The dry, cool winter air can be tough on your child’s skin since the air holds less moisture. Here are a few tips on how to care for your little one’s skin during the upcoming winter months:
- Keep baths warm, not hot. Hot water can cause the skin to lose moisture – a quick bath in lukewarm water will still warm your child up, but it won’t dry out their skin.
- Moisturise! After your child steps out of the bath, dry them with a towel and apply moisturiser all over. You can even apply lotion to exposed areas just before you leave the house, as this will protect your child’s skin. A small amount of lotion can go a long way, especially if your child is prone to oily skin. Try using a cream or lotion that does not contain perfume or alcohol as these ingredients can dry out their skin even further.
- Although it is tempting to switch the heater on full blast when it is cold outside, you need to remember that hot, overheated air can dry out your little one’s skin.
- Choose your bath products carefully. To help retain moisture in your child’s skin, try using a soap that does not contain fragrances or detergents as this will be less harsh on your skin.
- Use a humidifier if the air is cold and dry, as this may help reduce dry skin.
- Remember to hydrate! Even though we might not feel as thirsty during winter, it is important to drink plenty of fluids, especially if your child has been a little under the weather.