Way too often this winter, I suddenly notice that my baby’s super-voluminous cheeks are red and chapped from the mistral-like winds that have overtaken the city. As a semi-prepared mother, I frantically dig out any moisturizer I can find in the top pockets of the go-bag and smear it on. With that bit of context, you can understand my giddiness when I discovered that the beloved Mustela brand which I have trusted since day 1, has put out an ultra-rich cold cream formula which is safe and hypoallergenic for even newborns. The best part is, it comes either in a nifty pocket-sized Hydra-stick which even cold hands can pull out and apply directly to baby’s lips and cheeks, or a Cold Cream Nutri-protective tube which is compact enough to be tucked into a diaper bag. Happily, this formula carries its signature irresistible sweet scent, which makes me want to linger kisses even longer!
The Hydra-stick is safe enough to be used even on newborns to protect and comfort skin with nourishing natural cold cream, lipid-replenishing ceramides and softening and soothing shea butter. I tried it out on my hand first, and it glides on easily and I can actually feel the protective barrier as it seals in moisture and minimizes the effect of drying wind and cold. It’s so cute watching my almost 2-year old smearing the stick on her own cheeks to the point that I have to trade a toy with her to release her grip! The hypoallergenic formula puts me at ease as it’s been tested by dermatologists for pediatric use.
The facial moisturizer is specially formulated for babies and children with dry skin, which unfortunately is particularly bad in our family. The same effective ingredients in the Hydra-stick work in the cream, and it’s easily absorbed into any dry spot on the body. I suggest shaking the tube a bit before every use, as the rich formula can separate a little when it’s been sitting in the cold. The cream also nourishes the deeper layers of the skin and preserve its natural defenses. 93% of ingredients are of natural origin and formulated with Avocado Perseose, a natural patented active ingredient which reinforces the skin barrier and preserves the skin’s cellular resources. Of course, there are no parabens, phthalates or phenoxyethanols to fret over. I’m never without these two little blue friends in my bag, and am so thankful they are getting us through the blustery winter!