Just like every mum I’m always keen to try out new skin care products on my children’s skin in the hope it may offer them a little relief from dry and sensitive skin. I was excited to see the Aveeno Baby range become available in Ireland as I have often had queries about it from mums who have seen it in the States. The curiosity about it has been immense as the regular Aveeno and the Aveeno Dermexa ranges already enjoy a lot of success. So let me just explain the differences between the ranges before I give you the breakdown of the baby range.
Aveeno ‘Daily’ moisturising lotion and washes are recommended for normal to dry skin and should be used as a part of your normal daily skin care routine. These products are for your body – whereas the Ultra calming range is for your face. The ‘Skin Relief’ products are lotions which contain soothing ingredients such as shea or menthol. Aveeno also have an emollient cream which is useful when you need more moisture than the lotion provides. The ‘Dermexa’ range is designed to be more soothing than the traditional products and is useful for irritated and sensitive skin. This is the range that many parents use on their children’s skin as it moisturises for up to 24 hours and can provide comfort from itchy skin. It is suitable for children older than three months of age. If you are happily using this range I would probably not change to the specific baby range as I don’t think there would be a huge advantage – unless your child is younger than three months of age.
The Aveeno Baby range has been approved by pediatricians which means it is suitable for use from birth. The range has been designed with a baby’s delicate and sensitive skin in mind and the colloidal oats will providing soothing comfort to your child.
There are three products available at the moment. The first is the Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Wash – I used this for almost two weeks on my three and I have to say I found it lovely to use. It will make some bubbles if encouraged which is always a plus when toddlers are involved and two out of my three have extremely sensitive skin but there was no issues at all using this. It’s unscented and is gentle enough that it will not irritate their eyes during the bath. You can add some to the bath or apply it to a wet cloth or sponge to wash them directly. It’s a nice creamy formulation and I’d definitely be happy to recommend it for regular use to anyone looking for a gentle wash for delicate and sensitive skin.
Next up there is Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Cream – This I have to say is a tricky one for me…I loved it on most levels but I must admit I felt it left a bit of a sticky residue on their skin. Now I’m super fussy when it comes to moisturisers as I have eczema myself and have spent my life trying to find the ideal one so maybe I’m being a bit harsh. It feels lovely to apply and really and truly leaves the skin silky, soft and utterly nourished – there is no doubt about that. The colloidal oats here again will calm and soothe irritated skin so definitely useful during a skin flare up or as a regular use cream. I suppose it just takes a little longer to absorb perhaps than what I’m used to. For anyone that’s interested I’m a bit obsessed with the La Roche Posay Lipikar AP Baume! It offers great comforting moisture, reduces itch and really does absorb very quickly. I think it’s important for a product to be easy to use and when trying to get a baby dressed after applying the Aveeno Baby you might find them a little stickier than you would with the La Roche Posay Lipikar Balme.
Finally there is the Aveeno Baby Daily Care Barrier Cream. This is a cream formulated to soothe and protect against nappy rash. I really like this product! I was using it for the two weeks on my 11 month old who during that time suffered from a tummy bug and got his first tooth! It really got a good test with him and a less effective cream would not have saved him from discomfort. It has a lovely thick consistency like what I expect from a nappy cream – sort of like Sudocrem! I found it to be a really effective barrier cream. It’s also easy to apply and contains the colloidal oats to soothe the skin. I love this nappy cream and would find it hard to choose a favourite between this and Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream. If you’re looking for a cream that can be used for general skin irritations on areas other than the nappy area then I would go with La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume.
I hope you find this helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262. I’m always happy to help!