Mums, did you know that your skin can become almost as fragile as your baby’s? Give your skin the care it deserves by treating it with TLC. Presented by A-Derma.
Most of us know that baby skin is delicate, extra sensitive, easily irritated, and prone to different kinds of rashes. But not everyone knows about the toll that motherhood takes on new mums’ skin. The lack of sleep, the demands of new-born care, and fluctuating hormones can make your skin dull, dry, and prone to wrinkles and blemishes.
In short, your skin deserves just as much TLC as your baby’s. It’s a good thing; what’s good for baby is also good for mum! Here are some skincare tips that work for both you and baby.
Because your baby’s immune system hasn’t fully developed, they’re more vulnerable to infections and illnesses. That’s why keeping your baby’s skin clean is so important. Wash their beddings with a mild, fragrance-free detergent; and when handling your baby, always make sure that your hands are clean.
However, be careful not to overdo it. Babies—especially new-borns—don’t need frequent bathing. Bathing your baby too often could dry out your baby’s skin and leave it more vulnerable. Clean your baby’s mouth and diaper area with water and/or a mild cleanser, but other than that, 2-3 sponge baths per week (or even less) should be enough for the first year.
Similarly, you shouldn’t be so overzealous when it comes to cleansing your skin. To prevent stripping your skin of the natural oils that protect it, choose mild soaps and cleansers that you and baby can share, like A-Derma’s Soothing Foaming Gel and Dermatological Bar. Or, you could do away with soaps altogether and opt for a cleansing oil, like A-Derma’s Exomega Emollient Cleansing Oil.
After bathing your baby, you can use a gentle, fragrance-free cream or ointment to lock in the moisture and prevent dry skin and rashes. This applies to your own skin as well—the best time to moisturise is right after your shower, when your skin isn’t completely dry.
For very dry and atopic skin, try A-Derma’s Exomega Emollient Lotion and Exomega Emollient Cream, both appropriate for the whole family, even infants!
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