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Healthy Baby Skin Care with Helpful Tips

Because babies have thin and vulnerable skin, many parents are very concerned about healthy baby skin care.

As a child, the baby’s skin is extremely sensitive, which can cause rashes and allergies many times if not properly cared for. Let’s learn how to care for your baby’s skin with us

Baby skin care

Parents should use natural products and do not have any chemical additives that are harmful to their skin, because their skin has the following characteristics:

  • Very thin and vulnerable;
  • It takes time to adapt to the surroundings;
  • Baby’s skin faces many problems like diaper rash, chemicals in soap and shampoo;
  • Prone to skin allergies in the first few months

Proper care will help your baby have healthy skin. Here are a few methods:

Shower

Parents should use shampoo and shower gel hypoallergenic. Wash your baby’s face with warm water and bathe her in a warm place. You should turn off the air conditioner and fan so your baby doesn’t feel cold.

Remember not to try any new products on your baby’s skin or use antibacterial soap because they’re so strong. Ideally, you should wipe your baby with a cotton towel gently to minimize scratches.

Chalk

You need to be careful when choosing powder. Choose products for babies, avoid fragrant straws and other chemicals because they can irritate the skin. It is best to avoid using talcum powder on the diaper area as this can lead to future complications or infection.

Mattresses and diapers

Diapers are an indispensable item for children at night or when going out. However, there are certain types of diapers that can cause skin irritation and rash or infection so it is best to change the diaper immediately.

If you see skin showing signs of irritation, choose a different type of diaper. Remember to change as soon as your baby’s diaper is dirty, because too long it may cause an infection.

Rash rash usually occurs because your baby is wearing a wet diaper for too long, too tightly, or by using inappropriate washing powder. Most babies tend to have a rash, so you need to take some precautions to avoid this condition:

  • Change nappies right after getting wet. After using a washcloth, sprinkle a little powder to keep the baby’s skin dry and clean;
  • Most skin rash in children is not a serious problem, very few show signs of infection and require special care. If you find the rash is severe, take your baby to the pediatrician for immediate treatment.

Skin problems

Many babies have birthmarks (areas of slight discoloration) and the condition is not inherited. Parents do not need to worry about birthmarks because they are completely harmless to the baby and do not require treatment.

  • Eczema is a form of itchy and red rash that occurs due to many causes. It often appears on a baby’s face, elbow, arm or behind the knees and chest. If someone in your family has allergies, asthma or atopic dermatitis, they are at risk of this disease. You just need to use a gentle shower gel to wash your baby.
  • Some babies have acne. However, they are not the same as puberty acne . If this continues, take your baby to the doctor.

Dry skin

If your baby has dry skin, use a natural moisturizer to increase moisture, making the skin soft and supple. Coconut oil is a smart choice.

  • Avoid showering your baby too often as this can wash away important nutrients on the skin.
  • At the first month, use a sponge to gently wipe your baby two or three times a week. This will keep the baby clean but still protect the skin from losing natural moisture.
  • Use skin care products for babies. Be careful if your baby is allergic to any products such as shower gel, shampoo and lotion.

Skin care tips for babies

Newborn skin is very sensitive and so is the immune system.

  • Babies should not be exposed to sunlight until 6 months of age. Let your child wear long sleeves, pants and a hat to protect the baby’s delicate skin;
  • Make sure that the newly bought outfit must be washed clean before letting your child wear it;
  • Hot weather often causes sweating in the armpits, skin folds and diaper area. You should wear loose-fitting clothes and create a cool environment to avoid heat rash;
  • Chemical cleansers, talcum powder and some baby products can cause skin irritation and rashes. You should try to use organic products to protect your baby’s skin from infections or allergies.

Through the above sharing, hope that you understand more about how to care for your baby’s skin. Remember that your baby’s skin is very sensitive, so you need to have proper care.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Happy New Year everyone!! I finished 2013 as a bad blogger! I’m sure past brides can understand, once it gets down to crunch time (as in 2 months until your wedding!) it’s hard to think about anything else.

It’s officially 23 days away from my wedding. I can’t believe it! When they tell you it goes by so quickly, they ain’t lying (I’m southern y’all!)! My amazing bridesmaids keep asking if they can help me do anything but honestly, there isn’t much else to do but walk down the aisle. But yet I have that mind frame that I have so much to do which causes me to have anxiety attacks. Literally!

The past few months I’ve been trying other makeup lines to see if I can add more to my work kit. My goodness has it been fun!! I have a LONG list in ‘Notes’ on my phone of goodies I want to get. While playing with new makeup over the winter months, my skin got ridiculously dry! I never thought that it could happen because I’ve been battling adult  acne for a couple of years now. I was prescribed Epiduo from my dermatologist so it has helped keep the oil and blemishes at bay. But this year, my skin has been FLAKING! Since my wedding is so soon, I had to find something to smooth my skin back out without breaking me out. But of course, like switching to any new product, your skin has to get used to it and 9 times out of 10 you’ll break out a bit. But give it time! And that’s something I’ve done.

Im listing some of my new favorite makeup and skincare products below. And did I mention they’re ALL reasonably priced?!Baby. It's Cold Outside

1. Oxygen Botanicals Hydrating Eye Cream – this stuff is like a miracle in a bottle! When having extremely dry skin it tends to get very sensitive. Especially around the eyes. This cream not only takes away the sensitivity but it doesn’t sting once applied like a lot of other products do. It has green tea, sweet almond oil, aloe, and vitamin A which helps with fine lines. And that it does!

2. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask – you should ALWAYS use a heavier moisturizer at night due to friction and to hold that moisture into the skin. this mask is meant to be used overnight. I wake up and my skin is the smoothest it’s ever been!

3. Oxygen Botanicals Super Hydrating Cream – Most people could use this as a night cream but my parched skin needs it for the day time! It is filled with Hyaluronic Acid, which is the most moisturizing ingredient for the skin. it makes my skin stay moisturized ALL day without getting that tight feeling. It also goes great under my primer and foundation.Baby. It's Cold Outside

1. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – I was very hesitant about this product since I already had MAC’s Fix + Spray. But in my opinion, this is WAY better! And it’s oil and paraben free! I don’t have to re-powder at all during the day!

2. Sigma Beauty Brushes – I will always say that MAC makes the best brushes. However, I’ve been watching many YouTube videos and artists on Instagram using these more and more. They are definitely more affordable than MAC and actually have a much bigger selection. I haven’t tried them yet but I just sent in to get my discount and once I start using them, I’ll let you know if they’re yay or nay! But I have high hopes. 😉

3. Morphe Brushes – I know the picture is of a palette but their main sellers seem to be brushes (hence the name!). Once again, these have also received great reviews and they’re even CHEAPER than Sigma! I will be trying them because the prices seem too good to be true. But I’ve researched everywhere and haven’t found one bad review! They’re palettes look beautiful as well so I can’t wait to try those in the next couple of weeks.

4. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Waterproof Concealer – I tried this on whim thinking that I needed a good concealer that will stay put if (who are we kidding?! WHEN) I cry at our ceremony in 25 days. it says what it does… It stays put ALL day. Even through a few tears and contact issues! A must for all brides!

5. Tarte Braziliance Skin Rejuvinating Maracuja Face & Body Self Tanner – Goodness, that’s a mouthful! It’s so hard to find a good self tanner. I’ve tried so many over the years and I think I’ve found one I love. It comes with a mitt so your palms don’t get that dirty look even AFTER washing your hands. it’s also moisturizing since you can’t put on a body lotion beforehand. the formula is dark when applying so you can see if you have streaks anywhere. It’s great for these winter months when we tend to be pale!Baby. It's Cold Outside

1. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – Do you know that I waited in line at Sephora the night this was launched?!  It is probably my favorite Naked palette thus far. Why? Well, it’s very different than the first two as far as colors and you can’t go wrong with pinks and browns! They look great on everyone. I love the versatility that it offers. You can wear a light pink during the day and go glam with a black sparkle smokey eye at night!

2. Anastasia Dip Brown Pomade – After watching one of my favorite makeup artists on YouTube review this product, I had to have it! Talk about a brow “gel” that will last FOREVER! I use MAC’s 266 angled brush to apply this and you use very little product. Make sure to apply with light strokes. A little goes a long way! I still use a clear gel to keep my brows in place but honestly, you really don’t need to because it holds them in place on it’s own. I highly, highly recommend this product!!

3. Tarte Maracuja Creasless Concealer – I know this is the second concealer I’ve written about but this is a great one as well. A little goes a very long way with this one. my other favorite thing about this concealer is that it’s great for dark circles because it brightens the area if you set it with a translucent powder by patting the powder on with either a stippling brush or beauty sponge (that way it won’t move the concealer out. It will hold it under your eyes!).

4. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation – I decided to try this when I felt like my MAC Pro-Longwear foundation was making my skin have that tight, dry feeling. This is like a tinted moisturizer but with more coverage. I love that you don’t have to use a lot to cover your entire face. And the coverage is an A+. It’s kept my skin feeling moisturized throughout the day but not make me oily at all!!

I hope you’ve learned a few fun things. I’m a product junky and love reading reviews and peoples thoughts on them. Hopefully I’ll get one more post in before my big day…. 😉

There’s A Baby In The Dollhouse!!!!

I’m sure  most of you know what we’ve been up to lately. It’s blanetly obvious if you visit mine and Lauren’s Facebook pages. But if you DON’T know……. Little baby Chloe Elizabeth was born on September 30th at 2:36am to my best friends Lauren and Tim Nichols! Man, was it a long night! I thought for sure Chloe would enter the world the night of the 29th but she had to be like her mommy and be fashionably late so as to make an entrance!

Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed in the room during labor (ARGH!), but when I walked in to meet my brand new goddaughter around 6:30am, I let everyone coddle over baby Chloe for a minute to sit on the bed with my friend/sister to make sure she was okay (Lauren had to get a Cesarean Section due to the little one not wanting to come out!). We hugged and cried because she was now a mommy! I look at Tim like a brother and we joke that it’s awkward if we hug or do a kiss on the cheek. But that ALL went out the window that early morning. I even told Lauren just the other day that seeing him as a new daddy makes him even more attractive than he already is. That was so weird to say out loud!!

Chloe is a little over 3 weeks old today and I can’t tell you how loved and spoiled this baby is! As a Godmother, I can’t express the love I have for this new beautiful life that I get to be a part of. I can only imagine the feeling when we have our own children. I didn’t want to write much because for one, everyone always wants to see pictures and two, I’ve been CRAZY busy taking care of Lauren’s wonderful clientele until she gets back. So here you go Dollface Readers…. Here’s the stunning baby Chloe Elizabeth Nichols!!There’s A Baby In The Dollhouse!!!!.

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Pinterest… Good or Bad For a Bride?!

Sorry it’s been a couple weeks since my last blog! My dear friend and oh-so talented (and pregnant!) business partner Lauren and her husband bought a new home and an eight month pregnant woman does NOT need to be doing much labor so Matt and I have been helping them paint, move furniture, oh! And her other best friends and family threw her a baby shower in there!

The other day I read a very interesting article by a photographer by the name of Aimee Grover. The article was called ‘How Pinterest Can Discourage the Creative Process for Photographers’. I found it to be very informative for both photographers and couples. As a bride who has already had her engagement shoot done, I could see how recreating a photo you saw on Pinterest can seem a little forced and also a little degrading to the photographer. The article asked a very good question; Are you hiring your photographer for their talent or because you think they can capture that same photo you love on Pinterest?

For Matt and I’s engagement shoot, I told our photographer that I tend to get a little uncomfortable in front of the camera and I didn’t want to pretend like Matt and I were models. He asked what we like to do and I told him that Matt cooks a lot and I watch! I have an entire Pinterest Board for engagement shoot ideas. Did I show any of them to our photographer? Nope! Once he arrived at our home, he went right into photography art mode! He watched us, gave us ideas, and told us what to do! What I thought was going to be a shoot in our home, he asked if there was a fun spot outside near our house and we told him about our neighborhood’s wooden bridge. He asked if we were down and we said “Sure!” He told us to just love on each other, sit here, kiss there, look at the camera, and once we received our photos back I cried! They were  Matt and I! He caught us being ourselves. It was our photographer using his own creativity to capture us being real and in love.

Back to the article… I thought this also retains to makeup! Granted, makeup artists usually tell brides to bring inspiration pictures to the trial run. But one has to remember that they aren’t the women in the photo’s. We can definitely recreate a look, but it will always look different on someone else because, well, everyone doesn’t look the same! We’ll do a look from a picture and the bride might think it’s too much or not like it so much on them. My advice, know what colors you like, know that warm colors bring out blue eyes, fuller lips look better with a darker or red lipstick/gloss, and KNOW that your makeup artist is creative! I look at peoples faces like blank canvas’s. I love going into a trial run and the bride says, “I trust you!” My mind starts running and seeing all different looks and then the perfect look pops into my head and I just go with it!

Read the article and think about makeup while reading about photography. And enjoy some images from Lauren and I’s past clients who let us get creative and trusted us!

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