Know your infant’s skin
First, it is important that you understand that your baby’s skin is different from yours. It is thinner, more immature and unprotected, and therefore, more fragile.
Find out why!
When a baby is born, it is covered with a greasy film (Vernix caseosa), which gives their skin protection and hydration, in addition to helping to regulate body temperature. However, this film is naturally eliminated after the newborn’s hygiene, rapidly losing this protection.
Before we go any further, we would like to explain the importance of the Hydrolipidic film and of the skin’s Barrier function. The Hydrolipidic film is a natural emulsion that exists on the skin’s surface, resulting from the mixture of sebum and sweat, which provides hydration and protection against external aggressions. In turn, the Barrier function allows the skin to defend itself against contaminations and allergies, and is ensured by the Hydrolipidic film and by the skin’s pH.
In infants, due to the immaturity of their glands, the production of sebum and sweat is not yet fully developed. This results in the production of an impoverished Hydrolipidic film, thereby compromising the skin’s Barrier function.
As such, your baby will have a dry and unprotected skin that is more susceptible to external contamination (allergens, fungi, bacteria, viruses).
In addition to what has already been stated, mind that the permeability of the infant’s skin is greater, since the proportion between body surface and weight is 3x higher in infants than in the adults, which means that any substance applied on their skin is easily and rapidly absorbed.
Therefore, it is essential to pay special attention to the products you select for your baby’s daily care.
D’AVEIA makes it easy! We have a set of products carefully designed for the daily care of your baby’s delicate and sensitive skin!
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