I have a daughter who would be turning 3 soon...I feel that her skin especially the legs (below knee) are very dry and sometimes looks lifeless...and also her heels has got very slight cracks...am afraid that these may develop to big ones and look bad ...want to do something about it as early as possible !
I was using J&J soap and some body lotion...recently i changed to Dove soap..
Can anyone give some suggestions/ideas as to which oil/soap/cream/lotion would be good to keep her skin supple and healthy...and any other ideas which would help me in this..
Thanks in advance !
You can try the Mothercare range of products...creams,shampoos and lotions....i found them reallly good !!
Thanks Divya, but could you tell me which one would exactly be good...like a lotion or oil or cream ?!
thanks again !
The Mothercare body lotion is really good !!! Have not tried the Mothercare baby oil, but I am sure they all are good !!
I think have heard Dove is good soap. And lotion any good brand.
Have heard docs say to use any products u use for yourself
thnx mango_mama..will olive oil do any good ? any suggestions on the brand/make ?
I face the same problem, especially as the skin nature is 'dry' for all of us.
1) One easy remedy is to put 2/3 drops of coconut oil in the bucket while bathing. Keeps the skin moisturised. Have seen it work and I now do it for all of us.
2) Apply the oil/moisturising cream immediately after bath while there is still some water on the body (dont towel vigorously).
3) I have liked Himalayas baby oil - I try to apply this in the night before going to bed. Any other time is also fine.
4) I am slowly beginning to dislike all soaps - I try to use 'besan' - only thing is that it is messy and my younger daughter does not like it.
5) I try to put tights/pants/socks before taking my daughter to park - exposure to skin to sand and wind makes it go dry very fast and it starts itching too.
hope this helps.
We use natural vegetable oils like sesame (gingelly) oil or sesame (gingelly) oil + coconut oil mixture for my sons. Works very well for us.
Once a week I massage them with oil and use green gram flour to wash the oil off. This really helped in combating dryness. If the dryness still persists just increase the frequency of oil application.
Also please go through this discussion for soaps :
This article will give you an idea of the benefits of using natural oils :
Hope this helps,
hi sumo...thnx ! i will try the coconut oil and himalayas baby oil...hope it works !
I have recently rediscovered the good old Boroline, which works magically well for extra dry patches like knees and elbows. For combating overall dryness, Vaseline Body lotion is good. Both my daughter and I have troubl-skins and it works well enough for both of us.
Glycerine mixed with rose water is also extremely useful, especially in winter.
A couple of things:
1) I tend to have very dry cracked heels. And this cousin told me (as Molu says as well) to try glycerine and rose water mix (50/50 works). It works like magic after a bath. After 15 days or so bye bye to cracked heels. But then got lazy. Need to start again...
2) Also kids in bangalore weather (so so moist) should not really have dry skin. Do check with doc.
hi shobha,molu and mango_mama ..thanks for ur inputs..will try the glycerine stuff...
and mango_mama :- i live in chennai and not bangalore...as u know chennai has got a HOT weather ! (so so HOT) :))
I strongly suggest J&J soap and lotion, as i use that for my toddler..Sometimes he get dry skin in the diaper area due to constant wearing of diapers at night. I find J&J lotion very helpful during those times..You can also go for Vaseline...
I have a son whoz gonna turn 3 soon. We had faced similar problems of dry skin and light eczema on hind side of his knee... a dermatologist that we consulted had adviced us to use "Derma Due" soap for bathing... I found this soap really good for dry skin (..pssst... I tried it on myself and found that my dry skin got better too... lol). He had also given a deep moisturizer called "Cetaphil" lotion. With the soap and lotion combi... his dry skin has gotten really better ..rather not there at all.
Ofcourse the age old technique of coconut oil , glycerine ...rose water all are 100% effective :)
and since you are at Chennai... you may also wanna take care that yr daughter won end up sweating too much...after applying creams... lotions ..oils etc..
We had tried another lotion called "Calosoft " over him after his bath and b4 he sleeps. This is a lotion with Lactocalamine and alovera etc. Its v good and most importantly ... seems v light on the skin n NO sweating... :)
Whether we teach our kids anything at all or not ... we mothers gettu learn a LOT from them or rather due to them... lollll
Thnx for ur suggestions...Is this derma due available in all shops or in some medical shops alone ?! also let me know where you get that calosoft !?
Can all this prescribed lotions be used or got without prescription !? wat i want to ask is, is it common creams/lotions or can be used only after doctor consulation ?
Yes Dermadue is available at all Medical Shops and even Calosoft is available at all medical shops.
Though I gottu know about these by my doc... these are common lotions and commercially available and are just skin moisturizing or softening agents ..you can very well use them with out prescription. (Just like Vaseline or Johnson&Johnson baby cream etc)
Calosoft coantains- Alovera, Lactocalamine and Liquid Paraffin - all of which are nothing but skin moisturizers and are comepletely safe :) and Dermadue also is just a deep moisturizing soap. These must be easily available in all or most medical shops.
Hi Ramya...Thanks for the instant reply...i will definitely try them soon..
Thanks again :-)
Srivi..i had been using J&J soap and lotion only..but it didnt prove to be effective on my daughter's skin...it still looks dry...thats why wanted to look out for alternates..may be some kids are comfortable with J&J and some are not and get extremely dry skin....
as jayabs mentioned even me i have not found J&J working for my kids so i use SEBAMED cream. I am also a fan of glycerine -rose water mixture only drwback it has the sticky feeling..
CAUSES FOR A DRY SKIN MAY VARY, PRIMARLY IT IS DUE TO THE BARRIER LOSS OF THE SKIN. THE SKIN HAS A ACIDIC PH OF 5.5. .. SOAPS HAVE A PH ABOVE 8..
WHEN SKIN'S PH IS TAKEN BEYOND 5.5 BY THE USE OF SOAPS IT LOOSES ITS WATER HOLDING CAPACITY AND CAUSES DRYNESS..
THEREFORE USE SEBAMED PRODUCTS WHICH HAS A PH 5.5
THANKS FOR USING SEBAMED
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