Find out more about 3 skin-nourishing organic body oils for babies and children – and no, one of them isn’t coconut oil! But they’re all under £10!
Soil Association’s Organic September campaign might be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean you need to stop on your journey towards a healthier life and a more conscious way of shopping, be it your groceries or skincare. In fact, these initiatives are aimed at raising more awareness and helping us to make better choices for us and our families not just during the campaign week or month, but throughout the year.
Whereas in my youth I could have (and I did) cut corners on many things in life, now that I have children I want the best of everything for them and cutting corners isn’t an option for me and The Hubby. This also applies to skincare products that we put on their skin every single day. If you think that a pretty label with a cute baby on it means a product is safe for your child, then you really need to think twice. Being a conscious consumer means you need to stay vigilant and a bit wary of the marketing techniques that we’re exposed to day in and day out. Expensive TV adverts, glossy magazine articles, celebrity endorsements – these are just a few channels that many global brands use to entice you to buy their product. But have you looked at the list of their ingredients? How much do you know about each ingredient that goes into that product? You might question why and how a particular foods item has been preserved to extend its shelf life so why wouldn’t you question why your baby’s face or body cream has a shelf life of a few years? Skincare industry isn’t regulated the way that food industry is so in some (if not many) cases, it’s completely acceptable for brands to overuse claims such as ‘organic’ or ‘dermatologically tested’ when actually those terms shouldn’t be used at all (e.g. I’ve seen brands use the term organic to describe a whole product when only less than 1% of the ingredients is truly organic – see Soil Association’s Campaign for Clarity where they expose certain brands and also read this Guardian article) or the term is misleading (e.g. dermatologically tested doesn’t necessarily mean a product is safe or free from any potentially harmful ingredients). One of the myths that I encounter on a regular basis (and I admit I shared myself in the past) is that organic ‘stuff’ is really expensive. In many (if not most) cases, this isn’t actually true – what we all need to realise that many organic skincare brands aren’t well established (compared to larger corporations) so they don’t have huge advertising and marketing budgets in place. Therefore, all of their focus is instead funnelled into producing high quality products using the best of ingredients. Another misconception is that if you pay a hefty price for a (conventional/ high street) skincare product, then it must be ‘better’ and high quality. Again, many conventional brands (often globally owned by huge corporations) plough a lot of money into promoting their products and what is sacrificed as a result is the quality of ingredients. Going back to the ‘organic’ claims – to ensure you buy products that are truly organic, look out for certification logos from reputable kitemark organisations, such as Soil Association, NATRUE and ECOCERT.
I admit this area can seem like a minefield but if you’re interested in making more conscious consumer choices and want to avoid “the nasties” in skincare products that you and your family use, then you’ll find this topic fascinating once you open your eyes to how big brands play on our lack of awareness. So arm yourself with knowledge because, you know, it’s power, and choose products more carefully and wisely.
In this blog post, I want to highlight three fairly inexpensive (relatively speaking) natural and organic body oils that you can use to moisturise your children’s skin. Eczema, contact dermatitis and generally sensitive skin affects me and my children so I know just how important it is to choose the right products for yourself and your little ones.
If you’re interested to find out more about face oils for yourself, then check out my post Face oils – What’s all the fuss?
~ ~ Sweet almond oil ~ ~
What is sweet almond oil?
Sweet almond oil is cold pressed from the seed (which we think of as the nut) of an almond tree.
Sweet almond oil has the following benefits:
- One of the most popular carrier oils for massage and aromatherapy.
- It’s highly lubricating but not absorbed too quickly by the skin.
- It has nourishing, moisturising and protecting qualities.
- It’s also moisturising for hair, helping to nourish it and give shine.
- It’s well tolerated by most skin types so it’s a perfect oil for those with sensitive and eczema-prone skin.
- It can help strengthen nails (by massaging the oil regularly into the cuticles).
- It’s highly recommended in the treatment of burns, and dry and irritated skin.
Sweet almond oil is high in the following nutrients:
- Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, D and E, all of which play important roles in skin healing.
Where can I buy sweet almond oil?
I highly recommend the organic sweet almond oil from Akoma –> BUY NOW (125ml – £8.48).
~ ~ Borage oil ~ ~
What is borage oil?
Borage – also known as starflower, due to the star shape of its flowers – originated in the Mediterranean and is cold-pressed from the small black seeds of the plant. It’s slightly heavy and can leave an oily – albeit protective – barrier on the skin so it should be mixed with a light carrier oil to avoid an oily residue (with a 1/9 ratio).
Borage oil has the following skin benefits:
- It penetrates the deeper layers of the epidermis.
- It has moisturising and healing properties so it’s recommended for dry, damaged and aged skin.
- It keeps the skin supple so it appears in some body creams aimed at reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
- It has balancing qualities so it’s suitable to treat acne, due to its anti-inflammatory benefits.
Borage oil is high in the following nutrients:
- It contains the highest known source of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid, derived from the plant kingdom. GLA plays an important role for the body to heal itself.
- It also contains several other fatty acids, including: palmitic, stearic, linoleic and oleic acids.
Where can I buy borage oil?
Why not try the organic borage oil from Akoma? BUY NOW (60ml, £6.49).
~ ~ Jojoba oil ~ ~
What is jojoba oil?
Jojoba oil is obtained by cold pressing the seeds of the jojoba shrub that is native to southern Arizona, southern California and northwestern Mexico.
Jojoba oil has the following skin benefits:
- It has moisturising properties and has a slight ‘waxy’ consistency which adds a protectant quality, either for skin or hair.
- It has a chemical structure very similar to human sebum and it’s fairly easily absorbed by skin, meaning it’s suitable for most skin types.
- It’s suitable to treat eczema, psoriasis and acne.
- It’s an excellent base for liquid foundation (a drop of jojoba oil mixed with foundation helps to achieve a smooth and flawless finish).
Jojoba oil is high in the following nutrients:
- It’s high in Vitamin E which gives the oil natural anti-oxidant properties, as well as anti-ageing properties.
- It also has a high content of other vitamins – B1, B2 and B6. These vitamins promote cell production and boost the immune system, with B2 also having antioxidant properties. Vitamin B6 supports the nervous system and brain function.
Where can I buy jojoba oil?
I’m loving the organic jojoba oil from Akoma –> BUY NOW (125ml, £8.33).
Have you tried any of these oils either on yourself or your children? What other raw oils do you use?
Disclosure: This post has been written by me as a consumer, rather than a skincare expert. It’s intended for informational purposes and you are advised to do your own research. All products mentioned in this post have been purchased by me.