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Mum Life: My Favourite Skincare Products

In this blog post I’m sharing the skincare products I use most often in coping with the rigours of mum life!

When I became pregnant with my first baby I knew I wanted to simplify my skincare routine – including what was in the actual products themselves. I wanted to minimise the use of parabens and sulfates and keep my skincare to be as natural and free of chemicals as possible. I also wanted to try and use more cruelty-free products where I could for ethical reasons.

Some products I couldn’t replace – for example, the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream is the only products that keeps my dry and scaly hands moisturised; and I still have a fair bit of Nars foundation to go through because I don’t wear much makeup (and I only just out Nars tests on animals). Where I could though I’ve tried to replace what I used to have in my arsenal with products that have less of the bad stuff and still do a good job.

So, here’s what I use on a regular basis…

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L-R: Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion | Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap in Hemp Rose | Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream | Neutrogena Naturals Multivitamin Daily Moisturiser | The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% | Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF 15Dermae Purifying Gel Cleanser | Dermae Microdermabrasion Scrub | Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion (paraben free, phthalate free, sulfate free, cruelty free) – leave my skin feeling moisturised all day, especially during the winter months when it gets particularly dry. I also love that the oils have been sustainably and ethically sourced.

Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap (sulfate free, cruelty free, all natural) – other than my failed attempt at using it as a shampoo, it’s a great body wash for use in the shower and at a pinch as a facial cleanser. It doesn’t dry out my skin like other liquid body washes and the smell is divine. I’m particularly fond of peppermint but am loving this rose scent at the moment. At around $30 it’s not cheap, but you only ever use a little at a time.

Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream (paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free) – super moisturisng and it helps the smell reminds me a little of marshmallow. I even sometimes use it during the day in winter when the air feels really drying.

Neutrogena Naturals Multivitamin Daily Moisturiser (paraben free, sulfate free, phthalate free, cruelty free) – I like my daily moisturiser to be light under my makeup but still moisturises well, and this is probably the best one I’ve encountered. Other’s I’ve tried tend to feel too heavy or leaves my skin oily after only a few hours, and it hasn’t been the case with this one.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23%+ HA Spheres 2% (cruelty free) – it would sound like this would have a lot of chemicals in it (and if you look at the ingredient list it does look a bit foreign) but it’s in fact a pretty simple product (hence the name of the brand). I’m still trialling this out because I’d heard rave reviews about it – it has an interesting grainy texture some people don’t like but I actually quite like. I’m hoping it’ll help fade some of the acne scars suffered from my younger days.

Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF 15 (cruelty free) – I find the colours of BB creams to be very limited but this one actually suits my skin tone best. I use this as a light cover up for my skin when I’m not working (I use the Nars foundation for that). While I’m not taking about makeup in this post, I also use Natio blush for a bit of colour on my cheeks.

Dermae Purifying Gel Cleanser (sulfate free, cruelty free) – gives my skin a nice cleanse especially after a day of full make up. I do double cleanse though (ie one cleanse to remove the make up, another to clean the skin). I have to admit however the best cleanser I’ve ever used is raw honey – removes makeup and leaves my skin feeling incredibly clean and refreshed without tightness.

Dermae Microdermabrasion Scrub (cruelty-free) – hands down the best exfoliating scrub I’ve ever used. My skin feels so clean afterwards! I use it twice a week as it does have a fair bit of texture to it but afterwards my skin soaks up all the moisturiser so quickly and the next day it’s much wasier to apply my makeup (ie less to cover up).

Jurlique Balancing Rosewater Mist – I’m trialling this one too as I’d been told it was great for keeping skin moisturised throughout the day, but I’m so torn about it. It does feel fantastic on the skin, BUT it’s also not cruelty free even though no animal testing is involved during manufacture – it all happens overseas. So far I haven’t seen an obvious effect on my skin, but it’s only been a month or so.

I’d love to know what you use for your skincare routine and any natural, cruelty free recommendations you have! I’m always up for trying a new product!

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  • Oh I didn’t know about Jurlique testing on animals!

    At the moment I’m using a bunch of nature’s organics stuff – I switched to it in pregnancy when it was on sale in woolies, extremely cheap, fairly nasty free and with it being locally made and no animal testing I’m quite happy! I love the cleansers but the moisturiser I’m having to use as a body moisturiser as it’s too heavy for my skin – I am hoping they branch out the range to suit more skin types although to be fair moisturisers are the hardest part of my skincare to get right no matter what brand I try!

    • I only just recently found out about Jurlique too! Like NARS they have to undergo mandatory animal testing in China if they want their products sold there. I’m really torn about it as I do love Jurlique but the animal testing just doesn’t sit so well with me. I feel guilty every time I use it! I think I’ve tried Nature’s Organics too – I’ve got some of their stuff for the kids – but I tend to go crazy when the 40% skincare promo is on at Priceline so I always stock up then 🙂

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