Daily Skin Care
It is absolutely necessary to use specific baby skin cares?
From birth and during the first three years, your baby’s skin is immature; it doesn’t have yet the strength and the qualities of an adult’s skin. At the same time, it is rich in a unique capital of original cells but extremely vulnerable. It is therefore essential to use specific hygiene products and skin care to respect its balance. Babies also frequently have their own minor skin problems: irritated areas, cradle crap, diaper rash, atopic or hypersensitive skin are frequent in the first years of life. For each of these conditions Mustela provides you with safe, efficient and respectful skin care ranges that perfectly adapt to baby’s fragile skin
Mustela Stelatopia for Eczema-Prone Skin
What is atopic dermatitis?
Atopic dermatitis is a common skin disorder that is constantly changing. Caused by a deficit in the lipids in the skin, it presents itself in the form of extreme skin dryness accompanied by eczemous red patches and intense itching. Inflammatory flare-ups and periods of remission follow one after the other. In most cases, with the help of treatments, the symptoms decrease after the age of 2 years and disappear between the ages of 7 and 11 years. If your child suffers from atopic dermatitis, it is indispensable to use products on a daily basis tailored to cleansing and moisturizing their skin, such as Stelatopia Skin Care Line for eczema-prone skin: specifically designed for skin with an atopic tendency, they make it possible to soothe itching sensations, naturally relaunch the synthesis of lipids that are lacking thanks to Sunflower Oil Distillate and restructure dry skin. If you would like to find out more about dry skin with an atopic tendency, please consult our advice section.
My baby has atopic skin. To care for them, is it enough to eliminate the red patches that appear on their body?
The patches of eczema that can appear on your child’s body are the most visible symptom of atopic dermatitis, but in reality, their skin as a whole has been weakened: it is therefore necessary to take care of their whole body with suitable dermocosmetic products, such as the Stelatopia Range Line for eczema-prone skin . To improve the comfort of your child’s skin, these skin care products must be used every day even if the red patches disappear. If necessary, your doctor will also be able to prescribe you a medicated treatment, especially during flare-ups. If you would like to find out more about dry skin with an atopic tendency, please consult our advice section.
My child has atopic skin. Should I use specific products for cleansing their skin?
Yes, it’s indispensable: products designed for normal skin could be poorly tolerated by dry skin with an atopic tendency. On the other hand, tailored dermocosmetic skin care products will make it possible to improve the comfort of your child’s skin and limit the risks of complications and recourse to medication.
- For their everyday hygiene, we advise you to use a soap-free cleansing base such as the Stelatopia Cleansing Cream. You can also use the Stelatopia Cleansing Cream every day, which gently cleanses your child's face, body and diaper area in a single step.
- During flare-ups, we recommend that you use the Stelatopia Bath Oil, which cleanses the skin without irritating it.
- Then carefully apply a skin care product such as the Stelatopia Emollient Cream, which will make it possible to rapidly soothe sensations of irritation and naturally relaunch the synthesis of lipids that are lacking thanks to Sunflower Oil Distillate.
What should I do in the event of persistent redness on my baby’s bottom?
Persistent redness in the diaper area is a common occurrence, even if you scrupulously follow the rules of hygiene (regular diaper changes, gentle and careful cleansing and drying, application of a barrier cream, etc.). In this case, we recommend that you apply a specific product to take care of diaper rash on your baby's bottom, such as the Diaper Rash Cream 123: by neutralizing the enzymes responsible for redness in the diaper area, this product will reduce its intensity and favor its disappearance. If the redness does not fade away after a few days or if it is weeping or infected, we recommend that you consult your doctor. If you would like to find out more about redness in the diaper area, please consult our advice section.
Can I treat my baby's cradle cap using sweet almond oil?
Sweet almond oil may allow you to remove cradle cap from your baby’s scalp or face by softening the crusts. However, it will not act on its causes and cradle cap may thus reappear. For more effective action, we recommend that you use a specific skin care product for cradle cap, such as the Foam Shampoo For Newborns. By regulating sebum secretion and purifying the skin, this skin care product will allow you to eliminate cradle cap that is already present and limit its reappearance.
I am pregnant, can I use Stelatopia products?
Our Stelatopia line is guaranteed safe for newborns, babies and children. Unfortunately, we do not have not have specific clinical data to support the use of Stelatopia products during pregnancy. If you are looking for a product that moisturizes the skin and reduces sensations of tightness and itchiness, which are common during pregnancy, we would recommend using our Soothing Moisturizing Balm, which is specially formulated for pre-natal and post-partum use. That being said, many adults with eczema use the Stelatopia range because it is hypoallergenic and free of fragrance, Parabens, Phthalates and Phenoxyethanol. All of our product ingredients can be found on our product pages.
Can I use Stelatopia products on my baby’s face?
Stelatopia products have been developed to effectively treat dryness and red patches on both your baby’s body and face. We do not recommend using the products around or close to your baby’s eyes as these products could cause irritation.
Can I use more than one Stelatopia product at a time?
Is cradle cap due to poor hygiene?
No, hygiene is not a factor in the appearance of cradle cap. It is due to the excessive secretion of sebum and sweat and to the proliferation of a microscopic fungus on the surface of the skin (symptoms linked to the transfer of maternal hormones to the baby at the end of pregnancy). If your baby has cradle cap, we advise you to wash their hair with a specific shampoo such as the Foam Shampoo For Newborns: this skin care product encourages the elimination of cradle cap and limits its reappearance by acting directly on its causes. If you would like to find out more about cradle cap, please consult our advice section.
The sun and your baby skin
What is the difference between UVA and UVB?
UVA and UVB are ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun. They enable the skin to tan but are also very harmful. They differ in intensity and wavelengths:
- UVB rays have medium wavelengths and act on the skin’s surface. They are responsible for sunburn and burning.
- UVA rays have higher wavelengths and penetrate the skin in depth; they lead to accelerated aging and reduce the skin’s elasticity.
Is sunburn dangerous to health?
Yes, sunburn represents a real danger, in particular for children whose skin is more fragile. Excessive sun exposure may indeed lead to actual cutaneous burns but also, in the longer term, to an increase in the number of moles and the risk of harmful melanoma, accelerated skin aging and skin cancers. It is therefore essential to use high index sun protection, especially for children (SPF 50+ index) and to take the following precautions:
- Do not expose children aged under 3 years to the sun.
- Avoid any direct exposure to the sun, especially between 11h and 16h.
- Apply the sun protection in a thick layer before any exposure and renew the application at least every 2 hours and after each bathe.
- Protect your child with a hat, T-shirt and sunglasses.
- Keep your child properly hydrated even if he does not ask for a drink.
How do sun products protect the skin?
Sun products protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays by means of filters and / or screens.
- Chemical filters act by absorbing the energy transmitted by luminous radiations. They are not always photostable and as they can be absorbed by the epidermis, there is a risk of phototoxicity and allergy.
- Mineral screens reflect and diffuse UV rays. They are inert, photostable and form a film on the skin’s surface which limits any risk of penetration.
- Organo-mineral screens absorb and reflect UV rays. They are photostable and have good staying power on the skin’s surface.