College of DuPage Nursing Student Vikki Palshmitas shared with Healthy Lombard that as the green leaves start turning to beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow, it is time to don our comfiest fall sweaters. Autumn is outside our windows, which means it is time to change our skin care routines. During the cold season, the harsh outdoor air and dry air inside our warm, heated houses can cause skin dehydration, exacerbation of chronic diseases such as atopic dermatitis, or eczema. Here are a few tips to take care of your child’s skin to keep it healthy and strong during winter:
Reduce the time of bath procedures.
Water dries the skin, especially if your child enjoys the pleasures of the bath for too long. The longer your child spends time soaking in the bathtub, the more the water dries the skin of the body and face. Ceramides, fatty acids, and oils that help keep skin moisturized are washed off after a shower for more than 10 minutes. In addition, most doctor’s advice the water temperature should not exceed 100 degrees F.
Do not use soap.
Soap also dries the skin, it deprives your skin of natural moisture, causing further irritation. It is better to choose soap free cleansers, since they are made without a mixture of fats and alkaline additives. Avoid bubble baths – the detergents they contain have the greatest potential to cause skin irritation and allergic skin reactions. Read more