When it comes to choosing skincare products for your baby, every parent wants to make choices that ensure the well being of their little one. However, there can be many synthetic or irritating chemicals hiding in popular skincare products that you may not even be aware of and are best left off your baby’s skin.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate – better known as SLS, this is a synthetic surfactant and is what gives many common body washes, shampoos and bubble bath products their soapy, foaming action. SLS and similar sulphates can be irritating to the skin in higher dosages, and can be more so for babies and young children. There are many natural and gentle cleansers available, such as the coconut derived decyl glucoside and coco-glucoside ingredients found in our Baby Body Wash.
Parabens – parabens often appear on the ingredient list of your baby skincare products with paraben in the name, such as methylparaben and propylparaben. Parabens are often used as a preservative in skincare products, and are synthetically developed. Some people find that they can experience reactions or skin irritation from products that include parabens. It’s best to opt for skincare products that are paraben free with natural preservative systems, such as those from the Baby Mama range.
PEGs – PEG is the abbreviation for polyethylene glycol, and is often used to help lubricate the skin, combine oil and water mixtures or encourage absorption of ingredients deeper in the skin. Polyethylene is the main ingredient in plastic and becomes a sticky liquid when mixed with glycol. You may see PEGs listed in an ingredient list on your baby’s skincare with a number after it, which refers to the molecular weight of the compound. As this number decreases, the compound becomes more easily absorbed by skin. PEGs can become an issue if a skincare product contains other questionable ingredients, as the PEG assists other ingredients to be better absorbed by the skin. Whilst manufacturers aim to avoid this, some PEGs can also contain impurities which are known to be toxic or carcinogenic. Opt for natural skincare options for your baby like the Baby Mama range, which don’t include PEGs or other nasties.
Mineral Oil & Petroleum Jelly – Mineral oil is often listed in ingredient lists as liquid paraffin or paraffinum liquidum and is commonly used in nappy balm ointments, lotions and body oils. Mineral oil is a by-product created from petroleum when formulating products like gasoline/petrol. The mineral oil used for skincare and cosmetics is highly refined and therefore considered safe for use. However, highly refined mineral oil doesn't have any skin benefits other than to coat skin with a moisture layer. There aren't the antioxidants or other beneficial properties in mineral oil, that exist in plant based oils like coconut oil which is rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties. Petroleum Jelly or Petrolatum is similar in this respect and used in products to provide a water protective barrier without any other significant nourishing benefits. Choosing body oils and lotions that combine nourishing plant based oils that are rich in vitamins and minerals are more beneficial for your baby’s skin than products made from mineral oil or petrolatum. Try our nourishing Baby Oil which combines grapeseed oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and vitamin e.
Fragrance – fragrances are synthetically developed to enhance the smell of skincare products. Beauty author and "Cosmetics Cop", Paula Begoun, indicates that fragrances can be a common skin irritating ingredient for some people and this irritation isn't always noticeable on the skin surface, recommending fragrance free products. The Baby Mama range is fragrance free and contains no essential oils so they are safe to use for pregnant mamas, babies and children.
The Baby Mama range provides natural, fragrance free skincare for mamas and their bubs, without the inclusion of any nasties to ensure you and your baby are nourished naturally. Click here to see the full range.