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It was the morning of Memorial Day, 2009. Normally, I’d be marinating the steaks, icing down the beer, and counting my packs of cigarettes to ensure enough for me and all my social-smoker friends! What was I doing that Memorial Day? I was doing what they call “nesting.” Eight months ago I would have thought that term only applied to birds. Now I’ve learned it also describes the acts of humans in preparing for our new bundles of joy. You see, I am a 34-year-old career woman who happened to (whoops) get pregnant! So instead of smoking as many cigs as it took to get through my 3 cups of morning coffee and planning my cookout, I was drinking my protein drink, eating my fiber cereal, and finding the perfect drawer for my freshly washed newborn onesies. I certainly never thought this was the path my life would take, but when you see your unborn child actually smile on an ultrasound after her daddy coaxes her into moving around, your priorities kind of change!
Although I am finding myself giving up some selfish ways, one priority I wouldn’t want or try to change is my desire to have smooth and beautiful skin. Pregnancy can mess with that perfect skin condition in ways I could have never imagined – not everyone gets the famed “glow.” Some women get extreme acne, funky skin discolorations, and of course the pinnacle of imperfection: the dreaded stretch mark! To top it off, there is no quick and easy solution for any of these when you have to use extreme caution with any thing you put in or on your body, so as not to harm the developing baby. So, when a company comes along that that takes all the guesswork out of the equation, you are jumping for joy – well, as much jumping as you can do with a basketball in your belly and an extra 30+ pounds!
Noodle & Boo is just that company. Founded by Christine Burger, after finding the need for children’s products developed for ultra-sensitive skin, the company offers a wide range of luxurious products for all ages. Newborns, babies and children with eczema and sensitive skin, and adults are all equally cared for by these products, in which every formula is hypoallergenic and clinically-tested to minimize the risk of allergic reaction. Formulations are also dermatologist-tested and pediatrician-tested. The company fits into our do-gooder category as well, as they donate a significant portion of profit to charity, the packaging is 100% recyclable, and they do not test products on animals.
Being the resident prego on the review team I tested the Repair Kit from their Glowology Maternity line, which includes Afterglow Gel and Perfecting Crème. Afterglow Gel is for firming and slimming. According to the company, this product was developed to work as a cellulite corrector. It is a gel that brightens and tightens skin, prevents stretch marks, and stimulates collagen synthesis with algae extract, vitamin C, and oat and rice proteins. Fat storage is inhibited and eliminated, while cellulite is corrected. Perfecting Crème is for stretch mark control. This thick cream uses a sophisticated peptide compound to build back proteins while reducing the effects of enzymes that destroy proteins. Ultra-rich cocoa butter and avocado oil leave skin soft and smooth.
The results are in and they are impressive, ladies! It’s no wonder this line is used by the stars, or so I was told by the saleslady at the exclusive maternity store, Pea in the Pod, where the line is sold. See the comments for my review, and please let us know if you’ve had the pleasure of using any of these fine Noodle and Boo products.