Our Curate Babies' mission is to ensure confident and nurturing support for yourself and baby when skin needs gentle care the most.
We believe that understanding how to take care of your precious baby's skin and how to look after your own changing skin makes all the difference at your precious time of development.
In particular, misconceptions and conflicting advice surrounding skin care for babies such as abstaining from moisturising baby's skin because it is naturally smooth and soft to the use of every 'reommended' baby skin care essential available can undermine confidence in the choice of routine adopted.
For your ease, our experts' breakdown of information offers a simple insight into the importance of the correct care and provides further clarity into various factors informing each Curate Babies' blend designed for purpose to enable physiological and emotional care.
As the largest organ in our body, skin plays the vital role of protecting internal organs and detecting environmental changes and external irritations.
In its barrier function its primary support is maintaining moisture balance, preventing the evaporation of water from inside the body and preventing bacteria and dangerous toxins from entering the body.
Made up of three layers each strata of skin performs a key aspect in our systems balance.
The epidermis or stratum corneum is the outermost layer of skin and performs the barrier duties.
The dermis is the thicker middle layer which contains important elements such as our sweat and sebacaous glands which are resposible for our skins natural oil production.
Keeping us padded is the hypodermis which contains 50% of our body fat and attaches our skin to underlying bone and muscle.
Structurally, tender baby's skin is basically the same as our adult skin but the distinct difference is that it is a lot thinner and most importantly its barrier function is not fully developed.
This makes delicate young skin particularly vulnerable, both in terms of the care it requires and the support that is needed to aid its protective role.
The epidermis which is responsible for balancing hydration, has lower moisture levels in babies which makes their skin more vulnerable to dryness.
This means it is extremely important to provide a nourishing routine for delicate skin as early as possible.
The key benefits of a suitable skin care routine for your baby go beyond the importance of moisturising alone.
A good routine for baby's skin incorporates three important elements.
1- Cleansing which clears skin of house dust which can contain mite fragments, food residue and other environmental substances which can trigger adverse skin reactions and compromise baby's immunity.
2- Moisturising which goes beyond keeping babies skin soft but improves the structure of baby's skin surface thereby improving its ability to perform its vital barrier role.
3- Bonding where the routine physical contact of care provides invaluable time for mother and baby to deepen a physiological and emotional bond that is associated with wellbeing.
Sticking to a few simple guidelines makes it easier to adopt a regular routine that becomes a familiar comfortable scenario for both yourself and baby.
1 - Choose a suitable cleansing product
2 - Wash with care
3 - Rinse thoroughly
4 - Pat dry
1 - Choose an appropriate moisturiser
2 - Moisturise everywhere!
3 - Hydrate more than once a day
4 - Apply with Care
While it may be challenging to acheive a daily skincare routine with your little one, the moments spent in this process are particularly valuable for deepening a relationship of trust and intimacy between baby and you.
Adhering to a few key guidelines while taking extra care to avoid little issues that might mar the process ensures that you both experience the most benefit out of this precious time.
1 - Keep baby reassured through conversation
2 - Avoid cuts,scrapes and irritations to baby's skin
3 - Take care with baby clothing
A selection of questions that our expert midwife, doula and aromatherapist are most frequently asked by other parents are answered below which might you might find below.
We know that due to the delicate structure of a baby's skin it's barrier function is not yet fully developed this means that babys skin needs a little extra help to keep the skin surface performing optimally so that environmental nasties stay out and natural moisture which might more easily evaporate is locked in to protect baby's skin from drying out.
The fine surface of baby's skin makes it appear soft and smooth however it has less fat lipids to keep skin supple making it more prone to break down and penetration by outside irritants.
Research has shown that starting skin care during the newborn phase lowers the risk of later developing atopic dermatitis.
Curate Babies resident experts advise the use of a nourishing moisturiser from six weeks onwards.
Not all alcohol is the same.
There are good alcohols and bad alcohols. The confusion that surrounds the use of alcohols in skincare products is that both kinds are used by the beauty industry.
BAD ALCOHOLS include ethanol and denatured alcohol these are widely used in skincare to preserve and fill out products and make them cheaper to produce. They are known as aliphatic alcohols and are potentially dangerous as they disrupt the skin surface balance, weakening it and making it vulnerable to dryness and irritation by stripping skin of its vital natural oils.
Curate Babies never formulate with these ingredients in our skincare blends.
BENEFICIAL ALCOHOLS are those derived from fatty acids such as cetyl- and cetearyl alcohol (a combination of cetyl and stearyl alcohol) which are derived from coconut oil and other naturally occuring plant-based alcohols such as benzyl alcohol which is found organically in many plants and fruits and is used as a natural preservative.
Alcohols such as these are gentle and nourishing to skin and these are the only kinds of alcohols that are used in Curate Babies' responsible formulations.
All Curate Babies blends are formulated with the most nurturing ingredients that have purposefully been chosen for their abilities to soothe and heal.
The most delicate of young vulnerable baby skin has been taken into consideration by our experts with each of our formulas and is therefore gentle enough for use on sensitive skin.
Should you have any personal concerns or if particular caution has been advised by your GP due to an existing condition then please patch test our product on a tiny area of baby's skin and observe for 24 hours to ensure no adverse reaction is present before applying as directed.
No. There are no perfumes or fragrance in any of our formulations. The 'parfum' which is listed in our 'Restore Me' Stretchmark cream is the cosmetic listing for Chamomile Tea which is used as a natural anti-inflammatory and gentle preservative in the formulation to help soothe skin.
Generally speaking yes. However the Curate Babies' suite of skincare is designed to work in balance with the other products in the range and each blend has been carefully formulated to minimise the risk of irritations occuring.
As there are a myriad of ingredient options available in the industry for use in mother and baby skincare products, not all of which are ideal, it is not possible to rule out the inclusion of less favourable ingredients in other products which might cause irritation.
It is therefore advisable to stick to a balanced, minimal number of skincare items that are designed to work together, and if mixing different brands to carefully check ingredient listings of all brands to ensure they do not contain any harmful elements.
CURATE BABIES Gentle Joy Nappy rash cream has been blended for the purpose of healing and softly rebalancing the delicate, broken skin that can erupt in the nappy areas. As such the cream is recommended as the safe topical remedy for on open itchy skin and there have been no reported negative side effects, however with areas of extensive and deep, open damage it is always recommended to consult with your GP prior to application.
Finally, don't forget you!
Mother's tend to put baby's needs before their own but your health and wellbeing should not be neglected as you can only provide the best care for your baby when you are well also.
Pregnant and postnatal skin is prone to a wide variety of changes due to hormonal adjustments and your body and skin may react in a number of ways.
Hormonal fluctuations and disruptions to regular sleep patterns can greatly affect internal balance and cause skin problems such as acne, dry spots while spiking stress levels can impact skin resilience leading to lesions and increased vulnerability to allergic reactions.
Acheiving balance might seem impossible as you first prepare for the arrival of your little one then prioritise care and attention to your baby's needs after birth.
Our experts advise learning to implement me-time using even minute precious moments to sure up balance for the next challenges ahead.
Botanical formulations can boost feelings of upliftment that your stressed body may otherwise not quite manage on some days.
Routine use of nourishing skincare with active plant extracts can help to impart balance that starts to bring back familiar feelings of self to inspire confidence and relaxation.
Select skincare that goes beyond moisturising but provides organic feelings of well-being.
Blends such as those designed for purpose in the Curate Babies range effectively address common issues. The Rebalance Me Anti-Nausea blend not only combats feelings of nausea during pregnancy but gently provides a sense of upliftment which is psychologically beneficial to help acheive balance.
Skin care concerns such as lesions and stretchmarks which the Curate Babies Restore Me Mothers Stretchmark Cream effectively targets can gently be applied with some therapeutic self-massage to induce relaxation with the benefits of anti-inflammatory chamomile in the formulation to soothe and restore.
And lastly, as you recognise your old balanced self regaining control, you may gradually wish to indulge in a little more plant-based power with the highly therapeutic Curate Apothecary Range to empower the best version of you as you embrace the joys that lie ahead for yourself and your brand new precious little one.