In this category, we will cover all the necessary products intended to be used for bathing, relaxing and enhancing the babies’ shower experience. Babies’ skin is very susceptible to dryness, damage and absorption of foreign substances that might be harmful for them, that’s why choosing the right products with safe ingredients is a must.
1- Some Current Main Components Used:
- Glycerin: Also known as glycerol, glycerin is a sugar alcohol that can be easily obtained from natural sources. It plays the role of a humectant: meaning it retains moisture in the upper layer of the skin and prevents premature moist from cosmetics. Glycerin has great moisturizing properties as well as it contains cleansing agents. It can be found in personal care products such as soaps, toothpastes, and hair conditioners.
- Color Additives: In case you are wondering where does the blue in your eyeliner or the pink in your blush are coming from, here is your answer. Color additives provide to consumers all the appealing colors they will find in their products, even in contact lenses. These ingredients come basically as dyes, pigments or other textures to impact the color when added to other substances.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate: This ingredient is an anionic detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products. It is a surface-active agent that has the properties of being partly water-soluble and partly oil soluble in order to cleanse dirt and oils away.
- Sodium Chloride: Also called table salt, is a white crystalline solid. It has softening properties for the skin when used in moderation. The minerals in the salt help maintain the levels of pH in the blood and lymphatic system stable. Cleansing the baby’s skin with products that contain sodium chloride helps easily remove dirt and dead skin cells without stripping naturals oils which is beneficial for the baby’s soft skin.
- Polysorbate 20: This alongside other polysorbate ingredients are a series of general purpose hydrophilic, nonionic surfactants. These ingredients are usually included in products like skin fresheners, skin cleansers and fragrance powders. The components of this ingredient help other ingredients dissolve in solvents in which they would not normally dissolve and form emulsions.
- Cocamide DEA: This ingredient is used as a foaming agent and is a chemically modified form of coconut oil. it is a thick, white, and waxy substance. Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, and other ingredients increase the capacity of foam and thickens the water portion in cosmetics.
- Dipropylene Glycol: Dipropylene glycol is a clear and colorless liquid derived from alcohol. It is most often used as a solvent and viscosity decreasing agent in cosmetics and personal care products such as fragrances, shaving, personal cleanliness products, and eye and facial makeup.
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine: This ingredient is a very mild and versatile one. Cocamidopropyl Betaine and other related betaines basically act as a detergent and are found in bath products and skin cleansing products. They are surfactants that help cleansing dirt and oils by mixing water with oil and rinse them away.
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:
- Castile Soap: Castile soap can be a great natural alternative to the chemicals found in the other products. It has a large list of benefits from which we can state the fact that it cleans the body as effectively as the chemical products, it is gentle on sensitive skin, it possesses antibacterial properties, and it is also soothing for people with allergies. You can also use it to make your brand new homemade shampoo that is 100% natural and that by mixing it with your favorite essential oils and distilled water.