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From sleepless nights and hormone surges to dehydration and limited time, your skin can sure take a hit during motherhood.
Putting ourselves first is necessary for our wellbeing and the wellbeing of our family and that includes taking some time of our busy days to look after ourselves and our skin.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite skincare products on the Australian market right now, for you to consider ‘adding to cart’.
Take a browse and before long you’ll be getting a little glow on again …
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Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant, $64.95
What’s the skincare product Megan Gale swears by? Megan, 45, who shares seven-year-old son, River and three-year-old daughter, Rosie with husband, Shaun Hampson says she now takes a ‘less is more’ approach to her skincare routine as she’s gotten older.
“My friends and mum always want to know my favourite beauty discoveries and being passionate about serums and oils, Mukti is a brand I’ve tried and loved!” says the Australian model and actress.
Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant ($64.95 RRP) which received Megan’s vote for Best Face Treatment, has Jojoba Beads, Bamboo stem particles and bioactive native Australian alpha-hydroxy fruit acids work together to stimulate the complexion and promote a radiant, healthy-looking glow.
For more information and the full Nourished Life Wellness Awards winners and Judge’s choice votes, visit Nourished Life Wellness Awards.
Minenssey Body Collection: Body wash RRP $36 and Body Wash RRP $42
As busy mums we take the chance to pamper ourselves any time we can and if that’s a few minutes in the shower we’re all in.
Minenssey’s Body Collection – an enriched botanical body wash and lotion formulated with an invigorating blend of essential oils to deliver smooth and supple skin is just the ticket when it comes to a quick indulgence.
A blended and uplifting combination of Jasmine, Honeysuckle and Pink Grapefruit blend together with Jojoba and Macadamia Nut Oils to deeply cleanse, nurture and nourish the skin.
A deeply sensorial experience, the ritual of cleansing and then moisturising work together to deliver the body’s best skin yet, all year round.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Oil for Stretch Marks, RRP $15.99
This lightweight yet nourishing oil hydrates skin with Cocoa Butter, Moringa Oil and Baobab Oil. The addition of Collagen and Elastin help strengthen skin structure to improve elasticity and resistance to stretch marks. Lecithin helps soothe dry, itchy skin associated with pregnancy.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks, RRP $15.99
This is it. The little tub of goodness putting you on the path to a stretch-mark free body. A thick creamy tub of cocoa butter that melts on contact with your skin is the ideal consistency to rub all over a growing belly, breasts, hips and thighs during pregnancy.
The super rich Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E penetrate deep into your skin, drenching you in vital moisture to smooth and tone your stylish bump. A must have for every pregnant body.
Dermeze Moisturising Cream, RRP $7.99 – $16.99
Dermeze Moisturising Cream is ideal for daily maintenance to help replenish the skin’s moisture barrier and help keep skin feeling nourished, soft and smooth.
Thicker and more nourishing than Dermeze Moisturising lotion, Dermeze Moisturising Cream is suitable for daytime hydration of dry, sensitive skin.
Weleda White Mallow Body Lotion, RRP $27.95
Weleda White Mallow Body Lotion is a mild, fragrance-free body lotion for sensitive or eczema-prone skin. Awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™, it can be used on babies, children and adults to moisturise skin and relieve itching caused by dryness. It contains 95 per cent natural ingredients. It is also NATRUE certified natural and free from synthetic ingredients.
Weleda White Mallow Face Cream, RRP $19.95
Weleda White Mallow Face Cream is a facial moisturiser that soothes and moisturises skin while minimising itching. Awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™, the fragrance-free cream is made with 97 per cent organic ingredients to nourish and relieve itching caused by dryness. Organic white mallow and organic pansy extracts work together to moisturise and calm highly sensitive skin. Sweet almond and sesame seed oils are rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids to nourish delicate skin and protect it from dryness. The cream is NATRUE certified organic and free from synthetic ingredients.
Weleda Calendula Weather Protection Cream, RRP $16.95
Weleda Calendula Weather Protection Cream is a body cream that protects skin from the effects of cold, wind and harsh weather conditions. It is easily absorbed and ideal for sensitive skin of babies, children and adults. It contains pure beeswax and gentle lanolin to protect skin without impairing its natural functions. In addition, sweet almond oil cares for dry skin, and calendula and chamomile soothe. The cream is NATRUE certified natural and organic and free from synthetic ingredients.
QV Intensive with Ceramides Sting-Free Ointment, RRP $12.95 – $21.95
QV Intensive with Ceramides Trial Team Sting-Free Ointment is designed for use on eczema flare-ups or on dry, cracked skin. The Ointment does not contain water and so will not cause a stinging sensation on broken skin.
The majority of members liked the smooth texture and feeling of the QV Intensive with Ceramides Sting-Free Ointment and said they would recommend the QV Intensive with Ceramides range to family and friends as the products exceeded their expectations.
SunSense Moisturising Face SPF 50+, RRP $14.99
SunSense Moisturising Face is an everyday moisturiser with the protection of SPF 50+ that is ideal for dry skin types.
Recommended for the neck and face, this light moisturising sunscreen has a non-greasy formulation and provides SPF 50+, broad-spectrum protection.
Avoid eyes. Not to be used on broken skin. In the unlikely event that irritation occurs, wash affected area and discontinue use.
SunSense Anti-Ageing Face SPF 50+, RRP $20.95
SunSense Anti-Ageing Face has a dual-purpose action – to provide sun protection and help reduce visible signs of premature ageing. Designed specifically to help combat premature ageing due to sun exposure. It contains the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. SunSense Anti-ageing Face combines the anti-ageing benefits of AHA with SPF 50+, broad-spectrum protection, leaving your skin feeling fresh and youthful.
It is suitable for everyday use. It is also available in SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte SPF 50+ formulation, with a sheer tint for an invisible matt finish.
SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte SPF 50+, RRP $20.95
A light tinted moisturiser with the protection of SPF 50+ and added benefits of Vitamin B3.
Designed with a dual-purpose action – sun protection and to help combat the visible signs of premature ageing due to sun exposure. The alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It combines the anti-ageing benefits of AHA with SPF 50+ broad-spectrum protection, leaving your skin feeling fresh and youthful. It is suitable for everyday use and has a sheer tint for an invisible matt finish.
Medela Purelan™ Lanolin Cream, RRP $9.95 – $19.95
Breastfeeding can be a struggle for new mums and it can be especially tough on nipples.
To help soothe, heal and protect sore, cracked nipples our mum reviewers found Medela’s Purelan™ lanolin cream gave them fast relief.
Our trial team testers also said they would absolutely use Medela’s Purelan™ lanolin cream for dry skin relief elsewhere, like on chapped lips.
All of our reviewers would recommend Medela’s Purelan™ lanolin cream to other breastfeeding mums.
Fermio Collagen + Clarity Sachets, RRP $54.95
FERMIO’s Collagen + Clarity formula takes multi-tasking to a whole new level. It is designed to simultaneously support skin appearance, nourish gut health and keep you focused through the day by sharpening mental alertness and concentration.
The blend combines premium Japanese Marine Collagen, FERMIO’s signature triple-fermented blend with natural nootropics for an innovative pick-me-up that perks up your skin from the inside out. Our caffeine-free and stimulant-free formula is rich in calming GABA, stress-fighting herbal extracts and blood sugar balancing bio-actives to deliver smooth energy and focus without the crash.
QED Skincare Hand Treatment Kit, RRP $48.00
If you have super dry or sensitive skin, this is a wonderful treatment for your poor dry hands.
Use anytime during the day or night when you have time to relax and let the treatment do its work.
To use, massage a liberal amount on both hands and put the gloves on immediately after. The Jojoba and Shea will melt straight into the skin giving instant powerful hydration for the most sensitive and dry of skin types.
Nu Skin Epoch® Polishing Bar, RRP $24
Inspired by the wisdom of Northwest American tribes, this soap-free bar gently polishes skin with Sisku’pas Bark while purifying and conditioning skin with renewable Glacial Marine Mud.
Nu Skin Nutricentials Celltrex Always Right Recovery RRP $49.50
Infused with bioadaptive botanicals, this luxurious mask helps your skin recover from, and increase resiliency to, the effects of stress, pollution, and your unique environment. And with Shea Butter and Agave Extract, the lightweight emulsion delivers quenching hydration while soothing and calming skin.
esmi Skin Minerals, Eye Delight Reflection Eye Balm. 15ml, RRP $89.00
Designed to hydrate and nourish the delicate skin around your eye area, Eye Delight Reflection Eye Balm feeds your skin with ingredients like Chinese horse chestnut, peach gum and jojoba oil.
Ideal for all skin types, this moisture-retaining, depuffing formula of plant-based actives helps address lines, puffiness and dryness. The eye firming action helps leave skin more supple, smooth, and lifted.
Like all esmi products, Eye Delight Reflection Eye Balm is vegan, cruelty-free and Australian made.
BIOSSANCE Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum, RRP $95.00
This first-of-its-kind serum features a proprietary white shiitake mushroom extract blended with the BIOSSANCE uniquely stable form of vitamin C, and delivers quicker, more powerful, longer-lasting results.
Not only does it visibly fade dark spots, it works to prevent new ones from forming.
Not your average clay mask!
And their latest release, the Removalist, a luscious clarifying clay mask that replenishes while it detoxifies proves the rule.
Superb for oily or congested skin and gentle enough for sensitive skin. Skin is left clear, radiant, and bouncy, without a hint of a gross, dry, tight afterfeel.
Zoë herself says: “The Removalist as part of my Sunday Night ritual, whenever my skin is feeling overloaded with SPF and makeup, or if my skin is wigging out on me and I need to hit restart.”
Mask Society Sheet Masks give you that ‘glass-skin-skin’ all year round
New K-beauty sheet masks, available from Priceline come in four fabulous styles and are the perfect indulgence for busy parents.
Each mask is soaked in a tonne of skin-loving ingredients to help deliver hydration, anti-ageing or calming benefits that saturate deep into the skin.
Australian Botanical Brand, Alkira Skincare from the founders of Sukin
Siblings Alison and Simon – the original founders of renowned skincare brand, Sukin have joined forces again to launch Alkira.
Available in Priceline, Chemist Warehouse as well as their Alkira online store, Alkira is free from artificial ingredients and chemicals.
Each product is infused with ingredients and extracts such as Kakadu Plum, Finger Lime Caviar, Quandong, Davidson Plum, Lilly Pilly and Kangaroo Paw to help repair, protect and leave the skin glowing.
We’re loving the Hydrating Facial Oil!
Do you have specific skincare needs? QED products have been formulated to help you meet them.
As a Pharmacist, QED founder Shoshana Eisner took her formulating knowledge and understanding of real skin concerns (including signs of ageing, acne, redness & eczema) to develop products that effectively target your skin needs with proven, formulations for high performance results.
Right now we’re loving the No Rinse Cleansers, which clean your skin without stripping away your natural protective oils, leaving your skin clean AND hydrated.
Dragon’s Blood by Skin Physics:
Made from the very difficult to find blood of dragons … jokes!
This incredible range from Skin Physics does contain an exotic ingredient, but it’s not blood – dragon or not!
The exoctic skincare ingredient is found in the Amazon rainforest, derived from the sap of the Croton Lechleri tree.
The natural protective and healing qualities of the products in the Dragon’s Blood range are perfect for defending the skin against the harsh winds and temperature drop this winter.
Right now we can’t get enough of the $6.95 hydration Maximiser Mask!
Offering a skincare routine that is suitable and effective during pregnancy, breastfeeding and beyond, Australia’s own Bohemian Skin was created by a mother for mothers.
The vegan-friendly and all-natural range is designed to target pregnancy-related skin concerns and is formulated to balance oil production for acne sufferers and provide nourishing hydration for drier skin types.
Containing ingredients such as Witch Hazel, Celery Extract, Kakadu Plum and Kaolin Clay, the range includes a complete skincare regimen from cleansing to moisturising and everything in-between.
Available nationwide, Bohemian Skin donates 10 cents from every product sold to PANDA, a charity focusing on perinatal anxiety and depression in Australia.
Enbacci Face Masks:
Sheet masks are a fantastic way of delivering the skincare your skin needs effectively and luxury Australian skincare brand, Enbacci are a definitely a brand to keep on your radar.
Pioneering the use of electrolytes with fruit stem cell extracts, Enbacci has released its latest sheets masks which optimise moisture levels to plump skin and reduce the signs of ageing.
Fuelled by potassium, each mask is designed to reverse skin damage by restoring normal cell function, hydration and radiance and are available nationwide online and at Enbacci’s flagship store in Prahran (Melbourne).
Each sheet mask is made locally in Australia and available as a single unit or in a pack of five.
MERE PHYTOSPHERE Range:
Australian born skincare brand MERE uses natural ingredients and science to give you the best results for your skin. The full range features a Priming Face Moisturiser, Cleansing Gel, Recharge Sleep Mask, Cleansing Oil, Cleansing Gel, Face Moisturiser, Face Oil and Eye Cream and our favourites have to be the Recharge Sleep Mask and the Night Guardian Mask. You simply lather on your face like a regular moisturiser and hit the hay.
It does all the work while you’re sleeping which is just the kind of product us busy mums need!
Skin Physics Oxygen C Range:
Infused with Vitamin C rich Australian Kakadu Plum to help fight external oxidative stressors (including UV damage and environmental pollutants); this superfruit extract also helps to stimulate collagen production promoting stronger, firmer skin; and also can help to stimulate hyaluronic acid production, resulting in soft, supple and hydrated skin.
At just $5.95 the bubble, exfoliating and velvet masks are a cost-effective way to treat your skin, but our absolute fave has to be the Oxygen-C Vitamin C Brightening Sleep Mask, which is a revitalising and hydrating gel mask that gently exfoliates dead skin cells overnight, helping to promote skin renewal and revive dull-looking skin while you’re sleeping – how easy is that?!
Good for your skin and the environment, Carbon Theory offers simple, affordable, and effective solutions to acne-prone and oily skin.
After selling out in the UK and US due to it’s popularity, it’s now available here in Australia online and in Priceline stores.
All Carbon Theory products are 100 percent vegan and 100 percent cruelty beauty, made with highest quality ingredients (grown without the use of pesticides), and are never tested on animals.
Biossance is clean, nontoxic skincare created using the highest standards in the industry and has a commitment to never use the blacklist of 2,000+ toxic ingredients that exist in the beauty industry.
Their 100 pecent Squalane Oil can used everywhere so perfect for growing bellies or post pregnancy.
Squalane is the shelf-stable version of squalene, the natural skin hydrator our sebaceous glands make. Squalene keeps our skin’s outer layer moisturised and protected. But as we get older, we make less and less. That’s where the Biossance Squalane oil comes in: this mega-moisturising molecule beautifully mimics our skin’s natural hydration.
ESK – Evidence Skincare:
Husband and wife team, Daniel Rubinstein and Dr. Ginni Mansberg founded ESK in 2012, and initially it was only available to medical practitioners.
Now we can all benefit from this Australian made, cruelty-free evidence-based skin care range designed to repair and protect your skin from the effects of a harsh environment and the aging process.
If you’re concerned about which products you actually need, a simple online survey will help you know exactly what products will benefit you the most.
Face Halo 3 pk, $30.00:
A great gift for your eco-conscious consumer. These modern makeup removers are made from unique Halotech microfibre and replace up to 500 disposable makeup wipes.
Each Face Halo is re-usable for up to 200 machine washes. There is no need for chemicals, just plain water to remove all makeup, even the waterproof stuff!
Bettyquette Natural Face and Body oils:
Made right here in Australia and bursting with natural goodness that your skin will love. Bettyquette, from Queensland blogger, Kirsten and co. and suitable for all skin types, their face oils and lip balms are the daily dose of hydration your skin has been craving.
We’re loving the ‘Get up and Glow’ morning face oil for daily moisture and as a perfect primer if we feel like wearing a little makeup.
The young founders of Alya Skin, Manny Barbas and James Hachem gained notoriety for their Australian Pink Clay Mask with thousands of people across the world dubbing it their fix to breakouts and for achieving glowing skin.
The affordable brand also includes the incredible Foaming Micellar Cleanser available at Priceline pharmacies.
Infused with Watermelon Seed & Essential Rose Oil to help rejuvenate, hydrate and cleanse the skin. Other products in the range include their Instafamous Australian Pink Clay Mask, Pomegranate Exfoliator and Native Berries Moisturiser.
Clean & Pure Skin Nutrition:
Designed to serve as a multi-purpose face and body balm to restore and rejuvenate hair and nails, this natural balm is infused with Australian-sourced nourishing and organic ingredients to assist with skin firming, smoothing and hydration.
Ideal for all skin types – including dry and sensitive skin – the Skin Nutrition balm helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation, skin dullness, and problematic skin associated with hormonal and lifestyle factors.
100 percent natural. Free from chemicals and preservatives.
tommi skin green tea purifying mask:
This deliciously indulgent face mask helps to calm irritated skin, soothe inflammation, and reduce redness.
The star powers of the blend include green tea, aloe vera, peppermint & shea butter to instantly clean and detox the skin. tommi skin is vegan and cruelty free and suitable for sensitive skin.
Best of all, if you don’t see results in 7 days, they guarantee your money back.
All natural and super lovely on skin the range includes something for everyone, including the ultimate skin pick-me-up, Miracle Oil Serum.
This luxurious 100 percent organic Australian skincare brand is a smart skincare choice for your skin, health, and the planet!
Naturopathically formulated, Clémence is perfect for mums who love to snuggle close to their baby’s skin. Hot tip: The Ultimate Lips product is a must-have.
Dr Anh skincare:
Dr Anh Nguyen, one of Australia’s leading plastic surgeons and wellness clinic and spa owners has created a range of brilliant skincare products in collaboration with her husband, a pharmacist with more than 25 years of experience.
As a plastic surgeon, Dr Anh knows skin. And it shows with these gorgeous products. You have to try the serums, it’s like a facelift in your own bathroom!
Biodermas Sebium Sensitive and Sebium Mat Control:
Acne and breakouts aren’t just isolated to our teen years! Motherhood hormones can also play havoc with our skin.
Biodermas NEW Sebium Sensitive and Sebium Mat Control promises to bring calm and order to the skin with the Fluidactiv patent which helps reduce and fluidify sebium in order to reduce the clogging of pores.
Getting radiant without getting shiny sounds good to us.
LUSH naked skincare range:
You can feel good AND do good with new range of packaging-free skincare from LUSH. Featuring vegan facial oils and cleansing balms not only are they great for your skin, they’re also helping to reduce single-use plastics.
You can rub the bar directly onto the skin or work in your fingers and massage the oil onto the skin for a quick hydration hit. And you can get funky little tins to store them in too.
Jurliques Herbal Recovery Signature Eye Gel:
Forget bags and dark circles after staying up all night with the kids. You can wake up brighter, firmer and smoother with Jurliques NEW Herbal Recovery Signature Eye Gel.
Featuring natural age-defying botanicals, the supercharged-yet-superfine illuminating eye gel promises to minimise the appearance of dark circles, fatigue and visible signs of ageing. Who doesn’t need that?!