The first time I came across Cycles was when David was a newborn and I was a new mom who wanted EVERYTHING for David to be clean, fresh, and gentle. Cycles was the laundry detergent we used until David outgrew this need (although for his clothes we still use gentle detergent). Now Noah’s clothes receive the same care from Cycles and the Cycles detergent is again a staple in our house.
So imagine my surprise when I received samples of Cycles Lotion and Body Wash in a Mommy Mundo goody bag last year. I did not hesitate to try them out though as I was already comfortable with the Cycles brand.
I tested the lotion and body wash on myself first. When I didn’t develop anything, I asked the nannies to try them out with David and Noah. The boys didn’t develop any rashes thankfully and I was so happy that we had another trusted brand to add to our grocery list.
Last February, I attended the launch of Cycles Sensitive Lotion at the Olive Tree Kitchen and Bar. During the launch, I learned about Atopic Dermatitis from top pedia dermatologist Dr. Donna Marie Leelin-Sarrosa. Doc Donna gave us some pointers on how to take care of our children’s skin and she started her talk by giving an overview of what Atopic Dermatitis is all about.
The truth about Atopic Dermatitis:
1) Skin Asthma is actually called Atopic Dermatitis. Skin Asthma is a misnomer and it can’t be found in any medical dictionary. Imbento lang pala to ng mga Pinoy haha! (+1 for our creativity I say!)
2) The symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis are dry skin patches, redness, itching and inflammation.
3) Atopic dermatitis comes and goes. In my case, it’s seasonal. Sudden changes in the weather triggers my dermatitis. Like now, ang init na kasi so yes I am fighting the itch I am feeling in my right leg right now.
4) Family history plays a big part. David and Noah have yet to show any signs of atopic dermatitis (super knock on wood). Sana they don’t ever get it because it’s just a pain to manage BUT I know they’re predisposed to get it since I have it and my brother has it too. So I am being very careful right now with the boys skin by protecting them with safe and tested products.
5) To protect skin, it is best to use products that are fragrance-free, paraben-free and hypoallergenic.
I love that we moms have so many options when it comes to skin care for our kiddos. For those whose kids have sensitive skin and who have atopic dermatitis it’s great that we now have products that are gentle and sensitive and are very budget -friendly such as Cycles Sensitive.
We also discussed about protection from mosquitoes. Both the boys get their daily application of mosquito repellent. When we go out, we add mosquito patches pa for extra protection. Our pedia actually just told us about the new strains of Dengue and some of them don’t even manifest with the usual Dengue symptoms so yan nakakapraning!
So I listened to Doc Donna earnestly about the proper use of insect repellants. Do you know that it is possible to go overboard with repellants? I learned that layering repellants can actually do more harm to our kids because it can lead to an increase in toxicity levels in the bodies of our children.
So here are some of Doc Donna’s tips:
1) Do not leave repellants on skin overnight.
2) Do not put repellant on child’s face directly
3) Do Not Saturate Skin
4) Apply only to exposed skin and clothing
5) Frequent reapplication is rarely necessary
What does this mean? It means one application is enough. If we want our kids protected, it’s best for them to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Then the repellant goes on their exposed skin na lang. At night, since the kids are under blankets or wearing their pajamas, there is no need to apply repellant anymore as they are already adequately covered.
One important question asked during the launch was, “Are the mosquito patches effective?” Doc Donna says that the patches only protect the area where they are placed so they act best as a supplement to a repellant. The repellant still is the best form of protection.
The launch also introduced Cheska Garcia Kramer, young mom of three and her adorable baby boy Gavin as the official endorsers of Cycle. Cheska shared that Gavin has G6PD deficiency so in addition to ensuring that she uses the mildest products for Gavin, she has to be very careful with the ingredients as Gavin’s condition means that his body may not able able to process certain ingredients such as menthol and certain food coloring. So Cheska has taken to reading product labels to be sure that what Gavin uses is super safe! Cycles couldn’t get a better endorser really than a young hands-on mom who only wants the gentlest for her babies. (Side note: I can’t get over Cheska Garcia being a mom, I was waiting for her to do “NYEEE” after her talk parang Ang TV lang. My gaad ang tanda ko na ibig sabihin hahaha)
And I am so happy that Cycles chose this blog to help spread the good word about their Baby Skin Care products. I have tried them personally, my kids are currently using them and we love them! I can’t wait for you my super cool readers to try the whole line too.
Here are the products again at a glance. And yes, 3 readers of Manilamommy will get to win all of these!!
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