Two nights ago before heading out to dinner with Ito and Janina, I tried looking half-human after a day of lounging around at home. It had been raining. I hadn’t gone out with friends in a while. I thought, why not wear a green dress and curl my hair? So I started with my curling iron and did the usual… burnt my finger accidentally. If you’ve been reading & following me for a while you could conclude that I have bad luck with heated hair gadgets. My hair got burnt while getting ready for a shoot in Lipa using a large curling iron. My flat iron exploded in my hand a few months ago, due to faulty wiring. Thank God I haven’t been seriously hurt.
I knicked my finger with the heated iron last Friday. It felt so painful. Then I remembered that I had some Mustela products sent to me to try. The packaging was bi-lingual in French and English. I was in a panic. I read “Recovery Cream” and figured this was the right one. I took a chance and opened Stelatria. I couldn’t believe it. In an instant, the burning sensation was gone. I applied a thick coat and allowed my finger to absorb it. I felt so much relief (which is what you really need right after a stupid burn). The thing worked! It was amazing.
Stelatria Purifying Recovery Cream. I dabbed this on my burnt finger and it relieved and healed me.
Mustela is a 60-year old French brand that specializes in infant and mother skincare. It is committed to using natural ingredients, free of paraben, perfume and colourants. I first tried Mustela Bebe while in Toronto. And I liked its nappy cream and lotion. Now, Mustela is in the Philippines. Scroll down to see where you can buy them.
Stelatria comes from the Mustela Dermo-Pediatric line. It can get confusing because there are a lot of Mustela products. There’s Mustela Bebe (basic skin care and protection) and the Dermo-Pediatric (problem/sensitive skin). There are also pregnancy and sun protection lines. Stelatria claims to accelerate skin tissue repair – like irritations of babies around the mouth and small dry patches on eczema-prone skin. It reduces itching, tightness, redness and can improve the appearance of scars. Its active ingredients are copper, zinc, manganese and what they call Bio-Ecolia. You can read more about Stelatria here.
Stelatopia Emollient Cream was recommended by friends for Lily’s eczema breakouts. We are using this now.
I don’t know what triggers little Lily’s eczema attacks. Poor girl gets dry pathes in the crease of her elbow and knees. I used to use a dermocorticoid cream for a few days. Now with Stelatopia, we can control the itch and avoid skin breakage. She’s more comfortable with it.
I am no doctor nor scientist, so please always always check with your pediatrician before trying anything on your baby or child. I’m not here to diagnose or give prescriptions. All I’m saying is Stelatopia has been helping Lily with her mild eczema. But whenever it gets really inflamed, then I go back to one use of a dermocorticoid cream (prescribed by her doctor). However as much as possible, we try to stick with the more natural products. If I were to believe the claims and studies of the product, I should stick to Stelatopia. Apparently a study in 2007 shows that you can reduce the need to use dermocorticoids by up to 100% when using Stelatopia. More info on Stelatopia.
Mustela Bebe Hydra-Stick for lips and cheeks
The Soothing Comfort Balm works for us. It’s the perfect chest rub for my kids at night. It helps them breathe and sleep well. It’s a good aid for when they have a cold. It contains natural ingredients like shea butter, honey extract, scents of pine and rosemary, linden and chamomile. It is “Terpenes-free” (no camphor, menthol, eucalyptol) which is potentially neurotoxic and shouldn’t be used on kids under 3 years. These Terpenes are banned in France.
Mustela is available at:
Ayala Trinoma 1st Level (beside Cafe Mary Grace)
Robinson’s Manila 1st Level Midtown Wing (beside Topshop)
Pure Beauty 2nd Floor Serendra
All Rustan’s department stores
Soon To open in:
Glorietta 4, 3rd Level near Mary Grace
Shangrila Mall, Level 4, in front of Mothercare
Megamall A, 2nd Level, in front of Esprit
All Landmark Department Stores
For prices and availability: