Written by Lisa Allen | Edited by Dr Mark Kapnoudhis
Providing relief from skin discomfort from cold weather and resulting dryness is the primary aim of infant skin health during winter.
You can use combination of several soothing ingredients for balancing the physiological functions of your infant skin. Skin health, appearance, immunity and hygiene factors can be induced through these natural ingredients in a phased manner. That means their selection needs to be based on infant age and skin conditions.
Normally infancy is said to be between the time of child birth and 5 to 6 months. The recipes listed in this article are based on age group within this limit.
You need to consult your paediatrician before using any of the suggested ingredients and recipes. The permutation and combination of ingredients are based on data collected from practical experiences of parents who have used it before and hence there are no standards.
Recipes for Natural Skin Care During Winter
Add two teaspoons of Aloe Vera liquid, one teaspoon of glycerine and 1 cup of basal leaves extract in a bowl and mix well. If you are unable to find basil leaves you can opt for basil oil.
You need to add few drops of Neem oil to this mix. Heating the ingredients for about 2 minutes in low flame will ensure proper mixing.
Cool it to room temperature and apply on your kid’s skin all over. Allow the liquid to soak his skin for about 20 minute. Then you can wash his skin with warm water.
This type of recipe is said to be helpful cleansing your baby skin from dirt and other pollutants which get deposited in your baby’s skin. Skin pores are cleansed and excess oil secretion from the skin is eliminated by Aloe Vera and Neem oil.
Take two teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of olive oil, one teaspoon of lavender oil, one teaspoon of vitamin C oil, one teaspoon of vitamin E oil and two teaspoons of sandalwood oil in a bowl and mix well. If you can find sandalwood paste it could be highly effective.
Apply the recipe on your baby skin all over. Now you can gently massage with your fingers in order to make the liquid penetrate the inner layers of skin. Allow the liquid to soak his skin for about 30 minutes before washing.
This recipe hydrates your baby skin to considerable extent.
Exposing your baby to room heater is a good method of making him feel warm. However excess exposure can cause the skin to go dry. Dermatologists suggest generation of skin heat from the natural elements like castor oil, eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil.
Take two teaspoons of tea tree oil, one teaspoon of castor oil, one teaspoon of eucalyptus oil and ½ cup of coconut oil in a bowl and mix well. You can add one teaspoon of Aloe Vera liquid to bring elements of hydration and skin immunity.
Heat the ingredients in low flame until the ingredients mix well or you can keep the bowl in an oven for 1 minute. Cool it to room temperature and apply on your kid’s skin all over. Allow the liquid to soak his skin for 20 minutes. Then you can wash with warm water.
This recipe helps in generation of natural heat in your baby skin and provides protection from cold climatic conditions. Moreover it avoids drying up of skin layers by preserving the moisturizing elements.
Skin toning and brightening
Shea butter is an essential ingredient which could be used along with almond oil to increase your baby skin brightness. It is recommended for babies who are older than 4 months old as it may cause skin allergies in babies until then.
Take few drops of Shea butter and rub it on your baby skin to see if it shows any negative reactions. If it does show, it is better to avoid this ingredient and replace it with olive oil. If there is no negative reaction you can go ahead with the following recipe.
Take two teaspoons of Shea butter, one teaspoon of honey, one teaspoon of coconut oil, one teaspoon of almond oil in a bowl and mix well. Add few drops of castor oil for enhancing the effectiveness of recipe.
Normally castor oil is used as a bonding element to make the nutrients of ingredients to react with each other and produce an effective recipe. Moreover it is also used for enhancing the skin brightness and complexion.
Heat the ingredients until the ingredients mix well. Cool it to room temperature and apply on your kid’s skin all over. Allow the liquid to soak his skin for about 30 minutes before washing.
This recipe helps in enhancing the tone and brightens in your baby skin. Skin layers are softened and complexion factors are preserved.
Protective Skin Care In Winter For Baby
It is obvious that you won’t be looking only for baby skin nourishment and complexion enhancement during winter. You also need to protect his skin from many types of infections and allergens which are common during this season. The following recipe helps in forming a layer of skin immunity and prevents bacteria and virus attacks.
Take two teaspoons of vitamin C oil, one teaspoon of vitamin E oil, one teaspoon of honey and ½ cup of toned milk in a bowl and mix well. You also need to add one teaspoon of Neem oil to enhance the characteristics of anti infection and antioxidant elements.
Apply on your kid’s skin, especially those areas which get exposed to the winter elements. Allow the liquid to soak his skin for 30 minutes. Then you can wash with warm water.
This recipe helps in protecting your baby skin from common bacterial and viral infections. You need to follow this procedure once or twice in a week till the winter season lasts.
Skin Care In Winter For Oily Skin
Avoid using of Shea butter and other fatty substances (essential oils are not fatty in nature) while preparing the recipe.