For every mother, her child is nonetheless an angel. Those teeny-weeny eyes, that silky soft skin and those shiny little tresses or even that gleaming round scalp sans any hair, everything about babies is just so very much mesmerizing. If you too want to keep the apple of your eyes as gorgeous as he/she is right now check out the following daily skin and hair care routine.DAILY HAIR AND SKIN CARE ROUTINECleansing – For cleaning your babies skin and hair, choose a mild liquid cleanser that will keep the skin and hair soft and supple. The temperature of water used for washing babies should be at optimal temperature. Neither too cold nor too hot. If possible purified water should be used for washing babies skin and hair. Gentle Hair massage with mild baby hair oil every alternate day and before the hair wash makes hair soft and supple and gives it a volume.Some of the recommended brands available :
Chicco Baby Moments Gentle Body Wash and Shampoo
Pigeon Baby Wash
Johnson's Top to Toe Baby wash
Himalaya Herbals Gentle Baby Bath
Moisturizing – Just like adult, babies skin too needs moisturizing. Use a fragrance-free emollient cream or ointment immediately after the bath to keep dryness at bay. In summers, use oil free moisturizer and winters moisturizing creams can be applied.Some of the Recommended brands available :
Himalaya Herbals Baby Lotion
Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream
Palmer's Baby Butter Daily Lotion
Sun screen – Yes! baby skin too needs sunscreen to combat the harmful effects of sun rays. Sunscreen that guards against UVA and UVB rays with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. When you take them out, apply sunscreen only to areas that might be hard to cover with clothes, such as the face and hands. Buy sunscreen which has zinc oxide or titanium oxide as it is gentler skin.Some of the recommended brands available :
Chicco Triple Protection Sun Cream
Milk Baby Protect Me + SPF 30 + Sunscreen
Himalaya Herbals Protective Sunscreen Lotion
Mamaearth Mineral Based Sunscreen
Chicco Sun Spray SPF 30
Wiping – For wiping baby face we can use soft cotton like cloth or sterlized cotton. We can also use non scented, non alcoholic baby face wipes.Some of the recommended brands available:
Mee Mee Caring Baby Wet Wipes with Lemon Fragrance.
Himalya baby wipes.
In addition to above remedies, we can follow these simple home remedies for their best skin and hair care:
Honey, Lemon and Milk powder
Make a thick paste by mixing all these three ingredients and apply gently on baby’s skin about 15 minutes. As soon as it dries up, remove the paste by gently stroking the skin with your hands. Repeat this every alternate day and get amazed to see an improvisation in the baby’s skin complexion.
You can reduce the aftermaths of sun exposure (especially in winters) on your baby’s skin by using a paste prepared with turmeric and gram flour/raw milk/yogurt/beetroot juice. Remove the paste before it gets over-dry to avoid discomfort to your baby’s sensitive skin. You can also use the paste of milk and chickpea flour with a pinch of turmeric powder to remove unwanted hair on the body of infants. Just gently scrub the paste for 5-10 minutes and wash it off. Turmeric powder can be mixed with honey to form a paste. The paste also improves babies skin texture and gives a natural glow. Repeat it daily to see faster results.
Olive Oil and Coconut Oil
While these two oils are best for baby skin massage, they are a boon for baby’s hair and scalp too. If your baby’s head has excessive scaling or cradle cap (bald patch where head touches pillow), apply olive oil every night at bed-time and gently brush his/her hair with a super soft bristled brush. Wash it off next morning with only water and then, apply coconut oil to keep scalp soft and supple throughout the day. Avoid any shampoos for babies until the age of 3 months.
Yogurt and Milk
Yogurt and milk can be used for bathing so as to avoid exposure of baby’s hair and skin to chemicals at such a tender age. Constant use of yogurt and milk will do visibly amazing wonders to your baby. Avoid using chilled milk and yogurt as they will do more harm rather than the benefit.
If you still have not planted an aloevera in your backyard, it is high time as aloevera can do wonders for you as well as baby’s skin and hair. Just take a little pulp out of aloevera leaves and massage it for 5 minutes over your baby’s skin and head and soon you will notice the good result. Patanjali Herbal Aloevera gel is also known to provide good results on skin. Its free from any harmul chemicals and is available world wide.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It is known for its proven benefits of boosting immunity, fighting infections, soothing mind, moisturising skin and reducing skin infections. So, you can either involve a little bit of apple cider vinegar in your baby’s semi solid diet (only after consulting paediatrician) or simply give your baby an ACV bath by mixing 2-3 spoons of ACV in a full water tub.
Healthy Diet Intake
Apart from the breast-feeding, if you have introduced semi-solid diet to your baby’s daily regime, ensure adding up sweet potatoes, crushed almonds and walnuts, spinach, carrots, pumpkin, eggs, salmon and lots of veggies and fruits as nothing can be as beneficial for your baby’s skin and health as a healthy diet is.NOTE: Consult your paediatrician before introducing new things to your baby’s diet and lifestyle both.