Did you know that it takes two years for infant skin to reach the first stage of maturity, meaning that little ones need extra support to keep their skin hydrated, smooth and soft? Thankfully, Mustela is here to help.
With over 70 years’ experience in the skincare industry and 10 years of research on the specific needs of infant skin, Mustela is the skincare expert for mums and tots. Parents love Mustela’s natural formulas for kids. They’re hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested and suitable for use from birth. And their range for mums proves just as popular.
So, whether you’re an expectant mum who wants to hear about Mustela, you’re a loyal fan who wants to learn more about their best-sellers, or you’re just curious to know why this brand is so popular – you’ve come to the right place. I’ve summarised their top 10 products in this handy guide.
1. The No-Tears Cleanser
Quick summary for busy parents: A scalp and body wash for normal skin.
How it works: Asides from thoroughly cleansing the skin and scalp of babies and infants, the Mustela Gentle Cleansing Gel for Normal Skin also helps to soothe and soften skin. Plus, it compensates for the drying effects of bathing (yes, water can sometimes dehydrate skin!). Like most Mustela products, this soap-free cleansing gel contains Mustela’s patented natural ingredient, Avocado Perseose® to help protect and moisturise the natural skin barrier.
Why kids will love it: It has a tear-free formula!
2. The Natural Body Lotion
Quick summary for busy parents: A body moisturiser for normal skin.
How it works: A baby’s skin struggles to retain a healthy level of moisture during the first two years of life, so it’s incredibly important to moisturise your tot from top to toe, even if they have a ‘normal’ skin type.
We know that a lot of parents are conscious about what ingredients are in their child’s skincare routine, which is why the Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion is a great choice for parents who want a more natural approach. It has a 97% natural origin formula, so you can feel comfortable using a ‘no-nasties’ formula that’s still intensely hydrating.
And natural doesn’t mean it’s not effective. This lightweight lotion locks in moisture both instantly and over time. The results? Silky, smooth and soft skin.
Why kids will love it: This body lotion helps to protect and strengthen your little one’s skin barrier as they grow, by using Mustela’s Avocado Perseose®.
3. The Changing Bag Essential
Quick summary for busy parents: A soothing cream to ease discomfort in the nappy area.
How it works: The Mustela Vitamin Barrier Skin Discomfort 1-2-3 Cream works in three ways, as it helps to prevent nappy irritation, soothe sore skin and repair the nappy area. Mustela’s iconic Avocado Perseose® helps stop diaper discomfort, while alcacea oxeoline soothes the skin from the first use and sunflower oil distillate recovers the skin over time. A bonus for parents? The cream can be applied quickly and rinses off the hands incredibly easily.
Why kids will love it: With 98% natural origin ingredients that are fragrance-free and preservative-free, the cream is designed to limit irritation. Just like parents, Mustela wants children to feel as happy and healthy as possible.
4. The Gentle Shampoo Treatment
Quick summary for busy parents: A delicate hair wash for babies, which helps prevent cradle cap.
How it works: Mustela’s gentle Foam Shampoo helps limit cradle cap, a common but painless scalp condition. It cleanses the scalp of newborns, using mild surfactants that prevent the skin from drying out. The Mustela Foam Shampoo For Newborns has a fragrance-free formula that also features a rebalancing blend of ingredients to keep the skin soothed and cleansed.
Why kids will love it: It has a foaming texture that’s gentle enough to suit the delicate skin of little ones (and the bubbles make bathtime fun!).
5. The Cradle Cap Cream
Quick summary for busy parents: A cream treatment that reduces the look of cradle cap, and prevents it from recurring.
How it works: Although cradle cap isn’t painful or contagious, all parents and guardians want their little ones to look and feel their healthiest from day one.
The Mustela Cradle Cap Cream is the perfect follow on from the Foam Shampoo For Newborns, as it minimises crusts and flakey skin. The reparative formula instantly soothes and moisturises the scalp to reduce discomfort. While reducing the look of the cradle cap, the cream also limits excess sebum to help stop it coming back.
Why kids will love it: As the formula has been made to help treat cradle cap, it’s also hypoallergenic; Mustela knows that it’s important to use a gentle formula that minimises the risk of allergic reactions.
6. The Calming Cream for Atopic Skin
Quick summary for busy parents: A soothing face and body moisturiser for babies and infants with atopic skin.
How it works: If your child has atopic skin – or eczema as it’s commonly known – you’ll know how difficult it can be to watch them suffer from itchiness, dryness and flare-ups. And with one in five kids having atopic skin, it’s an issue that a lot of parents relate to, but thankfully, the Mustela Stelatopia Emollient Cream can help.
It relieves itchiness and helps hydrate the skin, using an organic sunflower oil distillate to soothe the skin. This ingredient also wraps little ones up in a protective film, as it acts as a nourishing blanket. Plus, Mustela’s star ingredient is back – nourishing Avocado Perseose® – as the cream also helps to restore the skin barrier.
Why kids will love it: It melts into the skin and absorbs quickly, which is perfect for energetic tots or toddlers who are desperate to run around and explore. As its soft texture blends in almost instantly, children can be dressed quickly after application.
7. The Refreshing Water Spray
Quick summary for busy parents: A delicately fragranced water spray that refreshes and moisturises in one step.
How it works: This liquid spray works best after the Mustela Cleansing Milk, as it helps keep children’s skin feeling soft, fresh and clean. With a 97% natural formula, the Mustela Skin Freshener complements the rest of Mustela’s range as it continues to hydrate and develop the skin barrier of babies using Avocado Perseose®. Plus, this lightweight spray can even help detangle hair with just a few spritzes.
Why kids will love it: Although Mustela is passionate about offering effective and gentle skincare, they also want to help encourage children to use and develop their senses, which is why this fragranced freshener features the iconic Mustela scent.
8.The Nourishing On-The-Go Stick
Quick summary for busy parents: A multitasking moisturising stick for dry skin, which helps protect against the elements, particularly cold weather.
How it works: A part of Mustela’s extensive range for dry skin, the Mustela Nourishing Stick With Cold Cream gives dehydrated skin a boost of hydration when children are out and about. This stick is ideal for exposed areas like the lips, cheeks and nose. Ceramides and cold cream help to maintain the skin’s natural protective barrier, while shea butter helps nourish dehydrated skin. Ideal for cold or windy days, the stick also moisturises and soothes the complexion.
Why kids will love it: Perfect for wriggling infants, the formula can be swiped on quickly and effortlessly, even when toddlers are on the move. Plus, parents will love its no-mess packaging just as much, as it’s great to pop into a bag or pram.
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9. The Bubble Bath That Makes Bathtime Fun
Quick summary for busy parents: A foaming hair and body wash for normal skin types.
How it works: This soap-free bubble bath effectively cleanses both the skin and hair of infants using mild surfactants, so you know it’s kind to their delicate skin. Plus, the Mustela Multi Sensory Bubble Bath helps soften and moisturise the skin too.
And as children’s cognitive development is so important, the eye-catching blue-tinted formula also helps to stimulate the senses, as it releases Mustela’s unique aroma and has a silky bubbly texture. This helps them use and develop their eyesight, sense of smell and sense of touch, all while they wash!
Why kids will love it: The tear-free formula makes bathtime fun. Both the delicate Mustela scent and the foaming texture boosts the well-being of babies while allowing them to experience the world around them. So, they can enjoy bathtime while parents know that their little one is fresh and clean before bed.
10. The High Protection SPF
Quick summary for busy parents: A very high broad-spectrum SPF for the face and body.
How it works: Most skin damage occurs before the age of 18, and as children have particularly delicate skin, it’s even more important to keep them defended against damaging UV rays (whatever the weather.) It’s advised to limit your child’s sun exposure until they are three years old.
But when babies or infants are outside, the Mustela Very High Protection Sun Lotion SPF50+ is designed to offer very high protection against both UVA and UVB rays, which cause skin damage and sunburn.
The weightless sun cream also protects the skin using Mustela’s patented Avocado Perseose®, helping to keep infant skin feeling soft, supple and moisturised. Plus, the formula is highly resistant to water, sweat and rubbing from towels – but we always recommend keeping infants topped up with sunscreen at least every two hours.
Why kids will love it: The creamy lotion spreads easily, without leaving a sticky and uncomfortable feeling.
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