One of my very favourite brands, Mama Mio, recently rebranded themselves and have now formed two brands under the same umbrella. The idea is that now they still have Mama Mio – primarily aimed at pregnant women but now they also have Mio – aimed at all other women who want to be able to benefit from using their amazing range of products whether they are moms or not!
Here is a quick breakdown of the difference between the two brands:
Launched in January 2014 under a brand new category – Skin Fitness. Mio is the first skincare brand to target the fitness and wellness market, speaking a new language with focused body solutions for “fit skin” – smooth, firm, strong and glowing.
Mio has introduced some amazing new products which I’m super eager to try for myself. Namely:
Workout Wonders – muscle motivators to energise and inspire;
Firming Faves – for firming, shaping and toning; Moisturising Miracles – designed to hydrate and strengthen;
Aqua Actives – to add some power to your shower.
Each product goes beyond skin deep by giving straight-forward skin fitness, nutrition and exercise advice in a really helpful little insert that comes in every Mio product.
Mio uses facial-quality actives for every inch of the body, sourcing organic ingredients to enhance the formula but never afraid to use the best of science when it matters. Mio’s ‘No Nasties’ policy means that our formulas are free from parabens, petrolatum, synthetic fragrances and colourants, xenoestrogens, PEGs, phthalates and SLS.
I recently tried their “hero” product Liquid Yoga, a restorative bath soak, after a particularly long day in front of the computer and it was the perfect wind down wonder! A milky-moisturising blend of essential oils, mineral salts and therapeutic herbs, Liquid Yoga is like having a personal masseuse in a bottle. It aids with muscle fatigue, relaxing tight, stressed shoulders and soothing tired, achy bodies whilst detoxifying and re-energising. Add a good glug to your bath and soak for at least 20 mins to absorb all the goodness! Liquid Yoga is blended with magnesium-rich Epsom Salts so you will need to SHAKE BEFORE USE. (R550 for 200ml)
Another product I’ve been using daily is the Quick Start: Exhilarating Shower Gel – a super-stimulating shower gel that gets your mind and body going, even in the freezing cold weather! This multitasking product cleanses, stimulates, brightens, hydrates and nourishes in one quick step. It’s the sure-fire way to kick-start your day.
Coconut derived cleansers are natural, gentle cleansers that give a low lather and deep cleanse without stripping the skin of vital oils. Spearmint oil tones and soothes the skin with naturally powerful antioxidants whilst stimulating circulation plus the mega-uplifting blend of essential oils including spearmint leaf, citrus lemon peel, cypress leaf, menthol and lavender all help improve circulation and energy levels! Just remember to breathe deeply so you get the full benefit of the zesty essentials oils. (R415 for 200 ml)
Did you know: Deep breaths give your entire body a pick-me-up by offering more oxygen to each and every cell. This relaxation technique also promotes fit, firm skin because this oxygen gets to the cells in your skin, too. We spend most of the day shallow breathing, with no real thought about getting that oxygen deep into our bodies. When in the bath, or before you jump into the shower, try inhaling through your nose for a count of 7, and then out through pursed lips (like blowing a kiss) for a count of 10. Really focus on feeling the breath. Remember, this is giving your mind a rest too – think as you breathe ‘BE HERE NOW’. (taken from the Mio leaflet for QuickStart)
I’m also really keen to get my hands on Workout Wonder, an invigorating muscle motivating gel that instantly cools and revitalises tired muscles, increases circulation, eases aches and inflammation and speeds up recovery. Ideal to ease tense muscles from daily life or sporting activities. (R450 for 100ml)
In 2005, Mama Mio created a range that pioneered a new category in the skincare industry – pregnancy skincare which they have recently relaunched in new packaging and with even safer and more effective formulas of their favourites such as Tummy Rub Butter, Pregnancy Boob Tube and Goodbye Stretch Marks.
Mama Mio is totally focused on giving women fit skin during pregnancy and beyond. It is their passion to create the skin solutions you need in your quest for strong, elastic, gorgeously fit skin. Mama Mio skincare products are jam-packed with omegas 3, 6 & 9 so that your skin can stretch easily and comfortably – and bounce back after baby arrives!
Mama Mio uses facial-quality actives for every inch of the body, sourcing organic ingredients when it betters the formula but never afraid to use the best of science when it matters. Mama Mio’s ‘No Nasties’ policy means that the formulas are free from parabens, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance and colourants, xenoestrogens, PEGs, glycols, phthalates and SLS. Again Mama Mio goes beyond skin deep, every product comes with a leaflet full of Mama Mio wisdom to help get you on the fast track to fit skin.
Plus Mama Mio’s signature Gravida fragrance, a heavenly blend of 10 pregnancy-safe essential oils, remains a beloved part of the Mama Mio range! Love that fragrance!!
One of my very best Mama Mio products is their Boob Tube (now also available as Boob Tube Plus in the Mio range for non-pregnant women!)
This is a famous bust and décolleté firming cream and it just got better! The aim of this product is to help keep your boobs toned and crinkle-free whilst also giving super sag protection! Pregnancy is a time in your life when your boobs will take on a life of their own – mine catapulted up about 3 sizes in 3 days in the beginning, then got even bigger while breastfeeding and then had to find their way back down to a size they were happy to stay at. All that meant that they got seriously stretched resulting in horrible marks and the skin felt much thinner than ever before – for someone who had pretty good boobs this was all a horrible shock! If only I had known to take better care BEFORE I fell pregnant and during those 9 months – this product would have been a God-send back then. Alas I missed the boat (if you’ve not had kids yet, let this be your forewarning!!) BUT I’m not giving up just yet. I will have amazing boobs again… with diligent application of this super active product I hope to eliminate the appearance of lines and crinkly skin (with the help of Mio’s Skin Tight too – a skin firming serum that smoothes, retexturises and tightens to whip slack skin back into shape)
Reality check – improving the texture of your skin is a commitment. Anything that promises instant results will not work; it will take 30 days to obtain maximum results. Once you achieve your desired result, use your active three times a week to maintain it!
Mio and Mama Mio also offer amazing in-spa treatments (including some specifically for pregnant moms) such as The Full Monty, Get Waisted, Shrink to Fit and Pregnancy Massage! I’m hoping to experience one soon and will definitely be reporting back. Watch this space!
Poise Brands is the exclusive South African distributor of Mama Mio and Mio products. The new Mio and Mama Mio product ranges is available to purchase at top spas and salons around the country.
Images: Mio/ Poise Brands