Natural home remedies for extra care of your baby’s dry skin
Newborns and babies are born with sensitive and delicate skin. Sensitive baby skin requires a lot of care and nourishment. Apart from using your Truly Blessed’s 100% Vegan, Clean organic and natural moisturizing products here are some easy, natural wonder ingredients and pocket-friendly remedies to treat baby’s delicate skin, skin rashes, blemishes or help soothe your baby's dry or sensitive skin.
Not only are they nutritious, but oats also have amazing skincare properties. They suppress inflammation and are widely used for therapeutic purposes for eczema and dermatitis treatment. Oats also have anti-microbial properties. A baby’s skin is sensitive and prone to infections. Oatmeal baths for babies are the most recommended home remedy to treat any skin dryness, rash, or irritations and moisturize to help in preventing infections.
You can take whole uncooked oats and grind them into a fine powder. This powder can now be used in a variety of ways. You can combine it with honey or aloe vera to make a thicker paste, which can be used for application over eczema lesions, dermatitis, any allergic response or rashes. This paste can be safely applied to the affected areas twice a day. You can also use the ground powder while giving a bath to your baby. This is called Colloidal Oatmeal Bath and has been in use for a long time. It has excellent curative and beneficial effects on your baby’s skin.
Truly Blessed products like Hair & Body Wash use Oat Oil. Oat oil has excellent cleansing properties and is a rich hydrating ingredient that is exceptionally compatible with a baby's natural skin lipids. Oat Oil is one of the best cleansing ingredients to help keep baby skin’s moisture locked and protected by building its natural barrier and helping to soothe skin, healing and reduce cradle cap or eczema in babies. Also, Oat Oil is super healthy for Baby Hair wash as it nourishes and replenishes the baby's dry, irritated scalp to keep its hair soft and strong.
2. Aloe Vera Gel:
The Aloe Vera plant is a well-known name in the beauty industry. The gel from its leaves is widely used for sensitive skin care. It is a wonderful, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing agent with burn-soothing properties. Many people use this gel topically for sunstroke and minor burns.
You can use aloe vera gel, in small amounts, on your baby’s sensitive skin to soothe itchy skin, dry skin and rashes, and help with trapping water. Apply once or twice daily over dry areas.
In general, you can get aloe vera gel over the counter. Just ensure it is 100% natural, unadulterated and free from any harsh chemical additives. Alternatively, you can also get the aloe vera leaves and scoop the gel out with a spoon.
3. Coconut oil:
Although underrated, coconut oil is actually one of the simplest home additions you can make to your skincare and medicinal routines. It is emollient, lubricating and provides moisture to dry skin.
It is a staple home remedy, especially in Southern India, where mothers apply it on wounds owing to its healing properties. It even keeps infective bacteria at bay. It is commonly applied on the joints - elbows, knees and shins to help soften skin.
Coconut oil can also be your choice of oil for your baby’s massages as it is natural and doesn’t have any allergic reactions. It has been proven to improve blood circulation by aiding the growth of blood vessels.
You can apply a thin layer of the oil directly on your baby’s skin - after a bath or before going to bed at night to ensure that the baby’s skin remains moisturized throughout the night. Just ensure that you don’t clog the baby’s ears or nose.
You can remove excess oil from the skin by dabbing it with a soft cloth.
Pro tip: If you want to use it as a massage oil for your baby, warm it up lightly for an even better relaxation!
Coconut oil is available at most general and medicine stores. Make sure you buy natural, organic, cold-pressed and virgin coconut oil.
4. Sunflower seed oil:
No less than a miracle oil, the sunflower seed oil is packed with natural antioxidants like vitamin E and A. Antioxidants help protect the skin from environmental damage as well as from aging.
It also has a high hydration potential and can be used to moisturize dry skin.
WHO states sunflower oil can help decrease neonatal mortality due to its protective power on healthy and damaged skins alike. It doesn't have a clogging action but rather acts as an emollient when it comes to dermatitis or eczema-affected skin.
Owing to its soothing ability, it is recommended for all skin types and is easily absorbed by the skin, leaving it nourished without giving it a greasy feel.
Always buy cold-pressed, organic, naturally extracted oil without any chemical additives.
Calendula works wonders in skincare. It is an ingredient in many baby lotions and creams but not many people are aware of how good it actually is.
Calendula is known for its anti-microbial actions as well as for preventing inflammation of skin diseases. These properties make it a good additive for daily topical application, especially on rashes or infection-prone areas such as the groin, axilla, back of the knees and diaper areas.
Calendula stimulates the production of glycoproteins that are essential for healing the skin. And thus, it is used to relieve the symptoms of chronic itchy skin conditions and for minor scrapes and cuts.
You can buy Calendula oils and soaps at general stores and online shops. You can also buy the flowers from the market and steep them in olive or almond or avocado oil for twenty days and then use the oil on your baby’s skin. Calendula flowers can also be steeped in boiling water, and then this water, once cooled, can be added to the water for bathing the baby.
CAUTION OVER CURE!
While it is always good to know and use home remedies for your baby’s dry skin or sensitive skin conditions, if you don’t see any improvement or the condition worsens, you must always check with your doctor or pediatrician.
These home remedies will augment your baby’s skincare along with Truly Blessed baby products that are made using most of these wonderful natural ingredients while being thoroughly tested and approved by dermatologists meant for baby’s normal and sensitive skins alike.
It is not advisable to do these remedies on any large or open wounds or on lesions that are widespread or have additional associated symptoms in other body parts as well. Doing a small skin patch test on adults is always advisable to check for sensitivity reactions.