Finding organic, natural and eco-friendly baby skincare products

19 Mar

Many new mums are concerned with which baby skincare products to use.  Are they filled with chemicals? Are they suitable for sensitive skin and / or eczema?  Today’s guest post is by Charlie Hughes, writer at Sophia’s Choice parenting blog.  She wants us to be aware of what products we are using on our babies and offers some very useful information on carefully sourced brands!

Do You Really Know What’s in Your Baby’s Skincare Products?

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Our skin is an amazing organ and the largest of the entire body. It takes a battering on a daily basis and protects us from all sorts of germs, but we often don’t think twice about what we are using on it every day. When you understand that 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream, you really begin to think twice about what’s in all those lotions and potions we use. But more importantly, we need to be thinking about what we are using on our little one’s delicate skin too.

My passion for organic, natural and eco-friendly products has grown since I had my eldest daughter almost 7 years ago in France. I knew I wanted to use baby products which were as pure as possible but was frustrated by the lack of suitable options available to me. I scoured the internet and began a journey looking for products I could trust and use without fear of them being loaded with unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals. This passion grew and I now write a blog called Sophia’s Choice, where I share what I have found useful as a Mum of two spirited girls.

The majority of mainstream skincare products that line our high street shelves are loaded with ingredients which most of us cannot even pronounce! This should make us think twice before buying them and when it comes to our baby’s delicate skin, which is about 20-30% thinner than ours, we need to be asking ourselves if it makes sense to be covering it with potentially harmful chemicals or whether we need to be choosing better, more healthy alternatives. So which main chemicals should we avoid in both our own and our children’s skincare products?

Parabens

Parabens are common preservatives used in skincare, and bodycare products. They are found in deodorants, cosmetics, shampoos, moisturisers, and toothpaste amongst others.

Phlathlates

These are often used in everything from skincare and cosmetics to deodorants and hair products. They are used as a plasticiser making the material more pliable and flexible.

Mineral Oil (mineral oil, petroleum, liquid paraffin)

Mineral Oil is a petroleum by-product which can affect the skin’s natural function and clog pores. Mineral oil can be found in lipsticks, lubricants, baby lotions and oils.

Propylene Glycol and Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

These chemicals are made from the same chemical as anti-freeze and are easily absorbed by the skin. They are found in shampoos, conditioners, skincare, laundry detergents and household cleaners.

Sodium Laurel/Laureth Sulphate (SLS)

SLS is used as the foaming agent in products such as shampoos, shower gels, soaps and toothpaste. It is a known skin irritant and can cause allergic reactions.

Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA)

These chemicals are used as foaming agents, synthetic stabilisers and to adjust the pH of cosmetics. They can cause eye, skin or allergic reactions.

Synthetic Fragrances and Colours

“Fragrance” refers to a combination of ingredients which are used to make up the “aroma” or “smell” of a product. Fragrances are known allergens and have can aggravate asthma. Synthetic colours are also an irritant to the skin.

It’s important to remember that no product is ever “chemical free”. If we understand that water is a chemical then the phrase “chemical free” is misleading. What’s important however, is that where possible we try to minimise or completely remove the above chemicals from the products we use, which we know are problematic to our health. There is also growing evidence to suggest that most of the above named chemicals may be carcinogenic, so therefore best avoided.

So what are the alternatives to your mainstream baby skincare products? Well, since my journey began, many more companies both big and small have sprung up producing some fabulous products which are “free from” the above chemical nasties. The very first company I found was Green People and I still use their baby & child range.

In addition to the more known “free from” brands like Green People, Faith in Nature, Earth Friendly Baby, and Neal’s Yard found in many supermarkets and health food stores, the internet is becoming the place to shop for choice when it comes to “free from” skincare. My other favourites are World of Creatures, Orico London, Original Sprout, and Pitta Patta. New ones emerge all the time which is so exciting to see. As skin allergies, eczema and dermatitis become an ever increasing problem for both ourselves and our children, it is more important than ever that we think hard about the choices we make.

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Sophia’s Choice is a parenting blog which provides information on organic, natural and eco-friendly products, ideas and classes for all the family. Find us on Facebook and Twitter!

 

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5 Responses to “Finding organic, natural and eco-friendly baby skincare products”

  1. Eco Friendly Products April 1, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Organic laundry products are very safe for washing kids clothes as they do not have any synthetic chemicals.

  2. Anne Lea August 15, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Only natural products for organic skin care. This is definitely safer for a baby skin.
    Further more, organic products are definitely better both for health and skin.

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