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A Healthy Skincare Routine for Kids from Birth to Tweens

As a parent, one of the many responsibilities on your endless ‘to do’ list is to discover the best ways to protect and care for your children. You hear so much contrasting advice about what to do and what not to do it can sometimes feel like you’re trying to decipher a complex equation. These kids are growing up just like us, so they will need that extra care to keep that angelic beauty.

 

So, what should kids be doing to care for their skin, and at what age? This is a question we hear often so we’ve developed some skin care tips for kids from birth to tweens.

Birth – 2years

Bath time is the perfect prelude to bedtime, and a regular routine can help in your quest to get little ones tucked away before the witching hour kicks in. It’s also a good time to start establishing healthy skincare routines before bedtime.  If they are having a bath always use a gentle cleansing product at bath time – such as Shea Moisture Eucalyptus and African Water Mint Body wash which creates a refreshing scent and a purifying experience that helps provide relief to fussy babies.

 

2-5years

Kids at this age will sometimes object to water on their face so if your child does, use a soft washcloth as a start. You could also try making a fun game out of the activity to make it more enjoyable. You could ask your child to wash their duckies, or use the washcloth as a way to play hide and seek as they wash their face. Using a gentle product such as the Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil collection is fine for all at this age followed by a gentle, lightweight lotion.

For babies with Eczema, Shea Moisture has a Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil baby bar soap that is calming and comforting on baby’s skin.

6-9 years

Kids at this age are in school and more independent. They are starting to realize they can make their own decisions and this is a perfect age range to start instilling good skincare habits. Habits they pick up at this age will likely carry over into their adult lives so consistency is key to making sure skincare is a priority. This is a good age to introduce facial skincare routines. Start simple with face washing using a gentle facial cleanser, follow with a gentle toner to balance skin pH such as Lavender and Chamomile Facial Toner. Follow with a lightweight lotion such as Shea Moisture Eucalyptus & African Water Mint Baby Lotion.

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10-13 years

Tweens! This is both a fun and challenging age for parents and kids, alike. Kids are much more independent at this age and are also starting to experience peer pressure. They are exploring more activities and developing at a rapid rate. This is also the age when bodies begin their march into puberty and they notice changes in their body and skin. Good diet and good skincare at this age will help ensure healthy skin into the teen years. Kids at this age are able to personalize things and create an attachment to things that matter to them. Encourage them to develop an independent morning and evening skincare routine. You could even join them to make it a family affair.

 

Teaching kids good skincare habits will benefit them in the long-run after the lessons are over. Everyone wants beautiful skin and starting to encourage this early in life will give your kids the best opportunity to have a lifetime of beautiful skin.

 

Editor’s note: Whatever the age, it’s essential to take extra special care when your little ones are out in the sun.

 

If you try any of these products or if you can recommend any others for kids at these ages we would love to hear from you in the comments section below.

 

You may also like: 5 Newborn Skin Conditions Every Parent Must Know

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  1. michelle says:

    You should do a list like this for adults. We seems to be too busy to take care of our skin. Do these products work for adults as well?

  2. Isis Nyongo says:

    I’ve heard their eczema soap is very good! Luckily my kids don’t have eczema but I know many do so good to spread the word

  3. Mara Jackson says:

    Interesting article prompting parents and non parents alike to consider the effects routine has on the health of skin!