For Mommies and Babies
by Michele Elyzabeth
There is not one French baby who has not not received the gift of Mustela. I remember as a little girl when my baby brother was born, blue baskets of Mustela baby products were brought to our home to celebrate his birth. They were beautiful baskets filled with the best smelling products. Mustela was to France what Baby Johnson was to the US.
Since 1950, Mustela has been the skincare expert for babies and mothers-to-be, offering a complete range of specially formulated skincare for the delicate skin of newborns, babies, children, mothers-to-be and new mothers. Committed to safety, Mustela developed in collaboration with healthcare experts a full line of hypoallergenic, high-tolerance products which do not contain any parabens, phenoxyethanol, phtalates or alcohol. Today, Mustela has acquired an enormous visibility in North America, in part due to the celebrities who favor their products, expecting celebs and new mothers like Carrie Underwood, Shakira, Zoe Saldana, Kristen Bell, Fergie or have joined the list, including royals such as Kate Middleton. Mustela has grown since the day my baby brother was born. They also make incredible products for mothers, addressing their particular needs such as stretch marks.
Using the resources provided by plants and their nurturing properties for delicate skin, Mustela favors ingredients that are either natural or of natural origin. For example, Mustela Bébé products, which contain 92% ingredients of natural origin. Their products are highly sensorial with a pleasant aroma. With a keen sense of respect for mother earth itself, all their bottles are recyclable, their boxes made from sustainably managed forests, and Mustela Bébé foaming formulations are all biodegradable.
Known for being an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, the avocado is one of the fruits with great benefit to fragile skin types used by the company.
Avocado Perseose®, found in new Mustela Bébé formula, actively aids the development of the cutaneous barrier and preserves the cells in babies’ skin, functioning as a protective shield.
Avocado sugars help sooth intolerant and easily irritated skin, working at three levels: they restructure skin, restoring its role as a barrier for protecting the body against external stresses (UV rays, wind, cold, pollution, etc) Avocado peptides nourish the skin as well as soothing and reducing any itching sensation. Their properties are particularly beneficial for the skin of new and expectant moms who have to deal with rapid stretching during pregnancy.
Avocado oil softens the skin, moisturizing it and protecting it against free radicals. Mustela has selected it for its sun protection properties in Mustela 9 Month Stretch Mark Oil and Mustela Bébé Massage Oil.
Hydra Bébé Face Cream $10.50 for 1.3 FL. OZ
Provides long-lasting hydration. Effectively restores the hydrolipidic film. Softens skin with its formulation containing shea butter, and leaves skin supple and silky-smooth.
Mustela’s Sunflower Oil Distillate is obtained by molecular distillation, a patented process of Laboratoires Expanscience, of a food quality sunflower oil. This extract is enriched in unsaponifiables, the noblest elements of oil. By stimulating the biosynthesis of epidermal lipids, it nourishes the skin and restores its barrier function against harmful external factors. Thanks to its emollient and anti-inflammatory properties, it quickly relieves feelings of irritation and restructures the very driest of skin. It is thus a privileged ingredient for products intended for atopy-prone skin.
We find all the virtues of Sunflower Oil Distillate in Mustela skin care products:
Mustela Stelatopia Cream Cleanser
8.4 FL. OZ. Suggested Retail Price $14
Used for daily cleansing of the face and body, this cleanser cleanses, protects and soothes. Soap-free and non-irritating formula.
Gently cleanses the skin without drying it, with an ultra-mild, soap-free washing base.
Protects skin against dryness with the Active Lipid-Replenishing Process® and with its oil in water emulsion.
Quickly reduces the sensations of discomfort (irritation, pulling and itching). The skin regains suppleness and comfort.
Tested on eczema-prone skin under dermatological control and in pediatricians’ offices.
Foaming emulsion, formulated to minimize the risk of allergic reaction and without paraben. Fragrance-free. Soap-free.
Mustela® Musti Eau de Soin Spray
$30 for 3.3 FL. Oz.
A delightful combination of an alcohol-free Eau de Senteur (tender aromas of flowers and fresh fruits) with extracts of plants known for their softening properties
Pleasantly perfumes with fruity and flowery notes. Helps skin stay moisturized. 92% ingredients of natural origin. Hypoallergenic: Specially formulated to minimize the risk of allergic reactions.
Cornflower extract: Softens
Linden flower extract: Softens
Mustela® 9 Months Stretch Marks Care Oil
$30 for 3.54 FL. OZ
Rich, yet non-greasy, oil prevents and minimizes new and recent stretch marks.
Light, delicate floral fragrance with notes of Rose, Bergamot and Plum. Suitable for all skin types, oils protect the skin’s lipid barrier and prevent moisture evaporation.
Hypoallergenic: Specially formulated to minimize the risk of allergic reactions
Compatible with breastfeeding
Perfect complement to Stretch Marks Double Action Lotion; Lotion can be used in the morning and Oil at night, or layered as a daily skincare routine
Mustela uses the white lupin (Lupinus albus) cultivated in the western region of France. They chose lupeol for the Mustela 9 Months range for the active ingredient for skin care particularly during pregnancy and after childbirth.
By “de-stressing” the skin fibres it helps the skin become better prepared for stretching due to pregnancy and prevents the appearance of stretch marks.
It also promotes the production of good quality collagen, thus improving the skin’s elasticity and suppleness. it helps to restore firmness to the tissues after childbirth.
You will find all the virtues of lupeol in Mustela skin care products:
A sacred tree of the West African savannah whose name means “life”, the African Karite tree (Butyrospermum Parkii) cannot be cultivated: it only grows in its wild state. They mature during the tornado period (from June to September) and fall spontaneously to the ground where they are gathered. The fruit contains an almond bursting with fatty substances and vitamins.
These almonds are pressed and heated for extracting a smooth and creamy butter. From Senegal up to the Nile, the extraordinary repair properties of this natural moisturiser have been known for thousands of years. African moms traditionally used it to prevent their babies’ skin from becoming irritated.
Today, the properties of Shea Butter are fully recognised by science and Mustela restores all the beneficial effects in its skin care products. Naturally rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin E and vitamin F, Shea Butter nourishes the skin and restores its elasticity. It protects the skin and helps to defend it against harsh climatic conditions such as wind and cold. Even the driest and most sensitive of skin is repaired, soothed and softened.
Hydra Stick with Cold Cream nutri-protective
$9.50 for .35 FL. OZ.
An ultra-nourishing and moisturizing balm for lips and cheeks
Protects dry and dehydrated skin or skin exposed to harmful external factors (wind, cold, hard water, etc.)
Moisturizes and protects the outer layers of the epidermis with its rich cold cream formula.
Natural cold cream: Nourishes, soothes
Shea butter: Softens, soothes and nourishes the epidermis
Originally from North Africa, Aloe Vera has adapted itself to many regions across the planet: this resistant and vigorous perennial grows anywhere where the climate is hot and dry. Its gelatinous pulp is used as much in pharmaceuticals as in cosmetics.
The many beneficial effects of Aloe Vera have been well-known for healing and soothing the skin and in treating burns and skin infections. all these properties have been scientifically proven.
Among the many varieties of Aloe, Mustela has selected Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller. This Aloe Vera concentrate is exceptionally rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Used in Mustela skin care products, It relieves irritation and repairs damaged skin by stimulating cell regeneration. Intensely moisturising, it restores elasticity to the skin while softening it and coating it in a protective, non-greasy film. These qualities make it an incomparable ingredient for sun care products.
PhysiObébé No-Rinse Cleansing Fluid MSRP
$14.50 for 10 FL. OZ.
Gently and effectively cleanses delicate areas with proven skin and eye safety
Preserves the hydrolipidic film with its gentle, soap-free cleansing base
Leaves baby’s skin clean and fresh with the signature Mustela® scent
For diaper area: Dissolves dirt and water resistant diaper creams
Hypoallergenic: Specially formulated to minimize the risk of allergic reactions
It contains Avocado Perseose: Natural, patented active ingredient that reinforces the barrier of baby’s skin and preserves its unique cellular resource.
Aloe Vera leaf extract: Softens, soothes, moisturizes and protects skin from any irritants.
Allantoin: Softens the skin
The Mustela company shares its good fortune through its foundation.
The Mustela Foundation was created with the support of the Fondation de France and is committed to supporting healthcare professionals involved in infant care: since 1982, it has been supporting research initiatives in paediatrics, providing infant healthcare professionals with paediatric and obstetrics prevention packs, as well as supporting other associations involved in the same field.
Mustela® is available at www.mustelausa.com, Sephora.com, Babies “R” Us, Buy Buy Baby and CVS Pharmacy