Choosing Products for Baby's Skin
It isn’t easy to imagine something as delicate as your baby’s skin. That is why new parents sometimes worry over what products are safe to use. Let's face it-- even choosing the right skincare products for ourselves can be tricky. Here are some things to keep in mind during your search:
Organic baby skin products contain ingredients that have been grown and processed without the aid of artificial or chemical fertilizers and processing. This can make the products less prone to irritating baby’s skin. Organic baby skin products are generally considered safer and more natural for a baby’s sensitive skin. However, truly organic products spoil after three months. Refrigerating them can help them last longer, but you will still want to dispose of them when they reach their expiration date.
Also, not all organic baby skin products are wholly organic. Some of them are just made with some organic or natural ingredients. Make sure that you understand the distinction between made with organic ingredients and organic.
There are so many different options available for you and your baby when it comes to skin products. You would think that you can rely on the integrity and trustworthiness of the brand that carries them. Brands that have been long known to promote babies’ and adults' general welfare and health are usually reliable when producing organic baby skin products. However, this is not always the case.
As with organic food giants, sometimes standards can be circumvented or even changed. Skincare companies are concerned with their bottom line, so if they can get away with selling something that looks like it is all-natural to save money, you’d better believe they will do it.
Another common pitfall is that ingredients that can get a skin care product labeled as "natural" are often paired with other additives that can be detrimental to baby’s skin. Some items branded as 'natural' in fact contain chemicals. It's always important to actually read the ingredients label and not just rely on language on the front of a bottle that implies something is natural.
Luckily, there are many smaller, lesser-known brands committed to producing quality products and who are more in tune with consumers’ needs. They also tend to be more socially conscious, taking up causes to support a portion of their profits. These companies’ products are more likely to be found at farmer’s markets, specialty boutiques, and online marketplaces than the big box stores.
One last thing to note: Trying new products can have unexpected negative results for just about anyone, but if you have a history of allergies, you (and your baby) have a higher chance of reacting to natural products. Many natural things— think tree pollen, nuts, stone fruits, etc. — cause allergic reactions, and the same goes for organic ingredients in skincare products. For example, tansy oil with a plethora of skincare benefits is related to ragweed, a common allergen.
As with anything involving your precious little one, proceed with care.
Here at Mamafrog, we are committed to the highest quality baby skincare. That is why our Mamafrog Baby subscription box will only carry products from the lesser-known brands like the ones mentioned above. We can't wait to introduce you to them!
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