Body and hand lotions are some of the most used skin products on earth. Many people keep lotions at their work desk, beside their beds or in their bathrooms. The marketing pitches by these creams contend that use of the products can cause anti-aging effects as well as soften skin. But the fact is, these type of lotions really are just chemicals. Have you ever read the ingredients on a bottle? There are lots of natural solutions available in place of these.
If you have children, one of the first memories you likely have of your baby is the nurses taking the infant away to “wash” or “bathe” them. Washing children immediately after they’ve entered the world is almost a hospital tradition at this point. And for many parents, the visual of a baby with a waxy, frothy coating, justifies the act.
Our new beautiful baby is, well, dirty. Right?
“It’s important to remember that babies aren’t born dirty,” explains Dr. Ira Jaffe to Woman’s Day, a board certified maternal fetal medicine OBGYN doctor in NYC. “The way they’re designed to come out is how they should come out.”
What’s covering our babies isn’t a filthy slime, rather, a substance called vernix caseosa and its a healthy idea to leave it on for a day.
A 2004 study by ACOG’s Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that vernix caseosa is really just another layer of protective skin. It’s largely a part of the baby’s new and evolving immune system. It guards against bacteria and fungus. Pneumonia and meningitis are two illnesses that the coating protects against. We go to great lengths to vaccinate babies, but for decades we’ve been stripping them of their greatest natural immune component.
In the absence of chorioamnionitis, vernix and amniotic fluid contain an organized pool of antimicrobial peptides with a defined spectrum of bioactivity against common bacterial and fungal pathogens.
Women who give birth are exhausted, stressed and ripe to be influenced by hospital mantra. But now people are advocating for changes in hospital procedures as a way to clean up the process (pun intended).
“Nothing is better for a baby than laying against a mother’s skin,” said Dr. Jaffe.
All too often, this isn’t the case; instead, the baby is whisked away for baths and immediate umbilical cord cuttings and Vitamin K shots. The mothers are often reduced to laying alone in recovery beds while fathers watch their baby get a shot and a bath through a small window frame. A mother’s chest contributes to keeping her baby’s body temperature a healthy warm. Mom’s chest can even cool the baby down when needed. In other words, the mother is the baby’s temperature regulator immediately following birth.
The Department of Health has even changed its tune over the matter.
The Department of Health in conjunction with the World Health Association has set-forth a protocol for newborns, and in the section regarding thorough immediate drying of thebaby (0-3 minutes after birth), it says “Do not wipe off vernix,” and “Do not bathe the newborn.”
But yet, hospitals around the country continue to act without logic and reason.
Psoriasis sufferers commonly are left out in the cold when it comes to finding a cure for their itchy, scaly symptoms. While some can find ways to alleviate some of the more brutal symptoms, most are left with at least a good portion of symptoms remaining.
So what gives? Is there no hope for psoriasis sufferers?
Well, the answer might be found in the following video.
Shea butter is a superfood for your skin. It comes from ivory-colored seeds of the fruit of the Shea tree in Africa and is loaded with lots of good stuff. I use this stuff all the time, not sure what I’d do without it! Shea butter is a great alternative to skin products which are typically filled with chemicals and toxins. It can help protect you from the sun and improve your collagen production. It’s a natural, affordable alternative to processed skin products which harm your skin in the long term. It is incredibly nourishing for your skin due to the concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids. In 2010, a study showed the cinnamic acid present in shea butter made it anti-inflammatory (source). I use it on my face, hair and body! Check out the below simple reasons to use it (this stuff isn’t complicated).
It can help you relieve stretch marks and rashes.
Shea Butter is wonderful at keeping the skin healthy and in shape. It can help cure a variety of skin issues.
It is filled with antioxidants.
It has vitamin A and E in it. These vitamins help the body fight cancer causing free radicals and heavily contribute to younger, more vibrant looking skin. Your skin will feel healthier and you will have some protection from harmful UV rays.
Shea butter can help cure skin discoloration, chapped lips and dark spots. The vitamin A promotes healing. It can really help counter dry skin.
Look 20 until you are 80. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exageration, but you get the idea. Shea butter helps the production of collagen which is amazing for skin and nails. Surely you’ve seen supplements for collagen?
Put it on your lips to prevent chapping. Shea butter is a healthy alternative to chapsticks, many of which contain harmful chemicals!
Put it on your hair and you get similar benefits as you do from putting it on your skin. It can protect your beautiful hair from UV rays.
Put it on baby
Babies need mosturizing too. Many baby products contain a variety of harmful chemicals. Shea butter is a wonderful natural alternative to those products. You can help baby with diaper rash and dry skin.
What are you waiting for? Get this stuff immediately and reap these wonderful benefits this winter!