It’s no question that you only want the best for your baby. Whether you’re a first-time parent or have several children, the children’s care aisle of most stores is enough to overwhelm anyone. Most people would agree that having options when it comes to your child’s skincare is a good thing; a variety of scents, types of products, and price ranges means that there’s something for every family’s needs. In some ways more options are a good thing; however, it’s important to be aware that many of the available options are loaded with chemicals that you want to keep far away from your baby’s delicate skin. But with so many ingredients how can you be sure that what you’re buying is safe for your little one? Don’t worry, here at Mambino we have some tips to help make your shopping experience quick and painless.
To help you narrow down your choices, let’s first talk about why choosing natural products are so vital to your baby’s health. You might be under the assumption that your child’s skin is much like your own, but that’s not exactly correct. A baby’s skin can both lose and absorb moisture much faster than an adult’s skin can. This is because your baby’s skin is 20%-30% thinner than yours. Not only does this make your little one’s skin more fragile, but it also means it’s less resilient than yours too. Over time, an adult’s skin develops barriers by getting thicker. Therefore, the products you use aren’t absorbed as quickly or as deeply as those you put on your baby. Your baby’s skin hasn’t had a chance to thicken and develop the same barriers which means that all of the toxic chemicals that are in many popular over-the-counter products are being absorbed into your baby’s body. Furthermore, consider the size of your baby’s skin compared to yours. In comparison, relative to your baby’s weight the surface area of their skin is three to five times bigger than yours meaning that any chemical will be far more concentrated in their little babies which increases the risk of toxicity.
When you’re searching for a skin care product for your child do a quick browse of the ingredients list. The following ingredients are ones you should avoid: petroleum, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), parabens, fragrances, and formaldehyde. The main problem with these chemicals is that they are known endocrine disruptors. Just like your own body, your baby’s endocrine system naturally makes hormones. Endocrine disruptors disrupt this process and cause an imbalance within your little one’s body. A classic example of this is petroleum jelly that many parents use as a way to prevent diaper rash. As mentioned earlier, not only is petroleum a known endocrine disruptor but it also clogs pores which prevents oxygen from reaching your baby’s skin. Another issue with many over the counter products is that the legal regulation around skincare products is much less stringent than the regulations that govern the food industry. Because there are far less regulations, it’s up to you to be vigilant when it comes to knowing what you’re putting on your baby’s skin. One way to guarantee a product’s safety is by making sure it is certified as organic or has been verified by a third-party organization.
The good news is that consumers are becoming much more aware of the importance of using natural and organic products on baby’s skin. Because of this, there are many more natural options available even in mainstream stores. Some examples of ingredients to look for that are safe include: olive, coconut and jojoba oils, lavender, shea butter, green tea and chamomile as just a few examples. Mambino has an entire line of baby products developed especially for your little one’s skin, made with only the safest, most natural ingredients that are all certified as organic, sustainably sourced and never tested on animals. You can check out our products here.
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