A baby’s skin is pure, sensitive and delicate. The baby has been in the mother’s protective womb and then suddenly the baby’s skin is exposed to the atmosphere and the environmental elements. There are many baby skin care products on the market now. Many of these products claim to be “natural,” however they may still contain harsh ingredients. Read below to learn more about baby skin and the best ingredients for baby skin products.
A newborn baby is born with wrinkly skin and a protective layer called the vernix. This vernix will naturally fall off during the first week. Avoid rubbing or removing this layer. Newborns have thin and sensitive skin compared to mature adult skin. Because of the thinness, this can make baby skin prone to bacterial growth and irritation.
Choose Natural & Organic Ingredients
Products applied to a baby’s skin should be minimal, very mild and made from natural ingredients, especially baby products that do not rinse off and stay on the skin. Products that stay on the skin can easily irritate a baby’s skin especially if there are harsh ingredients in it. It is best to use baby products made with the highest quality of natural ingredients and organic whenever possible and containing no harsh ingredients.
Baby Skin Care Products should match the natural pH of baby skin. This will help promote the formation of acid mantle.
Plant oils also called vegetable oils and carrier oils provide rich nourishment, protection and lubrication. The best plant oils are the least processed, organic, cold pressed and unrefined. The oils listed here are suitable and gentle for babies and children.
Organic Camellia Seed Oil is an excellent choice. This is a lightweight oil but very nourishing that can help calm baby skin. This oil wont clog pores and will absorb nicely into the delicate skin of a baby.
Or try these Organic plant oils: Almond, Apricot, Avocado, Jojoba, Olive, Sunflower.
Herbs & Ingredients
Herbs contain natural healing and beneficial properties. These can be excellent for sensitive baby skin or can help sooth diaper rash.
Calendula, Calendula officinalis: all-purpose skin healing herb. Calendula is soothing to the skin and promotes healing of minor cuts, rashes and chapped skin.
Chamomile, Matricaria recutita: Chamomile is a gentle herb to use for soothing rashes. It helps to relax and soothe the body and it is also anti-inflammatory.
Chickweed, Stellaria media: Chickweed is known for its healing properties for rashes.
Lavender, Lavandula officinalis: Lavender helps to soothe, calm, relax and promote sleep. Lavender is known as a skin reparative herb that promotes rapid healing.
Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis: Lemon Balm is a mild herb that helps to calm and relax.
Oatmeal, Avena Sativa: Oatmeal helps to soothe nerves and the skin. It helps relieve itching.
Plantain, Plantago major: Plantain helps to heal wounds and reduce itching.
Roses, Rosa centifolia: Roses are calming, soothing and comforting.
Hydrosols can be beneficial for baby skin. These are mild and deliver plant nutrients to the skin. Hydrosols may be a better option to essential oils, since they are more mild.
Try: Organic German Chamomile, Organic Lavandula Hydrosol, Organic Yarrow Hydrosol
Formulating Organic Baby Care Products
Do you want to learn to formulate so you can make baby skin care products? We teach how to become a natural skin care cosmetic formulator in our Diploma Course. You will learn how to make many natural product formulations that can be customized for baby skin.
These formulas taught in our Pro Natural Skin Care Formulation Course can be excellent for baby skin. Formulas: Shea Butter Lotion, Calm Skin Moisturizer, Nourishing Cupuacu Cream, Moisturizing Body Wash.