This post is sooooo long overdue and reviewing my blog posts over the past few months if not the past two years, I’ve realised that I’ve neglected natural skincare for babies and children which was my original niche area I wanted to focus on through the blog. Last time I wrote a post like this was about two years ago (see my post My newborn’s skincare routine)
But it’s never too late to go back to your original plans so I’m now looking into what useful and helpful information I could bring other parents when it comes to natural skincare for their kids. If you have any ideas, then please do pop them in the comments below. Is it the ingredients that you want me to help you demystify? Did you previously enjoy my analyses of ingredient lists (stretch mark products, baby wipes, natural toothpastes, Aveeno products, baby bath products) that you found useful and you wish I did more of? Or do you just want to read reviews of natural skincare products for children?
When it comes to my own children’s skincare routine, one of the reasons why I haven’t really written much about what it is because a) it’s pretty basic to start with, and b) it’s pretty much the same stuff as before.
But there have been a few new natural skincare for babies and children that we’ve discovered in the past two years so I’d like to share our thoughts on them:
For both my boys, we currently use Weleda’s Shampoo & Bodywash (200ml, £7.99) (which I use sometimes too!) when we’re showering them. It’s very gentle washes which doesn’t foam (due to the lack of foaming agents such as SLS) so don’t expect it to make lots of bubbles when used on a conventional sponge or natural sea sponge (although those mesh-like body buffs do make the wash foam a little bit). The calendula in the wash, which is a staple ingredient in the entire Weleda range, has soothing and skin-nourishing properties so it’s perfect for delicate baby and children skin. My boys love to spread it all over their bodies!
When my boys want to splash around in the bath, we currently use the Mia & Dom Bath Oil* (50ml, £8.50)- it contains sunflower, jojoba and calendula oils, and is unfragranced so will be suitable to the most sensitive skins. We’re now on our second bottle and my boys’ skin is super soft after they’ve bathed in this oil – often there’s no need to apply any creams or oils.
We also come back to Weleda’s Baby Calendula Cream Bath (200ml, £13.95) time and time again, as well as their older kids’ body wash range – 2 in 1 Body Washes (150ml, £5.95). We’ve also used Jack n Jill’s bath time range – more about them in my review.
To moisturise my boys’ skin, we switch between various products, depending on how their skin is doing. On a day to day basis, it’s either Akoma’s Sweet Almond Oil, Naissance’s Safflower Oil* or Weleda’s Calendula Oil. All three are one or two ingredient products which is exactly what your child’s skin needs. Pure plant based oils and natural botanical extracts.
Almond oil is one of the best oils for children as all skin types tolerate it, including sensitive ones – it’s light, absorbs well and has a balanced ratio of linoleic and oleic essential fatty acids.I also make my own whipped body creams. And the boys love applying them by themselves! I love it that I’m instilling these positive habits when it comes to skincare, I really hope they will continue when they’re older.
• Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream (75ml, £7.50)
• Nom Nom skincare butter* (60ml, £13)
• Tiddley Pom Organic Nappy Balm (50ml, £7.99)
• Lyonsleaf Calendula & Marshmallow Balm* (30ml, £7.99)
• Organic Babies Soothing nappy balm (100ml, £10.50)
• Mia & Dom Soothing Skin Salve (50ml, £12.99)
You can read more about some of these in my previous post My top 5 natural nappy creams.
They’re all really amazing products which I credit with Max’s super soft and rash-free skin. In his two years of life he’s only had one major nappy rash (which was actually a fungal infection) and while his bum sometimes gets a bit red (mostly when he’s teething!), we’ve never experienced those awful nappy rashes that you often hear parents complaining about. I tend to use the Weleda nappy cream only when his bottom (in between his cheeks) gets red as it does contain zinc oxide and you don’t want to overuse it as it does dry up the skin a bit. The remaining five creams can be safely used on a daily basis! The best thing about them is that they have shea butter/ cocoa butter/ etc as their base so you only need a tiny amount for each use. They may be a bit more pricey than conventional nappy creams but they do last for a long time! Alternatively, you can make your own multi purpose baby butter! Trust me, it’s the easiest thing in the world! I promise you that once you’ve tried making it yourself, you’ll see the difference it makes to your baby’s skin! See my simple recipe.
As my boys are mixed race, their hair is a bit tricky to manage and maintain. Leo’s hair is more European than Afro, less course and coily, instead he has waves which are very easy to brush through and maintain. Shampooing it once a week is enough and for him we love the Curly Ellie shampoo* (250ml, £12.99). He now loves having a shower by himself (he’s nearly 7 years) and washing his own hair is his new novelty thing. It could be because the Curly Ellie shampoo smells like bubble gum, it even conjures up memories from my own childhood! The shampoo is gentle on his hair and doesn’t strip off any natural oils. We also use the Curly Ellie conditioner* (250ml, 13.99) but not with every use – his hair just doesn’t need the extra hydration.
This can’t be said about Max’s hair which is very curly and very frizzy. When we don’t smother him with conditioners and oils, he has a wicked Afro going on! I love it but at the same time I want his curls to be more defined so I’m still experimenting with lots of different products. I haven’t yet nailed it but I’ve spoken to Curly Ellie’s founder, Zainab and she reassured me that his hair will be changing over time as he’s still so young (2 years old).
So at the moment we use (but not at the same time!):
⁃ Curly Ellie conditioner to wash his hair (following the CO-wash approach). The Curly Ellie shampoo doesn’t quite work on him, leaving his hair bone dry.
⁃ Curly Ellie leave-in conditioner*
⁃ Forest & Shore Hallelujah Miracle Oil*
⁃ Curly Ellie detangler spray*
I’ve even made my own detangling spray for him (mixing coconut oil with water, Vitamin E and argan oil) so we alternate between the Curly Ellie one and my one. (Recipe coming soon)
I hope you’ve found this post useful?