The Royal Baby Has Arrived
Yesterday was a cause for celebration: the Duchess of Cambridge's son was born in London, a patriotic moment for Brits and Anglophiles around the world! Whilst we await news of the baby boy's name, it's open to speculation what Kate and Wills will be using to care for their newborn (apart from several nannies, of course). It's a well-known fact that young infants are particularly susceptible to skin conditions in their first few months of life, so what are the dos and don'ts of caring for newborn (and new mum) skins?
Avoid products containing...
Alcohol and Ethanol: although convenient, avoid using alcohol and ethanol-based antibacterial wipes to clean your baby. They can cause erythma and skin irritation.
Lanolin: derived from the wool of the sheep, lanolin can irritate sensitive baby skins and exacerbate cases of nappy rash. This popular ingredient is commonly found in soaps and washing powders.
Fragrance: anything containing a high quantity of perfumes (including Johnson's Baby range) is a no-no, due to risk of skin irritation.
Parabens: keep products containing parabens well away from mum, baby and family! These are carcinogenic and have been found to be linked to cancer.
Petroleum: found in many emollients (for example Vaseline), overusing petroleum-based products on infant skins can cause seborrheic dermatitis or 'cradle cap'.
bea Skin Care's Solar Defence: this is an extraordinarily mild formula which is safe for busy mothers who wish to protect their skin whilst avoiding the onset of post-pregnancy melasma. It offers high factor sun protection (30) without clogging or staining the skin, with arbutin working to lighten discolouration and hyaluronic acid for moisture. Unlike conventional sunscreens, it does not contain chemicals and provides a light, natural smell.
bea Skin Care's Argan Oil Beauty Bar (100g): this gorgeous, lightweight soap is PH balanced and contains natural argan oil. It's so gentle it can be used on adult and baby skins. It helps the skin to retain moisture whilst remaining non-greasy. Additionally, it protects (rather than strip) the skin's natural moisture barrier and prevents hormonal acne flare-ups in new mums.
bea Skin Care's Essential Range: this is a great range for tired, stressed-out mums and dads! Containing completely natural organic ingredients, we can recommend the ultra-hydrating Organic Cleansing Wipes (great for removing makeup on the go), together with the revitalising Vitamin Infused Kojac Sponges, which are extremely gentle and anti-inflammatory face mask). Due to Ormedic's. The use of botanical ingredients - including aloe vera and vitamin E - means that new mums can be safe when coming into contact with sensitive baby skins.
*For further information on harmful skin care chemicals, check out this excellent article by Dr. Frank Lipman.