I love beauty secret blog posts. Even when I was younger, perusing Seventeen Magazine or Teen Vogue, the beauty section was always my favorite. What tips did the stars have to share? Obviously, there must be some key, some secret, to achieving flawless skin and hair! There, in those magazines, they were finally going to share these well-hidden tricks, or so they said. I’ve grown up a little bit since then and realize that beauty is relative and the “secret tips/tricks” are just a matter of finding the best products and routine for your body. That doesn’t mean I still don’t love reading up on what works best for others, as well as trying new products here and there to find my own latest and greatest favorites. My current favorite places for these types of posts is Say Yes’s “Secrets of Stylish Moms” series and Cup of Jo’s “My Beauty Uniform“.
This post does not reveal all my personal grooming habits or tips (which are really not worth sharing), but rather dives into what I have found works best for my little man. Most kids with food allergies are also prone to eczema. We have been very lucky to avoid it thus far, with the exception of some small patches on a very rare occasion. I am proud to say (little pat on the back- don’t judge me) that every time we go to the pediatrician, she exclaims how great his skin looks, especially for an allergy kid. This leads me to believe that we must be doing something right! So, let’s break it down.
Ricky’s cheeks have always been the driest part of his skin. They used to be so red and rashy that they were part of what triggered us to believe he had food allergies, prior to the frozen yogurt incident. Since cutting out his allergens, his cheeks have completely cleared up, but we still use Baby Aquaphor every morning and every night before bed. This is to keep his skin moisturized as well as calm down any redness from daily activity, be that a little too much sun or getting smooched up on the face from a daddy or grandpa with facial hair stubble. If you have seen Karl or I, you know that our kids are destined to have very pale, sensitive skin. We are not a tan bunch over here. So, we like to act proactively in caring for Ricky’s skin (I typed the phrase “tender skin” first, but figure if Ricky ever reads this later, he might be a little less mortified if I leave the word “tender” out of that particular sentence).
For the rest of his body, we use Cerave every night. This lotion is practically a miracle cream, healing even the driest skin. I prefer the type that comes in the tub as I’ve found it to be a little thicker than the pump bottle.
California Baby Calendula Shampoo/Body Wash has been my go-to since Ricky was born. It smells amazing and has never irritated Ricky’s skin. There are a lot of bath products out there that contain soy, but this one is completely safe for my little man! We also use the California Baby Calendula Lotion on occasion if the heavier Cerave doesn’t seem necessary or we just want an extra dose of wonderful baby smell.
My favorite diaper cream is Baudreaux’s Butt Paste. I’m happy to say that Ricky never struggled with diaper rash, so we did not have to use this often. However, on the occasions that a red booty seemed to be irritating him, this cream cleared it right up as well as helped prevent any issues if he was having particularly frequent bowel movements. Too descriptive? Nah- I’m assuming if you’re reading this blog post, you are either a parent or about to become one, so poop talk is just a matter of every-day life for you.
Lastly, 1% hydrocortizone cream. The brand is not particularly important here, but let me be the first to say that this stuff works. On the rare occasions that Ricky has had hives due to an allergy encounter or extremely rashy cheeks, a little bit of this cream would clear it up in 24-48 hours (if applied a couple times a day). Our pediatrician recommended it when Ricky was quite small because of his red cheeks- letting us know that if we had pictures or a holiday coming up, this would be a quick fix. That being said, it is not intended to us frequently, only as-needed.
So there you have it folks! Ricky’s version of “what’s in your beauty bag”- I hope this helps anyone looking to revamp their baby’s beauty routine or start a new one if you are an expecting mamma!