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Helpful Tips to Protect Your Baby’s Skin From Winter Dryness

One of the first things that new parents discover about their child is the delicate softness of their skin. While this discovery can make cuddle time with their baby even more special, it also makes parents realize they are responsible for helping their baby maintain healthy skin, even during harsh winter months. If you are a new parent, or about to be, and would like to know how to protect and nourish your baby’s delicate skin, the following tips can help!

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Tip One: Go Natural

Your baby’s skin, like yours is actually an organ capable of absorbing the ingredients found in lotions and creams. This is why the first rule of naturally healthy baby skin is to go natural and choose to use only creams or lotions that are prepared with wholesome, all natural ingredients. Since the terms “all-natural,” “non-toxic” and “organic” are under regulated, be sure to carefully inspect product labels and look for seals of approval like DfE.

Tip Two: Skip the Fragrances and Dyes

Many commercial preparations use chemicals and dyes to make their baby skin care products smell nice and look pretty. Instead, do your baby a big favor and opt for unscented, naturally colored products or those that use only naturally occurring scents, such as lavender or coconut oil.

Tip Three: Moisturize Often

Baby skin can be thirsty skin, especially when constantly exposed to heated, overly dry indoor air. Prevent problems from occurring by moisturizing lavishly after bathing and when changing clothes or whenever the skin feels dry to the touch. Too much is far better that too little, where your baby is concerned.

Tip Four: Cut Back on Bathing

Many parents soon realize that a daily bath is not necessary to keep baby clean and sweet smelling during the winter, and the American Academy of Pediatrics agrees. In fact, bathing baby as little as two or three times a week, and opting for a gentle rubdown with moisturizer on non-bath days is a great strategy to keep babies skin from becoming too dry.

Tip Five: Change the Time and Temp

Long, hot baths can be very drying for anyone’s skin during the winter, but this is especially true for baby skin. Cultivate moister, more resilient skin by limiting baby’s winter bath time to just ten minutes in water that is just warm enough. To avoid chilling baby, bath in a room that is comfortably warm, and be sure to close doors and turn off fans to eliminate drafts. Remember to make bath time fun and have a snuggly towel ready for cuddling afterward.

Tip Six: Humidify Baby’s Home Environment

During winter, indoor air is likely to be extremely dry air and this lack of humidity can wreak havoc with delicate baby skin. To combat this, consider using a humidifier in the rooms where baby sleeps and plays to add healthy moisture to the air. For safety sake, remember not to place the humidifier near or directly over your baby.

Tip Seven: Dress Baby Just Right

Since babies cannot tell their parents when they are comfortable, or when they are too hot or cold, parents may add too many or too few layers as they attempt to dress baby just right. When dressed too warmly, babies may sweat, leaving them at risk for rashes, chafing and skin irritation. If dressed too lightly, babies can become chilled and the added exposure can cause their skin to become dry and uncomfortable.

To avoid these problems, choose organic, absorbent t-shirts and leggings as a first layer that will help keep baby dry and comfortable. Use outer layers that are easy to remove or add, as the temperature changes.

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Facing Your Natural Beauty During Dry Winter Months

Wintertime is tough on your skin. This is especially true for facial skin that is constantly either exposed to bitterly cold outdoor air or the dry, over-heated indoor air. Over time, facial skin feels tight, itchy and even chapped because the body cannot keep up with its need for moisture.

In addition to feeling uncomfortable, winter conditions can be incredibly aging. If your face is feeling the ravages of winter, try these homemade facial masks to restore moisture and improve the texture and resilience of your skin.

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  • Soothing Lemon & Honey Mask – Combine the juice of one freshly squeezed lemon with two tablespoons of organic raw honey and apply to the face with a gentle touch. After twenty minutes, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, followed by a rinse with cool water. The acid and natural vitamin C of the lemon juice combined with the humectant and naturally healing action of the honey moisturizes and heals winter skin, while helping it look more luminous.
  • Invigorating Yogurt & ACV Mask – Combine two tablespoons organic plain yogurt with one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and apply to your freshly washed face. After twenty minutes, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, followed by a final rinse with cool water. This mask helps moisturize and brighten dull winter skin, while providing an exfoliating action and helping to refine your pores.
  • Exfoliating Oatmeal, Honey and Olive Oil Mask – Soak a handful of organic oatmeal in hot water for twenty minutes. When cool to the touch, add one tablespoon each of organic raw honey and extra virgin olive oil and mix vigorously with a fork. Using a very light touch and a circular motion, scrub the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin with this mixture, while avoiding the eye area. Rise thoroughly with lukewarm water, followed by a cooler rinse. This mask both exfoliates and moisturizes, to help brighten the skin and leave it with a fresh, dewy texture.

In addition to these masks, remember that many of the healthful, organic foods that you enjoy consuming are also incredibly nourishing when applied to your skin. Mangos, avocados, papayas, coconut oil, egg whites, teas and many others will help your skin look younger and feel better as you nourish it from the outside in. In addition, remember to drink plenty of filtered water and your winter skin is sure to become beautiful skin in no time!

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Making Winter Skin Into Wonderful Skin

Do you love winter, but hate what it does to your skin? If so, you are not alone. Many women, men and even children suffer through winter with dry, scaly skin, and chapped hands, cheeks and lips. TV and magazine ads are full of wonder creams, lotions and oils that promise to do away with winter skin, once and for all.

No matter how good the marketing is, however, these products rarely work, and even worse, they are often full of chemicals and fragrances that can cause even more irritation to winter-weathered skin. But don’t despair! There are some natural options and skin care tips that really will help nourish and moisturize your skin and keep you looking and feeling great, all winter long!

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The Water Connection

The cold weather and shorter days of winter conspire to make us less active than we may be during the warmer months. This means we may not feel as thirsty as usual, resulting in a sharp decrease in the amount of water and fluids we take in.

In addition, when we are thirsty we may reach for hot beverages, such as tea and coffee that contain caffeine. Since caffeine can act like a diuretic, our bodies can more easily become dehydrated, causing our skin, eyes, nails and even our hair to feel dry and uncomfortable.

Using water correctly will help keep your body from becoming dehydrated and help keep it healthy and happy. Here are some tips to try:

  • Hot baths and showers feel good, but they rob your skin of natural oils and pave the way for dry skin problems. Combat this by lowering the temperature of the water when bathing and avoid soaking for more than a few minutes to keep natural moisture from being washed away.
  • Add extra humidity to your home or office with a portable humidifier.
  • Up your water intake.
  • Eat more brothy soups and drink more juice and herbal teas in winter to add more hydration in a delicious, healthful way.

Change Your Skin Care Routine

Once you have addressed the problem of hydration, it is time to concentrate on skin care from the outside in and coconut oil is an excellent place to begin. Organic coconut oil provides nourishment for your skin, yet absorbs quickly and leaves you skin soft, supple and glowing. Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature and becomes liquid at temperatures above 76 degrees, simply place the jar in a bowl of hot water for a few moments before using.

  • Apply coconut oil to the entire body while still moist from bathing for beautiful, comfortable skin.
  • Coconut oil absorbs quickly making it great as a facial moisturizer for both nighttime use and under makeup.
  • Rub coconut oil into chapped hands, rough elbows, knees and feet every day to improve problem areas

Coconut oil can be safely used on children of all ages to help keep them comfortable, too. Men will find that coconut oil is a great way to moisturize their skin and hands and will even help soothe the sting of shaving.

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