We have all heard the expression ‘as soft and smooth as a babies bum’ before; derived from the silkiness of babies skin. However, having such soft and smooth skin goes hand-in-hand with ultra sensitivity and delicacy, which is far more susceptible to skin conditions. Winter in particular, affects baby’s skin, with less time out of their clothes for skin to breathe, sweating and also exposure to wind and fluctuating temperatures. Skin conditions can worsen and it’s important to stick to mild, safe and specifically developed products for babies.
Today, we look at Eczema (a skin condition that affects 1 In 5 infants), dry skin and the best new products for sensitive skin types…
According to the experts at www.babycenter.com.au (an Aussie baby site for new mothers), most doctors use the terms dermatitis and eczema to describe the same thing. There are different types of eczema, depending on the root causes of the problem. They all have one thing in common; they result in dry, itchy, red and cracked skin, which can become sore and bleeding through scratching. The areas most affected are the hands, face, elbows and knees.
Recommended products to treat eczema contain oats. Oats have a long history of being valued for skin care dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who used oat baths to heal skin ailments. Now skin care companies are developing innovative formulations, using finely milled (colloidal) oatmeal that retains the naturally active benefits of the oats. The resulting products allow for a decrease in eczema symptoms, leading to a much happier bub.
Curash Soothing Oatmeal Conditioning Shampoo
Enriched with active oat peptides for hair strength and shine, this hair product naturally relieves a dry and sensitive scalp. All Curash formulas have been developed with an oatmeal extract base, which is perfect for baby’s sensitive and delicate skin. Rescu. editor’s new bub has roadtested the Curash range, and recommends it for sensitive scalps and says the range is excellent all round.
RRP $9.99. Available from Woolworths and selected retailers nationally.
Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash
Make your babies bath-time a fun time with this luxe cream wash. Tear-free, it is specifically formulated with natural colloidal oatmeal and rich emollients to gently cleanse and soothe dry skin. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, it’s gentle enough for everyday use on dry, sensitive skin. This is a winter winner and can be used straight in the bath or on a washer. Rich and creamy.
RRP $10.99. Stockists number 1800 678 380.
All round treatment of dry and sensitive skin: Like adults, babies are rugged up and sensitive skin does not get sufficient airing and moisturisation during cooler months. Heating, wind and being constantly covered up don’t help. Here are a few great products to try for dry spots and flared up sensitivity.
Dr Roebucks Bubs & Bits
This soothing moisturiser is perfect for post waxing, post shaving, nappy rash and all those precious and sensitive parts. BUBS & BITS active ingredients work in harmony with your skin to repair, replenish and soothe those precious areas that need special attention. The formula can be used by all; is tested under the strictest physician supervision, is Paraben and BPA free, as well as being active and non-toxic, making it suitable for even the most sensitive skin.
RRP $29.95. www.drroebucks.com.au
L’OCCITANE Mum & Baby Cream
This cream is just delightful and makes for a luxurious bath time treat. It hydrates, comforts and softens the fragile skin of babies and the delicate skin of new Mums. Rich in Shea butter (7%), this nourishing formula with sweet almond oil and calendula extract help soothe irritated skin and prevent redness. Both mum and bub’s skin is left supple and smooth. We also love the delicious and oh-so mild fragrance of this product.
RRP $29.95. Call 02 8912 3000 for stockists. www.loccitane.com.au
Great for replenishing oils and a great option for all bubbas during winter months:
DermaVeen Baby Bath Oil
Specifically developed for babies, this very excellent and non greasy bath oil has been formulated for the most delicate and precious skin. pH balanced and free from fragrances, lanolin, parabens or dyes; the oil can be used everyday from birth or to specially target skin symptoms like eczema, dry patches, nappy rash, dermatitis and even minor sunburns. The natural colloidal oatmeal formula has been shown to have an anti-itch and anti-inflammatory effect, which also reduces water loss from the skin. The product works by leaving a residual film of natural oatmeal on the skin so as to help restore the skin’s natural protective barrier and maintain optimal skin pH.
RRP $14.95. The DermaVeen Baby range is available from selected pharmacies and Priceline stores nationwide. For more information visit www.dermaveen.com.au
For a little extra loving….
Winter is a great time to treat babies with a little extra nourishment and care. We can’t go past the benefits of baby massage. There are great courses offered in every state (ask your state baby centre for recommendations) and www.babycentre.com.au also provides tips and videos on how to perform a safe and lovely massage. Try a good quality, organic baby massage oil or a natural lubricant such as jojoba oil.
We are loving:
A’Kin Pure Baby Comforting Massage Oil – a dermatologist approved massage oil, specifically formulated and blended for babies skin. A unique blend of certified organic calendula, certified organic lavender, rose, jasmine and ylang ylang flower oils help to relax baby while apricot kernel oil hydrates and soothes.
RRP $14.95. Available from your local health food store, David Jones, pharmacy, TVSN, online outlets or naturopath.
Or make your own blend using Pure Australian Golden Jojoba Oil (RRP $18.95) and a drop of Lavender and Camomile Oil which can be found at your local pharmacy.