Our skin is the body’s largest organ and just like any other organ, it has an important job to do
Our skin’s main job is to protect the delicate layers below and keep aggressors (like germs and dirt) out. However, with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is easy for us to neglect our daily skincare routine and this often results in dehydration, sunburn, or a dry, dull or flaky complexion.
Local skincare brand Nunuki® – which focuses on the importance of caring for your little human’s skin from birth – showcases how the range has been formulated specifically for South Africa’s climate.
An effective skincare regime should be introduced from birth, however it is also important to remember that for the first six weeks, a baby does not need to be bathed every day.
But keep in mind that their skin does require daily moisturisation. The use of daily skincare products (such as a moisturiser and sunscreen of at least SPF 30+) are important factors for healthy skin, even after childhood.
One of the most important products to keep in your travel bag or toiletry cupboard, whether in summer or winter, is sunscreen, and be sure to always check for the CANSA seal of recognition stamp. This stamp assures users that the sunscreen has been extensively tested ensuring protection against the harsh South African sun.
Lello’s Protecting SPF30 Sunscreen has this important CANSA seal, not only indicating that the product has the correct amount of UVB and UVA filters, but also confirming that the sunscreen contains no impurities.
Parents should be aware that their little humans should only go to the sun (between 10am and 3pm) from the age of six months, and therefore Nunuki recommends using sunscreen from that age.
Healing and repairing
With the cold conditions South Africa is currently experiencing, we tend to huddle around our heaters to stay warm. It is important to remember this could result in our little humans losing up to 5 times more moisture than their bigger human counterparts.
For this reason, skincare products should not only moisturise our little humans’ skin, but also heal and repair their delicate skin. For example, Izey’s Hair & Body Wash and Elfie’s cream – developed with a light scent to create beautiful memories – contains natural oils such as jojoba (moisturises and conditions), evening primrose oil (soothes and moisturises skin, scalp and hair), argan oil (moisturises and leaves the skin feeling silky soft), carrot oil (forms a protective coating on the skin and hair helping them to retain their nadiral moisture levels) and Avocado Oil (helps to keep the skin feeling soft and smooth).
If a soothing massage is part of your bath time/bedtime routine, the Nunu’s Bath & Massage Oil includes natural oils such as sweet almond oil and vitamin E (an anti-oxidant that moisturises and protects) for that extra added moisture.