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  • 30 January 2021

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Does Your Baby NEED Natural Skincare?

If you are a parent, you know exactly how fulfilling and difficult the experience is! There are endless milestones you feel proud of and endless worries that will keep you up at night. However, sometimes being worried is good, because as a human being with survival instincts, it prepares us to keep our little babies safe and away from all kinds of harm and danger. 

 

Today, our topic of discussion is the importance of natural skincare for babies, and which natural ingredients are best suited for baby skin. Our goal is to help you understand the delicate nature of your baby's skin and how you can keep it healthy and free from any damage. 

 

If we compare the infancy stages and childhood of babies born in the 90s versus that of babies born today, we will find stark differences in the way their skin was cared for. In the 90s, there were limited products and brands available in the market, and the application of natural or homemade ingredients was preferred for a baby's skin. These homemade baby skincare products were chemical-free and pocket-friendly and very rarely presented with any kind of side effects. However, the children born in this generation today are exposed to a plethora of brands, markets, products, and while options are great, there is an increasing doubt in how suitable and healthy they are for a baby’s skin. 

 

Almost every brand now uses terms like 'organic', 'natural', 'chemical-free' in its branding and marketing strategies to attract new customers. While this reinforces our belief that “natural is best”, we are doubtful about how authentic or honest these brands are about their chemical composition. Almost all baby products contain synthetic fragrances and other ingredients, which can cause adverse reactions resulting in skin irritation, rashes, respiratory issues, and other skin conditions. 

 

To protect our babies and their delicate skin, it is crucial to identify the best natural baby skincare products. However, let us first understand why we need these natural skincare products: 

 

  • An infant's skin is 30% thinner than that of adults, which makes it lose its tendency to retain moisture two times faster than the normal phenomenon. This leads to dry skin and irritation.

  • Due to this thin skin, infants are more susceptible to temperature fluctuations, which makes it even more important to keep them hydrated and protected all year round.

  • Sulfate, an element most commonly found in shampoos and body washes, makes foam when mixed with water. This sulphate gets easily absorbed through the body and can often cause eye irritation, skin rash, hair loss, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, and allergic reactions in babies.

  • Parabens generally used as preservatives in foods and cosmetics can powerfully irritate your baby's skin. Furthermore, the biggest concern regarding parabens is that they are known to disrupt hormone functions, and due to lack of complete development of the baby's hormonal system, it can cause damage to the baby's developing endocrine system.

  • The side effects of these harmful additives in general skincare products may have long-lasting effects on a baby’s gentle and delicate skin. 

 

To protect our babies and their fragile skin, we need to move away from products, which are made of ingredients like sulphate, alcohol, parabens etc. Instead, we must choose high-quality baby skincare products, which are formulated with plant-based ingredients, such as Sunflower oil, Vitamins E and F, shea butter, and Avocado Perseose. 

 

The following is a more detailed list of some natural and organic ingredients, which are available in some of the best baby skin care products:


 

  • Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is perhaps the most traditional herbal remedy found in every household. When it comes to aloe vera, it is an ingredient that does not discriminate and works perfectly on almost all skin types and all age groups. In conventional medicine, aloe vera is used as a topical gel, which is made from the gel-like substance inside the plant’s leaves. Its cooling properties may soothe your baby’s skin when rashes, burns, and other minor injuries occur. In the case of eczema, a skin condition in which red and dry patches develop on the baby’s skin, aloe vera gel can be used as a moisturizing gel for providing relief from itching and inflammation. 

 

Aloe Vera also promotes the healing of wounds, thus reducing the time required for healing. It is also an antiseptic that allows protection against bacteria, which can avoid diaper rashes very commonly found in infants. You can read more about diaper rashes in our article here. 

 

Apart from its healing properties, aloe vera also contains polysaccharides and gibberellins, which help in the growth of new cells on the baby’s skin.


 

  • Avocado oil: Rich in vitamin E, avocado oil is found in several of the best baby skincare products. Available in baby hair oils and baby skin creams, avocado is known to strengthen the skin and hair. It keeps the body hydrated and prevents the baby’s body from inflammatory diseases. The anti-inflammatory properties of avocado oil can inhibit aggravated ailments like gum disease, arthritis, and psoriasis. Massaging your baby with avocado oil before a bath is great for the baby’s skin, as it retains moisture in the skin by blending smoothly.


 

  • Beeswax: If you are wondering what beeswax is, then it is nothing but the wax that is extracted from the bees. The worker bees produce a honeycomb of this wax to store their colony’s honey. Many beauty products, cosmetics and sun creams which are certified by Environmental Working Groups (EWG), contain beeswax in them. Due to its antibacterial agents, it has a long history of being used for certain skin issues for babies as well. 


 

  • Galactoarabinan (GA): GA is a highly functional polysaccharide, which is extracted from larch trees found in the North West United States. It helps in protecting and renewing sensitive and vulnerable baby skin by maintaining a barrier and thus retaining moisture. Big global brands such as Mustela use GA in their products to help a baby’s sensitive skin. 


 

  • Jojoba oil: Extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant, jojoba oil is widely used for skin care as the chemical composition of the oil is closely related to natural human sebum. This makes it safe to use on the skin directly and proves to be one of the best baby skincare products for sensitive skin. One of the biggest reasons why this particular oil is widely recommended for babies and kids is because it protects them from diaper rashes. Parents need to apply a few drops of Jojoba oil to the affected area gently and it soothes their baby’s skin and treats the rashes without any side effects. Continuous application of this oil will keep your baby’s skin soft and supple. 


 

  • Shea butter: Shea butter is derived from the fruit of the Karite tree, which is often referred to as the “tree of life”. The Karite tree, most commonly found in West Africa, gives us shea butter which is one of the best moisturisers for baby skin. In comparison to various other brands creating baby oils in bulk, shea butter is a natural alternative that promotes healthy skin growth while also acting as a natural moisturiser for baby skin. The essential oils, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins that are required by your baby’s skin are found in this product. 

 

Your baby’s skin is extremely delicate and so is your little one's immune system. Extreme use of harsh chemicals, fragrances, and dyes in baby skincare products can cause irritation, dryness, chafing, and rashes. By using these natural products, you will not only keep your babies and their skin healthy but will also be able to protect them from various future skin problems.