Your baby’s skin is incredibly sensitive during the initial years. This means that you have to take special care so that it remains healthy, fair, glowing, and soft. One of the most effective ways to make sure that your baby’s skin is healthy is with the help of soothing baby massages. However, a lot of new mothers wonder whether using a particular oil can enhance their little one’s complexion? Let’s answer that question in this article.
Please Note: No product can magically lighten your baby’s complexion and please DO NOT use any harmful chemical products on your baby’s skin. That being said, there is a lot that you can do to improve the overall health of your little one’s skin - which in turn, can help improve your baby’s complexion and give their skin a healthy glow.
In this article, we are going to mention some of the top 5 most popular baby massage oils for fairness that you can use to enhance your baby’s skin care routine and give your little one a healthy and nourishing glow. And also some popular oils that you should stay away from.
All of the products we recommend are 100% natural and organic and we advise you to use the same instead of commercial products, which have added preservatives and possible harmful chemicals in them.
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Does using Olive oil make a baby’s skin fair?
It’s not a good idea to apply olive oil on your infant’s skin regularly because it contains oleic acid which is a terrible choice for skin care - especially for babies. Despite this, Olive oil is still quite a popular choice for a lot of new mothers due to the myth that it helps in lightening complexion, which isn’t quite true. But it is definitely not something that you should be using everyday on your baby’s skin. Doing so can cause dryness, cracked skin, and even eczema.
On the other hand, you can use Olive oil once in a while on your baby. But if you do, then make sure that your baby doesn't have dry skin, because it can make that even worse. The good news is that Olive oil is rich in Vitamin E, K and also many other healthy fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 and monounsaturated fats. It is also loaded with a lot of antioxidants which can heal your baby’s skin in case there is any inflammation.
How effective is Virgin Coconut oil for a baby's glowing skin?
Virgin Coconut oil is perhaps the best baby massage oil that you could choose. We personally use it for all our baby massage services as well as our pre & post natal massage services for moms that we provide at home in Pune. This natural oil is a magical healer and is immensely effective in treating baby’s cradle cap (dry, flaky scalp). It also contains natural anti-inflammatory properties. It is incredibly useful and you should always keep a bottle of it at home, especially if you are a new mother.
You can use it all year round, but it needs to be stored in a warm place during winters. Virgin Coconut oil is a very popular choice for mothers because they can use it for a lot of other things apart from massaging their babies - such as for cooking. It is also a wonderful natural product that you can apply on your own scalp if you are facing any hair-fall issues.
Can Almond oil lighten a baby's skin tone?
Almond oil is an excellent choice to nourish your little one’s skin. It is packed with a ton of vitamins such as; vitamin A, B2, B6, D, and E. It also has quite a lot of fatty acids and minerals which work wonderfully during winters. Using almond oil during a baby massage will surely have a beneficial impact on your little one’s overall skin health - making it soft, supple, and glowing.
The best part is that just like Olive oil, Almond oil also has certain anti-inflammatory properties that can heal your baby’s skin in case they are facing any skin problems. That too without making it dry over time as is the case with Olive oil. If you have a bottle of natural almond oil lying around at home then we would definitely recommend you to use it as a baby massage oil.
Which Ayurvedic oil is best for a baby's fair complexion?
There are a ton of ayurvedic oils that you can find online, but the problem is that most of them aren’t as good as advertised. We would recommend Forest Essential’s Dasapushpadi Baby Body Massage Serum as one of the best ayurvedic oils out there. It contains milk, black sesame oil, and our personal favourite ingredient - virgin coconut oil.
This ayurvedic oil for baby massage is free from chemicals, parabens and other petrochemicals. It does a good job of nourishing and moisturizing your little one’s skin. It also contains Kumud and Liquorice which helps keep your baby’s skin fair, soft, and gives it a healthy glow. If you are looking for an ayurvedic oil for baby fairness then this would be a good choice.
Is Shea Butter a good choice to nourish an infant’s skin?
Shea butter comes from a plant called “Karite” in Africa. Just like coconut oil, it is extracted from the fat that comes out of a tree nut. To be precise, from the shea nut in western and central Africa. It is considered to be one of the best moisturisers and is used in a lot of popular products that you find in the market.
Here’s a tip for you - when shopping for Shea butter always look for organic and raw varieties. Avoid buying any commercial product with added ingredients and preservatives. If you go for unrefined shea butter, then you might even see tiny bits of shea nut in it. In that case don’t be alarmed, just try to remove them since it might cause irritation while using it for massaging your baby.
Bonus: Which popular commercial products should you use for baby massage?
So far all the above products that we have mentioned were natural and organic, which you can find anywhere in the world - even in a grocery shop. But what about the popular baby massage oils for fairness that we find locally in India?
There are quite a few of them including; himani sona chandi baby oil and emami healthy and fair baby massage oil among a few others. The problem with these products is that they advertise themselves as a fairness product for babies, which is truly misleading. As we have mentioned above, there is no commercial product that can make your baby fair.
And even if you find any such products, would you really risk the health of your baby’s skin over the promise of fairness by such misleading advertisements?
The best and perhaps the only way to lighten your baby’s complexion (which isn’t something you must dwell upon) is to focus on the health of your little one’s skin. Please do not use any random products on your baby since their skin is incredibly sensitive.
Always opt for healthy and natural alternatives after doing your own research about them. Do not believe in any kind of advertisements of commercial products. All you need is a good skin care routine for your baby (massages) along with the healthy and natural oils mentioned above for the best results.
P.S. If you are living in Pune, then check out our exclusive baby massages and care services that we provide at home.