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Baby Dove Delicate skin care

6 ways baby skin is different to yours

As you spend time together, you’ll begin to read the signs when it comes to what your baby needs. But what they can’t tell you is that their skin is different to yours. “Baby skin is thinner, more permeable (so substances can penetrate the skin easily), loses more water, and – especially in the first few days – has a very acidic pH,” explains paediatric dermatologist and mum-of-two Dr Zilda. “It might require more care than that of older children or adults.” 

If there’s one thing Dove knows, it’s care – something that’s even more important for baby hygiene products. After 60 years learning about skin, we have specially developed the Baby Dove range, which goes beyond mildness to keep your baby’s delicate skin healthy and hydrated. So how exactly does skin care change for your baby? The Baby Dove experts explain.

  • 1

    Baby skin has a higher pH.

    Sharing a bath is a great way to bond with your baby, but you might want to get them their own baby wash instead of sharing your products. “That’s because delicate baby skin needs gentler substances than adults’ skin,” explains paediatric dermatologist and mum of one Dr Kerstin. “If using soap, try products that have a pH close to their skin’s natural level,” she suggests

  • 2

    Baby skin loses moisture at bath time. 

    Moisture is important to keep baby skin healthy – it loses moisture much faster than yours. You can start putting it back before they’re even out of the bath with our Rich Moisturizing bar soap for baby. It’s gentler and more nourishing than ordinary baby soap.

  • 3

    Baby skin needs constant moisture. 

    As delicate baby skin loses moisture so easily, it’s not surprising if you want your baby lotion to keep them comfortable for as long as possible. Our Rich Moisture Baby Lotion moisturises throughout the day

  • 4

    Baby bottoms are delicate. 

    Your baby's bottom may be smaller than yours, but it generally needs more care. Damp diapers make baby skin more susceptible to irritation, so try using a barrier cream, like our Rich Moisture Baby Rash Cream, for protection and instant comfort

  • 5

    Tear-free is best.  

    Your skin might be different to your baby’s, but your eyes are the same: they’ll sting when some bath products get in there. But tear-free shampoos tested by ophthalmologists, such as our Rich Moisture Baby Shampoo, should prevent that problem

  • 6

    Baby’s scalp is sensitive. 

    Your scalp can put up with a lot when you’re drying your hair, but your baby’s is sensitive. Try to protect it, like wrapping them in a hooded towel, which will soak up moisture – and make them look pretty cute, too

For your baby’s delicate skin, always choose mild baby skin products. And for your baby wipes, it should also be as gentle as your own caring hands.