If you’re worried about those long and complicated ingredients in baby toiletries and wondering what on earth they mean, you’re not alone.
Deciphering ingredients’ lists is particularly challenging if your baby has eczema and you want to make absolutely sure that what you’re putting on their skin won’t sting or trigger a flare-up.
Amazingly, even certain well-known products promoted as suitable for babies and children with eczema include ingredients that rank as hazardous, sensitising or potentially triggering of eczema flare-ups*.
So if you’re wondering what to avoid, here’s a quick list of things to check for in your baby’s skincare:
SLS/sodium lauryl sulfate - a foaming agent banned from leave-on emollients by the MHRA, but still found in aqueous cream, shampoos and body washes. Can cause itching, soreness and burning sensations.
Fragrance/parfum - totally unnecessary to add to baby products and potentially irritating to skin.
Synthetic fragrance maskers ie Hexyl Cinnamon, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, phthalates etc.; ingredients added (even to ‘unfragranced’ products) to mask the smell of the raw ingredients and produce a neutral scent. Many are known irritants on sensitive skin.
Potent essential oils such as rosemary, tea tree, lemon, orange, grapefuit etc., can be sensitising and aromatherapists suggest they should be avoided in products aimed at those under three years. (Lavender and chamomile are fine.)
- Amyl Cinnamal - a synthetic fragrance listed as a known human immune system toxicant or allergen, which can trigger eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.
Babies generally don’t need anything very complicated to keep their skin in good, clean, healthy condition, so avoid all of the above and keep things simple while they’re little with all-natural skin care.
We prefer to avoid putting anything that could cause pain and soreness on babies’ skin, so our Chamomile Baby Oil and Baby Balm are both entirely free from synthetic ingredients, fragrances or SLS, only containing beautifully mild and calming lavender and chamomile essential oils, nourishing plant oils and protective beeswax.
Chamomile Baby Oil
Especially suitable as a pure and natural alternative to a mineral baby oil, because its gorgeous, calming and deeply nourishing formula contains absolutely no petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, colours or other additives, so it’s perfect for baby’s delicate skin.
*Check the rating of any ingredient on the Skin Deep database of cosmetic ingredients.