Warm weather has finally decided to knock on Toronto’s door. This means it is time to flaunt those cute summer dresses, short shorts and take advantage of your right to bare arms. While those warm rays may feel ahhmazing, UV levels can unleash long-lasting damage on your skin. So that’s why we need to be vigilant about protecting our skin, and even more so when it comes to children under the age of three. Dr. Julia Carroll of Toronto’s Compass Dermatology shares her tips for keeping your skin and your and baby’s skin healthy this season.
5 Fave Summer Skin Savers for Mom and Baby
How to Manage Eczema in Babies
Eczema can get worse for some babies in the summer. Sweat and certain sunscreens are common irritants. Soothe skin by using a cleanser containing ceramide as well as cream, advises Dr. Caroll. Try a soothing cleanser like CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($16) followed by CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($23). If you are on the go, we also love Skinfix’s Gentle Eczema Balm($16), which is a thick all-natural and fast-acting healing balm.
Invest in the Right Sunscreen for Your Baby
“For babies, I advise sunscreens with only Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide which tend to be less irritating,” says Dr. Carroll. If the babies are scratching and losing sleep, she advises seeking medical advice from a pediatrician or a dermatologist.
Fight Back Against Psoriasis
For adults who are prone to psoriasis the summer’s UV exposure can be a good thing. “Most people with psoriasis actually do better in the summer,” says Dr. Carroll because of the UV exposure. “I still advise to moisturize, but most people prefer lotions, such as CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, rather than creams.”
Tame Oily Skin
First, lighten up on the moisturizers by switching from creams to lotions. Also look out for products with niacinamide that can help decrease oil production.
Mind those Lips
In their natural state, the lips are not shielded from the sun’s damaging rays. This season protect your pout by applying a rich textured lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher. Blistex Silk & Shine feels like satin and provides PABA-free SPF 15 protection.
Don’t Spend More Money than Necessary
If you think expensive department store brands perform better than drugstore brands when it comes to day-to-day summer skincare, think again. “I don’t think many of the department store brands are worth it when it comes to cleansers and moisturizers,” notes Dr. Carroll. “In terms of ‘worth it’ products for moms, I recommend spending more money on products with key anti-aging active ingredients such as L-ascorbic acid and retinol.”