Babies' and children’s skin are more permeable than adults, with their skin being more prone to infections and reactions to harsh chemicals and less able to defend against allergens and microbes. Some children suffer with more sensitive skin than other children, and the different chemicals that are found in the skincare you are using on your child can have a different impact on their sensitive skin. Some ingredients and chemicals in products can irritate and hurt your child’s skin at such a young age leaving them with further problems in the future. An example being rashes or hives showing up on your child’s body from these harsh chemicals.
In the UK 1 in 5 children suffer with eczema, with the NHS spending £700 million on skin conditions every single year. Additionally, 38% of the children in the UK are reported to have dry skin, 17% of children in the UK are suffering with cracked skin whilst alarmingly 6% are experiencing the distress and pain of bleeding hands.
There are some ingredients that you should look for when it comes to skincare products you are using on your children’s skin and we’ll take a look....
Shea Butter is the first one you should be thinking about. Products containing Shea Butter are an ideal cosmetic ingredient for softening skin and is perfect for young children’s skin that hasn’t actually fully developed yet, it will help keep the skin soft and smooth. Shea Butter also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Using Shea Butter on your skin can also condition, tone and smooth your young one’s skin.
If your child shows signs for redness, dry or flaking skin then Coconut Oil is a must. This oil contains properties that help manage and relieve these symptoms. Coconut Oil helps moisturise your child’s body and has natural anti-bacterial properties that help treat minor skin infections.
A little Coconut Oil after a bath can keep your child’s skin smooth and nourished. Coconut Oil doesn’t just have benefits for the skin, from bosting immunity to hair care so coconut oil has many benefits for kids.
This is also another ingredient that would benefit your child’s skin. This is because its anti-inflammatory and has a high quality of omega fatty acids that can help soothe of dry and itchy skin. Baobab can also promote a healthy skin barrier, the outermost layer of your skin acts as a barrier and protects it from the environmental stressors and pollution. It plays a vital role in keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised. Taking care of your skin’s barrier can go a long way in keeping your skin healthy and helping reduce the signs of aging. Baobab contains Vitamin E, which is great for moisturising the skin.
Baobab can also promote a healthy hair and scalp, the oils moisturising properties also make it a great hair oil, keeping the scalp hydrated and dry and flaky scalps at bay.
Calendula oil has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that make it useful in healing wounds, soothing eczema, and relieving diaper rash. It's one of the most suitable essential oils for sensitive skin, with it impressive properties it calms itching and irritation, ideal for children and babies that are struggling with eczema and extremely dry skin.
There are some of the incredible natural ingredients that you should look for when choosing which skincare products to use on your child’s skin. Our YARA Body Food was formulated for the most sensitive skin and has had some amazing results on the most delicate skin… check out the before and after below!
One of the biggest concerns for many parents is what state the planet will be left in for our children to grow up in. We are all doing our part to help the planet for future generations, looking for natural, biodegradable and recyclable products have a win-win – helping your child’s skin and our planet.