fr

Taking care of your baby’s sensitive skin

Stéphanie Tingman, cosmetician at Brunet Lafontaine and Brunet in St-Jérôme Comments

Infant skin is different from adult skin in composition, appearance, and function. That is why skin care for our little treasures must take these differences into account. Here are some helpful tips.

Baby skin has the same number of layers as adult skin, but each layer is much thinner. As a result, a baby’s epidermis is much finer, less robust, and more sensitive to stresses of all kinds.
In addition, the cellular composition of the outer layer, also known as the stratum corneum, is less dense than in adults, while the sweat and sebum glands are less active.

Baby’s skin is more vulnerable

For all of these reasons, baby skin is especially vulnerable to contact with chemical, physical, and microbial particles. What that means is that infants cannot guard against the daily threats to healthy skin that we face. What are these threats? Bacteria, mites, and UV rays to name but a few.

Melanin: a defence against UV radiation

Ultraviolet rays are especially dangerous since babies usually have lighter skin, which is due to lower melanocyte production. Melanocytes are cells that secrete melanin, which gives skin a darker colouring. Melanin acts as a protective cover against UVA and UVB.

Skin care tips for your baby

Now that we know how fragile and sensitive your baby’s skin is, here are some tips to put into practice.

Use mild soap. There’s no point trying all sorts of products just because they make attention-grabbing claims. To keep baby skin perfectly clean, a few basic items will do. The key thing is not to use a product that may irritate your baby’s skin. Creamy soap or shower gel, along with mild shampoo, are just what you need.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Infant skin easily dries out, both in warm summer weather and cold winter conditions, and in heated homes. Apply moisturizing cream for sensitive skin daily and liberally. You’re not sure which product to choose? Speak with one of our cosmeticians: they are specially trained in dermocosmetic products and can help you.

Avoid long baths and water that is too hot. Soaking a long time in hot water removes lipids from the skin. It’s best to keep baths short and water lukewarm.

Use sunblock as soon as your baby is exposed to the sun. Sunscreen is essential. As mentioned above, infant skin is particularly vulnerable to UV rays. A hat and sunscreen are a must. To find out more, read these tips on protecting your baby in the sun.

In closing, if you have any questions about a product, check the list of ingredients, and put it back on the shelf if it contains parabens, phthalates or polyethylene glycol (PEG).

For you, I suggest

  • Creme lavante Uriage
  • Lotion Anthelios Dermo-kids La Roche-Posay

Read more on the subject

Look beautiful for the holidays at any age

Read article +

5 tips for dealing with perspiration

Read article +

How to look good when camping

Read article +

How to pamper yourself with a home spa session

Read article +

Sunscreen: choosing the right lotion

Read article +

Beauty and skin care guide for autumn

Read article +

Great tips for firm skin

Read article +

Baby skin problems

Read article +

Winterproofing your baby

Read article +
Bébé jouant au bord de la mer

Protecting babies from the sun – sunscreen for your little ones

Read article +

Understanding and treating sunburn

Read article +

5 essential beauty secrets during pregnancy

Read article +

Sun protection for teens

Read article +

Summer ritual

Read article +

Spring ritual

Read article +

6 beauty tips for teens

Read article +

The beauty benefits of rose-based products

Read article +

The truth about cellulite and tips to reduce its appearance

Read article +

Exfoliation: the basis of a good skin-care routine!

Read article +

10 golden rules for youthful-looking skin

Read article +

The best sunscreen for your skin type

Read article +

What is dermocosmetics?

Read article +

Brunet and dermocosmetics

Read article +

Comment the article

Stay informed!
Stay informed!

Get the latest news about new trends and Brunet promotions!

Stay informed. Sign up for the Brunet newsletter!