How To Choose The Best Exfoliating Gloves For Kids
One of the most effective ways to remove dead skin cells and promote healthy and radiant skin is to use exfoliating gloves. The tried and tested method of exfoliating skin has been around for centuries but can it also be beneficial for kids?
While many people consider exfoliating to be harmful to children, this isn’t the case. Using the right type of exfoliating gloves can not only promote healthy skin for your child but give them a skincare routine that instills discipline and a healthy sense of hygiene as well.
However, it makes all the difference to have the right exfoliating gloves for your kids, and that you use and teach the proper exfoliating techniques. Otherwise, you can easily risk doing more harm to your child’s skin than good.
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll be giving you tips on how to choose the best exfoliating gloves for kids and how to use them the right way.
What To Look Out for When Choosing Exfoliating Gloves For Kids?
Most types of exfoliating products are made for adults and teens. These include different types of creams, loofahs, exfoliating gloves, and more.
However, you can also find exfoliating products that are made specifically for children and infants.
Here is a list of all the things you should look out for when choosing the best exfoliating gloves for kids.
Choose The Right Material
If you exfoliate using the wrong materials, your child’s skin would be open to the risk of abrasion, redness, and skin irritation.
Having exfoliating gloves of a suitable material will ensure the experience is safe for your kids, as children have more delicate and sensitive skin in comparison to adults.
There are many soft materials that you could opt for including plant-based fabrics, microfiber, cotton, and even bamboo.
Plants-based fabrics are the best option, as this type of fabric is soft, durable, hypoallergenic, and can be used on the face and even sensitive skin. The material is far superior to microfibers, nylon, cotton, and bamboo as it gently removes dirt and dead skin cells, without causing any abrasion or irritation.
Get A Size That Fits
Whether you choose to use the exfoliating gloves on your children yourself or let your children use them independently, make sure you get the right size.
Ill-fitting exfoliating gloves will not provide proper control or dexterity, which results in poor coverage and the gloves sometimes slipping off. This can make the entire experience uncomfortable and possibly even dangerous.
ALWAYS ensure that you get the right size, and if buying kids' size then you should know some varieties are equipped with elastic bands or adjustable straps. This will ensure the exfoliating gloves fit even as your kids grow and continue to provide improved grip.
Texture makes a big difference in exfoliating gloves as each type of texture offers a different level of exfoliation.
Since children have delicate and sensitive skin, you should opt for gloves that offer a mild to moderate level of exfoliation.
If the brands available to you don’t specify the texture, zoom in on the product picture to make sure the exfoliating surface is not too coarse and has a relatively smooth or slightly textured surface.
Using gloves that have a soft and velvety texture would be ideal for children’s sensitive skin, offering a soothing and enjoyable exfoliation experience.
Exfoliating gloves can be fertile ground for certain bacteria and molds, because of the moisture-retaining properties of the exfoliating scrub.
After every usage, you need to make sure that the exfoliating gloves are in a dry and ventilated place, preferably in natural daylight.
Keeping this in mind, buy gloves that would dry up easier.
Even if you keep your exfoliating gloves dry, you still should wash them regularly. It helps a lot if the gloves you’re buying are machine washable, saving you a lot of time and effort.
This is something you should be very diligent about, as poor hygiene can result in your child getting a skin infection which can take a lot of time to heal.
Read the Label
When buying exfoliating gloves for your children, make sure you read the label. You might not find all the information you’re looking for, but you’ll still find very important information on how to use the gloves safely and effectively.
Check whether the exfoliating gloves are to be used daily or not. Can they be used with soap or body wash or just water?
Are they machine washable, or can they only be washed by hand?
All of these are important factors to consider since you don’t need to just buy the exfoliating gloves, but also maintain them in terms of cleanliness, washing, and usage.
Reading (and following) all the instructions on the label will make the experience much more manageable for you, and enjoyable for your children. It will also ensure the gloves last a lot longer.
Top Tips to Consider When Choosing the Best Exfoliating Gloves for Kids
Safety First, Always
Safety should always be your priority when you’re purchasing anything for your kids.
When buying exfoliating gloves keep in mind that they’ll be going through running water a lot so you need to make sure there aren’t any choking hazards, like loose string or small parts, that can come loose due to continued exposure to water.
Also, read the label to make sure there aren’t any chemical dyes or coatings that could be harmful or something your child might be allergic to.
Product labels can also indicate whether the gloves have gone through safety standard checks.
In the event your child does have an existing allergy or skin condition then ALWAYS speak to a dermatologist or licensed medical professional before you buy and use anything on your child.
Are Exfoliating Gloves Age-Appropriate?
Some parents might be concerned about whether exfoliating gloves are age-appropriate for kids and if it would promote an unhealthy obsession with superficial features.
Simply put, that isn’t something you should be worried about. You're using exfoliating gloves, not putting your children through a cosmetic procedure.
Exfoliation is healthy for the skin, and you would be instilling, or promoting, a healthy appreciation for hygiene and taking care of oneself. There is nothing wrong with that at all!
Some exfoliating gloves are designed especially for kids and those that aren’t should come with a label stating whether they are suitable for children or not.
Sharing is Not Caring - At Least in This Case
If you’ve got more than one child, then get more than one pair of exfoliating gloves.
Each of your children should have their independent pair, both for the sake of hygiene and also for ownership and instilling responsibility.
Sharing gloves could cause harmful bacteria to spread from one of your children to the next. If one of your children has a skin reaction then that could also transfer over to your other kids in the form of contact dermatitis.
So, for the sake of hygiene and health, it’s best to get separate pairs.
Moreover, if each child has a pair, they can be held responsible for taking care of their own gloves and keeping them clean.
Q) What are the benefits of exfoliating gloves?
Exfoliating can help improve your skin’s texture and complexion. It can reduce acne, ingrown hairs, stretch marks, and scarring. It can also help reduce inflammation and increase blood circulation. Natural exfoliates also have properties that encourage collagen and elastin production and naturally remove fake tans.
Q) Can exfoliating gloves be used on children and the face?
Most types of exfoliating gloves should not be used on the face or the skin of children and infants. However, Wildpier exfoliating gloves are an exception to this rule. Our exfoliating gloves are a lot gentler on the skin and made from special plan-based fibers that are safe to use on the face and children, even infants.
Q) How to use exfoliating gloves correctly?
Take a warm shower for about five minutes to help soften the skin. Don’t use any soap, just water. Step out of the shower and put on your washed and cleaned exfoliating glove. Rub the glove up and down your entire body using long and firm strokes. When you are done, rinse yourself and apply your favorite moisturizer or body oil. Do this once a week and your skin will thank you for it!
Wildpier Beauty - Exfoliating Gloves for Sensitive Skin & Children
When choosing exfoliating gloves for your kids, make sure they’re the right fit for you and your child. Take into account the type of skin your child has (sensitive or normal), the age of your child, and what type of glove would be easier to manage and maintain.
Following the tips we’ve discussed today will make the buying experience much easier for you and will ensure that your child has the most soothing and enjoyable exfoliation experience - helping promote healthy skin and good hygiene.
At Wildpier Beauty all our gloves can be used on children with adult supervision. However, our Ultimate Exfoliation Glove or our Luxe Exfoliation Glove are best suited for children as they provide much gentler exfoliation and are handmade using the softest weave of plant-based fabric you can find. This helps ensure soft, velvety, and glowing skin for kids and adults alike!