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Moisturising Baby's Skin

Baby’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 baby’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 infant’s skin the doctor will recommend a suitable brand of moisturising lotion or cream that will choose your baby the best.

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 skin.

How to Choose Baby Moiturisers

Here are some useful tips on choosing moisturising lotions for babies:

Analysing Baby’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 lotion.

Baby 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.

Herbal 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 baby’s skin naturally.

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, and Arnica.

Moisturising Cream Subsititutes - To keep your baby’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 water-based products.

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 developmental toxins.

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 hydration.

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Galzi.6 years ago
I think milk cream is a good choice. Massage the baby with milk cream and gram flour before bath. Bathe him with lukewarm water. The skin will glow and will be naturally moisturized.
Is there any natural way of keeping the baby skin moisturized? any home remedy?
Nimrit.6 years ago
I do not use moisturizers for my baby. I just massage olive oil or mustard oil. His skin is smooth and I think this is the best way of keeping baby skin smooth.
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