An Insider's Look at Baby Skincare
There’s now quite an unstoppable rise of clean skincare for babies, and we’re thankful. The movement was created by concerned mothers who became educated on toxic ingredients that may cause unnecessary harm to their baby. Unfortunately, not all mothers are aware of these dangers, and they may be unknowingly putting their babies at risk.
Here’s what you need to know:
Though we know there’s no better feeling than touching your baby’s soft skin, moisturizing it with the wrong products may have a negative impact on their health. The good news is that there are many alternatives to softening your baby’s skin, minus the chemicals.
Using plant-based ingredients, like Calendula, help naturally soothe and calm your baby’s skin without the need for harsh preservatives or chemicals. Elizabeth Parker’s Organic Calendula Baby Balm, combined with Manuka honey and Lavender, allow for maximum comfort and moisture for your baby’s skin. With high anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, your baby’s skin will be undeniably protected. The best part is that it can also be used from head to toe, treating baby acne, bug bites, and even Eczema.
Babies are born with an acid mantel which protects their skin. When this begins to slough off, it may appear as dry skin. It is critical to keep their skin moisturized as much as possible. By using naturally soothing products like organic Calendula Baby Balm, you’ll have the perfect solution to all of your baby’s skin needs.
Dealing with Cradle Cap
No one wants to see dry flakes and scales on their first baby… or third. Cradle cap is quite common in newborns and babies younger than eight months. Though cradle cap can disappear in the first few weeks, other times it can still linger there for months.
It is believed that cradle cap occurs as a result of hormones being left in the body during pregnancy. This makes the skin cells on the baby’s head stick to the scalp, resulting in the visible flakes and scales. Also, if you have a family history of allergic conditions such as dermatitis or eczema, the chances of the cradle cap increase.
On a more positive note, there’s a solution! If you notice your baby has developed a cradle cap, make sure to regularly wash their hair with our Baby Shampoo, and to loosen the flakes or scales with a soft baby brush.
What would be even more effective is using a cradle cap scrub, which specifically targets this condition by gently exfoliating the skin and removing the flakes. Formulated with natural ingredients such as aloe Vera, manuka honey, ceramic, sugar maple extract, and walnut shell powder, it makes the perfect recipe for a clean scalp.
Did you know? Babies have different pH levels than us adults. While we have an average pH level of 5.5, babies are at a neutral state of 7 for 3 days after birth only, then the pH begins to drop. After 3 days it drops to about 6.0 pH and after 30 days it stabilizes to 5.5 pH. Though skin pH gradually becomes more acidic as we age, protecting your baby’s natural pH levels will help promote healthy skin at the earliest stage.
The issue with skincare products nowadays is that they are not pH-balanced for the baby. Many soaps and bubble baths are alkaline and can even disturb the neutral or acid pH level of your baby’s skin, causing irritation and possibly chemical burn.
The take home is to make sure that your baby’s skincare products are pH-balanced and do not include alcohols or chemicals that can disrupt its natural harmony.
The best surprise of all is that we’ve done the research for you. Elizabeth Parker Naturals’ baby products are pH-balanced and perfectly designed to help soothe and replenish your baby's beautiful skin. Here are some products you’ll love.