The winter has arrived and along with it, the skin problems have too. Winter is particularly harsh on the skin because it takes the first impact of the cold weather, so it becomes more important to take care of the little ones during this season.
The chilly weather is especially hard on the little ones who need constant care during the season, and this includes skincare and safety from cold.
An ideal method for this care is massages. Massages not only strengthen and relax the muscles but also oils have intrinsic properties that protect babies from winter.
VIRGIN COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil has moisturizing properties without the oily residue, which is why it is best for daily nourishing massages for your baby. The coconut oil replenishes moisture in the skin and prevents dryness during the cold month. A coconut oil massage calms and soothes the baby and its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties prevent eczema and patchy skin.
Mustard oil provides heat which is very important during winters. Massaging babies with mustard oil has traditionally been used in Indian homes to cure coughs and colds. Also, mustard oil infused with garlic is used for massages to improve the immune system.
The body produces sebum, an oily, waxy substance that coats, moisturizes, and protects the skin. Jojoba oil resembles sebum in these properties, which makes the oil ideal for massaging your babies. A massage with jojoba oil provides nourishment to the skin without the greasy residue and helps to prevent redness and rashes while making the skin healthy and nourished.
According to Ayurveda Sesame oil is one of the best massage oils for babies and provides overall wellness. Sesame oil is high in fatty amino acids like Vitamin E which helps improve your baby’s skin texture and infection resistance. The massage from sesame oil also provides essential protection from harmful UV rays.
Almond oil which is rich in vitamins and antioxidants is one of the best options for massage of your babies, the oil softens the skin and gives silkiness to your baby’s hair. The oil nourishes, moisturizes and brightens the baby’s skin due to its emollient and sclerosant properties. The oil is also effectively antifungal.
Massaging with olive oil provides hydration to your baby’s skin which keeps the skin soft, smooth, and healthy. While the oil is healthy it is advised not to use it on infants with sensitive skin as it contains oleic acid which can cause skin permeability and lead to dryness of skin.
Giving babies massage not only protects them from the effects of winter but also helps in motor development and strengthens the bones and muscles of growing babies. However, it is advised to consult a doctor if there is any reaction on the baby’s skin after the application of the oil.