Pregnancy Skin Care: The Power Of Peptides

The following post is sponsored by our friends at basq NYC

The beauty world is buzzing about peptides in pregnancy skin care products and for good reason.  They may be the key to faster, smarter skin repair.  As you can imagine, anything that can make a real difference in the battle to prevent and repair stretch marks gets our attention.  Not to mention, smart repair means a better post-pregnancy bounce back for your changing skin.  Here’s a little overview on the ingredients and why they may work for you.BestInBeautyBLOGWhat We Know: The building blocks of skin strength and stretch come from collagen & elastin fibers.  When stretched too far, these fibers can break down.  As that damage surfaces, it shows up as a stretch mark.  Enter peptides and amino acids that act as messengers.  Long chain peptides direct skin to build collagen, while short chain peptides address skin’s inflammatory response, which helps speed tissue regeneration. Put these two powerhouses together and you have a serious strategy for fixing stretched, damaged skin.

The Catch:  You can’t rely on peptides alone.  Messengers need something to communicate.  So this means that peptides need to work within the context of other ingredients, so they can “tell” the skin how to put everything to work.  You need a mix of ingredients that nourish, hydrate, strengthen and build skin resiliency.  Peptides will make that blend work harder and more effectively, directing skin response so you get the results you want.

basq Peptides Picks:  For stretch mark prevention and repair we use BioPeptides, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. Featured in our New Stretch Mark Vanishing Serum and Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter, these power peptides help fix damage at a whole new level.

The Extras:  Shea Butter has always been the better butter for marks; it’s the one with some real proof in clinical studies.  Add in omega rich oils and nutrient rich plant extracts and you have the perfect base to activate peptides.

After 9 months of skin stretching, the body needs the power of peptides.  Boost your results with smart ingredients that tell your skin to build core strength and fix damage faster. Peptides may just be the key to making stretch marks a faded memory.

Summer Pregnancy Skincare Secrets from a Pro

Guest Editor: Kristen Diamond, Beauty and Lingerie Buyer

Warmer weather means manis, pedis and lots of moisturizing so I reached out to Kristen, our resident beauty guru, to get the round-up of her favorite products that are safe for moms-to-be. You may recognize Kristen from We’re Expecting Too; she is currently pregnant with her second child, a girl!GRAs told by Kristen:

I am so excited to have another baby! I have a three-year-old son, Ryan, so when we found out I was having a girl, we were ecstatic; I have had so much fun decorating her room and picking out her little outfits already!

As a soon-to-be second time mom and the beauty and skincare buyer for Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod, I have a lot of experience with pregnancy-safe products. The brands we carry offer formulas that are free of all of the harsh chemicals and effective, which is why I use them even when I am not pregnant. Here are my must-haves:Pregnancy Skin Care EssentialsNail Polish: Maintaining a mani and pedi is a must in the summer! I do my own and love the Butter London Nail Lacquer since it’s 3-Free. A great summer shade is “Poole.” Their top coat also works really well and because it lacks many of the harsh chemicals other nail polishes have, the scent is not strong.

Body Scrub: Exfoliate! I am currently obsessed with the Honest Sea Salt and Sugar Body Scrub. It is amazing and I use it all of the time! It smells great and leaves you super soft.

Body Oil: Keeping your skin hydrated during the summer is important! I go back and forth between the Basq Lavender Oil and The Honest Company Body Oil. They both soak in really well and have a nice scent. I always drink tons of water, too, to keep hydrated.

Lip Balm: I love The Honest Company Lip Balm Trio and I keep them everywhere because I am a fanatic about using lip balm. No one wants dry lips, especially when pregnant!

Sun Block: I am crazy about using sun block on my son and myself. The Nine Natural Sunscreen is a great option, as is the Honest sun stick that we carry, which makes it so easy to lotion tiny faces on-the-go!

Facial Wipes: I can’t get enough of facial wipes! I keep the Honest 3-in-1 Facial Towelettes and Mama Mio Gorgeous Glow Swipes in my beach bag so I always feel fresh. I use them on Ryan all of the time too! The Honest ones also take off eye makeup really well.

For Some Extra Pampering: Mama Mio Lucky Legs  instantly cools and relaxes your legs; great for after a long day at the beach or pool and chasing after a toddler!

Simple Smoothie Pops For Summer

popciclesAs a health-conscious mom to a toddler, it’s important to me to find more nutritious ways to enjoy snacks and desserts. Our family has recently become obsessed with smoothies which are a refreshing treat for summer and Greyson especially LOVES them! We have a garden of strawberries ready for picking and in the mornings, we make smoothies for breakfast. For a more indulgent take, I decided to try popsicles! Just take your favorite smoothie recipe and freeze into a popsicle mold (or make your own.) These are good any time of the day and perfect for a mom-to-be and her family who craves something sweet but without the guilt. Enjoy! -Olivia

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup Yogurt (Try Greek for a tangier taste!)
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice

Directions:

  • Blend strawberries, blueberries, banana, yogurt and juice until smooth.
  • Pour into popsicle mold; freeze until solid- between 5-10 hours or overnight.

What’s in My Bag // Summer Beauty Essentials

IMG_96553As you may have read, I am huge fan of The Honest Company’s Carryall Satchel! Since I have to leave ample room for my son’s toys, clothing changes and snacks, I find keeping a clutch stocked with all my essentials that I can toss in and take out as needed is the way to go. Being a mama, I ALWAYS have hand sanitizer in there; Honest’s sanitizer spray is my new fave since it’s gentle and mom and kid friendly. Since summer is here, I’ve switched up my beauty routine, opting for a sun-soaked glow with a bright lip and nail. Since sun tanning is a no go, my secret is a self-tanning towelette. They are so easy to transport and you don’t have to worry about leakage. A punchy lip color is perfect for quickly refreshing my make-up look while a nail polish is a must to have on hand (literally!) for those inevitable chips. I’ve also been using Mama Mio’s Gorgeous Glow skincare system and especially love the eye serum. Pulling it all together is a fabulous pair of Wayfarers; I never leave home without them!

What are some of your summer beauty essentials?-Olivia

Honest Lip Balm // Clinique Chubby Stick in Two Ton Tomato // Mama Mio Gorgeous Glow Brightening Eye Serum // Loreal Sublime Bronze Towelettes // Rayban Wayfarer // Honest Hand Sanitizer Spray // Mac Nail Lacquer in Impassioned

Get a Gorgeous Glow with Mama Mio

I have crazy combination skin that has been sensitive for years, including while I was pregnant. I continue to steer clear from products that are too harsh so I was excited to try Mama Mio’s Gorgeous Glow System (YES- it’s awesome to work for a company where I have some of the safest beauty products at my fingertips!) As it turns out, I’m a total fan.ASDFGHere’s the deal: It’s a three step system consisting of a wash, moisturizer and eye cream that are safe for pregnant and nursing mothers, or ANY mom like me who wants softening and effective skincare, but without harsh chemicals!

I’ve been using the wash in the morning and again at night, followed by the brightening day and night cream. I love that the wash leaves my skin soft, but also does a great job at removing my makeup. The cream has a fabulous natural spa-like scent and is super lightweight; I consider this a bonus, since I never want a greasy finish. I follow up my night time routine with the eye cream to combat morning puffiness. Have you tried this new system yet? I would love to hear your thoughts on it and any of your skincare musts! –Olivia

Honest Founder Christopher Gavigan on Fatherhood + What He Wants Most for Father’s Day

Guest Editor: Christopher Gavigan, Founder and Chief Product Officer of The Honest Company

In honor of Father’s Day, we are kicking the holiday weekend off with a special guest post from Christopher Gavigan, father of three and one of the founders of The Honest Company! Christopher is also the Company’s Chief Product Officer and he and Honest have had quite the busy week; the Company announced a forthcoming beauty line and Christopher and cofounder Jessica Alba ventured to DC to lobby for toxic chemical reform. I am so glad he found a few moments to do some Q and A! Keep reading for an inside look at Christopher’s most important role as dad and to hear how he and wife Jessica Capshaw (that’s Dr. Arizona Robbins for all of you Grey’s Anatomy fans!), will be spending the weekend!Christopher FamilyWhat do you enjoy most about being a dad? Being a parent is one of life’s eternal purposes – being connected to someone is enormously humbling to think about, but in its daily intricacies, it’s so enjoyable and incredibly fun (most of the time!) I love being a part of intentional participation in my kids’ lives with my wife. Together, we join alongside them and try to do our best to lead by example. Kids need quality, not quantity, so we are all in when we are with them; that grounds me to slow down, be present and give myself. Anyone will agree that undoubtedly feels so, so good.

How will you be celebrating? I’ll be on the East End of Long Island, New York with my kids and wife. We will “play it by ear” (as my father used to say) and wake with the kids. Then, I’ll make my famous Daddy Pancakes with them, which is whole wheat batter filled with plant-based proteins and fresh fruit topped with VT maple syrup. We’ll let the day unfold after that. Maybe some beach playing and swimming in the Atlantic, or scoot to a yoga or SoulCycle class with my wife, and then a calm evening of lawn games and an outdoor picnic, which hopefully includes lobster. I’m no doubt abundantly blessed!

Okay, so how about work- what’s that like? My days at Honest are filled with (intentionally and literally) running through the office; we are a mission-based business with so much more to accomplish. I truly love leading a culture of innovation and change-makers focused on creating healthier, non-toxic products for today’s family. It’s a revolution of awareness, transparency and integrity. My Honest days are filled with joining our team in developing better products, executing with excellence, putting out fires (we are the Honest Company not the “perfect company”) and lifting up our employee base with gratitude, collaboration and passion. I have the best job in the world!

What are your favorite products? You know that’s like asking me which child I love the most… impossible for me to answer as the Product Ambassador at Honest. I use all our products all the time, and continually have new development samples and optimized formulas (in small white bottles with labels) all over my house. My wife Jessica despises them. I slather my kids’ spray surfaces in the home – quick optimization and refinement (insights primarily harvested from our own Honest members) is how we’ve humbly been able to deliver delight and build our loyal base. Overall, I’m a fanatic about our Healing Balm, Vetiver Deodorant, Multi-Surface Spray, Laundry Detergent and Air + Fabric Fresheners.

Any Father’s Day gift you want or are excited for? It’s unattainable, but because you said any I would have to choose to bottle certain moments of my life. The more you know, the less you really need. I have a full and fortunate life, and I’d like to relive those special moments of times spent with my family and kids. The problem is… I’d need a very big place to store all those bottles!

You can shop The Honest Company’s products, which are perfect for new and expecting moms and their families in our stores and online! Some of my favorites are the sanitizing spraylip balm trio and body oil! -Olivia

Make Every Day a Good Hair Day This Summer

Dealing with high humidity and heat during the summer throws me into a hair tizzy! I have naturally curly hair that I prefer blown out straight, so summer weather is always problematic for me. I know that pregnancy hormones can also affect the texture of hair, so I am always telling my clients and girlfriends about quick styles. Since becoming a mom my beauty time has been cut in half, so I always look for simple yet chic hairstyles I too can easily achieve at home.

At our summer photo shoot we worked with Los Angeles’ hair stylist David Cox, who styled the models with some of the hottest dos of the season! I love that these looks are not only totally of-the-moment, but so easy to achieve too. Simplicity is crucial when you’re trying to wrangle a toddler or get out of the house to make it to that early meeting!coprdThe Messy Pony // This is one of my faves since getting this look is usually better if your hair hasn’t been freshly washed (hello! a fresh blow-out is so not the mommy norm anymore.) Just tease the crown of your hair, apply hairspray and pull into a mid to high ponytail. Finish with some spray on the sides of your head to keep it looking sleek.SIDE BRAIDThe Side Braid // I love this style for a laid back casual look, but it could also tone down a polished outfit as well. Pull your hair in a low pony to one side and braid. Keep this look a bit messy- NOT perfect, by adding some hairspray and tousle before you braid.adfg

The Top Bun // The higher the bun… the better! Simply pull all of your hair up and smooth into a high ponytail; then, twist until it starts to coil around itself. Wrap hair around the base of the pony and secure with a hair tie. Gently pull on pieces of the bun for a fuller look. Keep flyaways at bay with some hairspray to lock in this posh do.HALFHalf Up // This is one of the freshest looks I’m seeing right now. Grab the sections above your ears and bring them towards the back of your head. Secure into a pony for a traditional half-up hairstyle or mix it up by braiding or twisting into a bun.HATThe Panama Hat // When all else fails, opt for the IT accessory of the season: The Panama Hat. The best part? No hairstyle required!

What are some of your favorite no-fuss summer hair styles? -Olivia

Danielle Walker’s Favorite Recipes for Pregnancy

Guest Editor: Danielle Walker, Author and Photographer of Against All Grain

We are all about satisfying cravings; after all, it is the name of our blog! So we were especially excited when Danielle Walker, whose cookbooks Against All Grain and Meals Made Simple, both New York Times bestsellers, agreed to be a guest editor this month and share some of her favorite recipes with us. Danielle is currently expecting her third child. Keep reading for the delicious snacks she makes to satisfy her own cravings and feed her growing family!

For DMAT blogI am a mom to a beautiful son Asher who is almost 5, my angel-daughter Aila, and a new sweet one that is expected to arrive in August.

Eating a healthy diet during my current pregnancy is so important to me so I can be present for my son and my husband, and have the most energy for after the baby arrives. It has become a lifestyle shift for the entire family, and we all feel better for it.

As a pregnant momma, crave-worthy foods are important, so I commit my free time to recreating recipes so we can still experience the joy that comes with favorite foods. If you’re looking to change up your eating habits, even 50% of the time, you can try some of these recipes with your family and they are sure to love them. I have found that the more my son gets involved in the kitchen, the more likely he is to try out new recipes. Take a look at this new recipe we made together- breakfast cookies!

My two cookbooks, Against all Grain and Meals Made Simple are also packed with over 300 combined healthy, family-friendly recipes. My new recipe app Cookery also allows you to have over 100 recipes from my blog and even create grocery lists on your mobile device!

Here’s a few of my favorite recipes that are perfect craving satisfiers, and also give your little ones a special treat!

Homemade Fruit by the Foot

Watermelon Pineapple Ice Pops

Banana Muffins with Chocolate Streusel Topping

Low Carb Pizza

Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs

Nut-free Chicken Nuggets

This blog post provides general information and discussion about health, diet, lifestyles and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked mate¬rials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker. The views expressed on this post represent those of the blogger and not of Destination Maternity.

Spotlight on Danielle Walker from Against All Grain

Guest Editor: Danielle Walker, Author and Photographer of Against All Grain

As a working mom, I take any chance I can get to get away with my family and spend some quality time with my son. With one on the way, that time is becoming more valuable than ever, so we took a little vacation to visit family in the mountains for Memorial Day. Eating a healthy diet and teaching my son healthy eating habits is important to me, plus it’s such a fun way for he and I to bond and spend time together. We spent the long weekend making tons of yummy food, snuggling, and playing lots of board games. It was perfect! Read on for a few of the photos I featured on an Instagram takeover for Destination Maternity.IMG_1832

Asher is so excited to be a big brother and loves to help in the kitchen!  Photo Credit: Jennifer Skog Photography Get Danielle’s look here.
IMG_1844It was our first day of summer here since this little guy graduated preschool Friday! We decided to take our time getting the day started and snuggled on the couch for a bit. This momma was tired! He munched on a Hidden Veggie Muffin (grain-free and packed with vegetables!) from my first cookbook Against all Grain. Throw some mini dairy-free chocolate chips into them for an extra special treat!

IMG_1845 I’ve had to eat a substantial breakfast pretty much first thing during this pregnancy to avoid feeling sick and have energy through the day. I made a scramble with some beautiful farm-fresh pastured eggs, crispy bacon, potatoes, and spinach for everyone Monday morning! Next to prep some festive popsicles and sides.

IMG_1849I don’t know why, but I can’t resist fruit when it has the stem and cute leaves still on! These raspberries were in such perfect shape, we picked up some strawberries at the market so my little guy and I made some healthy Popsicles to enjoy. I’ve been craving so much fruit during this pregnancy and frozen fruit is irresistible and so satisfying!

IMG_1859We visited family in the mountains and our outdoor plans were postponed by a thunder and hail storm! Puzzles, coloring, board games, and Lego building were in order. Do any of you other pregnant mamas welcome lazy days like this? I know I do! The weather didn’t keep us from barbecuing the tri-tip that’s been marinating though! 

IMG_1862The weather cleared up and dinner was served! We had marinated tri-tip, grilled asparagus, and a salad with grilled nectarines, prosciutto, walnuts and champagne vinaigrette. What did you have for dinner? 

IMG_1864For more healthy recipes and ideas, see both of my cookbooks Against all Grain and Meals Made Simple and my recipe app Cookery! And you can always find me here on instagram daily to keep up with my pregnancy, daily eats, family life, and fashion finds! Xo Danielle

 

Happy [Mother] Earth Day


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In honor of Earth Day, I am rounding up my favorite eco-friendly beauty products. From deodorant to lip balm, these picks are effective and safe for moms-to be and make going green easy any and every day. One of our newest brands to arrive in stores, Nine Naturals, makes a shampoo and deodorant that are now part of my daily routine. The sunscreen is also going to be essential for those fast-approaching beach days. I simply can’t get enough of The Honest Company’s lip balms— and neither can my son Greyson!—which come in delectable flavors lavender mint and sweet orange vanilla and make my lips super soft. I have them in all my bags and at my desk at the ready. The body lotion is another must that I slather on both me and Grey. It is light, clean and hydrating. For moms-to-be who want to prevent and treat stretch marks, Basq’s Intensive Treatment’s Stretch Mark Butter is the answer. The cream boosts collagen and elastin renewal and repair, as it absorbs instantly.-Olivia

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