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Winter skin care for kids

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What’s safe for your kids’ skin?

Rosy cheeks are cute, but sometimes they can hurt! Our expert advice and kid-friendly products will help moms manage problems like chapped lips and dry hands. You can also learn how to develop an effective dry skin care routine for your kids through the winter months.

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Dry winter skin

Kids have sensitive skin, and the winter weather (not to mention the dry indoor heat) can wreak havoc on their delicate hands, faces and lips. Take child skin care seriously and follow these tips to curb the effects of winter dry skin.

Kids' winter skin care at home

Before combating your child's winter dry skin with soaps and protective moisturizers, implement some savvy at-home methods into the daily routine to help build a foundation to keep their skin smooth, soft and safe from the elements.

While a hot bath may be toasty and comforting in the winter chill, it will dry the skin. "Wash hands, hair and bodies with warm – not hot – water," says Heather Halpern, director of research and development at Kiss My Face. And you may want to swaddle up those little bodies in a cozy towel immediately after a tub. "After washing, apply a moisturizing lotion while skin is still damp to seal in moisture," Halpern adds.

Child skin care ingredients to use and avoid

Some ingredients are friendlier than others when it comes to moisturizing a child's skin. "Artificial fragrances and colors are found in the majority of children's products," says Halpern. "They don't contribute to the performance; they're added to make the product appeal to kids." She also recommends avoiding other ingredients commonly found in body care products like parabens, phthalates and SLS.

Natural ingredients are the way to go, says Halpern, so keep an eye out for non-sulfate shampoos, gentle plant-derived cleansers, organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, antioxidant Vitamin E and aloe vera.

Winter skin care products for kids

There are plenty of kid-friendly skin care products available for those sweet little faces in your house. Following are just a handful of brands and items to consider:

Mustela – For newborns, children and mothers, Mustela has options like the Bebe Hydra Stick and Cold Cream Nutri-Protective to ward against the winter chill.

Kiss My Face Kids – Kiss My Face products include natural scents (fragrance-free version are also available), like their Orange U Smart and Berry Smart Lip Balms. They even have toothpaste, whale-shaped soap (so cute!) and foaming washes.

Baby Hugo Naturals – Ideal for newborns with birthdays in the middle of winter, Baby Hugo Naturals offers vegan and gluten-free gentle soap, specially blended lotion and even diaper cream.

JASON – The JASON Kids Only! line features products like bath gel and soap which are gluten-free and contain natural essential oils and extracts like aloe vera and lavender which cleanse without overdrying.

Aubrey Organics – The Aubrey Organics baby care line includes natural body lotion and bath soap, but their moisturizing body products, like the Rosa Mosqueta Luxurious Moisturizing Lotion, are also all-natural, making them a great choice for the entire family.

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