3 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Mummy-To-Be Skin

Dark patches, strange lines, itches & rashes, breakouts – pregnancy skin isn’t just about that pregnancy glow! Pregnancy skin goes through a lot more than most of us realise, here’s a peek at some of the changes it has to deal with, and our recommendations:

1. It’s a lot more sensitive than usual. Having a baby on the way means your skin has to deal with rushes of fluctuating hormones, increased blood flow and stretching (a lot of it!). That often means that skin becomes a lot more sensitive to the skincare products we use. Harsh preservatives, strong fragrances, chemical ingredients can all wreak havoc on skin that’s trying to protect mum and bub. Ordinary shampoos, soaps & washes can often be the worst irritants, since most use chemical detergents as their main cleansing ingredient. That’s why our Mother’s All-Natural Traditional Castile Hair & Body Wash is made only from 100% premium cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil with no preservatives and no fragrances. It’s the perfect thing for protecting and soothing sensitive skin and hair.

2. It’s oilier than usual. That pregnancy glow comes not just from the increased blood flow in mummy‘s body but also from the increased sebum production caused by hormonal changes in pregnancy. But it can be too much of a good thing! Acne is one downside, but it’s not the time to reach for the usual range of acne medications, many of which contain ingredients that can be harmful to babies.Your best bet? Staying away from harsh cleansers (which can stress the skin and exacerbate oiliness) and keeping to natural skincare ingredients which nourish the skin without overwhelming it with overly rich oils or waxes. Put together a pregnancy skincare regime which supports your skinthrough all the changes it’s going through. That’s why our Mother’s All-Natural Traditional Castile Hair & Body WashMother’s All-Natural Daily Rich Cream Salve were designed to make the perfect daily duo to keep skin calm, soothed & balanced.

3. It has to grow – a lot! It’s the single biggest skin concern most pregnant women have – stretch marks! Although there’s no guaranteed way of avoiding them (genetics & how fast your bump grows all play a part), keeping your bump deeply moisturised helps, especially through those growth spurts. That’s why our Mother’s All-Natural Intensive Restorative Oil is crafted with the perfect blend of organic extra virgin cold-pressed oils (camellia & rosehip) to help strengthen and fortify skin that needs to grow – and shrink – through all the stages of pregnancy.

4 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Baby Skin

It’s a simple fact that baby skin is far more fragile than adult skin (and that’s why we’re ever so careful about every ingredient that goes into our range, from using only purified water, no artificial additives or chemicals, to using only premium food-grade ingredients. Simply, if it’s not safe to ingest we’d rather not have it on baby’s skin. But what exactly makes baby skin different?

  1. Baby skin absorbs and loses moisture a lot more easily than adult skin. That also means that babies absorb things through their skin far more easily than adults do, including bacteria and chemicals. Something that’s much more worrying considering their under-developed immune systems. So start carefully reading those ingredient labels, and keep baby skin away from strong fragrances, synthetic ingredients and chemical preservatives.
  2. Their skin’s ability to protect itself continues to develop during their first year of life. So what you choose to put on your baby’s skin – especially in that first year – can have a big impact on their skin’s development. Today’s babies use skincare every single day of their life from the day they are born, so selecting the right skincare which doesn’t interfere in its development is key. Keeping baby skin away from harsh synthetic shampoos, soaps and washes (please read those labels!) is key, as is keeping it moisturised with a good, natural moisturiser, all of which helps nurture the skin’s own  proper functioning.
  3. Baby skin doesn’t regulate temperature as well as an adult’s. Fewer sweat glands and blood vessels which don’t dilate or constrict as easily as adult ones mean babies aren’t as good at regulating their body’s temperature. Heavy creams, oils and lotions can add to that interference and discomfort, so make sure the oils and ingredients in the skincare you use are specially chosen to suit baby skin – natural doesn’t always mean suitable for baby skin. For example, heavier oils such as coconut and palm can be far too thick and rich for daily use on baby skin.
  4. Baby skin grows and heals a lot faster than adult skin! Babies grow at a rapid rate, and so does their skin! That also means that their skin heals a lot faster than adult skin does (notice how those little scrapes and bruises seem to magically disappear so quickly?). Since baby skin already has the ability to fix itself, encouraging that natural function by not overloading it with heavy oils, strong fragrances and chemical preservatives but choosing natural, gentle ingredients and safe-to-eat skincare allows its skin to go about doing what it does best – looking after itself and baby 🙂

 

The Wonders of Camellia Oil

Camellia oil is a well-known beauty elixir in Japan and China, but is still relatively unknown in the West. At Four Cow Farm, Nanna’s garden is adorned with beautiful camellia plants, carefully tended for, they are one of our favourite plants for several good reasons. A sister of the tea plant, camellia plants are graceful, elegant plants which produce some of the most spectacular flowers and are some of the hardiest plants known. Camellia plants over a hundred years old are not rare (the oldest camellia plant in Australia was planted in 1831!). In Japan and China, the oldest known living camellias are still flowering in profusion despite being over half a century old. With its amazing regenerative qualities, it’s no wonder that it’s seeds were prized for the oil they produced and used by the legendary geishas of Japan for their almost magical, age-defying effects.

Today, we know that camellia oil is one of the most quickly absorbed plant oils, containing mono-saturated essential fatty acids and being very high in oleic acid (an Omega 9 fatty acid). It also contains vitamins, A, B, and E and one of the most precious renewing ingredients for stressed or tired skin: Squalene, which is a natural component of human sebum. Age and stress can cause the skin to become deficient in Squalene, which results in dryness, premature aging and wrinkles. The special blend of essential fatty acids and lipids in camellia oil is what makes it one of the best oils to use on skin facing fatigue, stress and needing extra nourishment, replenishment and care. On top of that, it’s an oil which is also known for being extremely easily absorbed by the skin and very safe, including for use on pregnant women. That’s why we use it in our Mother’s All-Natural Intensive Restorative Oil and our Mother’s All-Natural Daily Rich Cream Salve. Both products were designed for use on mums-to-be and new mums with skin going through the stresses and strains of pregnancy and post-pregnancy. Specially formulated to provide sustenance to mothers, they’re also perfect for pampering any skin in need of extra nourishment and care.

8 Herbs for Beautiful Skin and Hair

Why we love the Gotu Kola herb and why it’s in our Gotu Kola & Calendula Rich Cream Salve! –

Forget expensive beauty creams or dangerous treatments and get familiar with gotu kola. Gotu kola speeds up the formation of collagen while reducing the formation of scar tissue because of its anti-inflammatory agents known as glucosides, explains Balick. Plus, its been shown to be helpful in the treatment of varicose veins.

Source: 8 Herbs for Beautiful Skin and Hair

Why Rosehip Is One Of Our Favourite Ingredients

 

Rosehip is one of our favourite ingredients to use and although it’s become fashionable lately, we love it because it’s been a traditional ingredient in food and skincare for thousands of years. Going as far back as the ancient Egyptians, it seems Rosehip’s benefits and qualities as a food and skincare ingredient have been known and treasured since then. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Native Americans are all known to have used it. And during World War II, its high vitamin C content meant that both civilians and troops used it as an important supplement.

We all know of the unique beauty and scent of the rose flower and rosehips are the fruit of that flower. Bright red and containing the seeds of the rose plant, they also contain a surprising number of nutrients and benefits which, when pressed, make rosehip seed oil an excellent oil for skin that’s sensitive, dry or going through stress and change.

Like other oils, it’s cold-pressed, unrefined, premium rosehip oil which contains most of its nutrients; as heat, chemicals, solvents and other methods used to commercially refine the oil affect the oil’s quality and purity. How can you tell if the rosehip oil you’ve bought is as pure as claimed? It should be a strong reddish-orange colour. If it’s clear or yellow in colour, then it’s unfortunately a highly refined version of the oil.

With exceptionally high levels of essential and unsaturated fatty acids, linoleic and linolenic acids, rosehip seed oil is known for its invigorative and regenerative abilities. Helping return elasticity to the skin, restore its moisture, and even restore damaged and photoaged skin,  rosehip seed oil is perfect for skin that’s going through stress and strain. And with its gentle profile, low incidence of sensitivity, and food-grade history, that’s why it’s a central addition to our Mother’s range!