Skin care

All new Mustela must-haves

There are a bunch of new kids on the Mustela block.

And they’re just what you’ve been looking for

Cradle cap woes?

Still struggling to get rid of cradle cap? Not for very much longer. Mustela’s legendary Stelaker’s had an upgrade. Now called Cradle Cap Cream, it contains Mustela’s avocado Perseose patent to help improve the appearance of your baby’s scalp, as well as borage oil to moisturise and keep the scalp smooth and clean. This product has high skin and eye tolerance, is hypoallergenic and fragrance-, paraben-, phthalate- and phenoxyethanol-free. Leave on overnight and rinse off in the morning with Foam Shampoo for Newborns and voila!

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Sensitive skin – surely all babies have sensitive skin?

Weeeell… yes, but no. All babies have an immature skin barrier at birth, but 1 in 3 babies are born with sensitive skin. This skin tends to over-react to stresses tolerated by other babies: temperature changes, wind, detergents, even rubbing of their clothing. It reddens easily, and babies may have feelings of tightness and tingling, which will probably make them cranky!

How you cleanse sensitive skin is important, as using harsh soaps and cleansers can cause more irritation. Your favourite Mustela No-Rinse Cleansing Water is now also available for Very Sensitive Skin: No-Rinse Soothing Cleansing Water contains patented avocado Perseose to protect the skin barrier, preserve the cellular richness of the skin and moisturise, as well as schizandra berry extract to soothe and improve the appearance and sensations of very sensitive skin. It cleans ultra-gently, soothes and strengthens face, body and nappy area – with no rinsing required.

Also for sensitive skin, Soothing Cleansing Gel has all the effective cleansing properties you’ve come to expect from Mustela, while soothing even the most fragile and immature skin. It contains 98% ingredients of natural origin, including avocado Perseose and Schizandra. Importantly, very mild surfactants of natural origin clean gently while respecting very sensitive skin.

 

Moms, we haven’t forgotten you!

The legendary Mustela Stretch Marks Prevention Cream now comes in a Fragrance-Free version, so women with even the most sensitive skin may use it. Formulated for expectant and new moms, this luxurious cream helps prevent stretch marks with its unique combination of active ingredients (most of natural origin).

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Snotty nose getting you down?

All little ones get snotty noses every now and then, and that’s almost guaranteed to disrupt everyone’s sleep!

Mustela’s new Soothing Chest Rub, while not a medication, contains refreshing pine scents to help your baby relax and promote sleep. On top of that it contains shea butter and honey to soften and moisturise the skin, as well as Mustela’s patented avocado Perseose to help reinforce your baby’s skin barrier. This lovely rub is perfectly safe to use from day 1, and can be gently massaged onto baby’s chest twice a day before sleep. Its melting texture makes it ideal for massage, leaving no sticky residue. Nighty night!

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All wipes are the same – or are they?

Mustela has taken its popular Dermo-Soothing Wipes and improved the formula. Now simply called Cleansing Wipes, these delicately scented and ultra-soft wipes are perfect for baby and child’s face, hands, nappy area and body from birth on.

These gorgeously fluffy, alcohol-free wipes contain 97% ingredients of natural origin, including: avocado Perseose to help reinforce your baby’s skin barrier; plant-based glycerine to moisturise the skin and protect it from water evaporation; Saponaria Leaf extract to cleanse and Allantoin to soften. Use them at every nappy  change or keep them with you for on-the-go clean ups.

And did you know you can also use them to remove your make-up, moms? Mustela Cleansing Wipes won the Allure Best of Beauty awards last year – voted for by moms in the know.

 

We’ve saved the best (cutest!) for last…

For a very Limited Time Only, 3 of Mustela’s favourite products are available in oh-so-fun packaging!

Say Hello to the adorable Abigail the Whale Gentle Shampoo, Phillipe the Sheep HydraBebe Body Lotion and Vincent the Elephant Gentle Cleansing Gel – three bath time friends who have a very important message – to remind your little ones (and you!) that it’s important to protect the natural habitat of their animal friends. Great for making every bath time an opportunity to learn and play. You absolutely do NOT want to miss out on this one…

 

XOXO

Meet Dr. Levashni Naidoo

 

Our resident dermatologist, Dr. Levashni Naidoo is under the spotlight this month. We get her take on skin care and beauty…

 

Why did you become a dermatologist?

As a teenager, I had quite severe nodulocystic acne, which made me feel incredibly self-conscious. As the condition progressed, I became increasingly reserved. When I looked in the mirror I couldn’t see beyond the blemishes, and I thought this was what others I encountered focused on.

I was fortunate to have been treated by an incredibly gentle, understanding dermatologist who prescribed a course of medication that quietened down my acne activity and prevented me from developing any permanent scarring. I cannot describe how the improvement in my skin helped my self- esteem.

A diagnosis of a skin condition differs from diagnoses in other medical disciplines. It is often a diagnosis a person wears for the world to see. I’m sensitive to this – I understand it from my own experience.  One of my greatest blessings is being in a position to help others as I was once helped. I love seeing my patients return looking and feeling more comfortable in their skin. What I love most of all is hearing their stories – how the improvement in their condition helps return their self-confidence and how this filters into and helps improve other aspects of their lives, both personal and professional.

What are the most common skin issues you see in your practice?

Skin changes can occur at any time in a person’s life. As a dermatologist, care for our patients may start from their first day. I love treating little ones. Commonly, I see infants with cradle cap, heat rash or a nappy rash. Children usually have inflammatory skin conditions like atopic eczema or skin infections. Both teens and adults often come for consultation regarding their acne.

Given our sunny climate in South Africa, disturbances in pigmentation form a significant portion of my patients’ concerns. Increased pigmentation includes photoageing, melasma and drug-induced hyperpigmentation. Other sun-exacerbated disorders range from rosacea to the more concerning end of the spectrum including skin cancers.

I also see many patients with alopecia (hair loss). This is a condition I am particularly sensitive to as many of my family members have a history of early onset alopecia.

Le Beauty Club recommends:

For acne: Noreva Exfoliac (teen acne) and Actipur (adult acne and sensitive skin), Bioderma Sébium range. These comprehensive ranges have products to treat mild to moderately severe acne, including product that complements medical treatment

For cradle cap: Mustela Cradle Cap Cream + Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns 

First aid in a bottle (heat rash, insect bites, irritated folds): Bioderma Cicabio Crème (non-oozing wounds), Bioderma Cicabio Lotion (oozing wounds), Mustela Stelatria

Nappy rash prevention and repair: Mustela 123 Vitamin Barrier Cream

Atopic eczema: Bioderma Atoderm Intensive range, Noreva Xerodiane AP+ Relipidant Balm, Mustela Stelatopia range

 

 

Bioderma Sebium Foaming Gel, Noreva Xerodiane AP+ RElipidant, Noreva Actipur, Bioderma Cicabio Creme, Mustela Cradle Cap, Mustela 123 VBC

 

The best skin-care advice you’ve been given

Skin care is an important aspect of self-care, and self-care is an integral component of self-respect.

 

 The skin-care advice you give your family, friends and patients

Choose your skin care as you would your friends: quality over quantity, gentle rather than agitating, substance before packaging.

 

At what age should you start using a skin-care routine? 

It’s never too early and it’s never too late to start a good quality skin-care routine.

 

What should you use? 

Sunscreen, always sunscreen! This is a mantra many have openly and thankfully embraced. Sunscreen is just one side of the coin.

The flipside includes the use of antioxidants. Effective antioxidants for the skin include vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium. Antioxidant delivery to the skin is superior when applied on the skin as opposed to taking it orally. Antioxidants are essential ingredients that combat reactive oxidative species generated by environmental toxins like pollution, smoke and radiation. Additionally, vitamin C has added benefit of improving collagen synthesis and regulating melanin (pigment) production. Antioxidants are commonly prepared as serums. I prefer my antioxidant delivered in my moisturiser. I’m a firm believer in a minimal-step-easy- to-commit to skin-care routine.

Le Beauty Club recommends:

Our comprehensive selection of leading dermatologically created and EU-approved sunscreens for all skin concerns and all ages.

 

 

At what age should you start considering treatment against environmental damage?

We’re blessed with a beautiful sunny climate for most of the year in South Africa. A disregard for moderation in sun exposure can carry significant consequences, ranging from premature skin ageing to skin cancers.

Protection from excessive ultraviolet, visible and infrared light exposure should start from infancy – with appropriate protective clothing and keeping to shaded areas when you and your loved ones do have to be outdoors.

Sunscreen use in little ones used to be recommended from 6 months onwards. Currently the recommendation has been altered to allow for earlier use of sunscreens where protection may not be completely afforded by the use of protective clothing and where keeping in the shade is not possible.

Le Beauty Club recommends these child sunscreens: Mustela Very High Protection Sun Lotion SPF50+, Bioderma Photoderm Kid SPF 50+

 

Your skin is… a complete reflection of how you feel from day to day and the space you find yourself in. In embryology, we learn that the skin cells develop from the same space as the brain cells – the neuroectoderm – and so there exist these amazing channels between how we feel and the way our skin presents itself. This is an association that must be respected and appreciated when trying to care for the skin holistically. 

 

My make-up reflects how I feel or what I want to project. Most often I’m drawn to soft, neutral elegant shades, but there are days when I love the glamour of a powerful bright red lip.

 

XOXO

Skin Care Gets Serious: Our Top 5 for Late Winter

 

September may be here, but the chilly temperatures mean your skin needs extra care. Warm up your routine with some of our favourite picks.

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1. CC Cream news

CC creams are your skin’s favourite slashie: moisturiser/anti-ager/SPF/colour corrector all-in-one, making it a seamless base for your daily routine or your one-stop cream if you’re in a rush. Our top pick: We love Noreva’s new IKLEN+ CC Crème Anti-Ageing & Anti-Dark Spot Unifying Day Cream (phew!), which adds yet another string to its bow: it’s the first tinted CC cream specifically formulated for skin with pigmentation issues, evening out your skin tone, for an even better day 😉 Read more about its fabulous properties by clicking here.

 

2. Sunscreen

‘Whaaat? It’s winter, why do I need sunscreen’, you say. Well, it’s nearly spring, and sun protection is a must – throughout the year – especially where we live. And if your sunscreen has other skin benefits, you’ve got a real winner on your hands! Our choice is the Bioderma Photoderm MAX Aquafluide SPF 50+. It offers optimal protection against the harmful effects of UV rays, protects your skin cell DNA, and its light, non-greasy texture leaves skin moisturised with a velvety dry-touch finish (tinted, too, if you prefer). It’s great for barefaced weekends.

3. Day Treatment

As work ramps up for the final big push for the year, or maybe final exams are approaching like an express train, stress hormones can give our face unwelcome visitors. We need a product that will keep skin clear without drying it out or irritating it (especially for those of us who have adult acne). We recommend Noreva Actipur Anti-imperfections Day treatment – with one application a day, it restores your skin’s equilibrium and leaves it feeling moisturised, silky, with a matte finish.

 

4. Coming clean

After a long day, we like to double cleanse, while still leaving our skin comfortable and hydrated. First sweep: remove eye make-up and cleanse with our favourite micellar cleansing waters – Bioderma Sensibio or Hydrabio H2O. Step 2: Use Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant Mild Foaming Gel, which clears remaining residue, soothes and cleanses, leaving skin clean and comfortable and ready for your night prep. In the morning, just wipe the night away with your favourite H2O, and you’re set.

 

5. Baby boon

Any baby expert will tell you that the best way to give you and your baby a good night’s sleep is through baby’s bedtime bath ritual. The bonding time, warm water, massaging action plus the drop in body temperature after the bath all make for sleepy bubs. Mustela has you covered with Gentle Cleansing Gel for hair and body, and Baby Massage Oil.

XOXO

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