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Best Tips in Choosing Safe Baby Soap
Because a baby’s skin is very delicate, choosing the right baby soap is an important task in your baby’s bath and skincare regimen. You want to make sure your baby’s soap is safe, hypoallergenic, and suitable for your baby’s skin. Many popular baby soap and washes contain a lot of harmful chemicals.
Here are some good tips for choosing safe baby soap for your little one:
Baby soap ingredients you should avoid
These are some of the most common toxic ingredients you should avoid when buying baby soap.
- Phthalates. Phthalates are often used as a plasticizer and softening agent. Phthalates have been shown to disrupt endocrine glands and affect fertility.
- Parabens. Parabens are a common class of preservatives used in many cosmetic and pharmaceuticals. They have been linked to breast and reproductive cancers in women. Methylparaben, Propylparaben, and ethylparaben are the most commonly used parabens.
- DMDM hydantoin. Also called a formaldehyde releaser, DMDM hydantoin is both used as an anti-microbial agent and preservative. It extends a product’s shelf life by releasing formaldehyde, thus killing bacterial growth. However, it is a strong irritant, causing allergic reactions to sensitive skin.
- Propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is the main ingredient in (poisonous) antifreeze that is used in small doses in many skin care products as an emulsifier (a substance that helps bind unmixable ingredients together). It is a skin irritant and contributes to gut issues when absorbed into the body.
- Triclosan and triclocarban. Both chemicals are used in making antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers. However, has been monitored for restricted use, as they are known to make bacteria more resistant to antibiotics.
- Fragrances. Fragrances are a nebulous ingredient in skin care products that have no strict regulations for its labeling and usage. There is no guarantee of what ‘fragrance’ is made of, which may be sourced from toxic chemicals.
- Petrolatum. Petrolatum, also called mineral oil or petroleum jelly, is a byproduct from distilling gasoline from crude oil. Petrolatum is used as a moisturizer in many skincare and cosmetic products. Petrolatum is comedogenic, which blocks the skin’s pores, leading to breakouts and irritation.
Good ingredients in baby soap products
Now that you know which ingredients to avoid, here’s a list of what to look for when buying baby soap products.
- Glycerin. Also called glycerol, glycerin is a moisturizer derived from natural plant and animal oils. Glycerin helps keep your skin hydrated and helps absorb nutrients into the skin.
- Shea butter. Shea butter is extracted from the seeds of the Shea fruit. It is a very effective moisturizer and has mild sun protecting properties as well.
- Cocoa butter. Cocoa butter, also called theobroma oil, is the fat derived from cocoa beans (where chocolate is made from). Apart from giving a distinctive chocolate scent, cocoa butter is rich in fatty acids that help keep your skin moisturized.
- Jojoba oil. Derived from the jojoba plant, jojoba oil has antibacterial and antioxidant properties that help prevent acne while keeping your skin moisturized. Jojoba oil also effectively locks down nutrients and moisture and in keeping the skin barrier strong.
- Chamomile. Chamomile flowers have calming and anti-inflammatory properties which may help soothe redness and skin irritation in babies.
With the right knowledge about which ingredients to include and to avoid, choosing the right baby soap that is safe and effective becomes easier. Check with your dermatologist for specific recommendations and more in-depth knowledge about baby soap ingredients and labels.