Your skin helps protect you in many ways. It helps regulate body temperature, makes vitamin D to keep your bones healthy and keeps germs from entering your body. Keeping your skin healthy can help keep you healthy. As parents, you want to teach your children important skincare habits early on so they can keep their skin healthy throughout their life.
Use sunscreen every day. It is important to be out in the sun - your skin makes vitamin D when it is exposed to the sunshine. But too much sun can cause problems later. It can increase your risk of developing skin cancer and adds to the development of wrinkles. Using sunscreen every day reduces these risks. Be sure to add sunscreen to your daily skin care regimen every morning and reapply throughout the day.
Keep your face clean. Wash your face to get rid of dirt and grime every morning and evening. Use a gentle, non-soap facial cleanser and warm water.
Use moisturizer. Children, like adults, can have dry skin, especially during the winter months. A moisturizing cleanser in the bath or shower might be enough. If you notice your child’s skin is still dry, apply a light moisturizer immediately after their bath or shower, when skin is still damp.
Choose the right products. Adult skincare products might not be the right choice for children’s skin. Look for gentle products that are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Products containing soap can dry out the skin. If your child has dry skin, make sure to use non-soap cleansers.
Drink plenty of water. While moisturizers help to keep your skin moist, skin hydrates itself from the inside. Drinking water helps your skin stay soft and moist. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
Adjust skincare routines for skin type. Some children might have very dry skin, others might not. It is important to use products geared toward your child’s specific skin type. For example, some cleansers are meant for oily skin and can make dry skin flaky.
Exercise every day. Exercise increases the blood flow to your skin, which brings needed nutrients and oxygen to your skin. These nutrients are essential for healthy skin. Add some exercise to your daily routine.
Wash hands often. We constantly touch things and then transfer germs and bacteria to other parts of our body, especially our face, when we touch it. Keeping hands clean is not only important for minimizing our risk of catching the cold or flu, it helps keep our skin healthy.
As a parent, you can set a good example for skincare. Help your child learn the proper way to take care of their skin by taking care of yours. Most children mimic their parents, so when you take the time to care for yourself, your child will follow suit.
Healthy Skin Matters: National Institutes of Health
Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.