Baby skin is very delicate and sensitive. Quite often it happens that rashes, redness, and itching appear, which causes discomfort. Some of the main reasons for that may be the lotions you use, an allergy to specific ingredients, or intolerance to certain fabrics.
Delicate baby skin must be well moisturized to prevent skin irritations. Therefore, you need to pay special attention to the baby products you use.
It is common for baby cosmetics to contain ingredients that are too aggressive for your child’s skin, especially if it is hypersensitive. Generally, the products that almost every parent uses for baby skin care are moisturizers, bath products, and sunscreen.
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It is common for baby cosmetic labels to specify that the product is hypoallergenic, natural, organic, or gentle. Unfortunately, this does not mean there are no ingredients in its composition that could harm a baby’s skin. Such statements on the label make the baby product look safe when it is not. Therefore, it is important that you learn more about recommended ingredients and which ones to avoid.
As a first-time mom and dad, you are cautious when choosing baby products. When selecting a product, it is essential to know your baby’s delicate skin needs. We recommend that baby cosmetics contain lipids, vitamins and minerals. So here are the top 3 ingredients to look for.
Ceramides are natural lipids that are about 50% of the skin barrier. Their function is to retain moisture in the skin. Every adult has ceramides in their skin. As for babies, their skin is rich in ceramides during pregnancy. Thus, these lipids protect the skin while the baby develops in the mother’s womb.
However, soon after the baby is born, the ceramides in the skin decrease significantly. Delicate baby skin becomes extremely dry and flaky, so it needs extra care and baby products that moisturize it.
Niacinamide is an ingredient also known as vitamin B3. It is a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. Its primary and crucial function is to nourish and moisturize a baby’s sensitive skin as much as possible. That is to protect it from the negative influence of the environment and protect it from damage. With its help, your baby will have a good skin barrier.
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that our bodies produce naturally. It is found in our skin, and its function is to retain water, providing the necessary hydration. It is responsible for maintaining the average moisture balance in the skin. Therefore, it is essential for delicate baby skin.
As we mentioned above, baby skin needs gentle care that includes deep hydration, moisturizing the skin and protecting it from the harmful effects of the environment.
Each of these three ingredients aims to provide the most efficient skincare. Therefore they are a must in baby products.
However, when talking about the most effective ingredients that help maintain healthy skin in babies, we must also share which are the most harmful and dangerous ingredients for health.
In most cases, they are carcinogenic and too aggressive for delicate baby skin, as they can cause severe skin irritations and health problems.
Here are the ingredients to avoid when choosing baby products:
- Synthetic dyes
- Propylene glycol
- Chemical sunscreens such as avobenzone, benzophenone, homosalate, methoxycinnamate, octinoxate, octisalate, oxybenzone, and PABA
Choosing quality and effective baby skin care products can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. It requires you to inform yourself in detail about the different ingredients and brands and find the right one for your child’s needs.