I'm frequently asked lots of questions in my baby massage classes. So I thought I'd write some of them down in the blog so they are accessible to all after the classes.
One of the most asked questions is "Why do we use sunflower seed oil?"
The International Association of Infant Massage has done some research into the oils we use. They recommend the use of an unscented, organically grown and cold-pressed vegetable oil. They have found that olive oil contains high levels of oleic acid, which with regular use, can break down the delicate skin barriers and cause atopic dermatitis. Sunflower seed oil has much lower levels of oleic acid and has been found to increase hydration levels in the skin. You can read more about their study and findings here in this link.
Nurture Babes Baby Massage provides each class participant with their own bottle of organic, cold-pressed sunflower seed oil free of charge. The oil is has no odour and is lovely to work with. It's easily dispersed and is absorbed rapidly into the skin. It leaves your hands and baby's skin feeling like silk.
We all know how much babies like to chew on their hands and feet and this is another reason to use an organic vegetable oil as it is edible and can't do any harm if it is ingested.