**These are my own little brown babies and the tips I use to keep their skin healthy with Aveeno® Baby Daily Moisture Lotion & Baby Wash & Shampoo. This post is part of a sponsored post from SocialStars but as always, all tips & opinions are my own!**
When I married my husband I didn’t think much about what it would be like to raise interracial kids. To have an interracial family. I just loved my husband and I guess I figured everything would work out from there! I was naive and not much of a ‘look to the future’ or ‘think things through’ type gal, so this makes sense. It turns out it’s a lot harder and more involved than I thought! The marriage & raising the kids!
Obviously the differences in our races & cultures could be a ton of posts, but today I am going to talk about hygiene. There are a few things to know about biracial skin care that I’ve learned along the way. I also have been consulting my husband as I write to make sure it makes sense!
Tips for Biracial Skin Care
Disclaimer: I have two boys. I don’t know much about a caring for a biracial daughter’s hair. It will obviously be the same for biracial skin care, and I have some tips for the hair, but no personal experience. Sorry!
Let’s get to it!
My poor baby with his cast! You can see he really needs to moisturize right where the cast is! But it’s hopefully coming off next week!
It’s funny because I had no idea how big of a deal this was. When a white person doesn’t moisturize it really does’t make that much of a difference. I mean, of course it’s healthier to stay moisturized, but you can’t notice it as much. When a black or biracial person doesn’t moisturize it’s called “ashy.” And it’s not a good look. It actually upsets my husband when I forget lotion on our kids. Sorry, babe, I’m learning!! White parents who have adopted black babies – this is an important one!
I have been using my Aveeno® Baby Daily Moisturize Lotion and I love it. Obviously I don’t have babies anymore (although they’re still my babies!) I still think their skin deserves the same gentle ingredients while getting the job done. It doesn’t contain any drying alcohols and lasts for 24 hours! So I can be sure that when I put it on them before school in the morning, they’re good to go for the day. My husband and I have already been using the regular Aveeno® Daily Moisture Lotion, so this for our kids was a no brainer.
Don’t wash often
I am not even going to say how often (or how un-often) I wash my kids hair. You’ll think I’m gross. I probably am. But the truth is that with the type of hair they have, they don’t need it as much. It is already prone to being dry & coarse, the more you wash it, the more you strip it of it’s natural oils, the dryer it gets! Once a week should be fine, maybe even less if your kids are fully black.
Use moisturizing shampoos
This definitely goes with not washing too much because when you do, you want to make sure you’re using products that aren’t going to strip their hair of the good oils and make it even dryer than before! Mommas, you’re gonna love this one! Aveeno® Baby Wash & Shampoo is perfect. It simplifies things because you can wash their hair and then their bodies in the same swoop. It has ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat Extract which has a soothing effect while gently nourishing their delicate skin. It’s also tear-free, so no worries about screaming babies with soap in their eyes! In fact, this is how my husband rinses the kids hair:
Me, no matter what, I tilt their head back gently, put my head on their forehead so it doesn’t run into their eyes. I push the water back through the hair to rinse it down the back, you know how it goes. And then my husband’s all “close your eyes.” And then does this. Thank goodness for tear-free! Gosh, he is such a funny man. And we are SO different!
Don’t use drying products
This may seem obvious, but a lot of products actually have alcohol in them. So even when you’re moisturizing, you’re actually could be drying out the skin more! Like I mentioned, the Aveeno® Baby Lotion has no alcohol, won’t clog pores, is fragrance free (fragrance can be irritating to some skin types), and is hypoallergenic. These reasons are why I’ve chosen to use it for my babies’ skin!
I know it’s a simple thing, but I feel so accomplished when I send my kids off to school dressed nice, hair all spikey, and moisturized up. It doesn’t happen every morning, but it’s what I aim for. I want my kids to feel good about themselves and have it be healthy for their skin at the same time.
I hope this was helpful information! I know that as a white mom of my little brown babies, biracial skin care wasn’t something I knew a lot about to begin with. Thankfully I have my husband to help me learn, but I know a lot of families who have adopted black babies might not have anyone to learn from! Keep them moisturized and love them like crazy and you should be good to go! 🙂
Anything any other moms of mixed babies or black mothers would want to add? I’d love to hear it and I’m sure it’d be helpful for everyone! Thanks for reading & I hope you have a fabulous day!