How to choose natural baby skin care products

2 Feb

I love the smell of new babies and often give conventional baby care products to new moms untill  my daughter had a reaction to Johnson and Johnson’s baby products. I started looking into the ingredients and was shocked at what I saw….I then started using natural baby care products.

Natural baby skin care products are made from plants, herbs and animal fats while conventional baby skin care products are manufactured using chemicals and other synthetic ingredients.

The skin is the largest organ and substance put on the skin is absorbed directly into the blood stream including the chemicals found in baby care products. Conventional skin care contains chemicals that causes cancer,  skin irritation, rashes, eczema, disrupts hormonal functions, causes liver damage, birth defects and are downright toxic to the body. Dyes and fragrances used are linked to behavioral problem in children. Choose you baby skin care wisely.
What to look:
  • natural emollients such as avocado oil, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, coco butter instead emulsifying wax, coconut fatty acids, alcohol compound such as cetyl, benzyl, butyl, alcohol, PEG compounds such as PEG -40 hydrogenated castor oil, petrolatum.
  • Choose products that are preserved using natural ingredients such as tea tree oil, lavender, myrrh or vitamin E (d-alpha Tocopherol) instead of chemicals such as parabens, sorbates, benzoate and formaldehyde
  • Avoid surfactants -suding agents- such as sodium laureth sulfate-SLS which is known to dry out the skin, sodium laurate, and all the other sodium laureth compounds.
  • If a product says organic, check for the USDA certification or other certifying organizations symbol. If there is no certification, assume the product is not really organic. There are 3 levels of certifications; each level tells how many of the ingredients used in the product are organic: level 1  -100% organic, level 2 – 95% and level 3- 70% organic. Most ingredients that are organic will have an asterisk next to it. Check to see how many actually has an asterisk to give you an idea if the product is 100% organic or not.

The most important thing :

Read the ingredients on the product and not the label

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