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As a mom, it’s important to you to take care of your baby’s sensitive skin.

But just how do you do that? Do you have to use special products? Are some ingredients in those products potentially dangerous?

Baby’s Sensitive Skin is Different from Your Skin

You probably already knew this to be true, but your baby’s skin is different from yours. Not only is it new and flawless and tender, but there are important differences in how the skin is structured and how it behaves.

Baby’s Skin is Structurally Different

For example, a baby’s skin is structurally different than adult skin. The cells are smaller and the collagen fibers are thinner. Clinical findings have shown that the outermost layer­—called the stratum corneum—is 30 percent thinner than it is in adults. The epidermis, as well—the top layer of skin—is 20 percent thinner.

That means whatever you put on a baby’s skin may more easily penetrate the skin and sink into the deeper layers, potentially making its way to the bloodstream. So choosing your skincare products carefully is even more important when you’re using those products on your baby.

Baby’s Skin Has a Weaker Outer Barrier

Baby’s skin has a weaker skin barrier making the skin more tender.

A newborn’s self-protection mechanisms are not full developed. As a result, babies and children need extra special care to keep their skin hydrated and healthy.

As the baby gets older, the “acid mantle” forms on the surface of the skin and acts as a protective barrier against bacteria, viruses, harsh chemicals, pollutants and other potential irritants.

Baby’s Skin Loses Water More Easily

A baby’s thinner outer layer of skin also means that it may more easily dry out than yours. That outermost layer is not as good at holding water in.

Recent studies showed this to be true. Baby skin was found to have higher rates of transepidermal water loss (TEWL) than adult skin. It was also found to absorb water more than adult skin—a result of that thinner layer—but to then lose this water at a faster rate.

Baby skin contains fewer natural moisturizing factors and lipids (fats) than adult skin as well, which also contributes to moisturization levels.

Baby Skin is More Vulnerable to UV Damage

A baby’s skin—up to the age of one or two—has not yet developed its full protective melanin content. Melanin is the skin’s pigment that helps protect from the sun’s damaging UV rays. In a baby’s skin, the melanin is just getting started. That means that the skin is not as well able to shield itself from the sun’s radiation.

Sun protection for babies, then, is extremely important. Hats, long-sleeved shirts and pants, and socks and shoes, are a must when going out in the sun. Finding shade for your baby or putting the child in a shaded stroller is also recommended.

Baby UV Damage

How to Care for Baby’s Sensitive Skin

Considering all these differences, you can see why it’s important to carefully care for your baby’s skin during the first couple of years of life.

We have some key tips on how to do that.

1. Always Protect from the Sun

As noted above, the baby’s skin has not yet developed the melanin it needs to protect itself from damaging ultraviolet rays. That means it’s best to always keep your baby out of the direct sunlight. Use clothes, hats, umbrellas, shade, and covered strollers.

Babies one to six months old are best protected in these ways, rather than with sunscreen. Though zinc oxide is considered a safe sunscreen for children, while a baby’s skin is still developing, it’s best not to expose it to the sun at all.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that you not use sunscreen on a baby under the age of 6 months.

2. Be Cautious About What Skin Care Products You Use

Harsh ingredients in skincare products like fragrances, alcohols, preservatives, and petrolatum products can be particularly damaging to a baby’s sensitive skin. Remember that the outermost layer is not yet developed. That means whatever you put on baby’s skin will likely penetrate the skin and sink into the bloodstream—at least some of it.

So read the ingredient list and use only natural, non-toxic, safe products on your baby’s skin.

Are CV Skinlabs’ Products Safe for Baby’s Sensitive Skin?

Many of you have asked about our CV Skincare products and whether they are safe for baby’s skin. We’re happy to report that yes, they are!

We were careful when designing these products, screening for any harmful ingredients and fragrances, and making sure we included no ingredients with links allergies, dryness, irritation, or sensitivity.

All the products are hypoallergenic, as well. That means you can use them with confidence on even the most sensitive skin—baby’s skin.

We have received many testimonials from moms saying how soothing and nourishing our products are for their babies. It’s also nice that we have such a simple product line. You can use all four products depending on what your baby needs:

Rescue & Relief Spray

A healing moisture spray that’s great for cooling hot rashes, even sunburns, and soothing irritated skin (baby excema). It also helps reduce itching on contact, which particularly helpful as you don’t want your child disturbing their already fragile skin barrier by scratching.

Calming Moisture

This nourishing and moisturizing formula is perfect for baby’s face and scalp. If your baby has cradle cap, apply calming moisture a couple of times daily to keep the skin healthy.

Body Repair Lotion

Rub this soothing lotion over baby’s arms and legs daily to keep skin hydrated and healthy. It’s perfect for eczema, psoriasis, rashy or flaky skin, dry skin, and for applying right after a bath.

Restorative Skin Balm

This repairing balm helps soothe, heal, and protect damaged, severely dry and cracked skin. It’s ideal for diaper rash. You can also use it on bug bites, poison ivy, chapped skin, rashy skin, and any areas needing some extra TLC.

3. Try to Avoid Letting Skin Get Too Dry

Because of that thin outer layer, baby’s skin may be more vulnerable to dryness. Keep an eye on it. If you see patches of dry skin developing, address those with a safe moisturizer. Just make sure that it’s free of perfumes and dyes that can be irritating to baby’s sensitive skin.

4. Bathe Carefully

The AAP and other health organizations recommend these tips for bath time:

  • Don’t bathe every day. Three baths per week during a baby’s first year may be enough. Bathing more frequently can dry out the skin.
  • Use an infant tub or sink. They are safer than a bathtub for the first six months of a baby’s life.
  • Check the water temperature before putting the baby in. Make sure it feels warm, but not hot. Remember that baby’s skin is more sensitive to heat than yours. Plus, hot water will dry the skin.
  • Use soap sparingly. Soaps can dry out the skin. Use only mild, neutral-pH soaps without additives, and rinse the soap away from the skin right away. Use only mild shampoo or body wash on baby’s hair.
  • Clean gently with a soft cloth.
  • After bathing, pat the baby dry before putting on clothing. If he or she has dry skin, apply moisturizer immediately after patting dry.

5. Avoid Contact Dermatitis Triggers

Many babies struggle with contact dermatitis, which is a type of allergic skin reaction. You may see red and swollen skin or skin that’s dry, cracked, and peeling, or a rash that is itchy with scaly patches.

Try to avoid common triggers for contact dermatitis like harsh soaps and detergents, fragranced products, and certain synthetic fabrics. Dermatitis needs to be moisturized daily. Use skincare products with safe and effective ingredients to help counteract the dryness and flaking.

What steps do you take to care for a baby’s sensitive skin?

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Skin tightening is a procedure that has been practiced for years and it’s more popular than ever. But, before you decide to have the procedure done, there are some things you need to know. This blog post will discuss whether or not skin-tightening procedures are safe and what to expect from them.

Is It Safe To Have Skin Tightening Done?

Yes, this procedure is safe and effective. However, before you decide to get a skin treatment at a med spa instead of using botox, you have to consider certain factors. For instance, if you have a history of cancer, you should not get skin tightening done because it could cause some serious complications. In addition to this, if your immune system is compromised in any way, talk to the medical spa about what types of treatments they offer and make sure that none of them will compromise your immunity.

Is There Anything You Can Do Beforehand To Ensure The Procedure Is Safe?

Yes, there are some things you can do to make sure that your skin tightening treatment goes as planned. For instance, if possible avoid having any other procedures done at the same time because this could complicate matters and create health hazards for you. You should also discuss with your doctor which medications (if any) you need to stop taking before the procedure. This is especially important if you take blood-thinning medication because it could cause some serious complications and might even result in a stroke or excessive bleeding during surgery. Additionally, make sure that your skin isn’t too dry when they do the procedure. This can be fixed by using moisturizer. Nevertheless, if possible use skin firming products for a couple of weeks before your treatment so that your skin is in better condition when they go to work.

Where Can Skin Tightening Be Applied?

Skin tightening can be done on the face, neck, chest, abdomen, arms, or leg areas. During your consultation, the med spa staff will assess which areas need to be tightened and what kind of results you should expect from each treatment session. However, if you are considering having the procedure done on your face, make sure that there is enough time between facial treatments to allow for skin recovery. When it comes to safety, the neck and chest areas have a greater risk of complications than other parts because these procedures can affect organs in those regions so they should be treated with extreme caution.

Will The Results Last?

Yes, the results will last as long as you take good care of yourself and follow all post-treatment instructions. The results may vary depending on your age and lifestyle habits though. For instance, if you smoke after the procedure it could cause the skin to sag. In other words, make sure that you quit smoking before and after the procedure if possible. If not, at least cut back on how much you smoke and use a nicotine patch during this period to help your body heal faster while making it easier for you to quit in the future.

What Kind Of Complications Can Arise?

While this procedure is safe, it isn’t perfect. After all, any surgical procedure has risks associated with it so some things could go wrong during and after the procedure. For instance, you could experience some short-term side effects such as bruising or swelling around the treated areas which will go away within a few days to weeks.

In rare cases, there is also a chance that your skin could become infected so you must take precautions against this by keeping your skin clean before and after the treatment. In addition to this, you could also experience pain during and/or after your procedure so make sure that you take either prescription or over-the-counter medication for it. Just don’t use both at once though. Keep in mind that you should talk with your doctor about which one would work best for you.

Skin tightening can be a great way to regain some of the skin elasticity and firmness you may have lost over time. But not all procedures are created equal. There’s a lot of variation in what they do, how much it costs, and where on your body you should apply them for best results. Before making any decisions about which procedure is right for you or your loved ones, make sure that you speak with an expert who will help guide those choices from start to finish. They will be able to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.

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Does dandelion milk get rid of warts? Is it an effective and safe alternative to get rid of warts compared to medical procedures? Find out!

Warts are widespread, especially among children, teenagers, and people with weak immunity. Clinical treatments of warts include surgeries and freezing and subsequently cutting the wart off. However, such procedures can be scary for young children. Dandelions are widely considered as a more viable option. By the end of this article, you will know does dandelion milk gets rid of warts.

What Are Warts?

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A wart is a small growth from the skin anywhere in the body. Warts commonly look like a tiny cauliflower or a solidified blister. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) family of viruses. The various strains of the HPV virus cause warts in different parts of the body. Children and people with weak immunity are more prone to the virus.

The main symptom of warts is a fleshy projection or growth on the skin. The commonly affected areas are hands, feet, genitals, and sometimes the face. Warts are infectious and can spread from one part of the body to another and from an infected person to another (healthy).

Typically warts last from a few weeks to a couple of years, depending on their location. According to a study, even if left untreated, almost 50% of warts disappear within a year, and 70% disappear within two years. But if you have warts in sensitive areas like your face or genitals, or the number and size of warts is unusual, consult your doctor immediately.

Benefits of Dandelion

You might think of dandelions as persistent weeds that keep growing in your gardens and backyard. Native to Europe, dandelions have been used for centuries by people for its herbal and medicinal values. People use the stem, leaves, flower, and root of dandelions as home-made treatments for several health problems. In various parts of the world, dandelions are also eaten.

Dandelions have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and hydrating properties. They also possess anti-microbial properties, which make them very useful for various skin conditions. Other benefits of the dandelion plant include:

Does Dandelion Milk Get Rid of Warts?

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There is a lack of in-depth study and research on whether dandelion milk gets rid of warts. However, there are ample anecdotes from people all over the globe that support this claim. And as clinical treatments are risky, expensive, and time-consuming, people are shifting to treat warts in natural ways instead.

What You Need To Do

  • Break off a dandelion from as close to the ground as possible.
  • Carefully squeeze the sticky while milk (sap) and apply it to the wart.
  • Repeat the process at least twice a day for two weeks.
  • If the wart is small enough, you can cover it with an anti-bacterial bandaid to retain the sap.

Dandelion milk can cause mild irritation on your skin. This irritation is said to stimulate your immune system, which then fights warts from within. You should be able to see visible results within two weeks.

Precautions

  • Make sure that you do not use dandelions that have been treated with insecticides or any other chemicals.
  • People who suffer from eczema should make sure they are not allergic to dandelions before using them.
  • If you are allergic to ragweeds, daisies, marigolds, and other related plants, you should perform a patch test before using dandelion milk.
  • Consult your doctor immediately in case you notice signs of bleeding or infection, the wart becomes painful, or its color changes.
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The news was startling: an online pharmacy had found harmful ingredients in sunscreen.

Yet you need sunscreen to protect your skin from damaging UV rays.

What to do?

Study Shows Harmful Ingredients in Sunscreen

Valisure LLC, an online pharmacy, recently issued a press release warning that it found benzene—a known carcinogen—in 78 sunscreens and after-sun products.

Benzene is a colorless or light yellow chemical that has a sweet odor and is highly flammable. It evaporates into the air very quickly and dissolves only slightly in water. It is found naturally in crude oil, gasoline, and cigarette smoke, and is also used to make plastics, resins, nylon and synthetic fibers, some types of lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies benzene as “carcinogenic to humans,” based on sufficient evidence that the chemical can cause acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Exposure has also been linked with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also classify benzene as a known human carcinogen.

Long-term exposure to benzene can also increase the risk of:

  • Anemia (low red blood cell count)
  • A low white blood cell count
  • A low platelet count

How Valisure Found the Harmful Ingredients in Sunscreen

Valisure regularly tests the products it sells, and this time tested sunscreens. Specifically, investigators looked at six different sunscreen ingredients:

  1. Avobenzone
  2. Oxybenzone
  3. Octisalate
  4. Octinoxate
  5. Homosalate
  6. Octocyclene

The company acquired sunscreen and after-sun care product samples from many retailers and in many different formulations. Of course, this was only a small sample and didn’t include all sun care products.

Results showed that multiple samples contained significantly detectable benzene. Some batches contained up to 3.1 times the “conditional” safe limit. The FDA has no safe limit for benzene, but it does allow 2 parts per million (ppm) if use is “unavoidable in order to produce a product with therapeutic benefits.” But benzene isn’t necessary for sunscreen production, so it shouldn’t contain any benzene.

The results varied from batch to batch, even within a single brand.

  • Benzene was found in 43 out of 224 sunscreens and in 8 out of 48 after-sun products.
  • Among sunscreens, the highest average concentrations of benzene (2-6 ppm) were in four sprays from the same brand (Neutrogena).
  • The next highest average concentrations were in 12 products that were primarily sprays but included 4 lotions.
  • Active ingredients in contaminated products were also listed in products that were not contaminated, so there’s no way to tell by the ingredients list which ones may contain benzene.

Valisure noted that these results are concerning because of recent findings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that showed sunscreen active ingredients are absorbed into the bloodstream even after a single-use. Other studies show that the application of sunscreen specifically increases the absorption rate of benzene through the skin.

Chemical Ingredients SunscreenValisure Requests Recall of Products with Harmful Ingredients

Valisure sent a citizen’s petition to the FDA requesting a recall of the products they found to contain benzene. Though only some had high levels, Valisure requested the recall of all lots that contained the carcinogen. The affected products include those coming from the following brands:

  • Neutrogena
  • Sun Bum
  • CVS Health
  • Fruit of the Earth
  • Raw Elements
  • SunBurnt
  • Goodsense
  • Banana Boat
  • TopCare Everyday
  • EltaMD

Keep in mind that not all suncare products from these brands were contaminated. You can check tables 2 and 3 in Valisure’s petition to find the exact products and the results.

How to Avoid Harmful Ingredients in Sunscreen

Considering these test results, you may be wondering how you can be sure that the sunscreen you’re purchasing is safe. We have some tips to help.

1. Look for Physical Sunscreens

You can make it simple to avoid benzene in sunscreen by choosing only those sunscreens that use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients.

These are called mineral sunscreens, and they form a protective seal over the surface of the skin, reflecting away UV light. Chemical sunscreens (like avobenzone and oxybenzone) contain compounds that absorb UV light and prevent it from penetrating the skin.

None of the sunscreens tested used mineral sunscreens. They all used chemical sunscreen ingredients that can be changed with exposure to the sun. Zinc oxide is considered the safest sunscreen ingredient you can use—safe even for children.

2. Check the Environmental Working Group’s Website

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) tests sunscreens every year and lists their safest ones on their website. You can search their list, or type in a sunscreen you have already purchased to see how safe it is. The EWG also offers a free guide to safer sunscreens.

3. Choose One that Has an SPF of at Least 30

Doctors recommend that you use sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30. Lower than that probably won’t give you the protection you need. Higher than that isn’t necessarily better.

Look also for the words “broad-spectrum” on the label. That means it protects against both UVB and UVA rays, and you need that protection.

4. Look for Dangerous Ingredients

When choosing a sunscreen, it’s best to avoid the following potentially dangerous ingredients:

  • Oxybenzone: Scientific studies have linked this active ingredient with hormone disruption and allergic reactions.
  • Octinoxate: Also linked to hormone disruption, and is known to harm coral reefs.
  • Homosalate: Linked to hormone disruption and may enhance the absorption of pesticides, including bug sprays.
  • Retinyl palmitate: This is a form of vitamin A that has been linked to skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin.
  • Other toxic ingredients: These include parabens, phthalate, PEG, and synthetic fragrances.

5. Avoid Spray Sunscreens

These may be convenient to use, but they disperse the ingredients in tiny droplets you may inhale. Those inhaled droplets can then enter your lungs and move into your bloodstream. It’s safer to use gels, creams, and lotions.

6. Avoid Combined Sunscreen/Bug Repellant Products

How convenient to apply your sunscreen and bug repellant at the same time! This isn’t wise, though, as studies suggest these combinations lead to increased skin absorption of the ingredients, which you don’t want, particularly with some toxic ingredients. Continue to buy and use these two products separately.

7. Check the Water Resistance

If you’re going to be sweating or swimming, make sure your sunscreen is water-resistant. These can not only protect you better in water but will last longer when you’re active and sweating.

The FDA has banned manufacturers from labeling their sunscreens as “waterproof” or “sweatproof.” Instead, labels can say “water-resistant” if the sunscreen has proven to remain effective in water for either 40 or 80 minutes.

Rescue + Relief Spray SunscreenAfter the Sun? Forget the Harmful Ingredients

What about after sun care?

We recommend our Rescue + Relief Spray. It has no ingredients in it that can degrade to benzene. It’s full of nurturing ingredients that will help whisk heat away from the skin, cooling it down and repairing any sun damage.

It works so well that “Allure” named this “One of the Best All Natural Beauty Products.” For extra cooling, store it in the refrigerator or cooler.

How do you find safe sunscreen?


Sources
Benzene in sunscreens, after-sun sprays, gels, lotions and creams. (2021, May 25). ConsumerLab.com. https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/benzene-contamination-in-sunscreen-and-aftersun/benzene-sunscreen/

Benzene. (n.d.). American Cancer Society | Information and Resources about for Cancer: Breast, Colon, Lung, Prostate, Skin. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/benzene.html

Valisure detects benzene in sunscreen. (2021, May 25). Valisure. https://www.valisure.com/blog/valisure-news/valisure-detects-benzene-in-sunscreen/

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