It’s summertime and that means sun, surf and sometimes – dry skin. We typically think of winter as dry skin season, but summer can also be drying. In the summer we spend a lot more time in water at the pool and at the beach. Contrary to what you might think, water actually pulls the moisture out of skin so it is dehydrating. With all that water exposure, coupled with the extra time in the sun, let’s explore why your baby needs a hydrating ointment.
We know that all that water exposure is drying out our baby’s skin, but why the hydrating ointment? Lotions, creams and ointments are all emulsions, which means a mixture of oil and water. As you know, oil and water don’t mix well so ingredients called emulsifiers are added to keep them “mixed up.” The difference between lotions, creams and ointments are their composition of oil and water. Lotions are made of 80% or more of water and 20% oil. Ointments are the opposite. They are 80% oil and 20% water. Creams are in the middle.
A baby’s skin is thinner, more sensitive and prone to irritation, and more prone to losing water than an adult’s skin. Because lotions are mostly made of water, they can be potentially dehydrating to a baby’s delicate skin. A baby hydrating ointment is simply going to hydrate skin better. And with all that water and sun exposure, your little one is going to need it this summer. A good tip for hydrating ointments is to put them on skin that is a little damp. Since they are thicker and have a higher concentration of oil, putting them on damp skin will help them not to feel greasy.
In addition to hydrating the skin, hydrating ointments have a couple of other important uses. For babies with sensitive skin or eczema, a hydrating ointment is the perfect preventative baby eczema cream. Eczema occurs when sensitive skin becomes irritated and rashy when dry. Often times individuals with eczema could avoid an outbreak altogether by being diligent about keeping skin hydrated. Individuals who are eczema-prone should use a hydrating ointment daily to keep their skin hydrated and nourished. For more information on preventing and treating eczema, visit our blog.
A baby hydrating ointment is also great to use to prevent diaper rash. By applying a hydrating ointment to the baby’s diaper area after each diaper change, you create a physical barrier between that delicate baby bottom and pee and poop. For overnight or for long nap times, switch the hydrating ointment to a diaper rash cream with zinc oxide, which will pack more preventative punch. For more tips on diaper rash prevention and treatment, visit our blog.
A hydrating ointment is also a great choice for teething babies. Once those little teeth start popping in, you can be sure that your baby will drool. And just like any water exposure, drool on those sensitive little cheeks can cause dehydration and irritation. Keeping a light coating of hydrating ointment on your baby’s checks and around his mouth can help protect his skin and help to prevent drool rash.
Hydrating ointments can be used any time skin needs moisturizing. The Baby Pibu team uses it for many uses – keeping cuticles healthy, slathering it on our lips, as a hand cream before bed. And remember, just because it’s a baby product doesn’t mean it can’t be used by the whole family. If it’s safe for a baby, it’s safe for you too.
When parents ask how to treat dry skin this summer, whether its from the pool, the beach, or just genes, a hydrating ointment should be the first thing to come to mind.