Are Natural or Organic Baby Skin Care Products
Better For Your Baby
Which baby skin care products will you choose.
I've been there. Years ago some of my first thoughts after finding out I was pregnant were how am I going to take care of my baby? I started learning about how I was going to keep my baby healthy and safe and the products I would use for my baby were at the top of my list.
You want everything that your baby comes in contact with to be safe and healthy and that has become more complicated by an increased exposure to chemicals in our daily lives and the understanding of the possible effects.
Your decisions start with taking good care of our own health and safety while you are pregnant and learning about the benefits having a more natural pregnancy skin care routine can have for you and your baby.
If you've already been limiting chemical exposure during your pregnancy you are on a roll. You may already have become an avid label reader and are recognizing the ingredients used in skin care. Take your knowledge a step further and start reading the labels on products you will want for your baby.
Once you decide you can shop early and watch for sales or coupons. (Visit shop and save for sites that offer coupons and discounts on natural and organic products). You can also let family and friends know about your choices so when it comes time for baby showers
or other shopping for your baby everyone knows what you want and you end up with products you can trust to use on your baby's skin.
Limiting Chemical Exposure
Many of the most popular baby products have been around for years. I used some of them on my daughter and son years ago. Things have changed though. Through the years synthetic ingredients have become more common place and there is reason to be concerned. There are few regulations of the ingredients in our skin care products
and more and more we are learning that ingredients from products we use on our skin can be absorbed into our bodies.
We live in an age where exposure to toxins can't be avoided no matter how hard you and I try. You just can't control all of them
but you sure can do all you can to limit your baby's lifetime exposure as much as possible and a good place start is with skin care. Also take in to consideration products you use around the house. Check out green cleaning products or homemade cleaning products for more info.
Natural or organic ingredients in products are the best choices for baby skin care but that means reading and understanding the back label.
Don't make the mistake of assuming that because a product is made for babies that it contains only the best and safest ingredients. That is not always the case. There are no regulations for baby skin care products either. So be informed.
Compare Ingredients From Two Different Companies
Take a look at the ingredients in this baby shampoo from a popular well known brand:
Ingredients from packaging: WATER, PEG-80 SORBITAN LAURATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, SODIUM TRIDECETH SULFATE, GLYCERIN, DISODIUM LAUROAMPHODIACETATE, PEG-150 DISTEARATE, SODIUM LAURETH-13 CARBOXYLATE, FRAGRANCE (LAVENDER & CHAMOMILE), POLYQUATERNIUM-10, TETRASODIUM EDTA, QUATERNIUM-15, EXT D&C VIOLET 2.
This product is rated a 3 for moderate safety from the Skin Deep Database. This company has not signed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and they do animal testing.
Now look at the ingredients in Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo and Baby Wash:
Ingredients from packaging: Saponified oils of Cocos nucifera (organic coconut) oil, Olea europaea (organic olive) oil, Butyrospermun parkii (organic shea) butter, kosher vegetable glycerin, Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe) leaf juice, Vanilla planifolia (organic vanilla) bean extract,
Citrus sinensis (orange) oil, tocopherol (Vitamin E) 86.5% organic content.
Not surprisingly this product is considered among the safest. Everyone of the ingredients is natural. They have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and don't do any animal testing.
Which product would you choose for your baby skin care?
Choosing The Best Baby Skin Care You Can Afford
You want to do the best by your baby but what if you find that natural or organic products are just too expensive for your budget? I hear this all the time. It costs more for a company to use natural ingredients than synthetically made ingredients.
OK, maybe some products are not in your budget. Don't get discouraged.
Your first step is to learn about skin care ingredients. Pick your battles. Check out the worst offenders by reading nontoxic skin care and try to avoid those ingredients.
For a very thorough list of baby skin care products check out Skin Deep's Parents Buying Guide and also see their baby care section. In one place you can see the ingredients, learn more about them and see how and why they are rated as they are.
Where To Shop
When I look for companies that offer good skin care products I consider more than just the ingredients. I read about the company on their website. Look to see if they have any certifications or cruelty free logos. Did they sign the Compact for Safe Cosmetics etc? Below are just a few I found.
Earth Mama Angel Baby
Organic Skin Care