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Which natural skincare ingredients are in our products?

In formulating our skincare range we spend a lot of time and resources researching and evaluating the properties of natural ingredients which are going to offer the most benefit for our children’s itchy, dry skin. Each natural ingredient is assessed for its ability to intensely moisturise, hydrate, soothe and protect the skin. So what are the natural ingredients we use in our itchy baby co skincare products to relieve itchy, dry skin?

What’s our hero ingredient?

We talk a lot about the wonderful properties of colloidal oatmeal to protect, nourish and cleanse our little one’s skin. Colloidal oatmeal is where our skincare products began and is the main ingredient in our super moisturising, nourishing and cleansing bath soaks as well as featuring in our moisturiser, face mask and our scalp oil is formulated with oat extract. Why are oats in all of our skincare products?

Oats have natural properties which are proven to help relieve the symptoms of itchy, dry skin. These properties are soothing, protective, anti-itch and moisturising.

If we look closer at oatmeal’s chemical structure, we can see more reasons for oatmeal’s effect on itchy, dry skin:

Oatmeal contains many types of phenols, which have antioxidant and soothing activity.

Oatmeal is packed full of starches and beta-glucans, so it can hold moisture and help the skin hold moisture too.

Plus, the cellulose and fibre in oatmeal helps soften your baby’s skin.

In addition, colloidal oatmeal is also made up of saponins which means it is a cleanser as well as a moisturiser. Bathing in colloidal oatmeal not only allows the skin to benefit from its moisturising, protective and soothing properties, but also washes away triggers and pollutants which can sit on the skin. That means you don’t have to use any other soaps or washes which might be drying on the skin.

Colloidal oatmeal is a particularly finely milled formulation which unlocks the natural properties of oats making them more accessible to the skin.

But wait… there’s more than one hero ingredient in our skincare products!

Let’s put the spotlight on some of our other hard working natural ingredients we formulate into our skincare products to look after after itchy, dry skin.

Shea butter

Shea butter is highly moisturising and hydrating, in part due to its high content of fatty acids which help the skin hold moisture. It’s rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and F. These all help to keep the skin healthy as well as intensively moisturise. You’ll find shea butter in our moisturiser.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is found naturally in many of our ingredients, including coconut, shea butter and goats milk. We also added extra vitamin E to our natural oatmeal face mask with vitamin E and our oatmeal moisturiser with coconut oil. This is because vitamin E protects the natural oils within the skin, strengthening and nourishing the skin.

Beeswax

Beeswax is loved by dry and sensitive skin conditions because of three main reasons:

1. Like colloidal oatmeal, it forms a protective barrier to keep the skin safe from triggers in the environment, while also holding in moisture.

2. Unlike petroleum based products, beeswax lets the skin breathe. This means it doesn’t keep in heat on the skin’s surface.

3. Beeswax draws moisture into the skin, which helps to keep dry and itchy skin hydrated.

You’ll find beeswax in our moisturiser.

Organic sunflower oil

Sunflower oil helps to protect the skin’s barrier which helps the skin fight against dryness. By protecting the skin’s barrier we can lock moisture and hydration to help with dry skin. Sunflower oil is found in our scalp oil.

Organic calendula flowers

Calendula is another name for marigold flowers, and it has a wonderfully soothing effect on the skin. Calendula contains mucilage which softens the external skin and helps the internal mucous membranes of your baby’s skin. It’s high in carotenoids and flavonoids which keep the skin cells healthy.  Calendula flowers are found in our scalp oil.

Carnuba wax

Carnuba wax comes from the carnauba palm found in Brazil. It’s known for its moisturising power, and its emollient properties which makes skin soft. It also creates a protective barrier on your baby’s skin to help it retain moisture. We use carnuba wax in our itchy baby co moisturiser.

Marshmallow root powder

Marshmallow isn’t just a confectionary, it actually comes from a highly potent root. Marshmallow root has a cooling, soothing effect on skin, and is known to help your baby’s skin stay soft. It also contains flavonoids which help soothe the skin. We added marshmallow root powder to our natural oatmeal bath soak with marshmallow root.

Coconut

Coconut is well known for its soothing and moisturising properties. Coconut contains saturated fats which help the skin hold in hydration and keep moisture from escaping through the skin’s pores. The high levels of fatty acid, called capric, caprylic and lauric acid offer natural protection for your baby’s skin. Coconut is high in Vitamin E which helps nourish the skin through its antioxidant properties. We added organic coconut to our premium formula for natural oatmeal bath soak with goats milk & organic coconut. We’ve also used coconut oil to enrich our scalp oil and moisturiser.

Goat’s milk

Goat’s milk has many nutrients, minerals and enzymes that can help nourish the skin.

What’s special about goat’s milk?

Goat’s milk has a high fat molecule content, which makes it extra moisturising. The pH level in goat’s milk is similar to healthy skin. This means it can help with dryness and protect your baby’s skin. Goat’s milk contains Vitamin C, D and E, which all help reduce skin dryness. We use goat’s milk in natural oatmeal and goats milk bath soak.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

managing eczema with lifestyle

What lifestyle behaviours can help to manage eczema?

Managing eczema can affect every part of our lifestyle from what products we choose to buy to how we spend our time. So, what lifestyle choices can we make to help improve our child’s eczema?  Here are a few lifestyle behaviours to keep your child’s eczema in check:

What is an eczema friendly diet and how does it help eczema?

Foods are not the cause of eczema but certain foods trigger eczema flare ups. Eczema skin can become inflamed from from allergens, which lead to redness, itchiness and irritation, and certain foods can sometimes be an allergen.  Choosing to follow a lifestyle diet rich in foods with anti-inflammatory properties might reduce the severity of eczema flare ups. Some examples are fatty fish which contain high levels of Omega-3 fatty acid (a strong anti-inflammatory) and foods containing probiotics such as yoghurt and sourdough bread, as these foods can help build a healthy immune system that can fight other eczema lifestyle triggers. Fruits such as strawberries, kiwi fruit and rockmelon contain vitamin C which also helps with strengthening your child’s immune system and reducing the inflammatory response to lifestyle triggers.

What clothing should I choose to dress my child in?

Itching is a big part of having eczema, however there are ways to minimise your little one from scratching to avoid possibility of infection in the broken skin barrier. Dressing your child with cotton clothing helps the skin breathe and not keep air trapped at the surface of the skin, resisting the need to scratch.

Usually hot skin leads to an itchy skin so using cool compresses can help by taking the heat out of the skin. Run a washer under cool water and squeeze it until it is just damp. Place this on your child’s itchy skin for a few minutes and then repeat. This will help to lower the temperature of the skin and make it less itchy.

Regular bath time routine is now part of your lifestyle

Regular bathing in lukewarm water (no more than 10 minutes) helps manage eczema because it washes away any irritants that may be sitting on the skin’s surface and allows a greater opportunity to absorb moisture. It also helps to hydrate eczema skin and minimise itching. During summer, bathing also helps wash away sweat that may contain chemicals such as sodium, potassium and calcium to reduce irritation and to soothe your child’s skin.

Moisturising daily is a lifestyle choice

Make sure to keep your child’s regular moisturiser with you at all times. Moisturisers act as a barrier on the skin to keep away from unwanted bacteria and prevent infection.  The best time to moisturise is within two minutes of taking your little one out of the bath while the skin is still damp – this is when the skin can absorb the most amount of hydration from moisturising. You will also need to moisturise at least twice more during the day. Ointments are the most effective moisturisers to use for eczema because they take a long time to evaporate as there is barely any water in them, locking in moisture and keeping your child’s skin hydrated for a longer period of time. Moisturisers and other skin care products for your child’s eczema can be found in our itchy baby co. shop.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional