Characteristics of babies' and children's skin

Babies' and children's sensitive skin needs special care. A baby's skin is five times thinner than an adult's. A child's skin does not become as functional as an adult's until around the age of 6, so it tends to be much more sensitive to external factors. In the youngest children, the skin's natural protective barrier is still unstable.

Consequently, the skin reacts much more rapidly to temperature fluctuations, chemical fragrances and preservatives or aggressive surfactants; the result is changes in the skin. For this reason, it is important to cleanse children's skin gently and to provide active support and care for the skin's natural protective barrier with nourishing oils. Skincare products should consist of exclusively natural materials.*

There's a good rule of thumb when it comes to caring for babies' and children's tender skin: Less is more. That's why mild, neutral care products with natural ingredients and nourishing oils and without fragrances are the best way to care for babies' and children's sensitive skin.**

* Birgit Gebauer-Sesterhenn / Dr. med. Manfred Praun (2010); 'Das große GU Babybuch.' Munich; GRÄFE UND UNZER Verlag GmbH; 2nd Edition; p. 48
** Dr. rer. nat. Claudia Schrader - Head of Scientific Documentation at lavera


Babies' skin has special needs in certain seasons; in summer and winter, the skin is subjected to particular stress. Sufficient sun protection is extremely important in summer. If babies are bathed frequently, it's best not to put bath additives in the water. However, if parents opt for a gentle lather, they should make sure they rinse the baby's skin thoroughly after bathing.

In winter, the cold weather and especially the dry air from heating systems can dry out the skin. The skin generally absorbs sufficient moisture from bathing. However, a baby's sensitive skin may require the application of additional moisturiser after a bath. Oil-based bath additives that soothe the skin can also be helpful here.

The gentle, mild care products in the Baby & Children Sensitive line from lavera are also ideal for adults with sensitive or eczema-prone skin.

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