Miracle Cream: What It Is And How To Use It For Yourself And Your Baby
When it comes to skin care, everyone is looking for a sure-fire, magical skin remedy. Enter miracle cream! The name sure seems to fit the bill.
But what makes miracle cream so miraculous? And what is it supposed to do, anyway?
In this article, we’ll go over just that. To help you understand more about this lotion, we’ll talk about how to define miracle cream, how to choose one, as well as how to use it. Let’s jump straight in!
What Is Miracle Cream?
Defining miracle cream is not a simple task because there’s no standard definition for this skincare product. Within the skincare world, some terms (like USDA Organic) are regulated and well-defined.
For example, for a product to be labeled with the official USDA Organic seal, it has to be made of at least 95% organic material and the company must pay for the pricey certification.
Meanwhile, “natural skin care” is a commonly used term, but it isn’t a regulated or technical term. It simply refers to products made with ingredients that come straight from nature (think: plants).
Similarly, many companies sell products called “miracle cream,” yet there is no technical definition for this wonderful product, and no two miracle creams are the same. Each one works in a slightly different way since every company puts its own twist on it.
Other companies recommend using miracle cream to soothe minor weather burns, scrapes, and cracked skin.
The common factor is that most miracle creams are deeply moisturizing and hydrating and are designed to nourish, protect, and soothe dry, sensitive, or inflamed skin. All of this has to do with something called the skin barrier.
So before we move on to how to choose and use a miracle cream, we’d like to mention the importance of the skin barrier and how moisturization (and miracle cream!) plays into it.
The Importance Of The Skin Barrier
Your skin barrier is the outermost layer of your skin. In technical, scientific terms, it is called the stratum corneum.
Its job is to protect your body — keep the bad guys (like toxins, irritants, and pathogens in the environment) out and all the good stuff (including your skin’s moisture) in.
The problem is that the skin barrier can be weakened or damaged in a variety of ways. And it’s not hard to tell when that has happened!
When you find yourself with dry, itchy, inflamed, or infected skin, you can bet your skin barrier isn’t functioning at 100%.
And skin with a weakened barrier is even more susceptible to outside irritants, creating somewhat of a vicious cycle.
Some folks are genetically predisposed to a weak skin barrier, sensitive skin, and skin problems. But for many people, the skin barrier can become weakened by environmental factors that we encounter every day.
These factors include dry weather, sun exposure, allergens, exposure to chemicals (whether in soaps, cleaning products, or otherwise), exfoliating too much, and washing your hands or showering too often.
When you moisturize your skin with a high-quality lotion, you are, essentially, helping to repair and strengthen your skin barrier. This is where miracle cream comes in!
Most miracle creams are great at moisturizing and helping to build up the skin barrier on even the driest and most inflamed skin. That said, since they can all be different, always do your research and read the packaging well.
Now we want to go into how to choose a miracle cream. Not all skincare products are created equal, and the wrong one can leave extra-sensitive skin even more irritated than before!
Obviously, that’s not what you want.
How To Choose The Right Product
Miracle cream sounds like pure magic!
While miracle cream can certainly work some wonders on your skin, if you have sensitive skin (in general or temporarily due to environmental factors), you need to be extra careful about any products you slap onto it.
Choosing clean, natural products is the way to go, and that means being on the lookout for certain ingredients. To make it easier for you, below we’ll list a few irritating ingredients to stay away from.
Parabens, a preservative, are sometimes included in cosmetics to increase their shelf life. But it’s a good idea to stay away from them because they can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes.
Not to mention they are an endocrine-disruptor, which can be bad news for your overall health.
Formaldehyde is another ingredient that increases shelf-life and is used as a preservative. In addition to being carcinogenic (which means it can cause cancer — yikes!), it can also irritate your skin.
Phthalates are ingredients that help produce the sweet scent of your skincare product — they make the fragrance bind to the product.
Unfortunately, like parabens and formaldehyde, phthalates can irritate your skin.
Speaking of lovely-smelling cosmetics, synthetic fragrances can also be a problem for sensitive skin.
If “fragrance” or “parfum” is listed on the ingredient list, steer clear. There are other, more natural ways to make a product smell great!
Because fragrance-free products are so important for those with extra-sensitive skin, we’ve created a line of fragrance-free lotion, sunscreen, shampoo, and body wash. Check it out here.
Oxybenzone is used in chemical sunscreens and it’s just that: a chemical. While it might block the sun’s rays, it’s not good for you or your skin.
This chemical ingredient easily soaks through your skin, can block or mimic hormones, and is an irritating allergen.
Avoiding the above ingredients can help you choose a miracle cream that will truly moisturize, calm, and soothe your skin without irritating it even more!
Miracle Cream For Babies And Adults Alike
Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Fragrance Free Miracle Cream is enriched with natural oat extract to relieve very dry patches and chafed skin; organic calendula and shea butter to soothe, moisturize, and soften the skin; and organic coconut and argan oil to protect dry baby skin.
This baby miracle cream is perfect as a moisturizer for babies and kids with sensitive skin. But, of course, there’s nothing wrong with the grown-ups using it, too!
Our miracle cream does it all!
To top it all off, this product is cruelty-free and vegan, and Babo Botanicals is a Certified B Corporation. You can feel good not only about putting this product on your and your baby’s skin but also about how it’s made.
How To Use Miracle Cream
In addition to working like a dream, miracle cream is easy to use! Some brands recommend applying the cream to your face and neck after cleansing, both morning and night.
For Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Fragrance Free Miracle Cream, we simply recommend applying a small amount to any dry, sensitive, or irritated skin on your or your baby’s face or body.
The important thing is to read the instructions on your miracle cream to know how to best apply it.
Miracle Cream To The Rescue
While miracle cream is not a well-defined term, most of the ones on the market are excellent at soothing, moisturizing, and protecting dry, sensitive, and irritated skin.
Just be sure to choose one that is free of irritating ingredients like parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and oxybenzone.
Using this lotion won’t fix all your problems in life (we wish!), but your skin sure will thank you for it!