With a baby come the pleasures of soft cuddles, noisy rattles, warm booties and a world of cuteness all around. It is not easy to compare the softness and smoothness of a baby’s skin with anything else. Regular use of diapers and wipes often causes diaper rashes on delicate baby skin and makes babies uncomfortable. However, with gentle and natural skin superfoods like coconut oil and shea butter, diaper rashes can be cured easily. Read about some of the most effective natural products that can be used for baby skincare purposes.
Coconut oil is an all-in-one miraculously simple solution to a host of problems, especially for babies. It is rich in vitamins and healthy fats and has anti microbial and anti fungal properties. It acts as an excellent moisturizer and hence it is one of the best baby massage oils, being natural and chemical free. It can also be used to get rid of cradle cap, tar-like first stool called meconium, thrush and candida, as a healing agent for wounds and rashes, bug bites, flu, baby acne, as a conditioner for frizzy hair, to moisturize dry nose, as a decongestant in baby constipation, as a natural toothpaste for easy teething and as a nutritional addition to baby food. The list goes on as coconut oil has literally hundreds of such uses. No wonders then, that in coastal areas the coconut tree is called the ‘Kalpavriksha’, the tree that fulfills all desires.
Shea butter comes from seeds of shea fruit and is rich in vitamins and nutrients. It nourishes, smoothens and moisturizes skin, reduces inflammation, and provides protection from UV rays. It also improves skin elasticity, restores skin after exposure to harsh sun and helps in collagen production to heal scars. It keeps stretch marks, wrinkles and under eye bags at bay. It is a versatile ingredient that finds great use in skin care products, especially for babies. It can be used by itself as a moisturizing cream or as a base ingredient in many skincare recipes.
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Another extraordinarily wonderful product that works wonders in skincare is castor oil. It has vitamin E, proteins and minerals and it is antimicrobial, which makes it ideal for use in skincare applications. It heals cracked, dry skin, relieves pain from scraped skin, cures ringworm and fungal infections, treats acne and improves overall skin quality, imparting a glow to it, among several other benefits. All these qualities make castor oil an important addition to babies’ skincare regime.
Zinc oxide is an inorganic compound that is found as a mineral as well as synthesized. Due to its deodorizing and antibacterial properties, zinc oxide finds use in various skin creams, baby powders, rash creams and lotions. It is the chief component of calamine lotion which is popular as a regular skincare lotion and sunscreen.
It is easily available at a medical store.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil is an excellent moisturizer, which has anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It is greatly useful in healing acne, bug bites, minor burns and sunburn. It is used in diaper rash creams due to all these benefits for skin.
Using all these natural and gentle ingredients, prepare this simple remedy to beat diaper rash. It is easy to prepare, store and use and works effectively on gentle baby skin.
2 tbsp shea butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp zinc oxide (available at chemists)
1 tbsp castor oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
Measure out all the ingredients in given quantities in a mixing bowl. Mix well and store in a clean glass jar.
Whenever required, spoon out the mixture from the jar and apply gently. It can be used regularly to avoid rashes and keep baby skin healthy.
Tea tree oil can be used as a replacement to lavender essential oil or in addition to it.
Prepare this diaper rash cream and avoid using commercially available rash creams which might have unwanted chemical ingredients. After all, the softest skin deserves the mildest treatment and gentlest care.