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  • 5 Skincare Tips for Pregnancy Travel

    What to pack in your carry-on to save your pregnancy glow from traveling.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    I’m a firm believer in the importance of self-care. Pregnancy can be a difficult time to remember to take care of you, between all the preparation, the doctor’s appointments, the anxiety and fatigue. And when you travel, it’s easy to forget to be extra good to ourselves. But be careful, when you combine travel and pregnancy, you have a double-whammy of not great self-care waiting for you at your destination.

    Fear not, that’s pretty easy to fix. Here are 5 easy steps to take better care of your pregnant body while traveling.

    1. Start as you travel. As they say, it’s the journey, not the destination. Whether you are flying, driving, or taking the train, travel is hard on your body. So don’t wait till you arrive at the hotel or at your parents’ house to start taking care of yourself — your mode of transportation is where good self-care should begin. Since dehydration is common during travels, drink more water than you usually do. It’s not only good for your skin, it’s also good for your body and baby!

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  • Pregnancy Acne and How to Treat It

    We hear all about how pregnant women are supposed to “glow,” right? Sometimes, though, that infamous glow takes a backseat to another common side effect of pregnancy: acne. Acne is quite common during pregnancy and can affect women no matter their skin type. The most likely cause of pregnancy acne is—you guessed it—hormones. During the first trimester especially, your hormone levels increase, along with your skin’s production of natural oils. An increase in the hormones called androgens causes your skin to overproduce an oily substance called sebum. Sebum clogs pores and can also cause bacteria buildup and inflammation, which then leads to breakouts.

    Pregnancy acne is natural, and once hormone levels even out post-pregnancy, the acne usually disappears. It's safest for you, and your growing baby, to avoid heavy-duty acne medication, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through breakouts for nine months. Here are some safe, at-home solutions that can help you deal with pregnancy acne.

    Amend your cleansing routines. You want to be kinder to your skin, so stick to two gentle face washes a day. Washing more than two times a day can overstimulate your oil glands, which can lead to more breakouts. When you do wash (ideally at the end of the day or after a sweaty workout), choose calming cleansers free from alcohol and oils. It’s suggested you use lukewarm water to rinse and avoid harsh steaming water on the face. Since your hairline is close to where acne may form, you also want to be careful of the shampoo you’re using. Shampoo every day using a gentle, pregnancy-safe wash like Nine Naturals Citrus+Mint Nourishing Shampoo. If you find acne breakouts in other areas, follow the same guidelines and check out Nine Naturals Citrus+Geranium Soothing Body Wash.

    Be mindful of your diet. If you’re expecting, you’re probably already hyper-aware of the foods you’re eating. But if you find you’re dealing with problem skin all of a sudden, you might do a diet check-in. Are you focusing on eating whole foods and foods that have been minimally processed? Are you getting hefty daily doses of veggies and fruits? Are you doing your best to avoid sugar? Are you drinking enough water? The food you eat makes a difference in your skin, so be sure you’re being mindful of what you’re consuming. Some foods that make your skin happiest include avocados, salmon, and leafy greens.

    Go for straight-A’s. Speaking of food choices, upping your intake of vitamin A could help out with your pregnancy acne. Vitamin A is instrumental in keeping skin healthy. Avoid the supplements and go straight for the vitamin-rich foods like milk, fish, eggs, and carrots.

    Change how you wear makeup. During pregnancy, you may find it helpful to switch up your makeup routine. Ditch the makeup that are oil-based and opt for water-based products with the label noncomedogenic; this means that the makeup is not pore-clogging. You could also try an oil-free moisturizer or moisturizing product to help maintain balance in your skin.

    Notice the little ways you can take care of your skin. Acne is caused by bacteria, so the more you can avoid bacteria on your face (or wherever your breakouts occur), the better. Keep your hands away from your face, and try not to pick at the pimples. Change your pillowcases frequently as a defense against bacteria buildup. Keep your cellphone at a slight distance, and not pressed against your face. These small tricks can help you battle a massive amount of acne-causing bacteria.

    Talk with your doctor, because not all acne treatments are pregnancy safe. Pregnancy acne is a major pain, but it’s also usually temporary. With that said, it’s best to steer clear of chemically laden, and potentially dangerous, over-the-counter or prescription acne medications and treatments. If you want a natural at-home acne treatment, here’s a recipe we’ve tried: blend together raw honey, cooked (and cooled) oatmeal, and a touch of lemon juice. Apply to your skin and leave on for about 10 minutes. Wash off, then lightly moisturize. Save the intense acne treatments for postpartum, if you still find the need to restore balance in your skin.

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  • Baby Basics: Eczema

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Soothe your baby’s scratchy skin with these expert tips and product picks.

    There’s something almost addictive about that silky soft baby skin; just one little tickle on those gorgeous newborn rolls makes you forget about all that crying, pooping and sleep-deprivation. But if you’ve ever had eczema–or any seasonal allergies or asthma–then your little one may get it too, turning those silky baby cheeks (and arms, shins and legs) all itchy and raw.

    These cold winter months are the worst, says NYC dermatologist Dr. Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, when the weather strips skin of its naturally moisturizing enzymes. Harsh soaps and chemical-heavy products can make the uncomfortable skin condition even worse, no matter what the weather.

    “The single most important thing to do to help your baby’s skin is to moisturize,” says Dr. Mudgil, using mild, non-toxic products that are healthy for baby. And rather than skip the bath, skip the toweling off instead–slather baby up while she’s still nice and wet, and lock in those delicious drops of moisture all night long.

    From eczema-soothing skin care products, like Weleda’s new Baby Derma White Mallow line, to organic cotton layette that’s like second-skin, here’s the best picks for helping baby stay silky and soft.

    Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Collection
    This natural skincare brand was already our go-to for organic products for both mom and baby, but Weleda’s new 100% certified natural Baby Derma White Mallow collection now has our vote for eczema — and the Seal of Acceptance from the National Eczema Association. The recently launched White Mallow Diaper Rash cream is a great addition to the collection, which already included White Mallow Face Cream and White Mallow Body Lotion. Buy it here.


    Seventh Generation Diapers
    After you treat baby’s skin to some Weleda White Mallow love, opt for a chlorine-free diaper that’s free of fragrances, inks and petroleum-based lotions. A pioneer in all things clean and green, we’re obsessed with Seventh Generation’s new Touch of Cloth diapers, which are as comfy as cloth, but still convenient and disposable. Buy it here.


    Crane smartDrop Humidifier
    Moisture can come in many forms, and air is one of them. Give baby’s skin a little extra love by planting a humidifier in her nursery that does double duty for her skin while it’s clearing her congestion. This Crane smartDrop is not only easy on the eyes, it’s also super easy to use since it’s WiFi connected and can be controlled by an app. Buy it here.


    Tane Organics Romper
    During those first few months, baby’s often covered from head to toe, so it’s worth giving a little thought to what he’s covered in. Invest in some organic cotton, like this smartly designed romper from Tane Organic. It’s not only soft and luxurious, but also free from bleaches, dyes, softeners, flame-retardants and other gross stuff you wouldn’t want on your body, let alone your baby’s. Steer clear from wool too, which can often irritate sensitive skin. Buy it here.

    Ecover Laundry Detergent
    With optical brighteners, synthetic fragrances and too many chemicals to count, it’s no surprise that laundry detergent can be a biggie when it comes to skin irritation. Clean up your cleaning act by opting for a non-toxic and biodegradable version like this natural one from Ecover. Buy it here.


    giggle Changing Pad
    Your baby will spend an awful lot of time in the nude on your changing table during those first few months. Pick a natural changing pad cover that won’t add to her skin irritation like this extra soft giggle version made from pure, certified 100% organic sherpa cotton. Buy it here.

    This article is by Jessica Pallay, courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.

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  • TODAY Style: Nine Naturals – Beauty Products To Save Your Pregnancy Skin

    Pregnancy glow is not as magical as it sounds. As Rachel Greenberg from TODAY Style says, “not everyone is blessed with this prenatal perk” as she described the skin ailments she faced. In her list of the 15 beauty products she recommends to create your pregnancy glow, she included our very own Nine Naturals’ Simply Natural Lip Balm.

    Natural lip balm

    This was what she had to say about our lip balm: “Trust was essential for a product that I used multiple times a day, and I felt totally comfortable with this pregnancy beauty brand’s natural lip balm.”

    Thanks Rachel and TODAY Style – glad to hear you loved our lip balm! Head over to TODAY Style to see her other recommendations to achieve your own natural, dewy pregnancy look.

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  • Nine Naturals Ingredient Story: Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil

    At Nine Naturals, we’re on a mission to make beauty simple, smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be. Integral to that is understanding our ingredients’ science and benefits. Today’s Nine Naturals Ingredient Story, featuring Tamanu Oil, is part of an ongoing series featuring the natural, plant-based ingredients behind our high-performance beauty products.

    Extracted from the nut of the Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) tree—deemed sacred by Polynesian natives—tamanu oil helps to heal wounds and promote the generation of new tissue—a process known as cicatrization. Predominantly used to naturally combat skincare issues, including acne, anti-aging and scaring, tamanu oil is also considered a powerful first aid remedy for use on burns, cuts, insect bites, and blisters.

    The Science and Extraction of Tamanu Oil

    Cold pressed from the sun-dried nut of the yellow-skinned fruit of the Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) tree, which is indigenous to Southeast Asia—but profuse in East Africa, South India, Sri Lanka, and the Melanesian and Polynesian islands—this dark green, fragrant oil is unrefined and rich. Tamanu oil has been researched since the early 1900s for its many skin benefits. It contains many lipids and fatty acids, that are also found in the protective cell membrane and the intercellular matrix that holds layers of skin cells together. The three most abundant fatty acids in tamanu oil  have unique, beneficial properties. Linoleic acid is quick-drying and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Oleic acid is rich, locking in extra moisture. Stearic acid helps water and oil mix to prevent all the many fatty acids in Tamanu oil from separating, create a smoother application without the need to shake.

    Tamanu Oil’s Benefits for Skin and Hair Care

    Tamanu oil has a high capacity for absorption, making it an ideal skin and hair conditioner.  Cold weather, indoor forced heat, and an ever-growing bump can leave your skin itchy and flaky, so rub pure tamanu oil—or a natural product that features the oil—into your epidermis to calm the irritation. To remedy damaged hair and promote healthy hair growth, apply tamanu oil to your roots before bedtime to allow the fatty-acid laden natural elixir to deeply penetrate each follicle down to the hair bulb, and then simply cleanse in the morning with a gentle shampoo.

    Why Nine Naturals Loves Tamanu Seed Oil

    Tamanu oil’s moisturizing and healing properties make it a star ingredient in our skincare line. Reap its full range of benefits in our luxurious Natural Belly Oil. Its fast-absorbing formula, which also includes coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, and vitamin E, moisturizes and calms irritation without leaving skin feeling greasy.

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  • Winter Glow: Top 4 Hydration Tips

    Staying hydrated might be front-and-center in your mind during the sunny summer season, but it’s crucial to keep the hydration habit going strong when the weather turns cold as well. Cold and flu season can be more easily combated with a strong immune system, which needs proper hydration to maintain. Pregnant women in particular need to focus on drinking lots of fluids, as keeping the bloodstream hydrated facilitates the absorption and transportation of important nutrients to the fetus. Proper hydration also staves off some of pregnancy’s less pleasant symptoms, including morning sickness, headaches, and hemorrhoids.

    Luckily, providing your body–and baby–with enough fluids is as easy as sipping a soothing cup of tea or slapping on some luxuriously replenishing Nine Naturals Natural Belly Oil. Here are our top tips on staying hydrated during the winter for optimum health and glowing skin–pregnant or not!

    1. Drink Up

    Aim to drink about eight to twelve full glasses of water daily. For every half hour of light exercise, add another glass. Not craving cold water when you’re already feeling chilled? Hot herbal tea counts toward your overall fluid intake. Try ginger or peppermint varieties – both pregnancy-safe scents that help ease morning sickness and other tummy troubles. If you enjoy caffeinated tea, you’ll want to stick to about 200 mg or less of caffeine each day; that’s a little over two mugs of steeped black tea or around a 10 oz. cup of coffee.

    2. Soup & Smoothies Equal Superfood

    Are you on the bone broth bandwagon yet? This hydrating and healthful liquid gold can be sipped on its own or used as a base in a soup – just add nutritious veggies and a high quality protein, simmer and enjoy! We also like this curry noodle soup and this vegetable roast. Real juice, blended or cold-pressed, from fruits and vegetables efficiently and deliciously delivers vitamins and enzymes to your body’s cells too. Some of our favorite blends are this super-pregnancy smoothie and this fruit and juice pop. Also try Bundle Organics‘ dark berry veggie, kale apple lemon ginger, and orange berry carrot ginger organic prenatal juices, which are packed full of OBGYN-recommended nutrients for expecting and new moms.

    3. Eat Your Fluids

    Fresh fruits and vegetables contain water, too, not to mention vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more great stuff that does your body (and growing baby) need. If you’re pregnant, it’s also important to take a prenatal that meets your specific nutritional needs at each stage of the baby-growing game. Promise Prenatal Vitamins, which are formulated with just the right dosage of the right nutrients you need during each trimester, uses all-natural ingredients. Its Stage 2 + DHA is unique designed for 2nd and 3rd trimester, with increased vitamins as baby grows, and packed with Omega-3 DHA and Iron (to help avoid anemia).

    4. Hydrate Outside-In

    When outside air is cold, it contains less moisture, and as a result, so does your skin. This change causes your largest organ’s lipid-layer–the cells that retain moisture and protect it from elements–to become more susceptible to damage from harsh winds and UV rays. Indoor heat can further dry skin out. Pair these factors with the dryness that hormonal changes and stretching skin often create during pregnancy, and you may feel scaly, itchy and dry. Counter-attack with an air humidifier in your bedroom, and be sure to adjust your bodycare routine to give your skin a boost.  Nine Naturals’ Unscented Moisturizing Body Cream contains vitamin-rich plant extracts from broccoli seed, borage, and comfrey root that nourish your skin, help it to retain moisture and improve its elasticity. For chapped lips, try Nine Naturals’ Simply Natural Lip Balm, which contains organic butters and oils packed full of nutrients to help your lips retain moisture.

    Water is the key to life. Make sure you and baby get enough hydration and nutrients this winter by using these tips. Win our ultimate hydration pack including Nine Naturals ultra-moisturizing skincare, Bundle Organics Prenatal Juice Blend Variety Pack, and Promise Prenatal Pregnancy Vitamins!

    Win the ultimate winter glow hydration pack including Nine Naturals, Bundle Organics, and Promise Prenatal here:

    NINE NATURALS WINTER PREGNANCY GLOW GIVEAWAY:

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