Lately I’ve noticed the kids’ skin is really dry and their lips are chapped. I live in the south, so our winters aren’t nearly as harsh as up north. Nonetheless, we are drying out down here. I am a bit picky about ingredients and products that I use on their skin. The skin is the largest organ and it absorbs over half of what is applied to it. I want to give you 3 easy tips to help you and your babies stay moisturized this winter.
1. Amp up on the water
Hydration starts from the inside. Most of us don’t drink enough water and I know you’ve heard it a million times, but it’s true. A child’s body is made up of 65-75% water, while an adult is 55-65%. I am guilty of falling off the bandwagon and not consuming the proper amount of water. It has never been easy for me chug water by the gallon. To keep it simple, I use this formula to keep myself on track. My weight divided by 2. Ex. 100 lbs divided by 2 = 50. A healthy 100 lb (I do not weigh 100 lbs🤣) person should be drinking a minimum of 50 oz daily. I also make sure to keep the kids’ water bottles full and accessible so they have access at all times. I like to add lemon vitality to my water and this has definitely been a game changer for me. It’s refreshing and tastes sooo good.
2. Seal in moisture
After bathing, we use a gentle chemical free lotion like honest company face + body lotion purely simple on damp skin. My favorite oil to add to their lotion is gentle baby. This lotion is rated a 3 on the Think Dirty App which according to the app, does not contain any ingredients which have documented potential negative health effects. I love this app and use it to scan store products for safety. After we apply the lotion, we apply my homemade whipped shea butter and coconut oil blend to seal in the moisture. Remember, water moisturizes and oils seal in that moisture. Moisturizing the skin from the outside is a two step process.
3. Temperature Matters
Make sure your water isn’t too hot. I am guilty of loving scolding hot soaks in the tub, but in the winter months I am more mindful because I do notice a significant difference in my skin when the water is super hot. A human’s normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Bath water should be near this temperature. If you’re unsure of what temperature your water is, it’s a good idea to use a thermometer to test the water prior.
I hope these tips help. If you have any question please send me a message or email me. I would love to hear from you.