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Is It Safe To Use Baby Face Cream?

If your bubba has dry patches of skin, it makes sense to use a naturally nourishing moisture lotion to soothe the affected areas. But what about if the patches occur on baby’s face? Many parents wonder if they need a special baby face cream to restore moisture to this delicate skin.

It’s true that the body moisturiser you might use for yourself may not be suitable for your little one – and this is especially true if it contains a strong fragrance or other synthetic ingredients. But finding a pure, 100% natural baby cream that’s made with gentle ingredients will mean it’s perfect to use from top to toe on your little love.

What causes dry skin on baby’s face?

There are lots of reasons why your baby might be experiencing dry, flaky patches of skin on their face, and the most likely explanation is that babies have sensitive skin. After being safely cocooned in the womb for 9 months, a sudden exposure to varying environmental factors can be tough on fragile new skin. An adjustment period is to be expected and, in many cases, the dry patches will be temporary.

But if these dry patches seem persistent, there may be other causes to consider.

Dry skin in babies can be caused by:

  • Allergies to things like soaps, skin care or washing powder
  • Dehydration
  • Eczema
  • Overexposure to water
  • Alcohol-based skin care lotions and creams
  • Dribbling, especially when teething

Tips to prevent dry skin in babies

Baby in milk bath

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In many instances, the following tips can help ease dryness in your baby’s skin. Things to try include:

  • Keep bathing times to between 5 – 10 minutes maximum as over-exposure to water can dry out your baby’s skin. Ensure the water is not too hot – 37 degrees Celsius is optimal;
  • Moisturise top to toe every day – and more often if your baby suffers from eczema;
  • Avoid alcohol-based or strong artificially fragranced skin care products which can dry out and irritate sensitive skin;
  • Keep baby hydrated – this may mean your baby needs to feed more often in especially hot weather;
  • If baby is teething and/or dribbling frequently, a barrier cream applied to cheeks and neck can assist. Also keep clean cloths on hand to gently pat baby’s face and neck dry throughout the day.

If you follow these recommendations and find that the patches are not clearing, your next step should be a visit to your trusted healthcare provider to assess your baby’s skin. In some cases, stubborn eczema may need additional treatment.

Which baby face cream is best?

Natural Baby Moisturiser

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To care for the soft, delicate skin on your baby’s face, look for baby creams and lotions that have been made with nourishing, natural ingredients that are proven to be gently soothing. Ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter and goats milk are all known to be beautifully nourishing and moisturising, even for sensitive new skin.

Our Australian Goats Milk Moisture Lotion is filled with skin-loving vitamins and minerals. It restores moisture to dry skin and is unscented which makes it the perfect choice for baby’s face. For an extra dose of soothing goodness, we recommend trying our Australian Goats Milk Bottom Cream on your baby’s face. It might sound a little funny, but the creamy consistency is beautifully soothing without being too heavy. Give it a go for a natural, gentle baby face cream alternative!

If your baby is dribbling throughout the day, a barrier ointment can help. Try a natural paw paw cream.

Keep in mind that your baby’s skin will respond to environmental factors from time to time – just like us. Most of the time, there will be no cause for concern, and tweaking your daily care routine can be all that’s needed. However, if your baby seems uncomfortable or is scratching their dry patches, or you feel something doesn’t seem quite right, always trust your parenting instincts and seek an expert medical opinion.

Featured image via Instagram @mia.the.mumma