Whether you have a newborn or a toddler, the importance of a baby skincare routine can’t be overlooked.
Babies don’t come with manuals and mastering their care can be overwhelming at times. However, knowing how to properly care for your baby’s skin can help them be happier, healthier, and more comfortable at all times.
At What Age Should You Start a Skincare Routine?
Many people don’t think about a skincare routine until they're much older - perhaps in their thirties or forties - and thinking about the effects of aging on the skin.
Your baby probably isn’t concerned about his under-eye circles. However, as a parent, it’s important that you take just as good care of your baby’s skin as you do your own.
Ideally, caring for your baby’s skin starts as soon as he is born. Newborns enter this world with wrinkly skin and a protective covering known as vernix. This will naturally peel off over the first week of life, making your baby look as though he has extremely dry skin.
Avoid the temptation to rub it or treat it with creams or lotions. Less is more when it comes to caring for the skin of a newborn. You should avoid bathing your child more than three times per week during the first year of life, as this can cause eczema or dryness.
Babies don’t get very dirty when they’re young! Give newborns a once-weekly sponge bath (less if the umbilical cord area is still healing). That’s all you need to do!
How Do You Take Care of Baby Skin?
As your baby gets older, there are a few other steps you should add to the skincare routine. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Limit Time in the Sun - and Use a Sunscreen
Until your baby gets a bit older, do your best to protect him from the harsh rays of the sun. Some vitamin D can be helpful, but not when the sun is intense.
Put your baby in loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and limit exposure between 10 am and 4 pm, when the UV rays are strongest.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against the use of sunscreen for children younger than six months, but those that are older can use an all-natural sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher after that point.
2. Treating Dry Skin
Dry skin is normal in babies, especially if they’re only a few weeks old. You don’t need to do anything to treat it.
However, if your baby is older and has cracked, dry skin, you can use a petroleum jelly-based product or another natural moisturizer that doesn’t contain dyes or perfumes. These can irritate the baby's skin further.
3. Bathing Best Practices
You should give your baby a bath on a regular basis, but every day is overkill. A short bath of five to ten minutes is all you need, ideally with water that is lukewarm so it doesn’t dry out your baby’s skin.
4. Don’t Worry About Cradle Cap and Other Common Issues
Cradle cap is a common issue that crops up in babies between ages three weeks and three months. Fortunately, it can often be prevented and addressed with a solid baby skincare routine.
This issue causes yellow, greasy-looking patches to appear on the head, eyebrows, or ears. It often clears up on its own but you can address it with a gentle shampoo and a scalp massage.
Skin conditions like contact dermatitis can also be triggered by various allergens like saliva, urine, dyes, or lotions. Watch for irritation and use unscented products whenever possible to avoid reactions.
Should Babies Have a Skincare Routine?
Although your baby’s skincare routine can be less in-depth (and costly!) than your own, it’s still important to attend to your child’s skin just as carefully.
You don’t need to use complicated products with complex ingredients. Instead, choose those that will nourish your baby’s skin in a more natural way. Avoid products with alcohol (which can be drying), preservatives, and other ingredients that can do more harm than good.
Miniz Market offers a variety of skincare products that are formulated specifically for tiny tots. They are vegan and cruelty-free, naturally hypogenic, and dermatologically tested. Unlike many of the other products out there for babies, these can be used right at birth - and they’re certified organic.
Whether you’re looking for products for your baby or toddler - or for yourself, the mommy! - you’ll find everything you’re looking for at Miniz Market.