Taking care of your baby’s delicate skin

Posted: Oct 21 2014

Did you know?


Your skin is your largest organ, it lives and breathes, and is actually porous at a microscopic level. Some substances can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream through the millions of tiny openings in your skin and unlike your stomach, which has enzymes to break down chemicals your food, your skin is not equipped to deal with the nasty chemicals it is exposed to.
 
The delicate skin of babies and young children is about five times thinner than an adult’s. Infant skin is still developing its natural protective barrier until the child is at least 12 months old. It is also a lot more permeable than an adult’s, meaning it more readily absorbs anything that gets put onto it (lotions, soaps) or against it (detergent residues). This is why you see so many babies with eczema and other skin irritations.
 
According to Dr Vincent Crump, an allergy specialist at Auckland Allergy Clinic, “A lot of people will develop a reaction and get labelled as having eczema, when in fact they are probably reacting to a chemical they are applying to their skin.”

Read labels and say no to skin-irritating chemicals

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate (SLS and SLES)
These chemicals are added to products to make them bubble and foam. Yet SLS is an industry benchmark for skin irritancy, and has been used in clinical studies to induce contact dermatitis. Despite this, it’s used in products that contact your skin including laundry and dish detergents, shampoo, hand and body washes, and baby products. SLES is often promoted as a more gentle alternative to SLS but due to the synthesis process it goes through, SLES has been found to be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a suspected carcinogen.
 
Cocoamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) is used in dish liquids, hand and body washes and baby products like bubble bath. It’s cheap and effective but contains the impurities amidoamine and dimethylaminopropylamine, which can cause skin sensitisation.   
 
Synthetic Fragrance - A synthetic fragrance can be made up of hundreds or even thousands of chemicals, most of which have never been tested for their effect on human health. One family of chemicals that are often found in synthetic fragrances and are of concern is phthalates. Phthalates are not usually listed on ingredients labels but are endocrine (hormone) disruptors, so it’s a good idea to choose natural essential oil fragrances or fragrance free products if you’re particularly sensitive.
 
In the laundry - Use laundry products that are free of enzymes, optical whiteners and synthetic perfume. These can leave potentially harmful residues in baby’s bed linen and clothing which is up against their skin 24/7. If they become damp, as babies’ linens often do, the moisture can reactivate residual chemicals and potentially cause irritation.
 
Always wash new clothing and linen first with a gentle liquid detergent. New linen is often dressed with toxic chemicals. During the processing of conventional cotton into clothing, toxic chemicals may be added at each stage: silicone waxes, harsh petroleum scours, softeners, heavy metals, flame and soil retardants, ammonia, and formaldehyde to name a few.
 
Natural does not necessary mean healthy
Plant-based ingredients are more sustainable than petrochemical ones, but just because an ingredient is called ‘natural’ or plant-based doesn’t mean it’s safe for your health. SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate), SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulphate) and CAPB (Cocamidopropyl Betaine) are plant based, but the potential issues mentioned above call the safety of their use into question.
 
Washing your hands with antibacterial soap
New parents change a lot of nappies and are forever in the bathroom washing their hands. It might seem like the right thing to use an anti-bacterial hand wash or soap,  yet antibacterial soaps have been proven to have no better cleaning properties than normal soap, and are often loaded with nasty chemical ingredients like Triclosan that strip your skin of its natural protective oils, and can aggravate the skin, leaving it red and itchy.


Name a skin irritating chemical that ecostore does not use in their products in the comments on this blog and WIN a Eco Store Baby Gift Pack. Drawn 29/10/14

 

 

 


For more tips on keeping your family healthy by avoiding nasty chemicals visit http://blog.ecostore.co.nz/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  • Posted by Gem on March 17, 2015

    I luuuuurve ecostore. A fantastic brand.

  • Posted by Liberty Mom on March 13, 2015

    We use pure castile soap and add lavender and orange essential oils to wash baby skin and hair. To moisturize we use coconut oil with lavender and tea tree oils.

  • Posted by Erin Banks on October 23, 2014

    Sodium Lauryl Sulphate

  • Posted by Stevie Graham on October 23, 2014

    CAPB (Cocamidopropyl Betaine)

  • Posted by JOELENE Q on October 22, 2014

    There are a lot of them! Triclosan is one of them!

  • Posted by Karen Price on October 22, 2014

    Sodium Lauryl Sulphate

  • Posted by Anna on October 22, 2014

    Sodium Lauryl Sulphate

  • Posted by Maggie Roten on October 21, 2014

    SLS was the second chemical I was conscious of cutting out, #1 was parabens

  • Posted by Jess Ridgway on October 21, 2014

    Sodium lauryl sulphate

  • Posted by Brenda Meech on October 21, 2014

    I am so thankful there is no Cocamide DEA in Ecostore products, they have a fabulous reputation for products that are not only animal & planet friendly, they love our families too.
    Way to go Ecostore we all love you for this xx

  • Posted by Kerryn on October 21, 2014

    Sodium lauryl sulphate- nasty stuff!

  • Posted by Tania on October 21, 2014

    Sodium lauryl sulphate

  • Posted by Anna Higgins on October 21, 2014

    Sodium lauryl sulphates

  • Posted by Angie Prappas Leontaritis on October 21, 2014

    Sodium Lauryl Sulphate – scariest one for me!

  • Posted by Lisa Behrent on October 21, 2014

    Sodium lauryl sulphate

  • Posted by Corrina Henning on October 21, 2014

    These look great

  • Posted by julie gofton on October 21, 2014

    Synthetic perfumes – yuck!! Love eco store :)

  • Posted by Jennifer McGavin on October 21, 2014

    SLS, SLES, CAPB, synthetic fragrance/s, triclosan, phthalates… The list goes on! My wee man has only ever used Ecostore products, and so shall his younger sibling due in March!

  • Posted by Amy Krissansen on October 21, 2014

    CAPB (Cocamidopropyl Betaine)

  • Posted by Anna Cosgrove on October 21, 2014

    Cocoamidopropyl betaine. :) just got the washing liquid for the first time last week to wash all of bubs clothes. He is due dec 8th.

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