Skin Health
Sensitive Skin: Keep Cry-Baby Skin From “Drying” Its Eyes Out!
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Simpler is better, less is more: baby products are awesome for adults, too!

If your skin regularly needs babying (you have eczema, psoriasis, or very dry or allergic skin, for example) it may get “fussy” this winter. As skin dries, it can crack, which can lead to inflammations, allergic or irritant reactions, infections and an itchy cycle.

Relief can be found by using simpler, safer formulations and by cutting back on your total number of products. This is where multi-tasking baby products may be just what the doctor ordered.

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Great things can come in the simplest of packages. Take Grandma Minnie’s The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm, an ultra-simple formulation that’s a skin-safe, ouchless (big breath) antiviral, antifungal, anti-protozoal, anti-yeast, anti-bacterial disinfectant.

I’m an adult…why would I even consider Baby Skin Care for me?

Because products formulated specifically for baby skin can be gentler than most other options.

Baby skin is formed and functioning from a very young age (neonatal and even younger — in utero by the end of the 1st trimester). But during the first few months of life, immunological functions are still undeveloped. For example, atopic dermatitis (an allergic disease that needs immune-forming cells to make IgE immunoglobulin) is not seen until after the 3rd month of life. Because infant skin is newer to the world, building up its defenses, and as the surface area of skin is greater in babies (they absorb anything that’s topically applied more than adults), baby skin care should be very safe yet still protect against micro-organisms.

Can sensitive-skinned adults therefore assume baby products are safest? Sadly, it isn’t that simple. Many baby products tout their safety while containing potentially harmful ingredients.

Fragrance (perfumes, natural extracts, and masking fragrances that don’t smell “perfume-y” but hide a product’s inherent smell) is a top allergen. If you are unfamiliar with other irritants — like dyes and (formaldehyde-releasing) preservatives — fragrance is an easy-to-remember, quickly-identifiable red flag: one whiff can alert you to its presence. For products that are labeled “hypoallergenic” but are heavily perfumed, be extra careful if you have sensitive skin: this should make you question the product’s overall skin safety — if the product labels itself hypoallergenic with such obviously high levels of perfume, a well known allergen, you must ask … what else is in there?

Still, the right baby products can do wonders to help manage ultra-sensitive or problematic adult skin. What should adults who need to baby their skin look for in baby products?

Look for less.

Simple (short) formulations and the absence of irritants. The shorter the ingredient list the better.

No allergens, fragrances, preservatives, parabens, dyes.

If you have extremely sensitive skin, even if you haven’t yet had a patch test to isolate which ingredients you should avoid, this avoidance of irritants is a good place to start. Grandma Minnie Mom & Baby Products contain zero of all 76 top allergens published by the North American Contact Dermatitis Group and European Surveillance System on Contact Alelrgies —  independent, objective groups of doctors who specializes in contact dermatitis and conducts hundreds of patch tests every year to rank allergens.

Next, look for legitimacy.

Does the product walk its talk? Grandma Minnie products are usage, patch, and clinically tested (in vitro and in vivo, using evidence-based, randomized, double-blind studies). Many studies have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals and accepted or awarded at international dermatology conferences.

Look for protection and healthy moisturization.

Highly sensitive skin can be prone to severe dryness and infections. All Grandma Minnie products contain monolaurin, a skin-safe antibacterial disinfectant to help prevent and clear infections — so safe, it’s found naturally in breast milk. Many of these products also contain USDA-certified organic virgin coconut oil for unparalleled moisturization: its fatty acids are native to human skin so instead of merely preventing water loss, it helps replace lost lipids (natural oils).

Finally, look for multi-taskers.

As you cut down on your total number of products, you don’t want to feel less clean or babied (in the pampered sense). Multi-taskers can help meet your needs while keeping your skin safer.

  • Coo & Clean Baby Wash: Allergen-surfactant-free hair and body cleanser.
  • Mommycoddling All-Over Lotion: 1) Daily moisturizer; 2 Daily prevention from infections; 3) Helps soothe and clear mildly irritated skin.
  • Kid Gloves Monolaurin Hand Sanitizer: As effective as 70% isopropyl alcohol but moisturizing instead of drying.
  • Oil’s Well Nurturing Do-It-OilDeeper moisturization for atopic dermatitis, seborrhea, psoriasis, and severely dry, cracked skin. Also for ouchless wound cleaning.
  • The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm: Ouchless antibacterial, antifungal, antiprotozoal, anti-yeast, antiviral dis- infectant balm for lesions caused by eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, herpes, wounds, insect bites, minor burns etc. For skin and lips.

For cry-baby skin, remember: less is more; cut back to cure, trim to treat.

Appropriate — simply wonderful — skin care advice for these drying times.

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