My son’s skin care regime comprised mainly of coconut oil massage before bath. It was more than sufficient when we were in Kerala, where the climate is humid. But once we moved to Bangalore and as he turned older and started resisting oil massage, we had to resort to creams and lotions to keep his skin hydrated.
As per the doctor’s recommendation, we used Venusia Max Moisturing Cream. It proved quite effective in retaining his skin’s softness. His face used to have dry patches and his leg’s skin used to develop cracks due to drying. Venusia proved quite effective in healing his skin. Its fragrance is quite mild and doesn’t irritate too.
In this article, in addition to Venusia, we have reviewed some of the other best babyface creams to protect your little one’s skin.
Creams generally are thicker than lotions and hence prove quite beneficial in forming a barrier for protecting their skin. Preferably, you can apply the cream immediately post-bath so that it is absorbed well by the skin. If your baby’s skin is particularly dry, apply the cream 2-3 times a day so that it remains hydrated throughout.
Always do a patch test while applying any new skin product on your baby’s skin.
Best Baby Face Creams In India
Venusia Max Moisturing Cream
As mentioned, Venusia Max is a paediatrician recommended option that can do wonders for dry skin.
That being said, when you take a look at its ingredients, you do find that some of them are not quite desirable. For example, it comprises propylene glycol, methyl paraben and propyl paraben which can cause skin irritation to those with highly sensitive skin.
But when you look at its effectiveness in hydrating skin and preventing dry patches and cracks, you are likely to be quite satisfied. It hydrates, moisturizes and prevents moisture loss, thereby softening dry and flakey skin.
If you find it quite thick, you can just add a few drops of water and then apply it on your child’s skin. Being non-greasy, the baby’s skin doesn’t feel sticky after application.
It is best to use Venusia Max if your baby’s skin is quite prone to drying. If you are looking for a daily use cream for normal skin, you can opt for other choices mentioned below.
Sebamed Protective Facial Cream
Sebamed Protective Facial cream is highly rated by parents across the globe. Quite safe, it is utmost efficient in hydrating baby skin and protecting against bacterial and fungal infections.
The facial cream is free from paraffin, parabens, formaldehyde and other harmful ingredients. Though the ingredients list comprises a number of chemicals, certain are of vegetable origin, making them safe for baby skin. However, ingredients like phenoxyethanol are not quite desirable. If you are concerned about its presence, you can opt for any other creams mentioned below.
Talking about the effectiveness, most users are highly satisfied with it. The panthenol content in the cream enhances the healing property of skin and helps recover from slight bruises and scratches. It also protects the mouth and surrounding area from rashes due to saliva. Chamomile tea extract and Vitamin E also helps in maintaining the skin’s health.
Though a tad pricey, this is one of the best face creams you can opt for babies aged 1 month and above with dry skin particularly vulnerable in winters.
Chicco Natural Sensation Facial Cream
If you are worried about the presence of harsh chemicals in your baby’s face cream, you can opt for Chicco Natural Sensation Facial cream which is devoid of alcohol, paraben, mineral oil and phenoxyethanol. Its active ingredients are mostly natural, namely, Shea butter, Vitamin E, Rice oil and panthenol. These ingredients not only help moisturise and hydrate the skin, but also protects the skin against harsh environment, rashes due to saliva, milk or any other exposure.
Being hypoallergenic, it is ideal for babies with extra sensitive skin. Chicco also claims that it is validated by dermatologist and paediatrician to be suitable for babies of all ages.
Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisturising Cream
Aveeno products are found to be quite suitable for babies with dry, sensitive skin and eczema.
The ingredients are mostly of natural ( plant) origin. They are free from paraben, phthalate, fragrance and other harmful ingredients making it a hypoallergenic solution.
Dimethicone, which is an active ingredient, acts as a barrier and protects the skin from moisture loss. Other ingredients based out of oat extract and Shea butter nourishes baby skin and keeps it well protected.
Most reviews are of the opinion that it is quite suitable for babies with dry skin. In winter especially, when baby cheeks tend to get chaffed, Aveeno works wonders in healing and keeping the skin well-hydrated.
Overall, though a bit expensive, it is quite useful for babies with dry sensitive skin.
Mamearth Milky Soft Natural Baby Face Cream
Mamaearth products are devoid of any harmful ingredients. Their baby face cream also follows suit by being free of paraben, phthalates, mineral oil and dyes. The ingredients are based mainly on Calendula Extracts, Shea, Cocoa and Murumuru Butter. Advantages of Murumuru butter are that it doesn’t clog pores and also offers better hydration and is a better anti-oxidant compared to Shea butter.
The formulation is paediatrician certified as hypoallergenic. However, do take a patch test to see if your baby is allergic to any of the ingredients.
Lotus Herbals Baby+ Feathery Pecks Soft Baby Crème
Formulations from Lotus Herbal are quite safe, natural and budget friendly too. Most of the ingredients used in it are plant derived. It is also free from paraben, phthalate, alcohol, mineral oil and other harmful chemicals too.
The non-greasy formulation ensures that it is not sticky post application too.
Majority of parents are highly positive about the product. It nourishes baby’s skin deeply and keeps them well moisturised preventing dryness and healing flakey skin.
Mustela HydraBebe Facial Cream Normal Skin
Mustela is a brand that my sister-in-law, mom to 3 kids, vouch by. Their products are gentle, safe and quite effective.
The Mustela HydraBebe facial cream is devoid of any harmful chemicals like paraben, phenoxyethanol, alcohol etc. The manufacturers claim that 97% of the ingredients used in it are of plant origin, thereby making it absolutely safe. The formulation is also certified to be hypoallergenic.
The ingredients comprising sweet almond oil and jojoba oil ensures hydration for a prolonged duration. It also forms a barrier that prevents moisture loss from the skin. In addition, the Shea butter in the cream softens the skin too.