Choosing Safe Skincare for Children
For years parents have been unknowingly using harmful chemicals on their children’s skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ is very delicate between the ages of 0-14. This list has been put together by the Environmental Working Group on choosing safer cosmetics for kids.
Know what you are buying
Get all the facts
Research a product before you buy it. Read reviews and pay special attention to allergic reactions that have been reported. The EWR has a great database of over 70,000 products with ratings for their ingredients.
Ingredients to watch for in kids products
Five worrisome ingredients found in skincare products for kids
- Avoid ingredients that include; Propyl, butyl, iso-propyl and iso-butyl
Preservatives that produces skin rashes
- Avoid ingredients that include; methylisothiazolinone or methylisochlorothiazlinone
Preservative that can cause skin sensitization and allergies
- Avoid ingredients that include; DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
Fragrance; this term is misleading because it does not disclose the exact name of all the fragrances.
Retinyl Palmitate/ other Topical Retinoids
A form of vitamin A normally used in sunscreens, lotions and lip products. Ironically, when exposed to the sun can break down and damage the skin.
- Avoid ingredients that include; retinyl acetate.
Keep it simple for babies
Protect your baby’s skin from toxic chemicals
Avoid wipes that contain these irritating ingredients
Parabens, methylisothiazolinone, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and fragrance
Choose Zinc- based diaper creams
Avoid creams that contain BHA and boric acid
Avoid scented products
Fragrances can contain ingredients that cause irritation or an allergic reaction on the skin
Skip the baby powder
The tiny airborne particles can damage a babies lungs, causing respiratory complications
Soothe dry skin with a food grade massage oil other than lotions
Try almond or coconut oil. Avoid Olive oil if it is not organic
Treat cradle cap by washing with a gentle shampoo
See a doctor for additional advice
Infants under 6 months should be kept out of direct sun
The natural melanin has not formed to protect their skin from ultraviolet rays. If sun exposure is unavoidable, cover their skin with protective clothing, a hat and find shade when possible.
Get a good sunscreen
Look for active ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide with SPF 15-50. Apply 15mins prior to sun exposure and reapply if sweating or coming in contact with water.
Ignore market claims
The Food and Drug Administration does not approve or regulate labels so it is best to do your research on a company before buying from them.