When looking after your kids’ skin, most people go the topical route and lather on creams and lotions. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it absorbs whatever we put on it. This makes it especially important to pay close attention to the skin care products we choose to buy for our kids.
While topical lotions can help, they can be loaded with nasties such as preservatives, parabens and formaldehyde (yikes). We don’t like the idea of putting things we aren’t familiar with on their sensitive little bodies (or ours for that matter!). So, we’ve recently been getting into making lotions and scrubs and we’re all loving it!!
Radiant healthy skin starts with what you put into the body rather than what you rub on it. Here are a few things their skin will thank you for:
One of the most important things you can do is to make sure they drink plenty of water to keep their skin cells hydrated. If your kids find water boring, try to add some natural flavourings. Our personal favourite is a stick of cinnamon but you can add berries, apples, lemon, mint, cucumber… the possibilities are endless and the kids may even enjoy inventing new water flavours.
So, why don’t you try to make your own creams and scrubs? Try these recipes that we use and love and let us know what you think…
I came up with this when my eldest daughter had a bout of severe dry skin. She had never had eczema before and all of a sudden her legs were red, itchy and scaly all over. Poor baby was crying and scratching like mad. So I did some digging, went to my local health store and put this together super quickly. She loved it … who can possibly resist the idea of bathing in brown sugar?
Organic Avocado Oil
Add just enough avocado oil to brown sugar to make a grainy paste. The brown sugar helps to exfoliate while the avocado oil moisturises. Use it as a scrub while you shower and enjoy how smooth your skin feels after.
My girls love this. It is very rich and feels super luxurious. I make loads of it but it never lasts long because I keep giving it away to everyone who asks for it! The best part about it is that it smells like chocolate. I think that’s one of the reasons everyone loves it so much.
1/2 cup shea butter
1/2 cup cocoa butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond oil
1 tsp vitamin E oil
The butter melts in your hand so be careful how much you use. A little goes a very long way.