Hello green friends! This is part one of my organic/natural baby event. I want to talk about why I chose to use natural skin care products for my sweet LA. My husband will let you know how much it drives him crazy, but I am very picky about what we use for LA. His skin is super sensitive and he has eczema so finding just the right skin care hasn’t been an easy task.
I chose to use natural skin care products because I have heard so many things about all of the “bad” ingredients that are in many of the baby products you can purchase in the stores. Did you know that the shampoos that claim they are “tear free” really just have something in them that numb your baby’s eyes? It still burns the baby’s eyes, they just can’t feel it. That fact alone makes me not want to use those products. An ingredient found in MANY skin care products for babies is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. This ingredient is really just an inexpensive synthetic detergent that is used for its foam-building abilities. It can cause eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, dandruff, and allergic reactions. It can be disguised in fake “natural skin” care products with the added explanation saying that it “comes from coconut”. Synthetic fragrances that are used in skin care products can have as many as 200 ingredients. There is no way to know exactly what the chemicals are because on the label it will just say “Fragrance.” Some of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash, eczema, hyperpigmentation, and violent coughing.Other ingredients that can be harmful are Petroleum based ingredients. Petroleum jelly and mineral oil cause problems with the skin’s photosensitivity, meaning it can promote sun damage, and it is likely to interfere with the body’s natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dry skin and/or chapping. You are actually using a product that can create the very conditions it claims to get rid of or prevent! Can you believe that?
Those are just a few of the regular ingredients in many popular baby bath/lotion products on the market today. When you look at the bottles and see that the list of ingredients is pretty long and you can barely pronounce many of the ingredients, doesn’t that make you wonder what you are really putting on your baby? I am totally not judging anyone who choses to use these products, I am just letting you know my reasons for not using them and trying to let you see that there are better products out there for your baby, in my opinion. When I look at the list of ingredients on some of LA’s natural care products, I see a short list of things that I have heard of and that I have no problem pronouncing. Now the question is this: what do I do with all of those gifts we received of baby bath/shampoo and lotions that have all of the above ingredients in them? I don’t feel right giving them away, because if I wouldn’t use it on my baby, why would I expect someone else to use it? I don’t want to throw it away and just let it end up in the land fill….hmmmm…what would you do with it?
Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love the smell of some of those baby products…but when I look at the ingredients and I know what they can do to my baby’s skin, I will give up that lovely “baby smell” in a heartbeat! 🙂
We have had great success with some natural skin care products in treating my sweet baby’s eczema and I am thrilled to be able to bring you a review and giveaway of a few of these products. I will be posting a review and giveaway tomorrow of Northern Essence’s natural products and Sunday I will be posting a review and giveaway from Skin MD. I can’t wait to share these products with you! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and please comment and let me know what you think about part one of my OrganicNatural Baby Event!