Most conventional creams and lotions can contain a number of synthetic chemicals that have been linked to everything from cancers to hormone disruption to birth defects to skin or eye irritation. Shockingly not even baby lotions are devoid of these questionable ingredients!
Because babies have thin skin, developing systems, and are generally more vulnerable than adults, being careful about what you slather on them is crucial. Cream formulations vary, but conventional versions tend to contain parabens, multiple petroleum-derived ingredients, and synthetic fragrance. The Environmental Working Group deems fragrance a high hazard due to its links to allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress, and potential effects on the reproductive system.
Some baby lotions—conventional and natural—contain lavender oil, which may spur breast growth in boys. Others can contain unrefined nut oils—of concern if your child is allergic. Label reading is a must. Natural products are a better bet, though essential oils can be harsh on delicate skin.
If your current baby cream doesn’t have natural or organic certification, look it up on the on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database or the GoodGuide. If it turns out to be too risky to wear, replace it with one that scores better and contains natural, organic, or biodynamic ingredients.
Not available in your drug store? Check natural product stores and online.
One-ingredient food grade organic oils like safflower, coconut, or olive may be the safest route. Plus, no worries when babies lick their toes; it’s all edible.
This light, nourishing body lotion provides long-lasting protection from environmental drying influences. Particularly good for use after baby's regular bath, it leaves your loved-one glowing with soft, supple, moisturized skin.
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