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5 Top Tips for Relieving Dry Skin

1. Reduce time spent in the bath

Lengthy baths can dry out your child's skin. By spending too much time in the bath, you are not only removing everyday dirt, but also the skin's natural oils.
 

Cut bath time down to about 10 minutes. Use warm water, not hot, and use minimal amounts of soap or bath wash. A fragrance-free, soap-free cleanser is best as it is not as harsh on the skin.

2. Use lots of moisturiser

Once your child is out of the bath, pat them dry, then apply moisturiser straight away. By applying a thick moisturiser within minutes of taking your child out of the bath, you will lock in as much of the water on your child's skin as possible.

If your child's skin still seems quite dry, you might want to consider moisturising twice a day. Once after bath time and once more throughout the day.

3. Keep your child hydrated

In all weather, offer your child plenty to drink throughout the day. You need to replace the moisture that evaporates from their skin through everyday activities. Of course, if your child is still an infant, stick with breast milk or formula milk for at least the first six months, unless otherwise instructed by your GP.

4. Keep protected from the elements

In cold weather, wrap your child up with gloves and mittens to protect them from the cold wind which can further dry out the skin.

5. Things to avoid

At all costs, avoid powders and perfumes as these can further irritate your child's dry skin. You might also consider using scent free laundry detergents. If your child's skin is very sensitive, dress them in loose clothes and avoid wool as it can be extremely irritating on dry and sensitive skin.

This article has been sponsored by Oilatum. Oilatum is clinically proven to significantly reduce itching for up to eight hours. Perfect for babies who need long-lasting relief from dry, itchy and eczema-prone skin.

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