One of the most beautiful features of the skin of your baby is that it is a paradox of sorts. On one end, it is at its best meaning, that there is no other time that your child will have the best and softest skin than when they are young because it has not interacted with contaminants; on the other hand ,it is most vulnerable to damage and infections because it is still young and thinner. That is why you need to buy baby skincare products with these two factors in mind so that you are able to maintain the beauty and safety of your baby’s skin at the same time.
The aim of this article is to show you how you can make purchase decisions that are tilted towards the safety of your baby’s delicate skin. The article explores some of the best safety practices that you need to apply when shopping for any kind of skincare product. These considerations will span thorough the following key areas: the kind of active ingredients used in the products; the inclusion of preservatives in the products; performing a patch test; reading labels keenly; using lesser products and; avoiding the “natural” product trap.
Avoid anti-bacterial products
These may be good for adult skin but not baby skin. Instead, use a mild baby cleanser or baby wipes that are free from alcohol to clean the bottoms of your baby as well as cloth diapers.
Beware of preservatives
Preservatives are usually added to baby skincare products to enable them last longer. But lately, most of the preservatives are suspect and many of them have been proven to have serious effects on babies .Some of the most culpable ones are: benzyl alcohol which causes contact allergy; Parabens which cause skin and breast tumor and; Phenoxyethanol,which causes depression on the central nervous system.
When in doubt, perform a patch test
This is another safety precaution that will ensure that your baby’s skin is not damaged. When dealing with a skincare product that you are not sure of, better perform a patch test before applying it on the rest of the skin. You will need to apply a small amount of the product on a small part of the skin that is not visible such as the buttocks area. Wait for 24 hours to see if there will be any signs of negative reaction such as reddening, itching or flaking. If these signs do not appear, you can proceed and use it on the rest of the skin.
Read the labels keenly
Another way of ensuring that you buy safe baby skincare products is reading every detail on the label carefully. This will help you understand some of the basics of the product such as the ingredients used, the kind of preservatives used, if told there are any, the expiry date of the product and the reputation or accreditations of the manufacturer.
Don’t fall into the “natural” trap
The baby care industry is lucrative and it is also infiltrated with some unscrupulous manufacturers who will want to use any kind of gimmick to sell. One of the best tricks that are using is the “natural” ingredient cliché in order to hoodwink unsuspecting parents. Read through their so-called natural ingredients and do your own independent research to find out what those ingredients are capable of doing to your baby’s skin.
Less is better and safer
Your baby’s skin is virgin and hence you don’t need to flood it with different products at the same time. Make sure that you introduce one type of product at a time because it is not like adult skin that is used to many skincare products.
Beware of unnecessary fragrance
Another thing to take care of is the inclusion of fragrance that is intended to make these products appeal to the senses and sell more even though the manufacturers don’t disclose this as their main reason. Some of the fragrances used in these baby products are made from petroleum product that cause allergic reactions and damage to the central nervous system.
When shopping for skincare product for your baby, put safety first. This because your baby’s skin is delicate and also priceless and any lapse in safety measures can result in permanent damage. Use the above guidelines to ensure that you get what is best for your baby’s hygiene and safety.