Monday, January 26, 2009

Grandma Minnie's Mom + Baby Skin Care Line from VMV

I'm a sucker for skin care. I hardly buy make up, but I will splurge on anything that promises smooth supple skin! I am from the school of thought that a girl does not need make up if she has great skin to start with. Sure, make up accentuates nice features, but I would rather accentuate healthy glowing skin.

I think I got this mindset from my mom. She's the one who got me obsessed with French chic in the first place. When I was into my teens, she would often tell me, observe French women, they look so effortless, with barely a trace of make up, so natural, etc. etc. and thus became our standard of beauty. Effortless, natural, and always alluring. But of course, effortless and natural beauty requires a lot of work! The secret is to not let others on that it takes time and money (well, not a lot apparently, my mom once came home raving about this girl with smooth rosy cheeks who was selling at a fruit stall at the wet market. She just had to ask the girl what product she was using, "Chin Chan Sui" was the reply) haha! But as our theory goes, the foundation of beauty basically is glowing skin and gorgeous hair. Once attained, any woman becomes attractive. Really. Well, heaps of confidence helps too!

When I got pregnant, I realized there were limitations to my skin care routine. No more peeling products that I stocked up on, I had to say goodbye to the wonder antibiotic that my derma prescribed for stubborn zits, and I just had to make sure that every product that touched my skin was pregnancy friendly - no alcohol based toners, salicylic and alpha/beta hydroxy acids were dubious, strong smelling shampoos and lotions made me dizzy...pretty much a lot of stuff had to be avoided if I wanted to play it safe. This skin thing turned out to be quite a challenge but I was not going to take any chances.

For a while, I made do with just Cetaphil and my moisturizer. I washed my hair with Johnson's Baby Shampoo. But well, I felt I was still compromising my beauty routine (heehee). So I gradually shifted back to using my trusted toner and facial treatment essence that were alcohol and perfume free. That made me happy. But I had yet to find a body lotion that won't make me nauseated from the smell. So when I re-discovered VMV and their hypoallergenic line of pregnancy & lactating friendly products called Grandma Minnie's Mom + Baby Skin Care, I considered my prayers answered! Finally! Products that I have no second thoughts of using, plus its a line I can share with our Little One!

MommyCoddling All-Over Lotion

- For baby’s face and body. For mom-to-be’s itchy/stretch-mark-prone skin. Soothes and softens even very dry, atopic skin. Gentle-yet effective antibacterial disinfection and antioxidant benefits. For daily moisturizing, protection, itchy belly relief, and infant massage.
- Contains organic virgin coconut oil (because its fatty acids are native to skin, this oil is exceptionally soothing and effective as a moisturizer) + coconut-derived monolaurin (a very gentle-yet-powerful antibacterial disinfectant).
(My mom says she's never had stretch marks even after five kids, but there's no harm in slathering this on!)

Oil's Well Nurturing Do-It-Oil

- Prevents diaper rash. Soothing and moisturizing for bonding infant massages. Great for hair detangling and ouchless wound cleaning. It’s an oil-in-one must-have for moms and munchkins alike. Oil’s well that ends well. (Cute catch phrase! Plus I haven't been using conditioner on my hair because I can't stand the smell of strong hair products, so this would be perfect for detangling my hair!)

The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm

- Treats infections that can occur in skin damaged by eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, herpes, wounds, cuts, grazes, insect bites, minor burns etc.
(This one I particularly like because I haven't really put any antibiotic on cuts and scrapes I've acquired during pregnancy! This is a life saver!)

Coo and Clean Baby Wash

- Formulated specifically for babies.
- This tender hair + body wash contains monolaurin for very gentle-yet-effective daily antibacterial protection (gentle as this Wash is, it’s a real clean) and green tea for antioxidant benefits.
- pH-Balanced so it’s both tear-resistant and exceptionally kind to even very sensitive, atopic skin.
- Sweetly yet thoroughly washes away dirt and build-up without drying out skin or hair.
- Rinses clean: leaves no harmful residue.
- For hair + body so it’s quicker and more convenient for busy parents or babies skeptical of baths.
(Can't wait to use this on our Little One! I just think this double duty hair and body wash is brilliant, less bottles to take up space in the bath too!)

Kid Gloves Monolaurin Hand Sanitizer

- To be used when handling young babies, baby’s things, or bottle / breastfeeding items, before performing first aid, or
when around the immuno-compromised.
- May also be used directly on baby’s hands + feet.
- Ideal for use in homes, nurseries, hospitals, clinics, daycare, schools, after play dates or visits to the doctor: any place or time where the spread of infection is a regular risk.
(Nobody touches our baby without using this ok?! Heehee!)

Oooh, I just love skin care lines, and I love it more when I know its something both mommy and baby can use! Daddy can share too of course! ;-)

If you'd like to try the Grandma Minnie Mom + Baby skin care line, I suggest you take advantage of the 20% off sale on VMV's Holiday Baby Bundle (pictured at the top of this post). It's a complete, travel-sized care set that includes all five products I've mentioned above. Not bad at $52 for the entire line (a $75 value), and it comes in a gorgeous box too! Anybody care to send me this? Hahaha!

Oh, and remember to visit the VMV site the whole month of March for Grandma Minnie's 1st year anniversary and watch out for special promos! I know I will! I've never been this excited for a skin care line the same way I can't wait to buy and use La Mer eye cream! Heehee!


Vera said...

fabulous stuff!

AEC said...

i use the oil's well for my baby, he has really dry skin because of the weather. I apply it when he's still wet, so the moisture really stays on his skin. Yun lang, he smell like a coconut macaroon. :)

Vanessa said...

I love baby products, they always smell the best.

cd_mfo said...

Yup! Fabulous stuff indeed deep in vogue! =)

Awww, a baby that smells like a coconut macaroon! How yummy!

Come to think of it, they do vanessa! I guess that's why I've always loved Johnson's baby cologne, Nenuco and Denenes. You are spot on!

MaWenLi said...

Hi there! I'm a new fan and had been reading your blog backwards. I'll get to the most recent, in time ;-)

I was just wondering what was the "peeling products & wonder antibiotic" for zits you mentioned. I have a problem with adult occassional, pre-menstrual zits :-( Need help. Thanks!

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