To obtain the maximum benefits form a massage, the most suitable oil should be chosen for that purpose. Using an oil can make massage easier for you and more relaxing for your baby.
Vegetable oils that are high in linoleic acid may be gentler on the baby's skin. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that helps to protect the barrier element of the baby's skin.
Vegetable oils that usually contain high levels of linoleic acid include:
I currently supply to you 100% Pure Soil Association Certified Organic Sunflower Oil. Here are the benefit:
Not to be confused with what you see in the supermarket, expressed sunflower oil is a rich, versatile oil particularly suited for blending essential oils for bronchitis, chest infection, asthma and skin disorders. Contains vitamins A, B, D and E.
Registered with the Vegan Society: The Vegan Society are one of the most widely recognised vegan organisation in Europe. They register vegan products throughout the UK, ensuring they meet their strict vegan standards. Registered vegan products do not contain animal ingredients, and the ingredients have never been tested on animals. The processing aids used in the manufacturing process are also vegan. The sunflower is depicted next to all our vegan friendly products, which makes them easy to spot and proves that these products are registered with the vegan society. You can see the sunflower logo depicted on various vegan products throughout the UK and Europe.
Ingredient:100% Sunflower Oil
INCI: Helianthus Annuus
Other oils which could be used are coconut oil, and sweet almond oil.
Always test an oil on your baby's wrist to check they don't have any allergic reactions.
Try to use oils that are unscented, organic if possible, cold-pressed (in more of their natural state, reducing the risk of a reaction) and edible. If it's ok to go in baby's mouth, it's ok on there skin!
Another oil I may supply is Neal's Yard Remedies Professsional Massage Oil
Oils to avoid
Do not use mustard oil because it has a toxic effect on the skin barrier, causing irritation and potenetial damage to delicate baby skin
Unrefined peanut oil, because the proteins it contains may sensitise your baby to an allerci reaction to peanuts or cause a reaction on the baby's skin. It's also best to not use refined peanut oil too. Although it's unlikely to cause a problem, refined oil may be cross contaminated with unrefined oil.
Aqueous cream, because it contains a harsh detergent called sodium lauryl sulphate that may irritate your baby's skin and damage the skin barrier. If it is been prescribed by a health profession for excema, please ask them what they would advice for your baby.