Which oil to use for baby massage?
Massaging a baby is integral to their growth and development is common knowledge. Using an oil to massage the baby makes the experience simpler for the mother and more relaxing for the baby. While everyone has a view on which massage oil is better than the other, the choice mostly ranges between vegetable or mineral based oils. The choice of oil should also factor in any skin condition your baby may have. This could include broken skin, atopic eczema, dermatitis, excessive dryness. If your baby has a skin condition, it is best to seek your pediatrician’s view. Otherwise, the best massage oils to consider are:
Himalaya Baby Massage Oil
Very gentle and mild, Himalaya Baby Massage Oil is made of natural ingredients and is very gentle on your baby’s skin. The oil contains olive oil, winter cherry and aloe vera, which will leave your baby’s skin healthy, nourished and radiant. The oil is non-staining and very light in texture.
Cetaphil Baby Massage Oil
Known to lock in moisture, this blend of sunflower oil, soybean oil and shea butter is dermatologically tested. With ZERO % PAMAS (No Paraben, No Animal Origin Ingredients, No Mineral Oil, No Alcohol, No Soap), this Cetaphil Baby Massage Oil is a great formulation for your little one’s sensitive skin.
Sebamed Soothing Massage Oil
This vitamin-F containing formulation does a great job by protecting the tender and sensitive skin of your little one. The oil is a combination of 95% soy oil, 5% wheat germ oil. High content of essential fatty acids in soy oil guarantees optimal skin tolerability and makes baby’s skin soft and supple without an oily film.
Figaro Olive Oil
Good old Figaro Olive Oil is known to soothe and moisturize baby skin, and strengthen muscle and bones. Olive oil is not recommended for babies with sensitive skin or skin allergies like eczema as it could make it worse.
Dabur Lal Tail
An ayurvedic baby massage oil, Dabur Lal Tail is made from a combination of enriched natural herbs. It contains ingredients like Shankhapushpi, Masha, Ratanjot, Karpur, Saral tail, Tila tail. The only con with this oil is that is doesn’t get absorbed in the skin completely, and it stains clothes.