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Choose Your Baby Care Products With Care

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by | 10 views
by Navine Acevedo

The skin is the largest organ in the body and it readily absorbs whatever substances it comes into contact with. Therefore we need to be careful of the products that we use on our babies. Babies' skins are delicate, sensitive and are more likely to react to chemicals than adults. Many of the conventional baby care products we use are often laced with toxic ingredients that can harm your precious little ones. A lot of so called natural baby care products have a high toxicity level according to the EWG data base.

Conventional baby care products are often labeled as natural or organic but just because it is labeled natural or organic does not mean the product is really natural or organic. As a matter of fact, many times products with the word natural or organic on it contain one or two natural / organic ingredients and the rest is all chemicals. Companies will often deceptively label product as natural /organic because they stand to make a lot of profit.

Here is a little guide to help choose baby care product:

  • First, You need read the ingredients not the label. Natural skincare products are derived from plants and animal fat. Look for 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, benzoates and formalehyde.
  • Avoid surfant -suding agent- such as DEA-cetyl phosphate
  • If a product says organic, check for the USDA certification. 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: level1 -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.
  • I always say if you don't recognize the word then stay away from it. Natural ingredients have long scientific names but the common names are the ones we recognize.

So why all the fuss about skincare products? The FDA does not care what you put in your products so anything goes. My daughter, for example, had a severe reaction to one of the most popular skincare products around and when I read the label on their website, it actually had a warning on it about skin irritation. Most parent don't even read ingredients because we trust that the companies would not do anything to harm our children. But that is far from the truth. Coventional skincare contains chemicals that causes cancer, skin irritation, disrupts hormonal functions, causes liver problems, birth defects and are downright toxic to the body. Dyes are linked to behavioral problem in children. Some ingredients found in skincare products accumlates in the organs and are not easily removed by the body.

The responsiblitly of taking care of our children rest on our shoulders. Choose your baby skincare wisely. Remember the skin soaks up whatever you put on it.

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