Childs Farm baby oil is a treat for mum too!

When we launched our new baby range in June all the products were specifically designed with the delicate skin of babies in mind. But we also wanted to include an oil that would not only hydrate and care for baby, but would also be something that mums would love to use too.

Great for baby — but luxurious on mum’s skin as well!

During pregnancy, skin is prone to becoming more dry and sensitive. It’s important to keep it as supple as possible by moisturising regularly — especially your ever-expanding tummy! After pregnancy, when mums have barely any time to look after themselves, we wanted to provide a product that was a quick, easy treat to nourish mum’s skin. The result was Childs Farm baby oil. It’s a unique blend of four fruit and vegetable oils: organic coconut, grapeseed, baobab and olive oil.

Here’s some information about each of the oils we’ve used, and their benefits.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is easily absorbed and very soothing. It is incredibly effective on sensitive skin, and treats problems like eczema, rashes, dermatitis, nappy rash and cradle cap — which make it an ideal choice for baby. It is also rich in vitamin E, and has antibacterial and antifungal properties to help ward off infection.[1][2][3]

The high-grade, organic coconut oil we use naturally gives our baby oil its fragrance, and has calming properties.[4]

Grapeseed oil

Grapeseed oil is lovely and light. It is high in linoleic acid, otherwise known as vitamin F. This makes it gentle on sensitive skin, and gives it anti-inflammatory and healing properties.[5][6] Grapeseed oil also contains vitamin E, an antioxidant essential for the maintenance of healthy skin.[7]

Baobab oil

Baobab oil has a rich, silky feel. High in vitamins A, E F and D3, it’s an excellent moisturiser that penetrates quickly and easily without leaving a greasy film.[8] It also acts as an insulator, protecting skin from both high and low temperatures. Baobab oil contains omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9 which contribute to maintaining healthy skin.[9] It has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it reduces skin irritation, and alleviates dryness and itchiness.[10] It also helps skin retain moisture, and promotes healing.[11]

Olive oil

Olive oil has a thicker consistency than coconut, grapeseed and baobab, and works best on skin when diluted with other oils, as we have done. Rich in vitamin E, it can help with cradle cap[12][13] and nappy rash.[14] It is also an effective moisturiser for very dry skin.[15][16]

Clinical tests and user trials

Childs Farm baby oil has been clinically tested and approved, and dermatologist and paediatrician approved, as being mild kind and safe to use on delicate newborn skin — even if it’s sensitive or eczema-prone. In user trials on 100 newborns aged 0-3 months and 102 babies with medically diagnosed eczema aged 3-18 months, 10 out of 10 parents reported no irritation to their child’s skin, and said they’d recommend our baby oil to other parents. However, everyone’s skin is different and so, despite our rigorous testing, Childs Farm aligns with all health care professionals in stressing the importance of patch testing any product which comes into contact with your child’s skin 24 hours before first use.

Patch testing

For babies and children with sensitive or eczema-prone skin, patch testing is essential.

Patch testing allows you to easily identify which products cause skin sensitivity. Patch test all detergents, fabric softeners and toiletries on your child before you use them. This will save an awful lot of upset later on if their skin does react to a particular product.

To patch test, take a fingertip of product and put in on the inner arm or behind the ear. Then wait 24 hours to see if the skin reacts. If there’s no reaction, then the product is safe to use.

However, if there’s any redness, itchiness or small hives that means your child is sensitive to the product. Don’t use it!

A fact sheet and a video about patch testing can be found on the ‘science bit’ page of our website.

 

Childs Farm provides this information as a general guide. Further information is available from the NHS and the National Eczema Society, and essential guidance should come from your GP or other medical professionals familiar with the details of your child’s case.

Copyright Childs Farm Limited 2016

 

References 

[1] Organic Facts:
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html
[2] Coconut Research Center:
http://coconutresearchcenter.org/medical-research-2/coconut-research/
[3] Live Strong Foundation:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/555005-grape-seed-oil-vs-coconut-oil-on-baby-skin/
[4] Mom Junction:
http://www.momjunction.com/articles/oils-good-baby-skin_0047136/
[5] Dermascope:
http://www.dermascope.com/ingredients/vitamin-f-linoleic-acid#.V44wBFf76hQ
[6] Babycentre:
http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1044406/oils-for-baby-massage
[7] Linus Pauling Institute:
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/micronutrients-health/skin-health/nutrient-index/vitamin-E
[8] Marvel Oils:
https://marveloils.com/browse-by-oil/baobab-oil/
[9] EcoProducts Foundation:
http://www.ecoproducts.co.za/product/baobab-oil-2
[10] Africrops:
https://www.africrops.com/baobab-oil-its-uses-and-benefits/
[11] Oil Health Benefits:
http://oilhealthbenefits.com/baobab-oil/
[12] NHS Choices:
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cradle-cap/Pages/Introduction.aspx
[13] Made for Mums:
http://www.madeformums.com/baby/caring-for-a-newborns-skin/33384.html
[14] How to olive oil:
http://howtooliveoil.com/blog/benefits/12-uses-of-olive-oil-for-children-and-babies/
[15] Boots WebMD:
http://www.webmd.boots.com/children/baby/guide/baby-massage
[16] Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust:
http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflets/Maternity/Maternity_-_Skincare_for_newborn_babies_jan14.pdf

  • November 12, 2016
  • Andrew Rayner