baby skin care
baby skin care
Despite its perfect appearance, baby's skin is fragile and vulnerable, requiring special care.
Did you know that a baby's skin is 60% thinner than an adult's?
Baby's skin is more fragile as it cannot retain moisture, as the mechanisms that regulate skin hydration are not yet fully developed, and therefore more vulnerable to external aggressions such as cold, sun, wind and pollution .
These particularities also make the baby's skin more sensitive to infections and irritations.
Therefore, it is important to learn to take care of it, because in the first two years of life, it will not fully fulfill its function as a protective barrier.
baby skin types
Babies, like adults, have different skin types. Knowing the characteristics of each one will allow you to take care of your baby's skin properly.
Normal skin has a perfect balance between hydration and fat production. As it is neither dry to the touch nor easily irritated, for this type of skin it is recommended to use products that respect its natural delicacy. As is the case with the 1st Uriage Cleansing Cream , without soap and with a physiological pH, it gently removes impurities. And Avène Pediatril Moisturizing Cream , with Avène thermal water, leaves baby's skin clean and silky.
Sensitive skin has less tolerance for external conditions, being more fragile and vulnerable to factors such as sudden changes in temperature, contact with chemicals, synthetic fabrics, among others.
To take care of the most sensitive skin, you should choose products that provide extra hydration and daily protection.
Mustela Moisturizing & Soothing Cream soothes and nourishes baby's facial skin, improving the appearance and discomfort associated with this type of skin.
It is also important to use a mineral protector on sunny days, as sensitive skin very quickly becomes red and sensitive to UV rays. Sesderma Repaskin pediatric mineral emulsion SPF50+ 50 ml protects your baby's face and sensitive areas without causing discomfort.
Dry skin with atopic tendency
Atopic skin is characterized by changes in the skin barrier, which make it ineffective at maintaining adequate hydration levels. Which, in turn, results in an increase in water loss by the epidermis, leaving it more vulnerable to external aggressions and possible inflammatory reactions.
This skin dryness, combined with other genetic factors and a weakened immune system, can cause other problems, such as atopic dermatitis - characterized by extreme dryness, itching and irritation of the skin.
To calm these symptoms, it is necessary to use products that moisturize in depth and do not contain potentially irritating substances such as preservatives or fragrances, such as Mustela Stelatopia emollient cream , which nourishes, repairs and relieves irritated skin by strengthening the skin barrier. And ABCDerm Bioderma moisturizing milk , which respects babies' sensitive skin with its physiological pH and extremely mild moisturizing ingredients.
If you are not sure about your baby's skin type, talk to our online pharmacist who will answer all your questions.
Caring for baby's skin in winter
During the winter, care for the baby's skin should be increased in order to protect it from the aggressions caused by lower temperatures.
Starting with the baby's bath, you should avoid making it long (not exceeding 15 minutes) and the water too hot, so that the skin does not dry out and become rough. Ensure that the bath water is at the ideal temperature - between 30 and 32ºC - with the Philips Avent digital thermometer . For hygiene, choose a mild soap such as Mustela mild & nourishing soap with Cold Cream , thus avoiding removing the layer of natural fat on the surface of the skin, which is responsible for preventing water loss through the epidermis.
After bathing, moisturizing creams and lotions are essential, as hydration will help the development of the skin's natural defenses.
Klorane Bebé moisturizing milk is ideal for baby's daily hygiene, as its formula with 96% ingredients of natural origin, intensely hydrates, soothes and protects the skin from dehydration.
However, baby skin care is not limited to hygiene and hydration. It is necessary to avoid some behaviors - taken by instinct - that may not have the desired effect. For example, excessively wrapping the baby. Even if it's cold, dressing the baby too much can cause small red blisters to appear, due to moisture retention next to the skin, on the neck, trunk and legs, which, in turn, can cause itching and inflammation of the skin.
Another aspect to avoid is direct skin contact with clothes whose composition contains synthetic fibers or wool. Always prefer cotton clothes and towels to avoid skin irritation or even atopic dermatitis, in cases of the most sensitive skin. But know that in the sporadic case of having to wear clothes that cause your baby to be allergic or even when cotton clothes cause a reaction, Mustela has developed soothing pajamas that you can wear under your clothes or on their own, which thanks to their components, reduces itching and soothes your baby's skin.
Follow these precautions to keep your baby's skin healthy and protected.
Sources: CUF Institute, ISDIN, Mustela and Dodot