Dry skin is common in babies and it can be particularly vulnerable. It therefore needs moisturizing daily to protect it from environmental factors that may cause irritation.
External aggressors such as hard water, exposure to sunlight, wind and cold winter temperatures can affect babies with the most sensitive skin and cause dryness on the face or body. It is important to prevent this type of skin reaction and relieve it with products specially developed for infant skin.
How to recognise dry to very dry skin
- Skin is rough to the touch.
- Localised redness and irritation.
Does your baby have dry skin? Get into good habits:
- Use warm water for baths (35°C maximum) and keep them short (no more than 2 to 3 minutes) on alternate days to avoid drying the skin further.
- At bath-time, use soap-free products enriched with superfatting agents to protect the skin from the drying effects of the bath.
- f your baby has particularly dry skin, add 5 to 10 pumps of Biolane Sweet Almond Oil Spray to the running water. This will help prevent the bath water from drying out the skin too much.
- After the bath, use a cotton towel to pat the skin dry gently without rubbing.
- Next, moisturize with a nourishing cream or hydrating body milk to help replenish lipids and restore the skin barrier.
- Choose cotton clothing that lets the skin breathe.
- Use washing powder or liquid specially formulated for baby clothes.
Good to know
The wind and cold can dry out the skin and cause it to look blotchy and chapped. Apply a nourishing skincare product to protect it from external aggressors (e.g. cold, wind, pollution and hard water) at least once a day and before going out.
To avoid heatstroke and prevent dehydration, babies should never be exposed to direct sunlight. They need plenty of fresh water to drink and should be cooled down regularly. Protect your baby from heatstroke with a wide-brimmed hat, a cotton T-shirt, Bermuda shorts and sunglasses. Finally, opt for a high-factor sunscreen made specifically for children, but not if your baby is younger than 6 months old, as UV filters can be allergenic.