Everyone has their own natural baby skin care philosophy. My favorite is to use daily skin care products made from food-based ingredients.
Experts say up to 60% of what goes on your baby's skin is absorbed into their bloodstream within minutes.
So why take your chances with even the "safest" of chemicals? If you can't eat it, it probably shouldn't go on your skin.
Choosing only food-based products may sound limiting, but you may be surprised by the number of common food-based oils that can soothe and nourish the skin.
You can use this list to make your own natural baby skin care products at home or buy them off the shelves at your local grocer or health food store.
When I started to learn about the chemicals and toxins in conventional baby skin care products, I wondered what I could safely use to moisturize my baby's skin.
When a television news program suggested virgin olive oil, I took some out of the refrigerator hoping my daughter wouldn't smell like focaccia bread dipped in oil all day. She didn't and it worked.
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It is also a wonderful moisturizer for most skin and hair textures. Massaging it into the scalp can relieve eczema, dryness, repair damaged hair and more.
Adults may experience even more benefits such as weight loss, cholesterol control and blood sugar control.
Finally, lauric acid and monoglycerides (two ingredients found in breastmilk) in coconut oil can help to boost the immune system of adults.
Coconut Oil can be applied to the skin directly or used as a cooking oil for family meals.
Avocado oil penetrates the skin more deeply than any other plant oils and therefore is to be used in smaller quantities.
The certified organic baby massage oil by Natures Paradise is a simple blend of safflower oil and sunflower oil.
Shea butter offers a mild, natural protection from the sun. Some say it is equivalent to SPF-6. Shea butter can be used alone or as an ingredient in lotions, hair care products, creams, soaps and lip balms.
Cocoa butter is used as a thickening agent in many cosmetics and is not recommended for naturally oily skin. Many pregnant women use cocoa butter to minimize stretch marks and it is often the base of creams and lip balms.
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