As a parent, you want only the best and healthiest for your kids. After all, not only do you love your kids the most in the world, your children too rely completely on you for all their needs. Along with other wellness essentials like nourishing diet, protective clothing, play and studies, there is the key factor of skincare. Children have delicate skin that requires only the purest, gentlest and the most nourishing skincare products that will not irritate the skin in the least, and leave it nicely soft and moisturized.
Thus choosing a quality moisturizer, made especially for kids’ skin, is vital. Here is some guidance on how to choose one.
First, why can’t your child use a grown up’s moisturizer or lotion
Well, a child’s skin is soft, delicate and rich in collagen. In contrast, grown-up skin is less soft and loses collagen by and by. Mature skin needs care with actives that promote collagen production, pore tightening and breakout protection. A child’s skin doesn’t need more collagen or pore refinement or acne control. Being more delicate, it is extra prone to dryness and itching. Therefore, it needs gentle protection from dryness and itchiness. Also, as kids love to play outdoors, there is always a need for protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Your child’s skin needs nourishing care that’s assuredly free of hypoallergenic, and harsh-on-skin mineral oils, parabens, silicones, synthetic colours and PEG. Also, it needs to have purest nature-derived ingredients like plant butter, seed oils, glycerine, aloe vera and plant or fruit extracts for skincare that helps protect and nurture.
That’s why your child’s body lotion has to be separate from the one you use.
What to look for in your child’s moisturizer or body lotion
As we stated above, your child’s body lotion should be non-irritating, hypoallergenic and free of mineral oils, parabens, silicones and PEG.
It should have premium cold-pressed plant butter like shea and cocoa butter, vitamin E, glycerine, plant or fruit extracts known for gentle skin goodness. Another preferred ingredient would be natural sun/ultraviolet (UV) protection.
Here are some key actives (and their benefits) to look for on your chosen kids’ moisturizing lotion’s ingredient list:
Natural nut butter from Shea trees of West Africa. Rich in healthy fatty acids. Anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, healing and moisturizing. Perfect for tender skin.
Made from cocoa beans. Rich in healthy fatty acids. Moisturizing and anti-sun care.
Aloe Vera Extract
One of the healthiest natural skin hydrators rich in natural enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Known for its healing and soothing qualities.
A gentle humectant that reduces water loss from skin to help it keep dewy soft.
A potent antioxidant that shields from free radical damage and helps keep skin smoother and softer.
Seed Oils & Plant/Fruit Extracts
Mango seed oil, blueberry extract, orange peel oil, green apple extract, strawberry extract, and peach kernel oil – all these actives are gentle, nourishing and protective for the skin.
So, read the labels. Check the ingredient list for what’s there and what’s not there. Then choose wisely. Also, go for a reputed brand with enough quality ratings from satisfied users.
We recommend WOW Skin Science Kids Plush & Plump range of body lotions.
WOW Skin Science Kids Plush & Plump Body Lotions are available in six awesome variants – Green Apple, Blueberry, Strawberry, Mango, Peach and Sweet Orange – each with an equally delightful fragrance that you can pick and choose as per your child’s preference.
All variants are enriched with cocoa and shea butter, plant glycerine, aloe vera extract, vitamin E, and a key active extract or oil, as per their variant type.
The Green Apple variant has green apple extract. Blueberry has blueberry extract. Strawberry ahs strawberry extract. Mango has mango seed oil. Peach has peach kernel oil. Sweet Orange has orange peel oil.
Each of these actives is a trusted and valued skincare ingredient that adds even more nourishing value to the lotion.
All WOW Skin Science Kids Plush & Plump Body Lotions have SPF 15 to shield your child’s gentle skin from sun damage.
Plus; delightful fragrances and cute, colorful bottles will ensure your child never says no to lotion application.
More tips on healthy skincare for kids
- Ensure your child’s skin is clean before you apply moisturizer or body lotion. A bath a day is an absolute must. You can also sponge clean later in the day.
- Use lukewarm water for bathing and sponging as hot water tends to dry out the skin.
- Use gentle cleansers free of harsh sulphates and parabens. Our recommendation: Check out WOW Skin Science Kids Tip to Toe range of 3-in-1 washes – shampoo, body wash & conditioner; all in one product. Multiple fun variants are available for your child to pick and choose from.
- Apply body lotion generously on clean skin – hands, arms, feet, legs, tummy, back – with circular massaging motions twice or thrice a day, as required.
- Body lotions and moisturizers are best applied right after bathing/sponging while the skin still retains some moisture. Gently pat dry skin with a soft towel and massage in lotion.
- Dress your child in comfortable cotton clothes, especially inner clothes. Not itch causing nylons or tight, chafing fits.