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Expert advice on the best way to clean a baby’s skin

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Three experts when it comes to babies and skin give us their advice for keeping your baby’s skin as clean as possible.

If you have a newborn, especially if it’s your first child, then you might be unsure of how to best keep your little one’s delicate skin clean and pure.

Fear not, as we sought the advice of three experts in the field of babies and skin, including a dermatologist and a midwife, to find out the best method for cleaning and what ingredients should be avoided.

They all recommended WaterWipes, the world’s purest baby wipe, as they are the only wipe proven to be ‘purer than cotton wool and water’ and are so gentle they can be used on all newborns, including premature babies.’

Carine Wilkinson, consultant dermatologist

The outer layer of baby’s skin is around 30 per cent thinner than adults, which means it can react more sensitively to some products and ingredients.

Lots of baby products include unnecessary ingredients and fragrances, such as parfum, phenoxyethanol and benzyl alcohol, which can irritate babies’ skin. Babies with nappy rash or eczema-prone skin are especially vulnerable, so it’s best to use products with fewer, and only recognisable ingredients when cleaning your baby.

Using cooled boiled water and cotton wool is a good method for cleaning babies sensitive skin, but an alternative and purer method for cleansing, would be to use WaterWipes.

Often, cotton wool and boiled water, contains physical and chemical impurities, which can dry out babies skin. WaterWipes however, have been recently independently verified by a third party organisation and a team of experts as being purer than cotton wool and water. This is because the water used in these particular wipes is ultrapure, meaning it passes through a unique purification process to remove impurities.

Marie-Louise, expert midwife

When choosing a suitable baby wipe I would advise parents to always check the packaging, and use a pure wipe with as few ingredients as possible. Baby wipes such as WaterWipes are a good option as they contain only two ingredients, 99.9 per cent high purity water and a drop of fruit extract. 

They won’t disrupt the baby’s delicate skin barrier as they are made from purified water, which cleanses the skin without the need for any harsh chemical, potentially helping to minimise the chance of skin conditions such as eczema and nappy rash.

Stephanie Ooi, expert GP 

As a baby’s skin is so delicate, it is important to choose something pure when cleansing, so that it does not disrupt the baby’s skin barrier. Parents can use cotton wool and cooled boiled water when cleansing baby’s skin, but this can contain some impurities. WaterWipes are a good alternative, as they contain minimal ingredients, 99.9 per cent high purity water and a drop of fruit extract.

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