Extremely sensitive, baby's skin is an exceptional organ of communication with the outside world.
Very fine and delicate, at birth it is immature and is not yet well enough prepared for braving harsh external factors.
The way in which it functions and reacts is very different from that of an adult.
This is why from birth right up to maturity, baby's skin needs special products that are adapted to its fragility.
The skin of a newborn baby has a structure comparable to that of an adult, with its three layers: the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. What especially differentiates it is its functional immaturity, which perpetuates from birth until around the age of 8-10 years.
Its stratum corneum, the uppermost layer of the epidermis, is thin and under-developed: thinner than that of an adult, it is very permeable to chemical agents, hypersensitive and consequently more easily irritated.
Its thin and incomplete hydrolipidic film, ensures only weak protection:
- Deficient in sebum, the fatty matter which protects the epidermis from the risks of dryness and dehydration
- Deficient in sweat which hydrates the surface of the epidermis and gives it its physiological pH
Baby's epidermis is very sensitive to everyday harsh chemical factors (unsuitable cleansing products), mechanical factors (rubbing against nappies and clothes) and climatic factors (cold, sun, etc).
The first contact baby establishes takes place via the skin. It is the first sensory organ to develop. The skin takes approximately 10 years to develop all the defence mechanisms necessary for fighting against the harsh factors it encounters.
To respect baby's fragile skin, Biolane commits to offering you high tolerance and extremely gentle products.