Why non-organic baby skincare products may be harmful to your baby’s skin

Why non-organic baby skincare products may be harmful to your baby’s skin

One of the most worrying things for parents of a newborn baby is to see their little one suffering from eczema and other skin conditions. When this happens parents want a product that works and won’t be harmful to their child.

Baby's skin is delicate and soft which makes the decision even more crucial. With so many products on offer, it is easy to understand why parents would be overwhelmed. We have summarised a list of questions you may want to ask when choosing the best baby skin care products for your little one.

Why organic & what do avoid in baby skincare products?

When you visit your local pharmacy, the majority of products in the skincare aisle are non-organic or chemical-based. Generally, these products are cheaper to produce and have a longer shelf life. However, they often contain harmful ingredients such as SLS/SLES Parabens and petrol-chemical derivatives.

To differentiate non-organic skincare and organic skincare, it is important to understand the ingredients of the product. For example, paraben is a common preservative in non-organic products. The use of paraben can cause skin can get brittle, cracked, painful, swollen, develop rashes and several other problems. Did you know Parabens are now banned in the EU?

When looking at the product label of a non-organic product, most of us won’t even know half of the ingredients. The artificial ingredients make it hard for parents to know whether their child is allergic to it or not.  Here is a guideline of some common harmful ingredients that you may want to avoid:

  • Chemical foaming agents
    • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate - SLS or
    • Sodium Laureth Sulphate – SLES
    • Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate – ALS
  • Petrochemicals
    • Mineral oil
    • Propylene Glycol
    • Petrolatum
    • Paraffin Oil/Wax
    • Coal Tar
  • Other Harmful Chemicals (for water treatment-preservatives- fragrances etc)
    • DEA (Diethanolamine) / TEA (Triethanolamine)
    • EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)
    • Parabens chemical preservatives
    • Phthalates chemical fragrances

What is Certified Organic and its real definition?

On the other hand, certified organic skincare is free from the unnecessary chemicals and pesticides that are commonly used in non-organics. The word organic is not just “chemical free”. It is a whole system means of growing and handling food. The whole system is linked – Soil. Plants. Animals. Food. People. Environment.

Certified Organic products are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, or GMO’s. All products must be 100% natural raw materials, of which 70-95% or more must be organic ingredients. For this reason, the only way you can be assured you are buying genuine, organic products is to purchase those certified with Australian Certified Organic.

Why should I choose Organic baby products?

Government agencies like OFC (Organic Food Chain) Certification means you are assured of a 100% Natural & Toxic Free product. OFC check all product specifications and inspect the complete production facility & process annually to ensure that both the ingredients and the processes are compliant to the highest standard specified in The Australian National Organic Standards. This process itself is audited by government departments and authorities worldwide for ACO to maintain its accreditation as an international certifier.

Organic Certification is your guarantee of a safe product for all your baby and the family.

So, what should you use? We believe organic skincare is the way to go.

Should I choose 100% Natural baby skin care or Organic baby skin care?

There is a big difference between natural products and organic products. Natural products are still allowed to be grown using chemicals that contain high levels of proven carcinogenic ingredients. The fertilizers, anti-infestation sprays, etc that are used to produce crops for “natural” ingredients still infiltrate that plant or organism – it is like the food chain. If a big fish eats little fish filled with mercury, the end eater – humans – will end up with mercury poisoning. Certified organic ingredients are grown in soil that has to be free of chemicals – nitrates and phosphates in particular – the plants or animals are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, they are also harvested without the use of chemicals. Plant oils are steam distilled rather than extracted by a method using petrochemicals.

We recommend parents look for certified organic baby skin care products that have been proven to be the safest for your cherub and your family. At Cherub Rubs, we believe skin care is a priority for your family and baby’ health, which is why so many parents choose Cherub Rubs, a 100% Natural & Organic Skin Care Made in Australia.

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