Babies and children have especially sensitive skin. It is important to find organic baby skincare products to protect, nurture and hydrate their delicate skin. Sometimes even the products branded as safe or effective can cause adverse reactions, causing irritations and even eczema. Using natural ingredients for your baby’s bath time skincare routine, such as aloe vera, can help to minimize some of this risk. Products containing Aloe Vera is ideal to help treat, soothe and heal baby’s with eczema and their flare ups.
Lullaby Skincare products consist of over 80% organic Aloe Vera as their base ingredient, unlike conventional skincare brands which are simply water based. Our products are formulated to protect, hydrate and help address any underlying skin conditions. Now, most of us know aloe vera as the soothing gel to put on your sunburned skin, providing a cooling sensation and helping to seemingly speed up the healing process. However, using aloe vera on your baby’s skin regularly can have outstanding benefits in addition to its calming effect. Lullaby products help eczema in babies, children and teenagers.
What is Aloe Vera?
In the succulent family, aloe vera is a spiky plant that grows naturally in dry, tropical climates such as those found in Australia. When cut open, the plant yields a gelatinous substance which is clear in color and this gel and its juices was a popular herbal remedy that could help treat a variety of conditions from skin problems to digestive issues. Today, these are the elements primarily used as ingredients in premium skincare care and cosmetic beauty products.
5 Reasons to Use Aloe Vera
These days, products containing aloe vera can be found in a variety of forms including bath wash, hair shampoo, moisturizers and sunscreens. For Lullaby’s organic skincare for babies and sensitive skin we have used organic Aloe Vera in our entire range of skin care products. So why might you choose to incorporate products with aloe vera into you and your baby’s daily routine? In fact, it is a powerful ingredient that can help support and address a number of skin issues.
Rich in Healing Compounds
Thanks to the plethora of vitamins found in aloe vera, it is a powerful pain reliever and helps to reduce inflammation or irritation that can be the result of a number of different skin conditions. . Specifically, the polysaccharides found in aloe encourage skin repair and regeneration while carboxypeptidase helps provide pain relief, aloe’s signature soothing effect. In addition, the inflammation which underlies many skin conditions including sunburns, psoriasis, and eczema can be suppressed by compounds found in aloe such as acemannan. Just make sure to do a patch test before putting anything on actively inflamed skin, as aloe vera can cause allergic contact dermatitis in some people, though it is rare. Finally, aloe vera is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E and minerals like magnesium, potassium, and zinc are all believed to aid in the rapid healing benefits of the plant.
Natural Aloe Vera helps to hydrate and lock in moisture for the skin. As the skin is more hydrated, it begins to appear smoother and softer as the surface layer of the skin becomes bound together more closely. In essence, aloe vera helps to rebuild the skin’s natural moisture barrier, the outermost layer of the skin which provides protection and defends against external irritants such as bacteria and environmental debris. When these elements penetrate the skin it can cause sensitive reactions and increased dehydration of the skin.
The healing compounds found in aloe which help to encourage skin regeneration and increased hydration can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reducing the ageing process. As the skin becomes plumper with moisture and more resilient, fine lines become less visible. Furthermore, the zinc naturally found in aloe acts as an astringent to help tighten pores while antioxidants such as vitamins C and E aid in the prevention of harmful free radicals, molecules that can be very harmful to the skin and contribute to premature aging.
Aloe vera can also help prevent the effects of the skin’s enzyme responsible for skin discoloration, tyrosinase, by essentially suppressing UV-induced hyperpigmentation and the skin-damaging effects of sunburns. The various antioxidants contained in aloe vera may also help prevent dark spots and fade sun damage that has already occurred, though more research is needed to be sure how this mechanism works.
Despite the lack of medical research regarding aloe vera and its effects on the skin, you can find plenty of anecdotal evidence on the internet highlighting the positive effects its use can have for those who make it a regular part of their routine.
Choosing Aloe Vera Products
When it comes to selecting a product containing aloe vera, there are a lot of options available on the market from face creams with aloe vera to aloe vera moisturizer, you can find almost every type of product with some amount of this powerful ingredient. Depending on the effects you would like to see and the goals you have for your skin, there are certain skin-care products and labelling you should look for.
More is Better To get the best results from aloe, go for a product that has a higher percentage. For example, Lullaby Skincare consists of over 80% organic Aloe Vera in all our products in addition to other high quality natural and organic ingredients. While you are able to use the pure flesh found inside aloe vera leaves, you can also use products with aloe listed as a primary ingredient. In the latter case, know that your skin may react differently to the product than it would with pure aloe. As more ingredients are added to the aloe itself, the effects may become slightly diminished depending on the associated benefits of those elements. In general, if you want a product that is mostly aloe, look at the full list of ingredients. The higher aloe vera is on the list, the more concentrated it is in the product.
Research Your Brands When selecting any new product, you should do your own research on the brand as well as the specific ingredients used. Unfortunately, many skincare ingredients have multiple derivatives now and if you react to one in a specific group, you are likely to react to the group as a whole. Knowing and understanding the ingredients in your products can go a long way in preventing any adverse reactions. Plus, researching specific brands and their philosophies will help you align with products that better suit your needs. If you find a brand that works for your baby and your families skin, don’t be afraid to stick with it and revamp you and your baby’s entire skincare routine.
Who Should Use Aloe Vera?
As an ingredient and standalone product, aloe vera is safe for use on all skin types and babies. It can be most beneficial for sensitive skin types. Due to its calming and soothing nature, it is ideal for those with sensitivities and irritated skin. By increasing hydration and reducing inflammation it can help mitigate the effects of irritated and eczema-prone skin on babies, children and sensitive skin.