It is our job as parents to establish a skincare regimen, especially in caring for our children’s delicate skin. However, with so many options available, finding the safest products can seem to be akin to finding a needle in a haystack. We are pleased to share the basics of skincare for children, ingredients to be avoided, and more importantly, the ways in which Suu Balm can assist in providing a safe and effective solution.
Shopping for safe products does not have to be a daunting task. As long as you are equipped with the correct information, you can ensure that you will have safe skincare for sensitive skin.
Why skincare for kids matters
Forming good skincare habits from young is essential. It lays the foundation for healthier skin and it helps your child become less susceptible to common skin problems.Different skin comes with various types of concerns. It is therefore fortunate that there are a myriad of safe, natural ingredients available in children’s skincare products. As a result, you can find good support in many brands formulated to suit a child’s delicate skin.
Keep skincare simple
A child’s skincare regimen is relatively simple. It should include and commence with a gentle cleanser and finish off with a moisturiser. Read on to know how each step plays an essential role in skincare and what you should remember when choosing a product.
All skincare routines should start with a good cleanser to deal with all the sweat, dirt, and germs that children are exposed to as they play and explore.
A cleanser with a mild formula is a practical choice because it does the job while remaining gentle and soothing to the skin. In addition, a good product should be able to clean while retaining the skin’s healthy barrier and natural oils.
If the skin’s barrier gets damaged, it will result in tiny cracks that allow moisture to leak and foreign substances like irritants to seep in. Signs of a damaged barrier include dryness, redness, itching and stinging.
As children are more susceptible to irritants than adults, it is important to know which toxic ingredients are commonly found in cleansers in the OTC aisle. We will enumerate which ones to avoid later in this blog.
Moisturising should always come next to help seal in moisture after cleansing the skin. Unfortunately, most people think this is just an extra step best left in beauty routines. The truth however is that we can all benefit from it, especially in younger skin, which is not as capable in retaining moisture as compared to adults.
Most soaps can strip off the skin’s natural oils, leading to dryness, irritation and potential skin damage. In addition, moisture can quickly evaporate right after bathing. So it’s best to rehydrate the skin by applying a moisturiser immediately after a shower or bath.
Ingredients To Avoid
According to pediatric dermatologists, the younger a child is, the more sensitive their skin tends to be. It is common for children to develop skin irritations or allergies to common synthetic ingredients.Here’s a list of ingredients that you will want to avoid when buying skincare for children:
Synthetic Fragrance. Everyone loves a baby smelling like powder or fresh jasmine. But the truth is fragrance is a sensitising ingredient for all skin types. It is linked to several negative side effects such as allergies, skin irritation, and even respiratory problems.
Parabens. Parabens are widely used preservatives found in body washes, shampoos, cleansers, moisturisers, sunscreen and more. Skin sensitivities and allergies occur in young children due to repeated exposure to parabens to the skin, so it is best to avoid these as well.
Formaldehyde. To prevent bacterial growth in skincare products, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRPs) are sometimes used to prolong shelf-life. Unfortunately, these compounds can also lead to allergies and irritation especially among infants. Hence, it is best to skip any cleansers, body washes, or shampoos with this ingredient.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). These ingredients are sulfates, which are compounds that are chosen for their foaming action. However, bubbles are not necessary for effective cleansing. This ingredient may sap the skin of its natural oils and disrupt skin barrier function.
Synthetic Dyes. Often labelled FD&C or D&C. These ingredients are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. They give products artificial colours and flavours so that it’s more appealing to children. Unfortunately, the fruity scents can be potential irritants that can trigger allergic reactions in children.
Propylene glycol. This chemical is a popular ingredient in moisturisers for its skin-softening properties. However, it is known to cause allergic reactions and trigger skin conditions, even in low concentrations. So this is another ingredient to avoid in any over-the-counter search.
Of course, skincare products cannot be completely chemical-free. As such, finding the right product can be a tough balancing act. That being said, it is important that as parents we should be willing to make changes in our choice of skincare products if our child is exhibiting reactions to the skincare products currently used.
Switch Up The Routine
It is expected that the skincare products you choose for your child will differ based on their age. After all, a baby’s skin is more sensitive than that of a school going child. It is however possible that one can develop skin irritation to ingredients that were once harmless. Therefore parents need to observe for any signs of irritation on an ongoing basis.
If skin reactions persist even after you have adopted a “cleaner” skincare routine, then getting professional help to rule out any underlying skin conditions will be key.
Why Should You Choose Suu Balm?
To address the need for a cleaner skincare arsenal, we have expanded our line to include children of all ages including newborns.. In addition, we have developed products that can help the skin remain moisturised and replenished.
Formulated by the National Skin Centre in Singapore, Suu Balm comes with real skin-identical ceramides and filaggrin, making the products highly moisturising. It cleanses without irritations, and it hydrates without leaving your child’s skin feeling sticky and icky!
We also choose high-quality ingredients which are carefully selected with no harsh components like SLS, SLES, soap, drying alcohol, parabens, preservatives, or artificial fragrances. These certified halal products are optimised for dry, itchy and sensitive skin, which is great for all-day use!
Our kid’s range includes an ultra-gentle soothing body wash and moisturiser. These are, Suu Balm Kids Dual Soothing & Moisturising Head-to-Toe Wash and Suu Balm Kids Dual Rapid Itch Relieving & Restoring Ceramide Moisturiser. These two make a perfect pair to serve as a two-step routine for your child’s skincare.
We only want what’s best for our children, but we know that the market is saturated with products. But don’t be overwhelmed in finding the safest and most effective outcomes. Investing in a good cleanser and a hydrating moisturiser is the perfect starting point.
However, always pay attention to labels to maintain a clean and straightforward skincare routine so that any addition to the basic regimen will only help boost this solid foundation.
If you’re interested in trying our Suu Balm Kid’s range, you can go through our list of safe and gentle options with zero-interest installment payment options!