Babyâ€™s skin may
require a little bit of moisture
sometimes. Read on to find tips for choosing the right baby moisturizer and
tips on moisturising babyâ€™s skin.
The newborn baby skin is extremely
sensitive and delicate. Therefore, it is more prone to dryness, peeling and
flaking particularly during the first week after birth. These are all natural
symptoms of infant skin which will automatically go away in due course of time.
However, for certain infants it may be necessary
to make use of moisturisers. Your doctor is the best person to advise you
regarding this. After assessing the infantâ€™s skin the doctor will recommend a
suitable brand of moisturising lotion or cream that will choose your baby
In general moisturising newborn skin is
safe, so long as precautions are taken to ensure that allergy if any caused by
the lotion is identified immediately. The moisturising cream or lotion must not
cause any irritation the infant
to Choose Baby Moiturisers
Here are some useful tips on choosing moisturising
lotions for babies:
Babyâ€™s Skin - Basically there are three skin types
dry, oily and normal or a combination of both. For dry skin, vitamin C is very
good. For such babies it is essential to make use of creamy moisturisers which
will help to hydrate the dry skin completely.
Babies who have normal skin will require a
mild lotion or application of baby
oil made of natural ingredients. It will suffice to apply a very little
quantity of lotion or oil immediately after bath for such babies.
Babies with oily skin are prone to acne and
will therefore require an oil-free moisturiser along with a good quality body
Moisturiser Ingredients - Petrochemicals and minerals
present in oils and lotions are capable of causing irritation to the gentle
infant skin. Similarly, chemical dyes and crude oil byproducts are also capable
of harming sensitive skin. The baby moisturising lotion must not contain the
SD40 alcohols and must be odorless.
By carefully reading the ingredients
mentioned on the packaging you can make sure that the moisturising lotion
chosen by you does not contain any of these substances capable of causing
adverse side effects.
Baby Moisturisers - There are a number of herbal
oils and lotions available in the market today which provides soothing and
healing effect. Botanical and herbal ingredients are the most safe and gentle
for infant use. These help to maintain the correct oil balance in the babyâ€™s
Two herbs which are particularly useful for
infant use and which are known to provide soothing effects are Chamomile and Aloe.
These are used as moisturising ingredients in a number of adult cosmetics also.
Other healing herbs to look out for in lotions and oils include marigold, Calendula,
Cream Subsititutes - To keep your babyâ€™s skin away
from coming in contact with harmful preservatives it is advisable to make use
of fragrance-free, vegetable-oil-based baby oil instead of a moisturising
lotion or cream. Baby oil is devoid of water. Hence, it does not contain any
preservatives, emulsifiers and other chemicals which are essential to maintain
The only thing to bear in mind while
purchasing baby oil is that it must not be made of mineral oil. Mineral oil is basically
distilled from petroleum as a byproduct of gasoline refining and is harmful to
the infant skin.
Baby skin is naturally soft and has not got
anything to do with the use of moisturising creams or lotions. In case you
decide to make use of a moisturising lotion, select a brand which does not
contain any synthetic fragrance since these may contain Phthalates. Research
has indicated Phthalates to be linked with certain reproductive and
Extra greasy or oily lotions must also be avoided
since these are capable of clogging the skin pores and interfere with a baby's
natural oil-producing glands. It is best to make use of mild, hypoallergenic,
and nontoxic lotions which are specially designed for infants to ensure proper