As the seasons change, so do our skincare needs and this is also true for children. Sore, chapped skin can often be a problem in the cold months but there are steps you can take to make sure young skin is protected from the elements. Read below to discover some useful autumn/winter skincare tips for your children.
Give compromised skin TLC - If your child has severe eczema, then it’s recommended to treat their skin with some extra care. However, do be mindful. Using over-the-counter moisturisers may seem like the best choice but they can actually cause more harm than good on compromised skin, and so you need to be cautious. It is worth talking to your GP or pharmacists for barrier-repair products. This is because OTC products can sometimes aggravate broken skin, causing further irritation.
Don’t forget sunscreen - Just because it does not feel hot does not mean that the sun's not shining. UV rays are present even when the sun is shining. They pass through the clouds, reflecting off the show. This is why it is a good idea to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 whenever you head outside with your children, no matter how bad the weather is.
Moisturise well – It’s really important to moisturise well at this time of year. Once your child has been bathed, use a towel to pat them dry, and then apply a moisturising cream or lotion within the first three minutes of them getting out of the water. This is advisable because it helps the skin to retain some of the water, preventing it from drying out, which is common at this time of year. Look for ingredients like glycerin and shea butter (butyrospermum parkii), as they help attract water to the skin.