How to Take Care of Your Baby's Skin?

How to Take Care of Your Baby's Skin?

Parents, particularly those who are brand-new to the process, frequently have questions about caring for their baby's skin.

  • Can cream be applied to a baby's oily skin?
  • If my infant has sensitive skin, is it okay to use cream?
  • Which cream is the most suitable for my baby?
  • My infant has dry skin. How can I moisten it?
  • How do I treat my baby's oily skin?
  • How can I tell if the skincare product I'm using on my child is the proper one?

and so forth!

Continue reading to learn about the various skin types that a newborn may have and what you can (and should) do about it.

A Baby's Skin may Belong to one of Several Skin Types

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The skin type of a newborn baby can vary substantially. There are 6 main baby skin types that apply to infants of all ethnicities, despite the fact that they may display a variety of infant skin conditions.

Dry Skin

Typically, a newborn baby has dry skin. On the infant, the skin is generally dry and has rough spots that might emerge anywhere. The skin may even start to split in rare cases. Even though it shouldn't be a major cause for concern, if flaky newborn skin doesn't go away on its own after a while, we advise that you see a pediatrician.

Normal-Dry Skin

Your kid most likely has normal-dry skin if the skin is dry only on the surface. Again, nothing to be very concerned about. The infant's skin beneath the upper, dry surface, which acts as a skin barrier, is often hydrated and healthy.

Normal Skin

Normal skin is smooth and supple, with no noticeable color or texture differences.

Sensitive Skin

The symptoms that sensitive-skinned infants can experience are varied. The most typical of these is skin irritation in the form of eczema, a red, itchy rash that can emerge on your baby's face.

Diaper rash, a form of dermatitis that results in a patchwork of bright red skin surrounding the diaper area, is another typical symptom.

Good news: As the skin develops and ages, the sensitivity of a baby's skin reduces over time!

Oily Skin

This form of skin is caused by excessive sebum production, which leaves the skin's surface greasy. The extra oil on the skin's surface attracts dust and dirt from the surroundings. Additionally, blackheads, whiteheads, spots, and pimples are more common on oily skin.

Additional Types of Oily Skin Include the Following:

  • Natural oily skin: Majority of this skin type is hereditary. The amount of oil in the skin decreases with age.
    Plus point: The main advantage of having oily skin is that it doesn't age as quickly, which can be helpful as people get older and more prone to dry skin issues! 😀
  • Temporary oily skin: It is usually caused by increased oil secretion in such climatic conditions as hot, humid, and sultry weather. It is a transient condition that can return to its natural texture once normal weather circumstances are restored.

Combination Skin

This kind of skin is highly common. As the name implies, it is a mix of oily and dry skin, with certain portions of the face having oily skin and the rest having dry skin. The forehead, nose, and chin make up the central greasy panel, whereas the cheeks and the region around the eyes and mouth make up the dry panel. The T-Zone is the term used to describe the oily center panel. Each component of the face, in this condition, should be handled in accordance with the panel - either the dry panel or the central panel - to which it belongs.

How to Identify Combination Skin?

Look out for:

  • Shiny T-Zone - chin, nose's outer edges, and forehead
  • Flakiness and dryness around the lips, eyes, and cheeks
  • Tightness of the skin around the lips and eyes
  • Spotty and white skin, particularly on the cheeks and lips
  • Oily scalp

What can you do for your Baby’s Skin (as per their Skin Type)? Some Quick Tips

Dry and Normal-Dry Skin

Make sure the newborn's dry skin is kept moisturized, and retain oil on the surface of their flaky skin to prevent water from evaporating.

Normal Skin

Preventing dryness and irritation of the skin is crucial for your baby's regular skin care. Here are some steps you may take to avoid developing skin issues:

  • Avoid exposure to irritants such as colors and scents, particularly in the first several months of a newborn baby's life
  • To assist retain moisture, use oil-based products. Select items that contain organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, or organic sunflower oil.

Sensitive Skin

Your baby may be more prone to allergies and infections than adults if they have delicate skin. Babies with sensitive skin frequently get diaper rashes. Your baby's skin health may be impacted by the weather, the fabric of their clothing, the laundry detergent you use, and the types of skincare items you choose for them.

Use soft, ph-balanced, clean-natural products such as Truly Blessed’s Moisturizing Lotion, Soothing Dream Cream and Diaper Rash Cream, to take extra care of your baby’s skin! These products are specially made for sensitive skin!

Oily Skin

This kind of skin requires frequent and thorough cleaning. Do not, however, go overboard. Moreover, avoid applying greasy, difficult-to-absorb products to your baby's skin.

Check out the natural, all-in-one, head-to-toe Hair and Body Wash from Truly Blessed!

What to Watch out for while Buying Skincare Products for your Baby?

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It's important to use tried-and-tested items that are known for their quality and safety standards when purchasing skincare products for your infant. After all, a baby's skin is delicate and prone to dryness and irritation. To protect your baby's skin from environmental irritants like dust, you must use skin care products that are gentle yet effective.

Aim to buy baby-specific products at all times. Baby skin requires routine cleaning, massaging, and moisturizing. It is prone to dryness and does not respond well to adult-use products. Because of this, it's critical to select a skincare line designed especially for baby skin. These gentler products maintain the neutral pH balance of your child's skin, guarding it against irritation.

Here is a straightforward yet detailed checklist you can use when purchasing baby skincare items:

  • The product must maintain the natural moisture of a baby’s skin
  • It should be non-oily and readily-absorbable
  • It needs to be ph-neutral and hypoallergenic. Products that are hypoallergenic are designed to have the lowest potential risk of allergic response. Additionally, a baby's skin's pH is very important: babies have a pH of 7 at birth, and as they get older, it drops to about 5-5.5, protecting them from infections. Make sure your baby's skin is balanced, healthy, and protected against environmental irritants by using a pH-neutral baby lotion like Truly Blessed Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Products with an unbalanced pH might dry out the skin and lead to rashes.
  • It should form a protective coating on your baby's skin
  • It should have undergone clinical and dermatological testing, and pediatricians should recommend it
  • Harsh chemicals such as sulfates (SLS and SLES), parabens, colors, phthalates, soaps, paraffin, preservatives, and alcohols like propylene glycol should not be present. Babies may absorb more of these chemicals than adults do, which makes them more susceptible to any potential negative consequences. These compounds might also induce allergic reactions and other unpleasant side effects. They may also contribute to a variety of diseases, including autism spectrum disorders, low IQ, neurodevelopmental problems, behavioral problems, and asthma.

Even if you get hold of products that adhere to the checklist above, choose the ones that have these natural ingredients:

  • Calendula
    The relaxing, healing and antimicrobial qualities of the calendula flower have long been praised. In addition to being incredibly hydrating, it also contains anti-inflammatory components to hasten the healing of wounds including burns, scrapes, and cuts. 
  • Coconut Oil
    One of the most useful organic goods available has to be coconut oil. It is gentle, moisturizes the skin, and doesn't soak in too deeply. It can be found in diaper creams, baby sunscreen, and baby skin care products because it strengthens your baby's skin's outer layer like magic. It has natural antibacterial properties and is rich in vitamin E and lauric acid, which help relieve diaper rashes, skin blemishes, baby acne, and eczema breakouts.
  • Avocado Oil
    Consuming avocados is not only good for your health but applying the oil to your baby's skin has numerous advantages as well. It has antioxidant characteristics, is non-greasy and easily absorbed, and is a great source of fatty acids that repair skin. It's a great organic substance to use to hydrate your and your baby’s skin.
  • Shea Butter
    The fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals it contains make it a fantastic moisturizer. It is a fantastic product to include in your baby's daily skincare routine because it is thick and creamy. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory properties and soothes even the most sensitive skin. It is rich in vitamins A and E and encourages the development of collagen (ideal for all mothers!). It works particularly well in natural diaper cream or daily lotion because it will coat your baby's skin with a barrier of protection. 
  • Chamomile
    It has anti-inflammatory properties, which will help lessen redness and soothe any rashes or soreness. 
  • Colloidal Oatmeal
    Colloidal oatmeal is a wonderful natural product that, when used consistently, can dramatically help restore the moisture balance of your baby's skin by producing a waterproof barrier to protect areas that are particularly vulnerable to dryness and irritation. This ingredient's amazing quality of helping to lessen itching makes it an excellent remedy for treating your baby's dry skin and diaper rashes. 
  • Non-Nano Zinc Oxide
    We love non-nano zinc oxide since it works well and is gentle enough for a baby's sensitive skin. After diaper changes and baths, the skin mineral zinc protects your baby's delicate bottom by forming an impenetrable barrier.

Quick Word of Caution

Beware of the word “natural”!

Do not be duped by the word "natural" on the package because there is no law governing the marketing of products as "natural" in India. Products with the claim "100% Natural" may nonetheless contain dangerous preservatives or chemicals. A product for your kid should always have its ingredients carefully reviewed before being purchased. Check for the aforementioned substances as well as any other ingredient whose name you are unfamiliar with. Before making a purchase, check the product's safety for newborns and young children by researching any unusual substances.

Our Last Piece of Advice

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Because a baby's skin is more permeable and thinner than an adult's, caution should be used when putting antibiotics, parabens, or steroid creams on them. Even though a baby's skin heals more quickly than an adult's, it doesn't fully develop until they are 1 to 2 years old, necessitating extra care in the early years.

Baby skin requires good moisturizing because its natural moisture content is reduced.

For a baby's fragile skin, natural substances are the best. Since it is quite simple to irritate sensitive skin, mild skincare for babies is recommended. From the moment they enter the world, a newborn is exposed to daily irritants including environmental toxins, which can harm their health and highly sensitive skin. The good news is that one of the greatest ways to take care of your baby's skin and avoid skin problems is to choose hypoallergenic and natural ingredients. We assure you that it's a superb way to nourish and safeguard your baby's sensitive skin.

What if we say that your search for perfect skin and bath care products for your babies ends here? Well, have a look at Truly Blessed’s Collection of products that not only satisfy the strict checklist above but also have these beautiful, natural ingredients that we know, you and your baby will absolutely LOVE! They are pediatrician and dermatologist-approved. They are made especially for the delicate skin of babies so that each product is gentle even on the most sensitive skin!

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