Christine Koh

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Mustela's Stelaprotect

stelaprotect.jpgDoes your kiddo have sensitive skin? Today, Heather reviews Stelaprotect, Mustela’s new line of skin care products developed specifically for infants and children with sensitive skin. Read on for Heather’s comprehensive review of the product line, as well as to learn how to win products from the Stelaprotect collection!
“My triplets, Will, Adie, and Theo may have been born at the same time but they couldn't be more different, from looks to personalities to skin types. Will has dry, sensitive skin that is exacerbated in the summer and winter months, resulting in eczema. Adie has perfectly normal balanced skin. Theo's skin is oilier and requires frequent washing. Given that I typically bathe them at the same time and - for my sanity - use the same products on them, I use products formulated for sensitive and dry skin so that Will's skin needs are met.

I recently tried Mustela's new product line Stelaprotect, which is designed for sensitive to intolerant skin. The products are formulated with the minimum number of ingredients required, and without the use of fragrances, colorants, parabens, preservatives, and ingredients that may sting skin and eyes, making it gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skin.

Stelaprotect Cleansing Foam is fabulous hair and body wash! I have found that many 2-in-1 hair and body washes work well for one or the other, but not both. Mustela did a great job combining a shampoo that leaves hair light, silky soft, and shiny, along with a body wash that gets little bodies really clean without irritating or stripping delicate skin of its natural oils. The self-foaming pump is so easy to use. The foam suds up nicely but not excessively and rinses clean without and residue. Will, Adie, and Theo's skin and hair are left pure, hydrated, and irritation-free.

Stelaprotect Body Milk and Face Cream are wonderful! I found that they absorb easily into the skin and are not oily or heavy, hydrating the skin immediately. To be honest, I couldn't find a real difference between the Body Milk and Face Cream and ended up just using the Body Milk on the body and face. The benefit of the face cream is that it comes in a much smaller container and is perfect for the diaper bag and a quick application while out and about. All 3 children benefit from this product. I am able to control Will's dry, sensitive skin by applying 2-3 times a day. It is not at all irritating as so many other products have been. It hasn't eliminated the need for cortisone to treat his eczema but I certainly use it less frequently. I only need to apply the body milk to Adie and Theo after baths and face washing. Their skin is truly as soft as a baby's bottom.

Stelaprotect No Rinse Cleanser can be used daily to cleanse the face, body, and diaper area. It could be because hand/face/body washing is literally an assembly line in my house, but the only time I really use this product is when the kids have a diaper rash and wipes are too irritating. I apply the cleaner to a cotton pad and delicately clean the sensitive skin without rinsing. It cleans gently and leaves skin hydrated without burning, drying, and irritating as some wipes or even just water can do. I feel this is a good product for those times where water isn't available or the best choice.

Bottom line: I really like this product line and recommend it for all skin types, but especially for sensitive skin. The only potential drawbacks that I can see is that the products are a bit pricey and in-store availability may vary depending on where you live (though online shopping is always an option!).”

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
Congrats to winner Rachel S.!
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Now, want to win products from the Stelaprotect collection*? Here’s how:

  • Visit the Mustela store locator page, then email contests@bostonmamas.com (with ‘Mustela’ in the subject), and name a store where you can purchase Mustela products.

  • One entry permitted per person; US entrants welcome to enter.

  • Entry period closes at noon EST, Sunday, December 7, 2008.

    *One winner will receive Stelaprotect Body Milk and Cleansing Foam.


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