I believe each child is unique, beautiful, and God’s greatest gift. So, trying to change or improve a baby’s complexion shouldn’t be on our list when searching for a product for our baby.
That being said, there are many massage oils available in the market that is good, safe, and delicate for the baby’s sensitive skin. Massaging the newborn baby before bath has been a treasured tradition and a ritual Indians have followed through many generations.
There are many benefits of massaging the baby every day before bath like:
- It promotes a bonding time between the child and the mother
- Bathing after a good massage relaxes, calms, and soothes the baby
- It helps reduce colic and constipation in babies
- Massaging with good, gentle strokes helps blood circulation
- It helps build muscle tone and strengthens bones
Which are the best baby massage oils?
Sebamed Baby massage oil
The second one I’d like to recommend is the Sebamed baby massage oil. It’s very light, non-greasy, and doesn’t dry out your baby’s soft skin. Weather in India can be harsh, and this oil is the best to use on your baby to protect against the harsh weather. This oil is best known to keep your baby’s skin ph level balanced and hydrated.
I have been using Sebamed baby massage oil and their diaper rash cream for 1 year, and I have to say that it’s one of the best baby massage oil I’ve used on my baby.
Dabur lal tail
This is one of the best Ayurvedic oil, made from time tested Ayurvedic ingredients, which is readily available in the market. It’s clinically tested and proved to be giving quick physical developments. It’s quite good to strengthen your baby’s bones. It has also proved that babies massaged with this oil had a better sleeping pattern.
Figaro Olive oil
This is the most gentle, non-irritant oil to use. This olive oil is rich in antioxidants and Figaro is a great and trusted brand by many mums. Figaro olive oil is multipurpose oil, which can be used on your hair too, skin, and even cooking. But skip this oil if your baby has rashes, cuts, or has sensitive skin.
Cetaphil Baby Massage Oil
This oil is clinically proven to keep the baby’s skin hydrated. It’s safe to use right from when the baby is born and has pH balanced. It’s also oil, alcohol, and paraben-free. It’s dermatologically tested and has natural ingredients like Shea Butter, Sunflower seed oil, Calendula, and Soyabean oil.
All of the above massage oils are best for your baby’s skin, not to improve skin tone or change your baby’s complexion or to make your baby fairer, but for various other benefits, your baby gets from being massaged.
It’s the year 2021, and we need to stop obsessing over getting a fair skin tone or brighten/lighten your skin or your baby’s skin. It’s high time that we stop associating negative emotions and feeling with having a ‘darker skin tone’.
Remember, that these obsessions and ‘want-a-fairer-skin’ feelings will soon transfer on to your baby as she grows up. This will only instil in her terrible insecurities, lack of confidence, and a belief that she’s not beautiful, and moms teach your daughters and sons that there’s no difference between any skin color. What we have should only be considered as a blessing and be grateful for it.
Teach your young ones that every skin tone is beautiful, no matter whether it’s dusky, fair, brown, or wheatish so that when your children grow up, they get to live in a world where there’s no war, deaths, and racism based on a human’s skin tone.
Located in India and a mother to a joyfully mischievous son, Kelin is the wife of the world’s most patient man and a busy homemaker. When she’s not busy cooking and running after her kid, you can find her in a corner reading, or penning down words on her laptop. She believes the world will always try to instil ‘mom guilt’ in new mothers, but she goes by the maxim ‘a mother knows best’.