Clean, hydrated skin is an essential part of helping sensitive skin stay healthy – but what’s the best way to make it happen? Many parents say that bathing is the best way to deliver deep moisturization and even some anti-inflammatory help, while other parents say that a cool shower is the best way to get hydration and cleansing without overdoing it. Today, we’re going to look at baths and showers to help you decide which might be best for your child.
There’s one thing that sets baths above the rest when it comes to helping kids with eczema – deep moisturizing. A bath gives sensitive skin time to absorb as much water as it needs while also absorbing things like bath oils to help offer even more protection and hydration. Many parents find that baths are the go-to solution to help stop itching that won’t quit, and they’re often the easiest way to get water moisturizing for young kids who may be restless in the shower.
In order for baths to be effective, they should be drawn at a cool to lukewarm temperature, have bath oils added to help break surface tension, and last no longer than 15 minutes. Any soap you use should be extremely mild and free of any synthetic fragrances, dyes, or preservatives. While deep hydration is good, skin that gets too hydrated can ‘prune’ and become extremely susceptible to injury, inflammation, and flare up.
Showers are a great way for growing kids to get clean and hydrated. A shower can help the skin absorb a good deal of hydration without overdoing it, and they’re probably the best way to get the skin as clean as possible since clean water is constantly running over the skin. When issues of dirt, infection, or inflammation are present, a shower may be the best choice since it’s a constant stream of clean water that can be controlled easily.
A shower should be used with lukewarm water and gentle bathing products. Immediately after the show while the skin is still damp it’s a good idea to apply a moisturizer to lock in as much hydration as possible.
Baths vs. Showers
If your child is younger and isn’t dealing with infections or severe inflammation, a bath might be the best choice. Baths are easy and can even be fun, and they allow sensitive skin plenty of time to soak up all the hydration they need.
If the skin needs deep cleansing, if the child is older and more restless, or of the focus of the treatment is on a product that’s added after the water, a shower may be best.
Try both to see which one your child’s unique skin responds to best, and share you experiences with us in the comments below!