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Mama Muse: Erin from @little.lulu.love


We are so excited to announce our newest mama muse, Erin.

Erin's beautiful daughter Luella, has a rare type of epilepsy called West syndrome, meaning the 10-month-old has hundreds of tiny seizures a day. She is raising awareness for West Syndrome, searching for a cure and being the best mum a little girl could ask for - all at once

 

  1. How would you best describe yourself?

If I am being honest I find myself back at the drawing board on this one. A lot has changed in my life since having a baby, and the transition of self is one that’s still evolving for me. Soul searching if you like.

But overall I would describe myself as a strong minded woman and am fiercely protective of those I love most. Having a child with special needs has changed me so much, so I’m still working out, and on, who I am now.

 

  1. What are three things you love most about being a mumma?

If you had asked me this 12months ago, I probably wouldn’t have been able to answer. Motherhood hasn’t been anything like I expected or hoped for. 

But with a now somewhat clearer mind, I can share that firstly it’s the innate connection I have with my daughter, that is just ours. We have a bond that is unbreakable. 

Second, it’s the way Luella smiles at me. It simply lights up my world, even on our darkest days. 

And thirdly, is bath time. I always get in the bath with her, and in doing so it’s almost like a healing time together. I feel privileged to be able to wash her and cleanse the day away. It’s our beautiful time together.   

 

  1. What are three things that inspire you everyday?

Luella, Luella & Luella. She gives me the perseverance & purpose to get through each day. I don’t know how, but she emanates an energy like no one I know. She makes me want to be a better person & mother. 

 

  1. What have been the best lessons your little one has taught you so far?

Gosh, so many! She has solidified why I have always been a fairly strong-willed woman, which is finally serving me, so that I can advocate hard for her and get through the tough times ahead.

But she has also taught, and is still teaching me, a love & respect of what is. Life doesn’t always turn out as you expect, but keeping the love alive is imperative, and a surrendering to the now helps to bring somewhat of an internal peace.

 

  1. What is your favourite Lullaby product and why?
I absolutely love the Lullaby Heavenly Body Lotion, it leaves Luella smelling absolutely divine and gives me huge peace of mind that it is organic and doesn’t contain any nasties. Luella can react to other products, but the avocado & jojoba oil has left her soft & hydrated. Massaging this into her skin is my favourite end to bath time with her.

 

  1. Any valuable advice to new mummas?

The nights are long, but the years are short. So hold your bebe close, there is no such thing as too many cuddles.

Always tell your child how much you love them.

But most importantly, always listen to your gut instinct. Bond between mother and child is unparalleled, and no matter what anyone tells you, your intuition will always guide you.




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The importance of SPF and why Lullaby Skincare is best!


A good baby and children’s sunscreen should not only provide full protection (SPF50 +) against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays, but it should also be pleasant to use.

All sunscreens are not created equal and the main difference is in the quality of ingredients. Severe reactions and allergies in children are often taking place regularly due to the base chemicals such as the preservatives and low-quality ingredients in many sunscreens.

Our SPF50+ sunscreen for delicate skin uses high quality, ingredients sourced locally which are formulated to consist of the highest UVA and UVB protection available on the market.

We don’t believe in compromises when it comes to protecting babies and children from the harsh Australian sun. We do not use synthetic fillers, oils, or nasty ingredients such as parabens or sulphates. 
A good sunscreen should not only provide full protection (SPF50+) against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays, but it should also be pleasant to use. Lullaby will nourishes and moisturises it, leaving the skin feeling radiant and beautiful in and after the sun. 

Formulated with Vitamin E, our SPF50+ is beautifully hydrating for sensitive skin. Scientific studies show us that Vitamin E has benefits to the skin such as; protection from environmental pollution and UV radiation (although it cannot be classed as a sunscreen), it is an excellent moisturiser, it contains powerful anti-inflammatory action – and this can prevent the signs of premature ageing and it has excellent wound healing properties.

Shop our high quality SPF50+ here.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Using Organic Skin care Products With Aloe Vera On Your Baby


Babies and children have especially sensitive skin. It is important to find organic baby skincare products to protect, nurture and hydrate their delicate skin. Sometimes even the products branded as safe or effective can cause adverse reactions, causing irritations and even eczema. Using natural ingredients for your baby’s bath time skincare routine, such as aloe vera, can help to minimize some of this risk. Products containing Aloe Vera is ideal to help treat, soothe and heal baby’s with eczema and their flare ups.

Lullaby Skincare products consist of over 80% organic Aloe Vera as their base ingredient, unlike conventional skincare brands which are simply water based. Our products are formulated to protect, hydrate and help address any underlying skin conditions. Now, most of us know aloe vera as the soothing gel to put on your sunburned skin, providing a cooling sensation and helping to seemingly speed up the healing process. However, using aloe vera on your baby’s skin regularly can have outstanding benefits in addition to its calming effect. Lullaby products help eczema in babies, children and teenagers.

What is Aloe Vera?

In the succulent family, aloe vera is a spiky plant that grows naturally in dry, tropical climates such as those found in Australia. When cut open, the plant yields a gelatinous substance which is clear in color and this gel and its juices was a popular herbal remedy that could help treat a variety of conditions from skin problems to digestive issues. Today, these are the elements primarily used as ingredients in premium skincare care and cosmetic beauty products.

5 Reasons to Use Aloe Vera

These days, products containing aloe vera can be found in a variety of forms including bath wash, hair shampoo, moisturizers and sunscreens. For Lullaby’s organic skincare for babies and sensitive skin we have used organic Aloe Vera in our entire range of skin care products. So why might you choose to incorporate products with aloe vera into you and your baby’s daily routine? In fact, it is a powerful ingredient that can help support and address a number of skin issues.

Rich in Healing Compounds

Thanks to the plethora of vitamins found in aloe vera, it is a powerful pain reliever and helps to reduce inflammation or irritation that can be the result of a number of different skin conditions. . Specifically, the polysaccharides found in aloe encourage skin repair and regeneration while carboxypeptidase helps provide pain relief, aloe’s signature soothing effect. In addition, the inflammation which underlies many skin conditions including sunburns, psoriasis, and eczema can be suppressed by compounds found in aloe such as acemannan. Just make sure to do a patch test before putting anything on actively inflamed skin, as aloe vera can cause allergic contact dermatitis in some people, though it is rare. Finally, aloe vera is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E and minerals like magnesium, potassium, and zinc are all believed to aid in the rapid healing benefits of the plant.

Natural Aloe Vera helps to hydrate and lock in moisture for the skin. As the skin is more hydrated, it begins to appear smoother and softer as the surface layer of the skin becomes bound together more closely. In essence, aloe vera helps to rebuild the skin’s natural moisture barrier, the outermost layer of the skin which provides protection and defends against external irritants such as bacteria and environmental debris. When these elements penetrate the skin it can cause sensitive reactions and increased dehydration of the skin.

The healing compounds found in aloe which help to encourage skin regeneration and increased hydration can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reducing the ageing process. As the skin becomes plumper with moisture and more resilient, fine lines become less visible. Furthermore, the zinc naturally found in aloe acts as an astringent to help tighten pores while antioxidants such as vitamins C and E aid in the prevention of harmful free radicals, molecules that can be very harmful to the skin and contribute to premature aging.

Aloe vera can also help prevent the effects of the skin’s enzyme responsible for skin discoloration, tyrosinase, by essentially suppressing UV-induced hyperpigmentation and the skin-damaging effects of sunburns. The various antioxidants contained in aloe vera may also help prevent dark spots and fade sun damage that has already occurred, though more research is needed to be sure how this mechanism works.

Despite the lack of medical research regarding aloe vera and its effects on the skin, you can find plenty of anecdotal evidence on the internet highlighting the positive effects its use can have for those who make it a regular part of their routine.

Choosing Aloe Vera Products

When it comes to selecting a product containing aloe vera, there are a lot of options available on the market from face creams with aloe vera to aloe vera moisturizer, you can find almost every type of product with some amount of this powerful ingredient. Depending on the effects you would like to see and the goals you have for your skin, there are certain skin-care products and labelling you should look for.

More is Better To get the best results from aloe, go for a product that has a higher percentage. For example, Lullaby Skincare consists of over 80% organic Aloe Vera in all our products in addition to other high quality natural and organic ingredients. While you are able to use the pure flesh found inside aloe vera leaves, you can also use products with aloe listed as a primary ingredient. In the latter case, know that your skin may react differently to the product than it would with pure aloe. As more ingredients are added to the aloe itself, the effects may become slightly diminished depending on the associated benefits of those elements. In general, if you want a product that is mostly aloe, look at the full list of ingredients. The higher aloe vera is on the list, the more concentrated it is in the product.

Research Your Brands When selecting any new product, you should do your own research on the brand as well as the specific ingredients used. Unfortunately, many skincare ingredients have multiple derivatives now and if you react to one in a specific group, you are likely to react to the group as a whole. Knowing and understanding the ingredients in your products can go a long way in preventing any adverse reactions. Plus, researching specific brands and their philosophies will help you align with products that better suit your needs. If you find a brand that works for your baby and your families skin, don’t be afraid to stick with it and revamp you and your baby’s entire skincare routine.

Who Should Use Aloe Vera?

As an ingredient and standalone product, aloe vera is safe for use on all skin types and babies. It can be most beneficial for sensitive skin types. Due to its calming and soothing nature, it is ideal for those with sensitivities and irritated skin. By increasing hydration and reducing inflammation it can help mitigate the effects of irritated and eczema-prone skin on babies, children and sensitive skin.

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