How to Choose The Right Lotion for Your Baby
It's no secret, babies are known for having the softest skin around. That's largely because baby skin is actually quite different from adult skin. Babies usually haven't been subjected to conditions that can make their skin weathered, tough, and irritated. Plus, they're babies, so they haven't started aging yet! This means that their skin is incredibly soft, supple, and smooth, but it's also more prone to damage and irritation.
Babies start out with thinner skin, so their skin can expand more quickly as they grow. The result is that anything you put on your baby's skin is absorbed relatively quickly. Because of this, it's extra important that you consider the type of products that you use. Because lotions and moisturizers stay on your baby's skin, it's even more important that they're high quality and use good ingredients since they're made to be absorbed and not washed off.
Ingredients To Avoid When Choosing A Baby Moisturizer
Of course, you should read the ingredient label for any baby product you intend to use on your child's skin. It's easy to get drawn in by nice labeling, advertising words like "organic" or "all-natural," or pleasant smells. But the truth is, there still might be ingredients that can be harmful to your baby, even if the product looks legitimate. The following ingredients should be avoided in all baby personal care products:
- Parabens: In skincare products, parabens are primarily used as preservatives. Products containing water need to also contain preservatives to prevent mold and bacteria growth and extend the shelf life. But this can be a problem. Why? Because these parabens are estrogen mimics. If an ingredient ends in "-paraben" on the label, it belongs to this group of chemicals, so it should be avoided.
- Excessive Fragrance or Perfumes: Avoid any mention of phthalates on any and all packaging. In products that don't have naturally occurring scents, like lavender oil or shea butter, phthalates can be used to bind the scent to the product. For example, phthalates are used in baby powder to hold onto the scent. Additionally, numerous independent studies have indicated that phthalates have estrogenic properties that disrupt the body's hormone balance.
- Polyethylene Glycol (PEGs): Do not use products with synthetic ethoxylated ingredients like myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth or any other "eth", or products with polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, or oxynol. It is possible that 1,4 dioxane is created in the process, which is classified as a cancer-causing chemical or carcinogen.
- Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol is used in numerous different types of self-care products to thicken and fill, including some baby lotions and moisturizers. While propylene glycol is often considered to be mostly safe by the FDA for use in food and cosmetics, it is probably best to avoid it on the skin of your baby.
What To Look Out For When Choosing a Baby Lotion
Your baby's skin is probably capable of staying pretty soft and supple without a ton of products. However, dryness and irritation can occur, so it's useful to have a good quality lotion or moisturizer handy, particularly after bath time. Many babies also suffer from eczema or allergies, which means you need to be extra careful about the products you choose and the ingredients they contain. When buying a baby moisturizer, you should take the following factors into account:
- Products that don't include a lot of water will also be less likely to need preservatives, chemical stabilizers, and fillers, which is a good thing.
- To help relieve itchy skin, choose ingredients such as shea butter or coconut oil.
- Ingredients should be kept to a minimum. In many cases, unless you are really familiar with all the ingredients, it is better to stay away from products with a huge ingredients list. It doesn't take too much body butter or lotion to make it safe and effective. In general, if there are a ton of ingredients on the package that you can't pronounce, avoid the product.
- Allergies or eczema can flare up from too much fragrance or perfumes, so avoid products with a ton of unnatural perfumes if your baby suffers from these problems. Opt for naturally scented products rather than those that use chemicals if you prefer something mildly scented. Nevertheless, if your child is hypersensitive, you should avoid products containing pure essential oils as well, since these can be very powerful. A little patch of skin should be tested with a moisturizer before you use it all over your baby's body.
- Things like milk rash, cold weather, and allergens can irritate the skin, particularly in the winter. During the cold months or after baths, keep your child's skin moisturized well after bath time to prevent dryness that can lead to irritation and painful cracking or sores.
- Use a high-quality moisturizer immediately after bath time to lock in moisture and prevent your baby's skin from drying out. This is particularly important during colder months or if you have used a body wash or shampoo that could have drawn some of the moisture out of the skin during bath time.
When choosing a good lotion for your baby, the process can feel overwhelming. It's easy to get stressed out when looking at the hundreds of different product options on the store shelves and trying to read through all the ingredient labels.
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