with caution. Never use undiluted oils directly on your skin and check for contraindications and sensitivities before using!

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16 Skin-Loving Oils

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These natural, plant-based oils love the skin and we love them too! This beautiful chart, courtesy of the Glamour Beauty Guide, illustrates how each oil benefits the skin topically. I use 3-5 of these oils in almost every facial at the spa…which is your favorite??

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Ingredient to love: Acai

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We love acai! We love it so much that, for the month of February, we are highlighting this powerful superfruit in our special facial. Acai berries are found throughout Central and South America and have been popular in recent years here in the states as the new “it” food for energy, detoxification and nutrition.

Acai contains powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins and flavonoids. Both of these play a huge role in protecting the body against free radicals and oxidative stress. They can also aid in the body’s cell protection system. This is tremendously helpful for your skin because oxidative stress and free radical damage are leading causes of inflammation, dermal thinning and premature aging. Not only does your skin receive these benefits when adding acai to your diet, it can also benefit from direct, topical use of acai. Acai has been added to many serums and lotions to boost antioxidant levels, but the easiest way to use it topically – and the most fun – is in mask form.

Acai Antioxidant Mask

1 tbsp acai powder (you can also use frozen (thawed) or fresh acai, if that’s available to you)
1 tbsp raw organic honey
1 tbsp organic, full fat, plain yogurt

Mix all ingredients together
apply to clean, damp skin for at least 20 minutes
Rinse thoroughly and apply appropriate moisturizer or serum

This mask is great to do once a week and can be applied after an enzyme mask, like Osmosis Polish or Sanitas Payapa Mask!

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