Winter is fast approaching and with the cold, dry weather, dry skin can be a common nuisance - especially for little ones who have sensitive skin to begin with! Caring and protecting our skin is important so that it won’t chap, cause pain or crack.
Preventing & Healing Dry Skin
I want to share a few tips and ideas, as well as a recipe to help prevent or heal dry skin.
Tips for Teething Babies
Winter weather aside, dry skin can occur any time of year when it comes to babies who are drooling and teething. Try to keep skin dry. It can also be helpful to apply some kind of barrier chap balm on skin around chin and on hands that are being gnawed on. I started making this one because it’s flavour free and is made with plant based oils and beeswax (another humectant!). It’s safe to use all around the mouth and ok if some gets licked off too! (Just don’t forget to test on a little area like we talked about before!)
Now that we have discussed a bit about caring for dry skin, I want to share an easy and relaxing bath recipe that you can use on the whole family to keep skin feeling great all year!
The Ultimate Relaxing Bath Recipe
Optional for added relaxation:
Lavender essential oil - mix 2 drops lavender with 12 drops olive oil and add to bath water.
*Lavender can aid in relaxation and help protect skin, just be sure it is diluted in a carrier oil - (the olive oil here in this recipe) when adding to bath water for babies because straight essential oils should not be used.
Mix all ingredients into warm bath water until dissolved, then enjoy!
You can also make a larger batch and have it ready as needed; add about 1/4 cup to bath water.
**If you have any concerns or if you or your or your child’s skin seems like it is very dry, has a rash or looks raised or oozing, please make sure to seek professional medical advice. Sometimes dry skin, rashes or eczema need more than any natural plant based care can provide. Natural remedies are sometimes better as preventative medicine than anything else so if you have any concerns, ask your family physician.**
A special thank you to our guest blogger Andrea Rideout, B.Sc., Dipl.Ac.!
With a strong background in science and chemistry (from a Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph), and a love of natural, earth-based products (from holistic health theories and a Diploma in Acupuncture), Andrea started crafting all different body products. She was enthralled learning, reading and researching about the properties of each ingredient, from skin absorption rates of different plant based oils to how to make shampoo and conditioner completely biodegradable, to the safest preservative for use in lotion crafting. Lavish Earth has taken off from there! Andrea always strive to use the best ingredients to make the best product; something people can feel happy about using in their house and on their skin.
Andrea will be the special guest at our upcoming Mom & Baby Social on Monday, December 4th at Discover Your Yoga in Orangeville. Join us from 12:30pm - 2pm and be sure to RSVP to our event, as Andrea will be bringing a special gift for those in attendance!