CARING FOR LITTLE ONE AND YOU
Our Curate Babies' mission is to ensure confident and nurturing support for yourself and baby when skin needs gentle care the most.
We believe that understanding how to take care of your precious baby's skin and how to look after your own changing skin makes all the difference at your precious time of development.
In particular, misconceptions and conflicting advice surrounding skin care for babies such as abstaining from moisturising baby's skin because it is naturally smooth and soft to the use of every 'reommended' baby skin care essential available can undermine confidence in the choice of routine adopted.
For your ease, our experts' breakdown of information offers a simple insight into the importance of the correct care and provides further clarity into various factors informing each Curate Babies' blend designed for purpose to enable physiological and emotional care.
THE FUNCTION OF SKIN
As the largest organ in our body, skin plays the vital role of protecting internal organs and detecting environmental changes and external irritations.
In its barrier function its primary support is maintaining moisture balance, preventing the evaporation of water from inside the body and preventing bacteria and dangerous toxins from entering the body.
Made up of three layers each strata of skin performs a key aspect in our systems balance.
The epidermis or stratum corneum is the outermost layer of skin and performs the barrier duties.
The dermis is the thicker middle layer which contains important elements such as our sweat and sebacaous glands which are resposible for our skins natural oil production.
Keeping us padded is the hypodermis which contains 50% of our body fat and attaches our ski to underlying bone and muscle.
HOW BABY'S SKIN DIFFERS
Structurally, tender baby's skin is basically the same as our adult skin but the distinct difference is that it is a lot thinner and most importantly its barrier function is not fully developed.
This makes delicate young skin particularly vulnerable, both in terms of the care it requires and the support that is needed to aid its protective role.
The epidermis which is responsible for balancing hydration, has lower moisture levels in babies which makes their skin more vulnerable to dryness.
This means it is extremely important to provide a nourishing routine for delicate skin as early as possible.
HOW TO CARE FOR BABY'S SKIN
The key benefits of a suitable skin care routine for your baby go beyond the importance of moisturising alone.
A good routine for baby's skin incorporates three important elements.
1- Cleansing which clears skin of house dust which can contain mite fragments, food residue and other environmental substances which can trigger adverse skin reactions and compromise baby's immunity.
2- Moisturising which goes beyond keeping babies skin soft but improves the structure of baby's skin surface thereby improving its ability to perform its vital barrier role.
3- Bonding where the routine physical contact of care provides invaluable time for mother and baby to deepen a physiological and emotional bond that is associated with wellbeing.
CLEANSING and MOISTURISING
Sticking to a few simple guidelines makes it easier to adopt a regular routine that becomes a familiar comfortable scenario for both yourself and baby.
4 STEPS TO CLEANSING SUCCESS
1 - Choose a suitable cleansing product
Our experts recommend a foaming agent which is gentle on baby's skin and sls-free such as the Curate Babies All Of Me Head to Toe Wash.
The use of a foaming wash is recommended because it provides a buffer that minimises friction between the rubbing action and your baby's delicate skin.
Use a small amount and allow the cleanser to foam thoroughly.
2 - Wash with care
Although a soft baby mitt can be used to wash baby, in order to excercise further care our experts recommend washing baby using your hands which helps you maintain full control over how you are touching baby.
Place foam over baby's body and gently cleanse using the palms of your hands and your fingertips remembering to cleanse between all of baby's tiny creases and folds, in between fingers and behind baby's ears.
3 - Rinse thoroughly
Shower baby's skin using a gentle steady stream of water to completely rinse off the foaming wash.
Ensure that all creases and delicate little folds are also fully cleansed of any suds residue which can otherwise accumulate and lead to discomfort and irritation if left unchecked.
4 - Pat dry
Using a soft towel carefully dry baby with a gentle patting action to absorb excess moisture, paying further attention to baby's little folds and creases.
Although taking care to dry baby's skin sufficiently, do leave a light film of moisture on baby's skin that can be locked in with a hydrating lotion in the moisturising process.
HAPPY HYDRATION IN STEPS 1 TO 4
1 - Choose an appropriate moisturiser
Our experts advise using a petroleum-free product that nourishes baby's skin while allowing little pores to breathe such as the Curate Babies Soft All Over Head to Toe Body Lotion.
Using a lotion enables a good level of control that can be adjusted according to climate and season.
In drier conditions lotions can be layered on and used more frequently to retain moisture while in humid enviroments the lightweight quality of a lotion absorbs quickly and hydrates without too much texture on skin.
2 - Moisturise everywhere!
As baby's skin is thinner and more easily prone to drying out it is important to make sure every part of baby is completely hydrated.
Apply moisture generously from the head down to the toes moving methodically from body part to body part.
Areas that are often overlooked and may need a little extra attention include armpits, ears, wrists, behind the knees, the neck and inside the folds of skin at baby's ankles.
3 - Hydrate more than once a day
As baby's skin is thinner and more prone to losing moisture it is recommended to hydrate baby's skin two to three times a day such as after washing and changing baby's clothing.
Adopt a routine that works best for you and your little one.
Stay attuned to any changes in baby's skin in response to which you might adjust frequency according to your baby's needs.
4 - Apply with Care
Caring, delicate application is easily ensured by applying a small amount of lotion directly onto the part of baby that is being moisturised then gently spreading and smoothing the product into the skin using the palms of the hands until fully absorbed.
After moisturising, baby's skin should feel soft with a hint of moisture.
BONDING WITH BABY
While it may be challenging to acheive a daily skincare routine with your little one, the moments spent in this process are particularly valuable for deepening a relationship of trust and intimacy between baby and you.
Adhering to a few key guidelines while taking extra care to avoid little issues that might mar the process ensures that you both experience the most benefit out of this precious time.
1 - Keep baby reassured through conversation
Talk to baby throughout the skin care routine to encourage baby's attention and engage their involvement throughout the session.
2 - Avoid cuts,scrapes and irritations to baby's skin
Keeping fingernails trimmed and short is the safest way to ensure baby's skin is not snagged during any part of the bonding process.
Removing all jewellery is another necessary precaution to avoid inadvertant harm to your baby.
Hair can be another source of irritation. The contact and movement of your hair as you bend over baby can cause discomfort for baby during the routine. Avoid distress to your little one by keeping hair tied back and out of contact with baby's skin.
3 - Take care with baby clothing
Skin care irritations can sometimes be caused by baby clothing and exacerbated through added touching of the skin during the skincare routine.
This can be avoided or minimised with attention to little details to optimise baby's comfort.
Opt where possible for natural, soft materials such as cotton that are less likely to irritate baby's skin.
Avoid the use of garments with hard finishes on seams and tags which might cause snags on otherwise gentle material.
Openings such as necklines which might be too tight should be addressed with care, widely stretching these over baby's head when dressing and undressing to avoid discomfort to delicate little earlobes.
A selection of questions that our expert midwife, doula and aromatherapist are most frequently asked by other parents are answered below which might you might find below.
BABY'S SKIN IS SO SOFT DOES IT REALLY NEED MOISTURISER?
We know that due to the delicate structure of a baby's skin it's barrier function is not yet fully developed this means that babys skin needs a little extra help to keep the skin surface performing optimally so that environmental nasties stay out and natural moisture which might more easily evaporate is locked in to protect baby's skin from drying out.
CAN'T I FIRST WAIT TO SEE IF BABY IS OKAY WITHOUT SKINCARE?
The fine surface of baby's skin makes it appear soft and smooth however it has less fat lipids to keep skin supple making it more prone to break down and penetration by outside irritants.
Research has shown that starting skin care during the newborn phase lowers the risk of later developing atopic dermatitis.
Curate Babies resident experts advise the use of a nourishing moisturiser from six weeks onwards.
WHY DO I SEE ALCOHOL IN SOME OF THE CURATE BABIES' INGREDIENTS?
Not all alcohol is the same.
There are good alcohols and bad alcohols. The confusion that surrounds the use of alcohols in skincare products is that both kinds are used by the beauty industry.
BAD ALCOHOLS include ethanol and denatured alcohol these are widely used in skincare to preserve and fill out products and make them cheaper to produce. They are known as aliphatic alcohols and are potentially dangerous as they disrupt the skin surface balance, weakening it and making it vulnerable to dryness and irritation by stripping skin of its vital natural oils.
Curate Babies never formulate with these ingredients in our skincare blends.
BENEFICIAL ALCOHOLS are those derived from fatty acids such as cetyl- and cetearyl alcohol (a combination of cetyl and stearyl alcohol) which are derived from coconut oil and other naturally occuring plant-based alcohols such as benzyl alcohol which is found organically in many plants and fruits and is used as a natural preservative.
Alcohols such as these are gentle and nourishing to skin and these are the only kinds of alcohols that are used in Curate Babies' responsible formulations.
I THINK MY BABY HAS SENSITIVE SKIN CAN I STILL USE YOUR PRODUCTS?
All Curate Babies blends are formulated with the most nurturing ingredients that have purposefully been chosen for their abilities to soothe and heal.
The most delicate of young vulnerable baby skin has been taken into consideration by our experts with each of our formulas and is therefore gentle enough for use on sensitive skin.
Should you have any personal concerns or if particular caution has been advised by your GP due to an existing condition then please patch test our product on a tiny area of baby's skin and observe for 24 hours to ensure no adverse reaction is present before applying as directed.
I SEE PARFUM IN YOUR INGREDIENT LIST - IS THERE PERFUME IN THE PRODUCTS ?
No. There are no perfumes or fragrance in any of our formulations. The 'parfum' which is listed in our 'Restore Me' Stretchmark cream is the cosmetic listing for Chamomile Tea which is used as a natural anti-inflammatory and gentle preservative in the formulation to help soothe skin.
CAN I USE OTHER SKINCARE PRODUCTS WITH CURATE BABIES PRODUCTS?
Generally speaking yes. However the Curate Babies' suite of skincare is designed to work in balance with the other products in the range and each blend has been carefully formulated to minimise the risk of irritations occuring.
As there are a myriad of ingredient options available in the industry for use in mother and baby skincare products, not all of which are ideal, it is not possible to rule out the inclusion of less favourable ingredients in other products which might cause irritation.
It is therefore advisable to stick to a balanced, minimal number of skincare items that are designed to work together, and if mixing different brands to carefully check ingredient listings of all brands to ensure they do not contain any harmful elements.
IS IT SAFE TO APPLY THE NAPPY RASH CREAM ON OPEN CRACKED SKIN?
CURATE BABIES Gentle Joy Nappy rash cream has been blended for the purpose of healing and softly rebalancing the delicate, broken skin that can erupt in the nappy areas. As such the cream is recommended as the safe topical remedy for on open itchy skin and there have been no reported negative side effects, however with areas of extensive and deep, open damage it is always recommended to consult with your GP prior to application.
CARING FOR YOUR SKIN
Finally, don't forget you!
Mother's tend to put baby's needs before their own but your health and wellbeing should not be neglected as you can only provide the best care for your baby when you are well also.
Pregnant and postnatal skin is prone to a wide variety of changes due to hormonal adjustments and your body and skin may react in a number of ways.
Hormonal fluctuations and disruptions to regular sleep patterns can greatly affect internal balance and cause skin problems such as acne, dry spots while spiking stress levels can impact skin resilience leading to lesions and increased vulnerability to allergic reactions.
Acheiving balance might seem impossible as you first prepare for the arrival of your little one then prioritise care and attention to your baby's needs after birth.
Our experts advise learning to implement me-time using even minute precious moments to sure up balance for the next challenges ahead.
Botanical formulations can boost feelings of upliftment that your stressed body may otherwise not quite manage on some days.
Routine use of nourishing skincare with active plant extracts can help to impart balance that starts to bring back familiar feelings of self to inspire confidence and relaxation.
Select skincare that goes beyond moisturising but provides organic feelings of well-being.
Blends such as those designed for purpose in the Curate Babies range effectively address common issues. The Rebalance Me Anti-Nausea blend not only combats feelings of nausea during pregnancy but gently provides a sense of upliftment which is psychologically beneficial to help acheive balance.
Skin care concerns such as lesions and stretchmarks which the Curate Babies Restore Me Mothers Stretchmark Cream effectively targets can gently be applied with some therapeutic self-massage to induce relaxation with the benefits of anti-inflammatory chamomile in the formulation to soothe and restore.
And lastly, as you recognise your old balanced self regaining control, you may gradually wish to indulge in a little more plant-based power with the highly therapeutic Curate Apothecary Range to empower the best version of you as you embrace the joys that lie ahead for yourself and your brand new precious little one.