‘Moms like us’ search for the best of the best for our little ones to coincide with the many
health benefits and warnings that are constantly advertised today. But caring for your
child’s skin doesn’t have to be a big chore.
To help you take out the guess work and ensure they have a healthy approach to
skincare from the beginning, Buck Naked Soap Company has compiled three easy tips
to keep your children and their skin happy and healthy – not to mention, save you both
time and money.
1. Cut down on bath time
Add valuable time to your day by reducing their number of baths and your sweet pea’s
skin will thank you. Unless a dirt emergency strikes, young children often only need
bathing once or twice per week. Then follow each bath with an all-natural baby lotion on
wet skin to help lock in moisture. Over-bathing can wash away the natural protective oil
barrier, causing skin to become increasingly dry and irritated.
2. Limit the number of product you use and make sure they are natural
Your little one’s skin is growing as they are! In fact, their skin is much thinner than yours
right now, making it extremely permeable and less effective as a natural defence and
protective barrier. Since children’s bodies are also typically smaller, their skin surface to
volume ratio is greater than an adult’s so their skin is more susceptible to absorption of
potentially harmful substances and chemicals.
By limiting the number of products we use to care for our kids’ skin, we reduce their
chances of developing skin irritations or sensitivities. It also limits their exposure to
potential toxins and both their immediate and accumulative effects. We suggest sticking
to minimal baby care products: just an all-natural bar of baby soap, an all-natural diaper
cream without zinc, and an all-natural baby lotion. This will be kinder to your little one’s
bottom, as well as your wallet!
3. Keep your child’s skin well-moisturized
Although they often look like our minis, children’s skin is not even considered
comparable to ours until they are around age 5. Infants and toddlers have much thinner
and more penetrable skin that does not produce protective oils as efficiently. This
makes them less capable of retaining the water needed to maintain well-hydrated skin.
Using a natural moisturizer on your children daily can do wonders for maintaining the
skin’s barrier function, which helps preserve, protect, and even enhance skin. The
water, vitamins, and essential fatty acids that is helps supply are important to the
complex system of our bodies and work as building blocks to help our children develop
healthy, mature and well-functioning skin.
An excellent way to ensure proper skin hydration is a lotion massage. Whether for baby,
toddler or child, this is wonderful bonding time with you, not to mention a great way to
help them unwind and prepare for dreamland. Simply rub a liberal amount between your
hands and gently massage into your child’s skin in one direction, away from the heart,
to aid in relaxation and create a calming effect on the body.
Rina Clarke is owner and founder of Buck Naked Soap Company, an all-natural
Canadian bath and skincare brand. After 11 years in professional marketing and
recruiting in Canada and the US, Rina founded Buck Naked out of a need for a truly
natural baby product. Today, Buck Naked carries 9 product lines and over 40 products
which can be found in 3 provinces, 1 state as well as on line.
Rina can be reached at:
Twitter at @BuckNakedSoapCo