Just as the temperature dips and we inch closer to the holidays comes one more telltale sign of winter: itchy, dry skin. If your little one is turning rosy-cheeked from the cold and feeling scaly to the touch, we have three simple and safe ways to bring back that soft, supple skin you love.
Milk bath: Bring a little luxury to bath time.You can utilize your extra supply of stored breast milk or stir one cup dried milk and one half-cup cornstarch into your baby’s bath. For added indulgence and to soothe dry skin, and a bit of calming aromatherapy, add two drops of lavender essential oil. Skip the oil if your little one is under six months old – and if he or she has a milk allergy, try goat’s milk instead.
Why we love it: Taking a soak in a milky bath is both soothing and hydrating. It’s also gentle enough for baby’s sensitive skin – and super affordable too.
Vitamin E: When all the lotions and potions on the market won’t do, try going the simple route and making a moisturizing salve at home. Pour a neutral vegetable oil like grapeseed or safflower into a small, airtight bottle. Crack open two or three vitamin e capsules and squeeze the liquid right into your oil. Shake it up and voila! You have an easy, do-it-yourself baby oil.
Why we love it: Baby skincare can get expensive. By making your own, you not only cut down on costs, but you save packaging too. It’s a win-win for you and the environment. Vitamin E has long been heralded by the medical community for its moisturizing and skin-protecting properties. Again, this one is simple, gentle and safe – all the things you want for your baby.
Humidifier: With your heat running on high, the air inside your home is most likely a bit too dry for baby. Keep a humidifier propped on your little one’s dresser and set it to run day and night. By bringing more humidity back to the air, you’ll be providing the moisture your little one needs to hydrate dry skin.
Why we love it: Nothing could be more simple than plugging in a humidifier throughout the winter months. Not only will you see a difference in your little one’s skin, but you’ll also notice him or her breathing more easily. Stuffy noses? If you have a humidifier humming, you most likely won’t deal with them this winter.
How do you keep baby’s dry skin moist during the dry winter? Please share any of your tips with us here on the blog or on social media. Also read up on ways to minimize dry skin and nourish the body naturally.