I have made some friends from Mustela whom I met at a recent aesthetics talk I gave at the Pregnant and Fabulous event. One of them approached me to review two of their star items – the Mustela vitamin barrier cream and no rinse cleansing water for the face and diaper area.
I have tried many baby diaper creams in the market and am currently using bepanthan ointment, which is highly recommended to me by one of the mummy friends. However, one of the main grouses from my hub about this cream is that the tube ends up in a deformed state after some use and the ointment starts leaking out from the sides. And it stains the hands and bedsheets!
I have also tried drapolene and desitin (rapid relief and maximum strength) diaper creams, both of which are commonly found in the supermarket. Drapolene diaper cream gets washed off very easily. By the next diaper change, you don’t see much of it left behind. The other issue with drapolene – a pink residue is left on the diaper and you thought your little one has passed out bloody urine! Desitin, on the other hand, is very thick and heavyweight. I can’t seem to wash off the white residue off my baby’s skin and it stains the skin on my hands as well – I didn’t like the sticky feeling it left on my hands.
After using Mustela vitamin barrier cream for nearly two weeks, I am quite happy with the texture and the protection it offers on my baby’s delicate skin. It is clinically tested and scientifically proven to be more effective than other products in the European market. A clinical study involving healthcare professional shows there is as high as 90% endorsement rate of the Mustela vitamin barrier cream.
A brochure that comes with this product shows that it has been clinically proven to:
1 > PREVENTS 100% of the paediatricians and dermatologists interviewed approve the product’s preventive action (1)
2 > SOOTHES A reduction of more than 80% of diaper skin discomfort from the first day of use (2)
3 > RECOVERS 80% decrease in risk of relapse (3)
In vivo (live subjects) clinical tests conducted on:
(1) 60 babies (clinical evaluation)
(2) 69 babies (self-evaluation)
(3) 120 babies (relapse rate based on the two previous studies)
I usually would look out for the ingredients on the insert – if there is very little information or the packaging looks very suspicious, I would hesitate to use it. In this case, Mustela has a detailed ingredient list and has the following
- Avocado perseose – prevents skin discomfort at each diaper change by acting as a barrier
- Oxeoline of alcacea – soothes discomfort and had anti inflammatory properties
- Sunflower oil distillate – stimulates lipid synthesis and helps in the recovery of the skin
Besides using a good diaper cream, I would also try to air my baby’s bottom whenever I can. The best time to do this would be after a good and warm bath. I would lay him on a clean blanket and air his bottom for 30 min to an hour. A diaper free period will give the skin an opportunity to breathe and minimise the risks of developing a nappy rash.
The other Mustela product I have used is the no rinse cleansing water.
You may have wondered why is there a need to clean the bottom again with this extra product when you can just use baby wipes? It comes in handy when baby has pooed sticky stools and you need some extra help to clean off the residue off the skin. The Avocado perseose present in this product helps to protect the skin natural barrier to reduce allergy and irritation. Many mothers may assume that rinsing the bottom with water is good enough, but they are not aware that too much washing may dry up the the skin and deplete our skin natural protective lipid barrier.
For your information, the retail price for the vitamin barrier cream is SGD 15 and the no rinse cleansing water is SGD 21.80.
Currently there is an island-wide promotion for the vitamin barrier cream – twin pack at SGD 22. One tube should last an average of 2 weeks, and the twin pack will last you a good one month. By buying the twin pack, you can take part in the Golden Ticket Contest. Basically, it is a lucky draw where you can win discount vouchers and gift hampers by purchasing their products. Check out the Mustela Facebook Page to find out more about the contest.
Both the vitamin barrier cream and no rinse water are available for purchase at departmental stores like Takashimaya, Metro & OG, major maternity and baby stores like Kiddy Palace, Mothercare & Spring Maternity and selected Watsons/Unity stores. Click here to see the full list of retailers.
I am happy to announce that Mustela is now giving three sets of 4 piece gift pack to my lucky readers.
This includes the following:
1. Full size vitamin barrier cream (110g)
2. Full size no rinse cleansing water (300ml)
3. Musti Bear in blue – just the right size for baby to hug to sleep after a goodnight story!
4. Foldable shopping tote bag
To participate in this giveaway, you need to
1. Like my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/drdonnachow
2. Like and share this facebook post. Remember to change this setting to public.
3. Under comments of the facebook post, tag 4 or more friends who may be interested in this giveaway
4. Enter your particulars on this Mustela page so that the prize may be delivered to your preferred mailing address.
Please do note that all of the above steps have to be completed to qualify for this giveaway.
It is open to parents residing in Singapore and the three lucky winners will be randomly picked by Mustela and notified by email. Good luck!
* This giveaway will end on 10 August 2016 at 12 noon. Check my facebook page for more updates.