‘Moms like us’ search for the best of the best for our little ones to coincide with the many health benefits and warnings that are constantly advertised today. But caring for your child’s skin doesn’t have to be a big chore.
To help you take out the guess work and ensure they have a healthy approach to skincare from the beginning, Buck Naked Soap Company has compiled three easy tips to keep your children and their skin happy and healthy – not to mention, save you both time and money.
1. Cut down on bath time
Add valuable time to your day by reducing their number of baths and your sweet pea’s skin will thank you. Unless a dirt emergency strikes, young children often only need bathing once or twice per week. Then follow each bath with an all-natural baby lotion on wet skin to help lock in moisture. Over-bathing can wash away the natural protective oil barrier, causing skin to become increasingly dry and irritated.
2. Limit the number of product you use and make sure they are natural
Your little one’s skin is growing as they are! In fact, their skin is much thinner than yours right now, making it extremely permeable and less effective as a natural defense and protective barrier. Since children’s bodies are also typically smaller, their skin surface to volume ratio is greater than an adult’s so their skin is more susceptible to absorption of potentially harmful substances and chemicals.
By limiting the number of products we use to care for our kids’ skin, we reduce their chances of developing skin irritations or sensitivities. It also limits their exposure to potential toxins and both their immediate and accumulative effects. We suggest sticking to minimal baby care products: just an all-natural bar of baby soap, an all-natural diaper cream without zinc, and an all-natural baby lotion. This will be kinder to your little one’s bottom, as well as your wallet!
3. Keep your child’s skin well-moisturized
Although they often look like our minis, children’s skin is not even considered comparable to ours until they are around age 5. Infants and toddlers have much thinner and more penetrable skin that does not produce protective oils as efficiently. This makes them less capable of retaining the water needed to maintain well-hydrated skin.
Using a natural moisturizer on your children daily can do wonders for maintaining the skin’s barrier function, which helps preserve, protect, and even enhance skin. The water, vitamins, and essential fatty acids that is helps supply are important to the complex system of our bodies and work as building blocks to help our children develop healthy, mature and well-functioning skin.
An excellent way to ensure proper skin hydration is a lotion massage. Whether for baby, toddler or child, this is wonderful bonding time with you, not to mention a great way to help them unwind and prepare for dreamland. Simply rub a liberal amount between your hands and gently massage into your child’s skin in one direction, away from the heart, to aid in relaxation and create a calming effect on the body.
About Rina Clarke & Buck Naked Soap
Rina Clarke is owner and founder of Buck Naked Soap Company, an all-natural Canadian bath and skincare brand. After 11 years in professional marketing and recruiting in Canada and the US, Rina founded Buck Naked out of a need for a truly natural baby product. Today, Buck Naked carries 9 product lines and over 40 products which can be found in 3 provinces, 1 state as well as on line. Rina can be reached at rinaclarke (at) me (dot) com, on Twitter at @BuckNakedSoapCo or on Instagram @rinaclarke.5