Organic Skincare…for Your Baby?
If you believe in eating organic and doing your part to reduce waste, pollution, and emissions, then there’s no reason you shouldn’t look into the many benefits of organic skincare products. They are not tested on animals, utilize animal-friendly products (no hormones, humanely raised) and should contain all-natural ingredients (that means no chemicals, although you must check for this feature). Not only that, but these goods, which were once considered both expensive and ineffectual, have improved by leaps and bounds due to popular demand in recent years. And if you’re going to do your body good by pampering it with eco-friendly cleansers and lotions, why wouldn’t you do the same for your green baby? There must be a lot of parents out there looking for safe ways to care for baby’s sensitive skin, because there is a surprisingly wide variety of organic products available for your child. But what makes them better for baby?
Many regular skincare products include perfumes, dyes, and synthetic chemicals like parabens and laureth sulfates (although not at levels considered toxic). However, anything you put on your skin can seep into your bloodstream, and many who prefer organics speculate the there is a strong possibility that these chemicals can accumulate in your body over time. And while there simply has not been enough testing to determine the effects of small doses administered over a lengthy period, do you really want to expose your child to potentially harmful chemical ingredients? Of course not! No parent would. So make sure that any product you choose is 100% natural (as even USDA Organic approved products may be only 70% natural).
And don’t worry about finding these skin-safe and environmentally friendly commodities. There are organic products on the market for literally all of your child’s skincare needs. The best place to start is with soaps and tear-free shampoos, many of which are made from soothing natural ingredients like lavender, oatmeal, milk, and honey, and may contain oils like almond and sesame. From there, you will certainly want to continue to nurture their skin with lotions. Look on the label for goods that utilize aloe and calendula flower extract. You can even get organic creams that prevent diaper rash with zinc, echinacea, and calming chamomile, as well as wipes made with soy and filtered water. Absolutely any material that touches your baby’s skin has an organic counterpart.
And if you want to go the extra mile, you can find all natural laundry detergents that are free of chemicals, toxins, and fragrances that can irritate your baby’s sensitive skin. They likely contain plant-based cleansers like coconut, palm, and sugar to give you the same cleaning power without all the harsh synthetic compounds. And since your child will soon spend much of the day speeding all over the house on hands and knees (if they don’t already), you should also consider purchasing organic cleaning supplies (since hands often go straight from the floor into the mouth).
The best part about buying organic skincare products for your baby is that if they exhibit any irritation (allergies, rashes) to certain products, there are a wealth of other options to try, with different natural ingredients. And most of them are not only going to be better for your child’s skin, but they are most definitely a wiser choice for the future of our planet (not to mention the animals they protect).
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