What are you putting on your baby’s skin?
With growing concerns about toxins and chemicals in all products from cosmetics, skin care, food, food storage containers, and even baby bottles, it’s no doubt that new moms (and experienced ones) are looking for ‘green’ products that they can use. There is no better motivation to care for the future of our planet than the “new-parents-need” to protect their newborns. Luckily, because of the demand on corporations to provide us with greener, eco friendly products most things good for our babies, and ourselves, are likely available in your neighbourhood pharmacy and grocery store.
Be label savvy. Arm yourself with the facts so you know what to look for. Here are some common claims and their definitions:
Certified Organic Botanicals
Extracts from plants that have been grown and processed according to certain guidelines for a sustainable system of agriculture, and independently certified by a third party accreditation agency.
High foaming surfactants derived from petrochemical ingredients used as the primary cleanser in 95% of personal care products. (SLS refers to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate.)
Diethanolamine (DEA) used in personal care products for rich lather and viscosity building. DEA is severely irritating and corrosive.
Synthetic, harsh preservatives used for extending product shelf life that have been linked to sensitivity and irritation issues.
Synthetic fragrance compounds used to make the scent last longer in personal care products.
Additives that contribute to algae bloom in our streams and lakes which negatively impacts aquatic life.
Products or additives like Phthalates, Parabens and DEA are the most common products found in skin care – for baby and adult. SLS (Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate) is also used in many products. It can be irritating and/or harsh on the delicate skin of a baby and it comes from a non-renewable petroleum source.
•Look for products that contain plant sourced and non-petrochemical based ingredients whenever possible, which are renewable and sustainable without depleting our natural resources.
•Look for products that are formulated with natural, plant based ingredients and are gentle and free of harmful toxins and chemicals
•Look for recyclable packaging and biodegradable ingredients. Buy products manufactured by eco-friendly, environmentally conscious companies with the goal to preserve our earth and make as little environmental impact as possible.
•Remember that demand increases supply. The more we buy or demand these products, the more they will be available.
In summary, what you want to look for in your baby care (and skin care) products:
Look for companies who use non-irritating, gentle, natural, plant based ingredients that are renewable, replenishable and sustainable. You want a natural, eco-friendly product that is environmentally conscious without affecting performance. Good for your baby and good for the environment.
Information courtesy of Belvedere Inc. manufacturers of Live Clean and Live Clean Baby products available at major retailers across Canada.