After nine months in the womb, exposure to the outside world can be a real shock to baby’s skin. That’s because people have three distinct layers of skin, and it takes up to three years after birth for these layers to fully strengthen and develop. So no matter how careful you are about protecting baby from outside elements and harsh chemicals, he or she is bound to experience some kind of irritation. The good news: Implementing a skin care routine that targets baby’s specific needs with natural, plant-based ingredients is one of the best ways to treat skin conditions (or prevent them in the first place). Read on to see which ingredients are best for your baby’s skin—and which products from Mustela’s hypoallergenic Bébé line you might want to try.
1. The Ingredient: Avocado
The Skin Type: All Skin Types
You likely know about the benefits of eating avocados (quick recap: the fruit contains healthy fats and is packed with vitamins and nutrients), but using it on skin—especially delicate and sensitive types—is a great way to protect and hydrate. That’s why Mustela incorporates natural active ingredient Avocado Perseose® into all its baby skin care products. This patented plant ingredient facilitates the production of proteins and lipids, which build the skin barrier to protect against the outside environment and prevent dryness.
How to Use It: During bath time, lather baby using Mustela Gentle Cleansing Gel. Made from 90 percent plant-based ingredients including Vitamin B5, this delicate soap-free solution will cleanse and soothe baby’s skin while preventing it from drying out. Once baby is dried off, apply Hydra Bébé® Body Lotion, a non-greasy formula that will quickly lock in moisture.
2. The Ingredient: Ceramides
The Skin Type: Dry Skin
When babies are in utero, their skin is protected and nourished around the clock by mom’s amniotic fluid. But without this 24/7 moisture pod, it’s common for baby’s skin to become dry and flaky after birth, especially in cold weather and low humidity. In this case, it takes more than a light cleanser or lotion to do the trick. Using a thick formula with ceramides (the lipid molecules that hold skin cells together) will help replenish moisture and strengthen the outer layer of baby’s skin.
How to Use It: If you notice flaky, dry skin apply a moisturizer like Mustela N ourishing Cream with Cold Cream. Designed to be extra-hydrating, it’s formulated with skin-softening ingredients like shea butter and ceramides infused with cold cream to build a healthy skin barrier. Swap your go-to cleanser for one like Mustela Nourishing Cleansing Gel with Cold Cream, a two-in-one product for skin and hair that’ll protect baby from the drying effects of bath time. On cold and windy days, stash Mustela Hydra-Stick with Cold Cream in your diaper bag for on-the-go relief—the travel-size stick will calm the skin and create a protective barrier from harsh weather.
3. The Ingredient: Sunflower Oil
The Skin Type: Eczema-Prone Skin
Although dry skin is common in newborns, nearly 10 percent of infants in the U.S. develop eczema, a more severe condition, after two months of age. These dry, flaky patches tend to show up in skin creases, like the inner elbows, behind the knees and the fold between the head and neck. (Baby is more likely to have eczema if your family has a history of allergies or asthma.) To prevent flare-ups, look for products made with natural ingredients and avoid fragrances and chemical additives. Sunflower Oil Distillate in particular is key for soothing.
How to Use It: Choose products specifically designed for eczema-prone skin, like Mustela’s Stelatopia® line, which contains Sunflower Oil Distillate. These products are formulated to replenish the skin’s lipids and maintain a healthy, moisturized skin barrier between flare-ups. Apply Stelatopia® Emollient Balm or Cream twice a day on baby’s dry spots. To relieve irritation and counteract the drying effects of bath time, use Stelatopia® Bath Oil with mild-temperature water. If nighttime scratching and discomfort is a problem, apply Stelatopia® Emollient Cream before putting on baby’s pajamas.
4. The Ingredient: Zinc Oxide with a Plant-Based Boost
The Skin Condition: Diaper Rash
Newborns go through 6 to 10 diapers a day, so it can be tough to keep skin in the diaper area clean and dry. If you see red or irritated skin crop up on baby’s bottom, you’ve likely got a diaper rash on your hands. It’s an incredibly common condition, but a little zinc oxide—which you’ll find in most diaper creams—can prevent it by creating a barrier against wetness. Mustela Diaper Rash Cream 1 2 3 also contains extra ingredients to help soothe baby’s skin, including the plant-based combo of Sunflower Oil Distillate to repair, Oxeoline of Alcacea® to reduce inflammation, and Avocado Perseose® to protect the diaper area from further irritation.
How to Use It: Apply Diaper Rash Cream 1 2 3 as part of your diaper-changing routine.
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