After the first few months of a newborn have passed the skin of most children has a more than adequate layer of fatty ‘padding’ which gives it a beautiful smooth appearance, often described as having the quality of ‘purity’. All the functions are very active, and because the epidermis is highly translucent, the skin is very well hydrated.
Children have more leisure time during this stage of life than any other and many of them play outside whenever they can, often spending most of the summer outdoors. Due to this, they usually experience long periods of exposure to the sun during childhood, which can have long-term consequences.
The care of the skin of small children is almost entirely in the hands of parents or other caretakers. Nevertheless it is never too soon for them to begin to learn about skin care. The skin only needs cleaning, moisturizing, and sun protection.