Last week I was invited to an intimate breakfast to celebrate the launch of Evereden, a new non-toxic skin care brand for babies. What I expected to be a traditional meet and greet, was actually a panel discussion with famed child dermatologist Dr. Sarina Elmariah. I hung on every word she spoke, each tip more eye-opening than the last. Turns out I’ve been doing a lot of things wrong, so I arranged to grab some one-on-one time with her to dive in a little deeper, because I’m guessing that if I was doing some things wrong, other people probably are too.
Laney: Hi Dr. Sarina. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me. I’d love to hear from you the number one thing most important to know about baby skincare? What is your top, most sought after advice?
- No harsh soaps. This is really important. Washing and bathing your baby strips their skin barrier and can lead to epidermis. My advise is to bath your baby once a week, max!
- Restoring natural oils. So when you do bathe your baby, make sure to restore their natural oils with moisturizer.
- Use a good protectant like a zinc in the diaper area – treating it proactively as opposed to reactively. I only used a zinc based protectant and my babies never had diaper rash, not once.
- Sunscreen after 6 months of age. After 6 months, the baby’s skin barrier doubles so they are more protected from foreign substances. And at this point, the benefits of SPF out weigh the risks. Use a micro ionized mineral zinc oxide (you know you have one if your baby still has that white residue, this means the particles are too big to be absorbed- which is good!). Definitely avoid non-mineral sunscreens, aka chemical sunscreens. Or alternatively, no matter what the age of your child, wear protective clothing.
- Know the company you’re buying from. Make sure you know what’s in their products, be an informed consumer! You can always call the company and ask them questions. I do this all the time.
L: Uh oh. I’ve been giving Isabella a bath every night so she knows it’s bed time. Tell me more!
Dr. Sarina: Bathing your baby every night strips their skin barrier. Not bathing lets their natural skin oils do their job better. If their skin is striped it will get irritated and drier. 1/3 of kids in the US have a form of eczema so it’s really important to re-think the whole “bathe you kid” every night thing. Similarly, if you have dry skin as an adult, try not washing your arms and legs with soap.
L: Ok, and lastly, what’s your favorite Evereden product?
Dr. Sarina: I’ve been loving the Baby Moisturizing Lotion – and I gave it to all my dermatologist friends!
Special thanks to Dr. Sarina Elmariah!
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