Does your skin tend to get dry, flaky and rough, especially during the colder months of the year? Babies naturally have skin that’s silky soft, but the years tend to take a toll on our skin as we age. Follow a few simple steps and you could be on your way to get baby soft skin in no time.
In general, a weekly exfoliation will remove dead skin cells and buff the skin back into good condition. Removal of all the dirt, oil build-up and dead cells will leave your skin feeling baby soft. If you have sensitive skin, exfoliate bi-weekly instead.
- Use an exfoliating scrub. You can either purchase one or make your own. Some homemade examples include sugar scrub and honey and sugar scrub but there are many more varieties possible.
- Purchase exfoliating shower/bath gloves. Or, an exfoliating scrub sponge.
- Run the gloves or scrub sponge up and down your legs gently to lift off dead particles and dirt. Also do your torso and back. Do this under the running water of the shower or in the bath’s water.
- Don’t press hard; it should feel pleasant. Do not use this heavy duty scrub on your face (see above instead). Avoid scrubbing sensitive areas such as nipples and genitals.
- Pat dry with a big fluffy towel.This is especially important for your face, as rubbing can damage delicate skin. Gently glide the towel over your body and pat dry any really wet spots.
2. Daily Cleansing
Cleansing your skin, at least once a day, is one of the best ways to get baby soft skin. It is even better if you can do so twice a day.
- You can use soap-free facial or body wash and water to cleanse your skin.
- Alternatively, you can use a specially formulated facial cleanser from your favorite brand range.
- Always use a soft sponge or face washer to avoid harming your delicate facial skin.
If your skin is sensitive try only taking a shower every other day or every few days. This lets your natural oils nourish your skin. Showering too much with sensitive skin can cause irritation.
Select a suitable moisturizing product for your skin type and age. The product needed will change over time, as your body changes, so if the product you once liked doesn’t seem to be as effective, this is often a sign you need to change to something else as your skin has aged and its needs are different.
Try to apply the moisturizing product before you leave the bathroom after a shower. The steam-filled room will help settle the moisturizing product into your skin while your pores are still open. Moist skin is more receptive to moisturizing products.
Note: If you have sensitive skin, use a product for sensitive skin.
4. Bedtime Routine
At bedtime, put moisturizer on any area of the body that you want to be softer. For particularly rough dry areas such as feet, knees and elbows, slather on some lotion or cream before you go to bed. When you wake up they will feel better.
- To prevent transfer of the moisturizing product from your body to the bedding, you can wear clothing. The clothing will also help keep the moisturizing product right on your skin, where it is most needed.
One of the reasons babies have such soft skin is that they haven’t been exposed to the harmful effects of UV rays. If you want to get baby soft skin, wear sunblock when you’re going to step outside of your house.
- Wear a hat and cover up with long sleeves and long-leg clothing if you are going to be out in the searing sun for any length of time.
- A good alternative for sunblock is organic coconut oil.
6. Spa-Style Treatments for Baby Soft Skin
In addition to exfoliation, cleansing, moisturizing and protection, you can also try luxurious ways to get baby soft skin.
- Take a cotton ball and dip it into warm milk. Rub the cotton ball onto your face, and let the milk dry.
- After the milk has been fully absorbed into your skin, wash your face with cold water to close your pores.
- You can also add milk to your bath to soften your entire body.
Honey and Lemon Mask
- Place 2 teaspoons of flour, 2 teaspoons of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice into a bowl.
- Stir the ingredients together and apply the paste to your face or another dry part of your body.
- Leave it on for 30 minutes, then rinse off with cold water.
Warning: Prolonged exposure of lemon juice on the skin may lead to a condition called “phytophotodermatitis“, which produces a painful chemical burn on the skin.
Oatmeal has soothing, healing properties, and letting your skin absorb oatmeal water in the bathtub is a great way to get baby soft skin. You may be averse to bathing directly in oatmeal, but there’s an easier way to get the benefits of oatmeal:
- Pour a cup of oatmeal into the foot of an old pair of pantyhose and tie a knot at the top. You can also tie the oatmeal up in a piece of cheesecloth.
- Fill the bathtub with warm (not hot) water and place the oatmeal-filled cloth in the tub.
- As you soak in the tub, squeeze the saturated oatmeal over your body. Run it over your skin, concentrating on the areas that are dry or irritated.
Milk and Honey Bath
Run yourself a warm bath, add about half a liter of milk, 3 tablespoons of honey and break open a vitamin E capsule into the water.
This spa treatment can help you improve your skin tone.
- Buy a package of unsalted seaweed.
- Fill a large bowl with cool water and place the pieces of seaweed in the bowl.
- Situate yourself on a towel and place wet strips of seaweed on your skin.
- Let them dry on your skin until they begin to shrivel, then remove them.
- Rinse your skin and moisturize with oil or lotion to finish.
Other Tips for Baby Soft Skin
- Drink lots of water. This will keep your skin hydrated and healthier.
- Do not over exfoliate your skin as it will lead to damaged skin, not baby soft skin.
- Gentle, pH balanced, soap free body wash is best for your skin as soap can be very drying & contains a lot of chemicals that can damage skin cells.
- Using a body lotion infused with shea butter does wonders for the skin. Shea butter is great for the skin and helps it stay soft, glowing, and youthful.
- Lather a layer of coconut oil onto your skin to make it baby soft, but don’t use too much, or your skin will get oily.
- Baby oil works wonders if you put a couple of drops in your bath or gently rub onto your damp skin.