ALL NATURAL DIY SKINCARE
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Baby Skin Care
Gentle, Natural and Chemical Free
Baby Skin Care should be gentle, natural and chemical free.
Here you will find some great tips and natural recipes to help you look after the beautiful young skin of your baby and children.
Now I know as well as anyone that finding time to do extra things can be difficult when you have children, let alone when you have a new baby!
Maybe this is something your friends and family could do for you.
Someone taking the time to personally make natural skincare for your new baby, out of all natural ingredients, would be a wonderfully thoughtful gift
And you can rest easy that you have the most natural skin care possible for your precious child.
Create your own all natural baby skin care for your precious child,
or as personalized baby gifts for friends and family.
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Some Basics of Baby Skin Care
Baby skin care is a lot like the care for your own skin, but as their skin much more delicate and fragile you need to be particularly vigilant.
You should always be aware of the effect of the earths' elements and weather on your skin, but this is even more vital for babies and children.
Their beautiful young skin is likely to be damaged quite quickly if they are exposed to too much sun, wind and cold.
1. PROTECTION FROM THE ELEMENTS - PREVENTION
I have always used prevention as the first line of defense.
There are a few different ways of preventing skin damage for babies, and most of it is common sense that ties in with the general well-being of your baby anyway.
Avoid the Sunshine
Firstly, wherever possible do not allow your baby to be exposed to harsh sunlight. Sunburn on a baby's skin will cause real damage and suffering. This is a real risk during the summer period, but would be less of a risk on a fine winters morning.
Keep baby adequately covered and shaded if you need to be out in the sun.
There are times when some sunlight is beneficial to your baby.
For example, babies that are born with Jaundice are often treated in hospital with a UV light. If the condition is not too severe it is possible to treat it with controlled amounts of sunshine on your baby's skin.
You can simply lie your baby in a warm, sunny spot in the house, for small amounts of time, with some of their skin exposed.
Your second line of defense is sunscreen. Personally I have never favored this option as it can be difficult to get a really natural sunscreen product. So generally I tend to avoid the sun altogether when baby is very young.
However, there may be times when you must protect your baby with a sunscreen. Do your homework and read the labels to understand the ingredients of the product. Talk to your local health shop or pharmacist about products natural products they could recommend. And do some research with friends, support groups and online also.
As baby gets older they will tolerate more sun on their skin in small amounts, and this is a necessary thing as it stimulates Vitamin D production.
The Winter Cold and Wind
Avoiding the cold is paramount for a baby anyway, but exposure to outdoor cold and wind will have similar effects on your baby skin care as it will have on you.
Skin can be as dried out and damaged by cold as it can by sun.
Your best line of defense is to avoid the wind and cold as much as possible when baby is very little. Wrap baby up well, and always use a hat. Make sure small fingers and toes are securely tucked away.
2. CHEMICAL FREE
Baby has very delicate skin, and a very small body.
Putting chemicals on to, and into, your baby's body will have a much greater effect on them than it would on you.
You need to be really informed and vigilant not only about what you are using, but also about how it affects your baby.
Baby remedies is not really what PurefectYourSkin.com is all about, but keeping it natural certainly is.
Personally I have always tried to avoid using any commercially made baby skin care "treatments" on baby if at all possible. There are natural remedies for all sorts of baby issues, it is often just a matter of asking someone, or doing your research.
For example, most mothers quickly learn that breast milk is a natural remedy for conjunctivitis in your baby's eye.
If something you are doing, or using, is for baby, the more natural, the better.
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT ALLERGIES:
Allergies are not always obvious when baby is very small. As they grow and experience new things some allergic reactions may start to appear.
Whenever you are trying a new product for baby, even if it is a completely natural product, always do a small test first. Do not use the product again for 24 hours, and check where you applied it to make sure there are no problems.
If it is food, or a baby skin care product such as below, then try a small amount on baby first to be sure it will not adversely affect them.
Natural Oils for Baby
BABY SKIN CARE FOR BABY'S BOTTOM
Try this gentle, natural oil blend to soothe baby's bottom.
WHAT YOU NEED
50 g Chamomile Flowers
50 g Marigold Petals (Calendula Petals)
Lavender Flowers for fragrance
A wide-mouthed jar - choose a jar just big enough to fit the ingredients so there is not a lot of room left at the top for air.
A storage jar or bottle for later on
WHAT TO DO:
Make sure the jar and lid are extremely clean, and sterilized with heat before beginning.
Chamomile, Marigold (Calendula) and
Lavender herbs slightly and put into the wide mouthed jar.
Olive Oil to the herbs.
Put the lid on the jar tightly to exclude the air, and to prevent the oil becoming rancid.
Store in a warm place, such as in the sun on the window sill.
Leave for 2-3 weeks.
Strain and then bottle.
HOW TO USE:
Special Note: Always do a small test patch first, then leave until the next day before using again, to be sure your baby will not react adversely to the baby skin care product.
Apply to baby's bottom as required to soothe dry and damaged skin.
Homemade Baby Powder
This is a simple recipe that can be made in advance as it contains all dried ingredients. There is a little bit of work involved in making sure the powder is very fine so as not to irritate the skin.
Decorate the container to match baby's bedroom, and you have a practical and beautiful addition to your baby skin care range.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Equal quantities of:
Dried Marigold Petals (Calendula Petals)
A suitable storage vessel.
You could consider re-using a talcum powder container and personalizing it for your baby - very environmentally friendly and you know the container will function well with your homemade baby powder.
If you are quite resourceful and organized you could probably dry the
Chamomile and Marigold (Calendula) yourself. Keep in mind that everything needs to be very dry to ensure it stores well.
WHAT TO DO:
Grind all the ingredients together until very fine.
Sieve the powder to remove any larger pieces.
Repeat this process using a very fine sieve until you are satisfied that the powder is "baby fine" in texture.
Store in an airtight container until required.
What Should I Buy
Buy the best and most natural ingredients you can afford when choosing for your baby (or for a homemade baby gift).
It is generally a good idea to make small quantities that will be used up quickly as babies grow and change so quickly. And fresh is always best.
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