Winter Skincare 101 : How to soothe and protect your child during the cold season

Temperature is a big factor in the changes your skin experiences. In some countries where the cold is notorious can completely give your skincare stash a major routinary change--which is a case for places with harsher season changes. Your products for summer or spring can be different for fall and winter seasons because of some ingredients that can make it worse if used interchangeably.

Many dermatologists recommend that in order to protect anyone from dry skin in winter, one should limit bath time.

Why do you think we experience dry skin in winter? It's because the humidity level drops and the water in your skin evaporate more quickly. It makes your skin feel dry, tight and look flaky. Babies and kids are not exempted to the winter dry spell so here are some tips on how you can get ahead with your baby's winter skincare regimen.

1. Assess your baby's skin type. Regardless of its type, the skin is bound to get dry in winter but assessing your baby's skin type can easily give you hints on what products to choose.

2. Moisturize multiple times a day but only wash your child's face with cleanser once a day. Skip alcohol-based cleansers--alcohol based products add a drying sensation to the skin. If you must, you can use a more gentle cleansing oil.

3. Skip water-based moisturizers. It is advisable to use highly creamy products for face and body. Use petroleum jelly and healing ointments and apply on damp skin for a more effective absorption. Although thick emollients are quite effective, kids sometimes don't like the feeling of ointments in their skin. You may stick to creams instead. To soothe the winter woes of dry skin, check out natural and organic products that contain coconut oil, honey or cucumber. These are best for the ultimate hydration! 

 

4. Don’t forget sunscreen. Even when it’s cold and gloomy, UV rays are present and they pass through clouds and reflect off snow. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or more to exposed skin on a child’s face every morning before heading outdoors. This is especially important if you and your kids will be playing outside for prolonged periods or if you are skiing [or] snowboarding. Higher altitudes mean you are closer to the sun and more likely to sunburn. 

 

5. Your heating system might suck out all the air in the house, which means that your skin doesn't get enough air on the inside or outside of the home. If dry skin seems to be a big problem and the whole family struggles with it, a humidifier might be the right solution.

 

6. Shop comfortable clothing for your kids. When it comes to the best material for winter clothing, you should opt for cotton. The natural material allows the skin to breathe, protects it from any harsh elements and helps keep the body's own oils in place. It also won't cause friction like some synthetic materials--a good pick for the winter wardrobe. 

 

7. The best approach towards your child's skincare is “less is safe”. At a young age, their skin is very vulnerable to allergies triggered by the use of harsh products. Toxin-filled soaps and shampoos, harsh detergents are the main culprits to your child's skin issues. Instead, use products that are specifically designed for the young ones like natural and organic mild baby soap, tear-free shampoo and gentle lotion.

 

What other things do you do to make sure that your child's skin is protected during the winter season? For the best natural and organic products, browse through the Zafra website!