Babies are known to have very sensitive skin that requires a lot of care and vigilance. In this sub- category, we will talk about the cleansers we opt for to wash the babies hair. Are they safe? what are they made of? And with what we can replace them for more natural alternatives?
1- Some Current Main Components Used:
- Citric Acid: Used to preserve cosmetics and adjust the acid-base balance
- Botanical Ingredients: Derived from plants, these ingredients were the very first ones to be used as cosmetics.
- Colour Additives: Their sole purpose is to make the mixture more attractive and appealing. They have been used for 150 years now and are considered safe to use.
- PEG- 150 Distearate: These ingredients can be either liquids, solids or flakes. They cleanse the scalp by supporting water to mix with dirt and oils so that they are eventually rinsed away.
- Tetrasodium EDTA: These ingredients are widely used in cosmetics as in personal cleanliness products, shampoos, conditioners or even hair dyes and bleaches. It binds to metal ions that lead to inactivating them. This process helps to prevent the deterioration of cosmetics and rancidity as well as protecting the fragrance compounds.
2- Some Current Hazardous Components to Avoid:
- Parabens: Parabens are a group of preservative ingredients that are commonly used in many products of our daily lives. They are used in cosmetics, personal care products, food products and even pharmaceuticals. They prevent the spoilage of the materials they are added to as they prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. The parabens were proven to penetrate the body through the skin and remain within the tissue which disrupts the hormones’ functions.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Those ingredients are used primarily in cleansing products. It helps to clean the skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away added to emulsifying properties. In 2010, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data for these ingredients and the closely related sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate and concluded that all of these ingredients were safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products in the present practices of use and concentration, when formulated to be non-irritating.
- Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people.
3- Natural Alternatives:
- Water: Babies tend to need more frequent showers than adults, but they also have more sensitive skin than adults. Although baby shampoos are not harmful, using them a lot can dry out the baby’s skin and can result in rashes. Using only water from time to time to clean the baby’s hair is really going to help their scalp to breathe and not deal with any chemicals.
- Organic ingredients alternatives: Many brands offer paraben free, hypoallergenic etc shampoos, made out of among other things oats extracts, calendula flowers.
- Natural Recipes: In a foaming dispenser, add 1 oz. liquid castile soap (unscented kind if possible) with 4 oz. of filtered water. Then, put 3 drops of lavender essential oil added to 3 drops of orange essential oil before to shake well.