When River was a baby, I immediately noticed the way her skin cracked after birth, though her pediatrician assured me it was normal. As she grew older, she complained about pain in-between her toes, and found almost every texture of clothing irritating on her skin. After some research and a few doctor visits, we discovered her seasonal eczema. It made its way across her skin as the weather grew warmer, which was why it was hard to pinpoint in the first place. While her eczema is mostly non-existent now at six-years-old, Oak has sensitive skin issues of his very own; and so, our discovery continues..
Part of being a mother to two little ones, is being able to adapt to their changes, even unanswered quirks and irritants. Skin care is paramount in my own daily routine; and being able to shift the care of my children’s skin not only to the weather, but to their various levels of comfort and needs remains a priority. I never want to walk through this world uncomfortable, and so I expect the same can be said for my children. That’s why I am so happy to work with Mustela for the next few months, highlighting how important it is to care for our children’s skin from birth throughout their childhood.
Have you ever tried Mustela? My first experience with their products was a trial period when River was younger and we were first told she had irritated and eczema-prone skin. I immediately saw her relief after giving one of their lotions a try and kind of became tied to the brand since.
Truth is, I learned more taking a simple diagnostic and shopping the Mustela website than I did discussing it with our doctors. I was able to see that the issues we’d been dealing with on Rivers’s and Oak’s skin were real, common, and easily treatable. I was able to apply the benefits of Western medical knowledge but still utilize a more holistic approach that is very important for me when it comes to my kids’ health.
As we battle high pollen count, harsh rains, and that brutal sun all within a week’s time, I’ve been carrying around Mustela’s Nourishing Cream in my pocket, a little relief for our bodies and our hands. In addition to the cream, we’ve been bathing the kids with their cleansing milk. It’s gentle, but offers an otherworldly relief after a rough day out in the city.
For those of you interested, here is our evening bath routine that not only promotes skin care, but also helps the kids sleep soundly through the night:
1. We run a very warm bath with a few drops of Mustela’s bath oil, which helps combat dry skin due to hard water or other elements.
2. We wash with cleansing milk, which is especially helpful if we’ve had a rough day.
3. After drying the kids down, we either use Mustela’s Nourishing Cream or regular coconut oil to moisturize.
After a little moisturizing massage, we throw on their pajamas and read or cuddle and get ready for bed. When they’re finally dosing off, we put a few drops of lavender EO in their diffuser and they are out for the night.
What’s your nighttime routine? And do your children have particular skin? I would love to hear!
(This post is in partnership with Mustela. All thoughts and love for the product are my own.)