The skin is the largest organ in the body, and its variety of functions include:
Picture this: at birth, your baby undergoes a dramatic transition from an aqueous to a dry environment. Their skin will continue to develop after birth and over time, but it is unable to perform all of its intended functions until it is fully developed.
There are many ways that baby skin is different from adult skin in structure, function and composition:
While baby skin is often thought of as ideal, beneath its soft and supple exterior are differences that can make it more susceptible to certain ailments.
Everything your baby comes into contact with during their first few months of life will influence the development of their skin. This includes changes in pH, skin-microbiome, hydration and lipid content. All babies’ skin should be treated as sensitive.
The upside? This also means they are also sensitive to your touch. Everytime you kiss or massage your baby, you stimulate the production of feel-good hormones and help your baby bond with you!
You have probably been given conflicting guidance on how to care for delicate baby skin. In fact, skincare used on babies is often too harsh and unnecessary. You may have been told to use too many products on your baby's skin. For example, you start with a cleanser that dries out your baby’s skin, followed by a moisturizer with harsh preservatives or fragrances and then a petroleum-based balm for eczema.
We need more innovation in the baby skincare market. The findings in clinical articles are often not used in the development of baby skincare products. For instance, we have been using foamy cleansers to clean baby skin for decades, but the anti-aging market has begun adopting gentler oil cleansing options for sensitive skin.
A basic understanding of the science of your baby’s skin will help you better care for it and ensure that it becomes healthy and resilient.
Want to learn how to protect your baby's skin-microbiome? Wondering what to look out for in a natural baby wash? Struggling with baby eczema?
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