Advice for a new mum: Why what you put on your skin is as important as what you eat.

 New Mums You Are What You Eat

You’ve heard the saying, you are what you eat, right? The theory behind that is, you literally ARE WHAT YOU EAT. So everything you put into your mouth, chew and swallow ends up being broken down and filtered in some way by your body. Much of what you eat gets absorbed, and some ends up as waste.

 Whilst this all sounds pretty normal, what people don't realise is what else goes into our food. An apple isn't just an apple - it may have genetically modified cells to make it resistant to diseases, and chemical sprays ingrained into its skin to ward off attacks from bugs and fungus. And some of these can be harmful. Indeed, that's why many women choose to eat organic and wash their food carefully, especially during pregnancy.

 And if you thought that was enough to think about, what about the choices you make with regards to skincare? If people can wear nicotine patches and nicotine is absorbed into the blood, then it becomes obvious that what you put on your skin directly as body lotion, oil or moisturiser can also be absorbed. Your skin will absorb anything from 1% to 100% of what you put on it, depending on the molecule size. For example, petroleum jelly sits on top of skin, without penetrating the skin at all. But isopropyl alcohol is absorbed within seconds when applied to skin. One of the main attributes of absorption is molecule size. Within your skincare product, if ingredients are small, they can enter the skin cells. Easily permeable ingredients include tocopherol acetate (vitamin E) and retinol (vitamin A). Then you have larger, non-permeable ingredients which are too large to be absorbed by skin cells but they can sit between the cells for a period of time. And finally you have other larger, non-permeable ingredients such as aluminium which aren’t absorbed by your skin cells, but can be temporarily absorbed in a process known as ‘appendageal absorption’ by certain glands. This includes aluminium which explains the reason behind the controversy surrounding the use of aluminium-based compounds in antiperspirants.

 Regardless of your views on antiperspirants, it can give you peace of mind to choose skincare products for yourself and your baby that have as few controversial ingredients in as possible. Founder of TEN Skincare, Amanda Ling, wasn’t happy with the offering of skincare products on the market when she was pregnant with her child as she couldn’t find anything that she enjoyed using and which was free of all the nasties.

 TEN Skincare’s range of Mums & Babies products are so much in demand that they’re now being sold across the UK in Boots stores and on online shopping portal, Ocado. By optimising key ingredients and combining science with nature, Amanda and her team have produced skincare which is gentle on skin, yet effective. Ingredients such as shea butter are used for intensive moisturisation, liquorice for reducing redness (see our Diaper Cream) and papaya extract are used for increasing skin elasticity (see the Breast Care Cream) - and these are just some of the natural ingredients used. Most of the range is free from paraben, ethanol, SLES, formaldehyde, dyes, colour, phtalates, lanolin, soap, paraffin mineral oil & nitrosamine which means that products such as the Breast Care Cream are absolutely safe to use whilst breast-feeding, unlike many moisturisers.

 

If you’re interested in looking after you and your baby’s skin, take a look at the full TEN Skincare range.