Who hasn’t wished that their skin would be like a baby’s? A baby’s skin is considered to be soft and delicate, and it can stay that way if you provide your baby’s skin with the right kind of care. However, with numerous TV and print ads featuring products all claiming to be the best for your baby, how do you know which products will benefit your baby the most?
The sad news is that many baby skin care products actually do more harm than good. These products, though they claim to formulated especially for babies, have been found to contain harmful chemicals you don’t really want anywhere near your baby’s skin.
The ugly truth
Baby skincare products are usually packaged attractively, but don’t be fooled by their appearance. Studies have found that these products contain artificially flavoured and artificially colored petroleum gel, mineral gel, mineral oil, and even mild detergents. Many of these products also contain antiseptic, antibiotic, or disinfectant agents like boric acid, which is a pure chemical.
Here’s a rundown of the ingredients commonly used in baby skincare products and their negative effects on the skin:
- Mineral oil – corrosive, leaves the skin dry, interferes with sebum production by blocking the pores. Mineral oil may cause irritation and itching.
- Chemical colors and flavors – harmful for the internal organs if ingested, harm the eyes and skin upon exposure. These chemicals cause irritation, too.
- Detergents – some of the most harmful substances for babies yet most commonly found in soaps and shampoo for babies. These detergents tend to be very corrosive and very harsh, damaging the hair, skin, and eyes.
- Antibiotic/disinfectant/antiseptic agents – while these kill microbes and terminate biotic growth, many of them can be considered as poison for your baby.
- Metal oxalates/metal salts – these are compounds of zinc, sulphur, lead, and mercury. All these elements can have harmful effects on humans in general.
- Tap water – this often contains chlorine and/or hard bleach, both of which are highly corrosive.
Anyone who works in a chemistry lab will tell you that prolonged exposure to these chemicals will harm your baby’s skin. These products may even have adverse effects on adult skin. These chemicals can block the pores and choke the skin. In some cases, using these products result in the formation of a greasy film on the baby’s skin; this film can attract a wide variety of microbes and a lot of dust.
When they’re absorbed into your baby’s skin, these chemicals will also cause irritation. Worst-case scenarios occur when babies unknowingly ingest these harmful chemicals when they lick their skin. When that happens, babies may experience stomachaches and vomiting.
The benefits of organic baby skin care products
Don’t despair, though; the good news is that organic baby skin care products are slowly becoming popular and are spreading to stores everywhere. Keep in mind, though, that it’s entirely possible to organically take care of your baby’s skin without using these products. Organic baby skin care is about taking care of the skin in the most natural way possible and not about using organic baby skin care products on the market today. Here are some substances that will help you do just that:
- Pure, fresh water
Water is an essential part of organic baby skin care, since it’s used for bathing, cleaning, and even drinking. The best water for your baby’s skin is completely free from toxic chemicals like fertilizers, pesticides, bleach, and chlorine, so the best water for organic baby skin care is boiled water. Boiled and filtered water have been found to be ideal for babies, since they contain the least amounts of carbonates, oxides, sulphates, chlorides, and other chemicals.
- Organic substances such as coconut water and coconut oil, aloe vera juice, milk, and milk cream
These have been used in India and other Asian countries for centuries. If you plan to use these for your baby’s skin, make sure the plants have been raised organically and that no artificial chemical fertilizers or pesticides have been used in them. Organic potatoes, apples, cucumber, egg whites, and organic milk curd are also excellent for homemade baby skin care products.
Making your own organic baby lotion or baby cream
The best lotion for your baby’s skin is the lotion that has completely natural, identifiable ingredients. What better way to get such a lotion than to make your own at home? You can easily make baby lotion or baby cream from organic raw ingredients.
For the lotion or cream’s base, which makes up the main volume of the substance, you can use natural edible oils like olive oil, sweet almond oil, groundnut or peanut oil, and sunflower oil. You can also use organic coconut butter, organic shea butter, soy lecithin, or even beeswax. Shea butter is known for its softening and nutritive properties, while coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E.
Some lotions and creams have medicinal properties, too, and you can add those by using organic essential oils or extracts of medicinal herbs. Organic turmeric, aloe vera extract, sandalwood extract, calendula, jojoba, saffron, and wheat germ oil are all common medicinal additives to organic lotion for babies. Some of these essential oils also have antioxidant, disinfectant, and softening properties and encourage the formation of scar tissue.
If you’d like to add flavor or color to your lotion or cream, stick to organically grown flowers, herbs, and plants. Essential oils from calendula, chamomile, lavender, and rose all make for excellent additions to organic lotion or cream for babies. They can help keep your baby’s skin safe from infections, rashes, spots, and cracks.
Once you have all your desired ingredients together, combine them in a jar and place them in a jar and place the jar in a saucepan with a couple inches of water. Place the saucepan over medium heat and remember to stir the ingredients occasionally so they’ll incorporate. Once everything is completely melted, you can store it in a jar or tin.