With so many baby skin care products on the market, how do you decide what products are best for your baby? Do you choose all natural? Fragrance-free? Hypoallergenic? These terms sound good, but it’s hard to know which ones are important in helping us choose the best skin care products for our babies. In this blog, we aim to clarify these terms so you can make wiser and better choices for your baby. Let’s separate fact from fiction.
Chemical-free products are better
Fiction. All products are made up of chemicals, and this includes both natural and man-made or synthetic chemicals. When a product says it’s chemical-free, that product is using this term as a marketing strategy rather than importantly avoiding chemicals that may cause irritating or allergic reactions. There is one exception to this rule. Chemical-free sunscreens use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as physical barriers to protect from the sun’s rays. In this instance, they don’t use chemicals to create the sunscreen.
I should look for products that say Sensitive Skin or Irritant-free
Fact. This can be a truthful term used to suggest the product is irritant-free and good for sensitive skin. Products carrying this term usually go through clinical testing where the product is repeatedly tested on consenting adults to determine if the product causes irritation. Baby Pibu™ products have been clinically tested and specifically found to be irritant-free.
I should use hypoallergenic products on my baby
Fact. This is another truthful term that means the product has been clinically tested and less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Specifically, patch testing of the product is done on consenting adults. Patch testing is performed by exposing a person’s skin to the product over an extended period of time and then seeing if the product will cause an allergic reaction. It is a good thing for a product to be hypoallergenic. Baby Pibu™ products are proud to be hypoallergenic.
Babies should use products that are fragrance-free
Fact. Since babies have more delicate and irritant-prone skin, fragrance-free products are good to use on babies’ skin. Fragrances are made up of chemicals, and a single fragrance may be composed of more than 100 chemicals to make up that scent. And let’s face it; fragrance is for parents, not babies. We all want our babies to smell good, but fragrance is one of the top causes of contact, or skin, allergies. Repeated exposure to a fragrance can increase the risk of fragrance allergy so it is best to avoid fragrances on babies’ skin. We are happy to report that Baby Pibu™ products are fragrance-free. The light lavender scent in our Bathtime Wash and Baby Butter is from using a touch of lavender essential oil which is safe for skin as sensitive as a baby’s.
Natural products are better for my baby
Fiction. This is a very widely used term in the skin care industry and it can be both truthful and fictional in its use. The “natural” term is not regulated by any governmental agency so there is no control of its use. Also, products made solely of natural ingredients can actually be more irritating to the skin because they are plant-based and there are many plant allergies. Sometimes a chemical derivative of a plant (which is still natural since it was created from a plant) may be a safer, less irritating option. So be careful when choosing products that claim to be 100% natural. They aren’t necessarily better for your baby’s skin or safer. Baby Pibu™ products are comprised of safe, naturally derived, but non-irritating, ingredients.
I should go organic when it comes to skincare
Fact. This is a term certified and regulated by the USDA. In general, a product is organic if it is made up of at least 70% organic ingredients. You can feel good to know that a product is accountable to this definition so this is what you can expect from the product.
pH balanced products are better for skin
Fact. The normal pH of our skin is acidic with a pH of 4.5 to 5 so a product is pH balanced if it has a similar acidic pH. pH balanced products tend to be less irritating because they avoid stripping us of our natural skin oils.
Preservative-Free products are better because they have fewer chemicals
Fiction. Preservatives are ingredients added to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and fungus in the product. The truth is that preservatives are necessary to ensure the safety of the product and to ensure you’re not rubbing bacteria-infested product on your baby’s skin. However, look for paraben-free and phthalate-free preservatives, as these ingredients have some health concerns. Baby Pibu™ only uses paraben-free and phthalate-free preservatives.
We hope that now that you know what’s true in choosing skin care products, you’ll be better informed and feel more confident to choose the best skin care products for your baby.
~ The Baby Pibu™ Team