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The ONE Ingredient That Makes Hair Healthier Than a Prenatal

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When I was in college and definitely not trying to get pregnant, I was taking prenatals. Why, you may ask? Well I had just gone to a hair school to get a cheap haircut and the girl gave me bangs. And let’s just say that bangs were not a good look for me. So I needed my hair to grow… STAT. I went to the closest grocery store, grabbed a bottle of prenatals, and started a routine. And I’m telling you, it grew like Jack’s beanstalk.

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Fast-forward 10 years and I found myself taking prenatals again, but this time I was pregnant. I was also lucky to have a lot of pregnancy-safe protein powder with prenatals and DHA lying around (thanks to Mommi:). Hair growth is not something I anticipated or even thought about while designing Mommi 3-in-1. I was looking specifically at prenatal health for the baby and mother’s benefit.

But naturally, it was a perfect fit for hair growth as well. And what I discovered was a really cool hidden benefit. The protein in Mommi was helping my hair grow just as much as the iron, biotin, copper, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, & E found in the shake (prenatals & DHA). So it was like a Blake-Lively-hair-party-for-9-months-and-beyond experience. Win win win win….winning (like Charlie Sheen but with way better hair).

Basically, protein in your diet helps the body to produce keratin, which is fundamental to the hair structure. When keratin weakens, hair strands are more prone to breakage. To nourish hair with protein, eat a diet that includes high-quality, lean protein, aka Mommi 3-in-1.

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Don’t believe me? Give it a try? What have you got to lose? Definitely not your hair! Do you have any tips or tricks for hair growth that you want to share? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @mommihealth. I’d love to hear them!

Cold Weather Skin Issues? Nine Naturals Has You Covered

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One of the best things about being part of Mommi, besides all the great ways we help women simplify their nutrition and take care of themselves and their babies, is how we get to team up with so many awesome Mom-centric brands.  And Nine Naturals is one company that we all really enjoy. They truly make beauty simple, smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be.

Today Nine Naturals shares a few of the lessor known elixirs and help you understand just what these plant-based oils can do for your “pregnancy glow”.

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The physical changes that your body undergoes during pregnancy—swelling, stretching, and shining (AKA, “pregnancy glow”)—can all be controlled and/or comforted by indulging your skin in plant-based oils. Especially during the fall and winter seasons, when cold weather strikes and these issues are exacerbated, these natural elixirs can also prevent and soothe cracked, wind burned and chapped skin.

Plant-based oils are not only non-toxic and therefore, pregnancy-safe, they are also rich in natural antioxidants and vitamins, making them a powerful, all-natural alternative to chemical-laden drugstore moisturizers and skin treatments. Botanical plant materials are non-greasy and non-comedogenic, making them safe for all skin types, as well as easily absorbed into the dermal layers of the skin. They defend the skin’s lipid barrier from environmental pollution, and act as a humectant to keep the skin moist. You can use botanical oils singularly or combine them with other botanical oils–and even makeup–to maximize skin care health.

Argan and coconut oils, while both tremendously beneficial to skin, are only two of the many plant-based oils that can pack a punch with only a tiny drop. Here are six lesser-known oils that can cleanse, moisturize and reduce skin imperfections:

Borage Seed Oil: Produced from the Borage blossom, Borage oil contains essential fatty acids, including the highest naturally found concentration of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)—an omega-6 fatty acid—that, when processed by the body, is transformed into a hormone like substance that inhibits inflammation. Used to reduce redness and minimize the appearance of stretch marks, this oil can be found in Nine Naturals Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Belly Butter.

Tamanu Seed Oil: Tamanu oil, sourced from Southeast Asia, helps heal wounds and promote the generation of new tissue—a process known as cicatrization. This oil contains three type of lipids—neutral lipids, glycolipids, and phospholipids—in addition to calophyllic acid and calophyllife, as well as four fatty acids. All of tamanu oil’s components render it a superior non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent, which is why it is a featured ingredient in Nine Naturals’ Natural Belly Oil.

Mango Butter Seed Oil: Cold-pressed mango butter seed oil—a great source of essential fatty acids, including linoleic and oleic acids—contains tannins that give the oil anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Commonly used as a base ingredient in body care products, mango butter seed oil can soothe dry, chapped skin, as well as help combat eczema and dermatitis. Find it in both Nine Naturals Simply Natural Lip Balm and Repairing Body Balm.

Evening Primrose Oil: An essential ingredient in Nine Naturals Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Belly Butter, evening primrose oil contains Vitamin E, GLA—one of the body’s essential fatty acids—and phenylalanine—a compound that can aid in pain relief.

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Avocado Oil: Extracted from the flesh of the avocado fruit, the super emollient avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, D, and E, lecithin, and potassium. The deeply penetrating oil, which is an ingredient in Nine Naturals Citrus + Geranium Soothing Body Wash, has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and cellular regenerative properties, making it ideal for relieving dry skin and nourishing aging skin.

Jojoba Seed Oil: Native to the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, this fatty-acid rich liquid wax, which is an ingredient in Nine Naturals’ Natural Belly Oil, is most similar in molecular structure to sebum—the oil that your skin’s sebaceous glands produce—therefore, with continued use it will balance out your own oil production.

Experiment with a variety of plant-based oils to discover which one (or two, or three) is best for addressing your specific skin and body care needs. For a limited time, Nine Naturals is offering Mommi readers 15% OFF any Nine Naturals order. Use code MOMMI15 at checkout and cheers to indulging your skin this winter!

What You Put on Your Skin Really Does Matter—During Pregnancy & Beyond

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Our friends over at Nine Naturals take extra care to be sure what you put on your skin is safe for you and your baby. Here’s a great, go to list of a few natural, alternative ingredients to look for when shopping for haircare and bodycare products!  Thanks Nine Naturals!

Follow @mommihealth and @ninenaturals on Instagram starting tomorrow (Monday, Oct 12) and just maybe you can win a great #babybelly giveway.

What you put on our skin can be absorbed into your bloodstream and passed on to your baby, so paying attention to what you’re putting in and on your body is especially important while pregnant and breastfeeding. Chemicals found in common personal care products like shampoo, makeup and moisturizer are often associated with developmental, reproductive and behavioral disorders, hormone disrupters, and cancer.

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Luckily, Nine Naturals uses plant-based and high-performance ingredients in its line of haircare and bodycare products for non-toxic beauty before, during, and after pregnancy. Here is Nine Naturals’ list of high-performing, yet natural alternatives to conventional ingredients:

BROCCOLI SEED OIL
This exotic emollient helps prevents hair loss while promoting thicker healthier hair, soothe redness and inflammation, and hydrates hair and skin without leaving a greasy film by creating a protective layer that traps in moisture. Best part? Broccoli seed oil is a natural substitute for silicone–often found in cosmetic products such as leave-on skincare and haircare products. Find it in Nine Naturals’ Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Belly Butter!

CUPUAÇU BUTTER
Found in the rain forests of South America, cupuaçu butter treats dry, damaged skin, combats free radicals in tissues, and protects and moisturizes skin by allowing it to attract 240% more water, fight inflammation, and improve elasticity! Because it is a good natural substitute for lanolin, Nine Naturals uses cupuaçu butter in its Unscented Moisturizing Body Cream and Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Belly Butter.

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ARGAN OIL
High in vitamin E, antioxidants, and linolenic acid, argan oil is a super-effective moisturizer that has been shown to prevent and treat stretch marks by maintaining elasticity and preventing moisture-loss. Argan oil in Nine Naturals Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner gives lackluster postpartum hair a boost by hydrating roots and adding shine.

COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil, used in all Nine Naturals products, is a fatty acid and excellent replacement for butter and oils. On skin, this holy grail ingredient prevents stretch marks and alleviates itchiness on belly and breasts. It’s also a natural, moisturizing, and gentle cleanser. Use it to remove makeup, tame frizzy hair, and soothe cracked lips.

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Remember to follow @mommihealth and @ninenaturals on Instagram starting tomorrow (Monday, Oct 12) for our #BellyBump Giveaway!

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