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The Magic of Baby Oil.

by Norah Dombrowski

magic.jpgWe all know that time is valuable, and knowledge is power. I want to share some tips with you that work, speeding up your grooming time and make caring for your horse easier. I want to tell you about baby oil, yes, some of the old staples are still the best. Your horse will be more comfortable, healthier and happier for it.  

I took an excerpt from an article called "Is Baby Oil Actually Good for Baby's Skin ... Or Yours?" by Kassidy Emmerson. Read it below so you know what you will be putting on your horse.

You're probably questioning baby oil and whether-or-not it's good for your baby's skin and yours as well. This is what I found out:

1. Cosmetic-grade mineral oil (baby oil) is highly purified. It's non-comedogenic, according to Sciencedaily.com. That means it doesn't clog your skin pores.

2. While some mineral oil does contain cancer-causing carcinogens, baby oil- which is highly refined- does not.

3. According to the Cosmetics Cop website, "Cosmetics-grade mineral oil and petrolatum are considered the safest, most nonirritating moisturizing ingredients ever found. Sources: Cosmetics & Toiletries, January 2001, page 79; Cosmetic Dermatology, September 2000, pages 44-46."

4. The Mayo Clinic, a highly respected medical group, recommends using baby oil if your skin is dry. So does the American Geriatrics Society and the University of  Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Should you use baby oil on your baby's skin? Dr. Greene says a "gentle moisturizer" such as baby oil can be used on babies and children who have dry skin or eczema.

So now that we know what we are using on our horse's skin, I will be putting out a series of 6 mini "How to..." articles with photos or videos about using baby oil on targeted problems and areas of the horse below.

Get some baby oil, a soft cloth or cotton wadding ready!

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