Mums spend 9 months+ preparing their bodies for their perfect little baby but do they ever ask themselves,
“What is in the shower wash and creams I use and use on my baby?”
Fresh fruit, organic veg, stop smoking, no alcohol, folic acid, vitamins. These are all things on the
minds of mums-to-be when preparing their bodies to “bake” there little cherubs. The one thing that’s over-looked is skincare.
What’s in that bubble bath you use? What is in that “organic” moisturising cream you put on your perfect new born baby? Do you even know? I have put this blog together to get word around about certain popular baby products that everyone uses but no one takes the time to find out what is in them.
I want to try to keep this information in the most simple terms so I don’t bore you with scientific names and I apologise in advance if I sound a little obsessed but it is something I am passionate about lol!
On every cosmetic bottle there should be a list of ingredients and these ingredients are listed in order of concentration first so the first ingredient is the main bulk of the product and so on.
Parabens – these are any chemical on the list with the word “paraben” at the end e.g. methylparaben. These are groups of chemicals used as preservatives to prolong the life of the product, in essence, enabling it to lie on shelves for long periods of time.
These chemicals mimic the activity of oestrogen and our health system has known that oestrogen levels are linked to breast cancer development and progression as well as causing a low sperm count, even infertility and testicular cancer.Samples of parabens have been found in breast cancer as they are absorbed by the body through deodorants and creams and make their way into breast tissue.
Sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate – also known as SLS or SLES. These are used to create a foam effect in our products. Have a look at the List of ingredients in well known brands of baby bath and see how far up the list this stuff is. You won’t believe that this is used also in engine degreasers, floor cleaner and is even used to scrape barnacles of boats!!! :-O and we are putting it on our babies’ skin grrrrrr! These are also found in every major brand of toothpaste on the market. Yuck!!
This disgusting stuff dissolves oils and that’s exactly what it does to our skin; strips it of all oils, good and bad and leaves us dried up like a prune and causes premature aging. Also, if exposed to young eyes it can stop them from developing properly.
Phenoxyethanol – is used as an antibacterial in cosmetics as well as a stabiliser in perfume. Phenoxyethanol is a glycol ether and glycols are a series of chemicals that find their way into paint, lacquer and jet fuel. Prolonged use can cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis.
BABY NATURALS WITH ONLY TWO NATURAL INGREDIENTS, THE REST ARE CHEMICALS (pictured below)
DEA – is a wetting agent used to improve the texture of a product. This chemical isn’t harmful on its own but it can react with other chemicals whilst sitting on the shelf or at home. If reaction occurs it can make a compound called NDEA which can easily be absorbed by the body and has been linked to stomach, liver and bladder cancers.
Most of these chemicals are harmful to the environment, fish and wildlife.
You might be wondering why the heck they are still being used in cosmetic products and it basically boils down to money; they are cheap and are available to buy in bulk for buttons.
My research continues on why these aren’t being regulated or stopped so I will no doubt have an update later in the year. My findings for this were found mostly on sites to prevent cancer and for those of you who know me, know the topic of preventing cancer is something close to my heart.
Since I begun researching this I have slowly given up using cheap products, I also don’t use deodorant lol. It is expensive so I have started collecting recipes to make my own products. These wont have a long shelf life but they will be better for my skin and the environment.
I loved this, taken from welstarorganics blogspot:
It is only trace amounts. Trace amounts of radiation, trace amounts of chemical food dyes, preservatives and hormones in our food, Air pollution contains trace amounts of diesel exhaust, coal products, and other toxic industrial substances, trace amounts of chlorine and fluoride in our water, trace amounts of mercury in high fructose corn syrup, trace amounts of mercury, aluminum, thimerosal, aspartame and monosodium glutamate in vaccines, trace amounts of pesticides and poison in the earth and produce we eat and trace amounts of cancer causing chemicals in all conventional personal care products lining the shelves of supermarkets and drug stores.The list of trace amounts we are exposed to is endless.
I hope you have enjoyed my mad rant on this subject, please contact me to show your interest and show support so i know whether people are actually interested in this so I can keep you up to date with my further research.
“Be your own kind of beautiful”