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Finding The Best Skincare For Your Little Ones

Living in Singapore’s humid weather, our babies and toddlers often face skin issues ranging from pimples to heat and diaper rashes, as well as dry skin patches and eczema. Worried parents will often want to buy the best products to treat these skin conditions, however, it’s important to note that not all baby skincare products are suitable for babies’ delicate skin.

Common commercial baby and child skincare products often include ingredients like GMO (Genetically modified organisms), nanoparticles, synthetic perfumes or dyes, animal components, lanolin, phthalates, parabens, chlorine, sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), MIT, triclosan, propylene glycol, benzobarbital, phenoxyethanol or petrochemicals. All of these ingredients are foreign to babies and children’s skin, therefore it is advisable to buy natural and organic products such as Sophie La Girafe’s Hair and Body Wash which does not inflame or harm the skin.


Sophie La Girafe Hair & Body Wash $35 Photo credit: Sophie La Girafe

Sophie La Girafe Baby Hair & Body Wash, $35 Photo credit: Sophie La Girafe

Says Julie Shah, Brand Manager & Sales Director at Sophie La Girafe Singapore, “Chemicals irritate the skin. Whether you are a child or an adult, using chemicals and/or synthetic ingredients leaves your skin confused. A child’s skin is far more sensitive than an adult’s. Using products that are natural and organic will not startle the skin and keep the natural PH neutral. Commercial baby products often use chemicals that offset children’s PH’s and cause them to use more of the product.  Using natural and organic products help your child’s skin for the future. You will notice that less is more when using natural and organic products.” You can check out the full range of Sophie La Girafe Baby products at escentials stores and counters.

The most common products that might cause harm instead of benefits to children’s skin are sunblock and diaper rash creams. Due to the thicker consistency of these products, they may instead cause a rash. 

3M Cavilon™ Durable Barrier Diaper Rash Cream, $19.50 (Available at Pupsik) Photo credit: 3M

3M Cavilon Durable Barrier Diaper Rash Cream, $19.50 (Available here) Photo credit: 3M

It is important to use diaper barrier cream that feels comfortable and non-sticky while staying on after each diaper change. For example, the 3M Cavilon Durable Barrier Diaper Rash Cream is a paraben-free cream that creates a layer of protection to separate body fluid (urine or feces) from the skin. A good barrier cream prevents skin from becoming wet and macerated, and stops the skin from being torn due to friction caused by movement and diaper rash.

Mustela's Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath $15.80 Photo credit: Mustela

Mustela’s Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath, $15.80 Photo credit: Mustela

For therapeutic bath times, choose a gentle product like Mustela’s Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath. Mustela products are eco-designed and infused with innovative natural ingredients ensuring all products are safe and effective for babies and toddler’s sensitive developing skin. They also have a Baby Oil for after-bath massages that are so helpful for babies’ growing process! Click here to shop Mustela products.

Remember to look out for the certified organic indication when buying organic skincare for children and make sure that you are avoiding all the unnecessary ingredients as much as possible.

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