It’s common for newborns to develop flaky, dry skin, and while it’s certainly nothing to worry about, we still want our little ones to be as comfortable as possible. We take a look at the causes and how to treat your baby’s dry skin effectively with the help of Burt’s Bees’ natural baby skin care products.
Why do babies get dry skin?
Dry skin can affect all of us, but babies are especially susceptible to peeling or flaky patches. This is because babies’ skin is 30 per cent thinner than adult skin, so it’s more difficult for them to retain the moisture they need for the skin cells to function properly. If their skin isn’t moisturised regularly, dryness and irritation may occur.
When babies are in the womb, they’re protected by a thick coating of vernix. After they’re born, the vernix will, over time and between washes, begin to lift away from the skin’s surface, causing the outer layer of skin to shed over a three-week period. This is perfectly natural, and is essential for the development of your baby’s soft and supple skin, so we advise that you refrain from using products until your new arrival is a month old.
How to treat it
Moisturiser is a great way to treat dry skin, but due to the sensitivity of babies’ skin, make sure you use a hypoallergenic formula. This will help prevent irritation, as chemicals found in some skincare products can be particularly harsh. We recommend moisturising your little one’s skin twice a day – especially after bath time. Moisturising after bathing will create a protective barrier on the surface of the skin, helping to lock in moisture and maintain hydration.
For a formula that will offer maximum nourishment and that’s gentle on baby dry skin, try Burt’s Bees Nourishing Baby Oil. This 100% natural, antioxidant-rich formula will gently moisturise and soothe your little one’s skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple. Apricot Oil, which is rich in Vitamin A and fatty acids, restores dry skin and provides long-lasting moisturisation, while Grapeseed Oil helps to reduce water loss from the skin and lock in hydration.