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Caring For
Your Child's
Hair & Skin

How to keep your child's skin healthy-looking

As a parent, one of the many jobs on your endless ‘to do’ list is to discover the best ways to protect and care for your little ones. You hear so much conflicting advice about what to do and what not to do it can sometimes feel like you’re trying to decode a complex maths equation. But when it comes to children’s skincare, your mission is simple – to keep their skin as soft, supple and hydrated as it was the day they were born.

Birth To 3 Years Old

There’s nothing quite like a newborn’s skin to make you go gaga. The touch, the smell, the look: it’s no wonder we want to try and maintain this perfect state for as long as possible. However, when babies are first born, their skin is very thin and susceptible to damage so it’s wise to take extra special care. Thankfully, as they get older, skin becomes stronger and develops its own natural barrier.

But even with this natural barrier in place it’s still vital to introduce a proper skin care routine from an early age. This means avoiding exposure to too much sun – although a healthy dose of vitamin D is essential for bone and teeth development – buying products that are suitable for your child’s skin type, and remembering to apply sun cream even during the winter months.

Bath time is the perfect prelude to bedtime, and a regular routine can help in your quest to get little ones tucked up before the witching hour kicks in. It’s also a good time to start establishing healthy skincare routines: encourage little ones to wash their hands, face and any other pongy areas if they’re not having a bath and always use a gentle cleansing product at bath time, such as Vosene Kids Gentle to Skin Sensitive Hair & Body Wash.

How can I protect my toddler’s skin from the sun?

Whatever the age, it’s essential to take extra special care when your little ones are out in the sun. According to the NHS, sunburn that blisters before the age of 20 can double the risk of malignant melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. So rule number one when it comes to sun care is to start your summer time rituals when your child is still young. This will avoid mini meltdowns and sun cream-induced tears and tantrums as they get older.

You don’t need to bury your head – or child! – in the sand, just read our handy tips below to ensure a burn-free beach trip:

  • Invest in a wide-brimmed hat – make sure your child wears it at school, in the park and on the beach. If your child is as head strong as many out there, opt for a fun cap with a flap at the back to protect the neck
  • Cover up when the sun is at its hottest – this is generally between 11am and 3pm
  • Find some shade – seek out a tree or umbrella, these can offer a welcome respite from the sun’s harsh rays
  • Apply sun cream every 3-4 hours – keep a handy-sized bottle in your bag if you’re on the move
  • Invest in a pair of sunglasses – there are lots of cute kids designs out there
  • Keep hydrated – the key to avoiding sunstroke
  • Don’t let the sea fool you – the reflection from the sun can cause sunburn, so slather on the cream and stay covered up

Skin checklist Birth to 3 years old

  • Take extra special care of skin when babies are very young as it’s more susceptible to damage
  • Encourage healthy hygiene routines early on – this will set them up well for later on in life
  • Always use a gentle hair and body wash on young skin
  • Apply sun cream throughout the year – winter sun can be just as damaging as summer rays

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