Today MBB reader Jane in Philly shares two great drugstore products for baby and mommy.
Hello, Beautiful Women! I’m really excited to be writing a guest post for this blog. I’ve only recently discovered MMB, so I’ve been doing lots of catching up on past posts and searching for how-to’s and tips. MMB is my guilty pleasure.
My husband thinks it’s silly how people can be so passionate about cosmetics enough to blog about them. Little does he know just HOW MUCH exists in cyberspace about a particular lipstick (e.g., MAC’s Lollipop Loving), let alone everything else that people buy, use, and review.
Anyway, here’s a look at two products I’d like to call “Good for Baby, good for Mommy.”
Pregnancy, labor and delivery, recovery, breastfeeding -– those were probably the greatest physical challenges I’ve ever endured, even more than running a marathon! For all you moms out there, you know what I mean.
Now my daughter is almost a year old -– how time flies! Over the past year, I’ve come across several “beauty gems” that I would not have discovered had it not been for my sweet baby girl.
Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion
I love this lotion! I should stock up on it in case Aveeno goes bust or something equally tragic happens.
FOR BABY: I use it to give my baby a massage after her bath. The lavender scent is subtle and pleasant and doesn’t scream “I’ll make you smell good!” like other baby products do. And there’s something about lavender that really does seem to calm her down for bedtime, especially when she’s feeling under the weather.
FOR MOMMY: I started using it myself when I accidentally squeezed too much from the tube. I rubbed the excess on my elbows and knees. After that night, I started squeezing A LOT more out of the tube, and not by accident anymore!
I love what it does to my dry skin, especially the skin on my legs and arms. The texture is just right –- not too thick, not too slippery. It’s so much better than Johnson & Johnson’s baby lotion in lavender, which I used before getting Aveeno’s. J&J’s lotion is filmy and the scent is too much. The texture feels thin, slick, and doesn’t seem to absorb into my skin –- it just sits there (ironically, Aveeno’s parent company is J&J).
I’m becoming more loyal to Aveeno (also check out their suncare products as well as their daily moisturizing lotion with SPF –- perfect for year-round sun protection, which I need!).
Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment
This does it ALL. I found it at my pediatrician’s office. I picked up a handful of tiny sample tubes (no shame!), along with some coupons.
FOR BABY: I’ve been using it since my daughter was about a week old, primarily for her cute little baby bum, and for what it’s worth, she’s never had a diaper rash. I also use it when she scratches herself with her fingernails (I know… I’m terrible about not clipping her nails regularly, but if you’re a new mom, you know it’s not easy!). The scratches heal quickly and are very mild for her delicate skin. She’s never shown any adverse reactions to it.
FOR MOMMY: I’m not ashamed to admit that I made it a habit to pick up Aquaphor samples every time my little one has an appointment. I like to have samples with me everywhere –- purse, diaper bag, office desk drawer, car console, jacket pocket, bedside table. They’re as ubiquitous in my household as lip balm and diaper wipes.
Aquaphor works wonders on my feet (especially the heels) after a shower, and it’s awesome on chapped, dry lips in winter.
My favorite use of all? –- running. I need Aquaphor when I’m going beyond 10 miles because there’s a good chance I’ll chafe and get yucky blisters. Before I head out, I’ll put some wherever my skin rubs -– underneath my sports bra, in the groin area, around the waist, even underneath my ipod armstrap.
It’s especially important when I’m running marathons, where my arms and legs make the same repetitive motions for about 3 hours and 55 minutes.
Now it’s time for all of you to chime in, especially you fabulous new moms! Which baby products have you found useful for your own beauty needs?
This post was written by Jane, lover of Revlon and MAC, high school teacher and mommy to a smiley 1-year-old daughter in love with green peas. Jane has been wearing makeup since high school but credits blogs with turning her into a full-on makeup addict.