As parents, we are often the custodian of our kids and always want them to look their best.
So what do kids' skin need? Not much, just:
1. Gentle cleansers like Cetaphil or Dove bars
What should you avoid?
We want our kids to smell good, but products with fragrances are often associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory problems, and other potentially negative side effects. Plus, a baby’s skin smells good on its own! To avoid any skin complications, ensure the moisturizer you choose is fragrance-free.
Parabens are widely used as preservatives in body washes, shampoos, facial cleansers, and deodorants. However, they can cause irritations and allergies in young children, so it’s best to avoid these as well.
4. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/Sodium Laureth sulfate (SLES)
SLSs can irritate the eyes, skin, and lungs, and the ingredient sometimes interacts poorly with other chemical products.
5. Synthetic Dyes
6. Propylene glycol
This small, organic alcohol is used primarily for skin conditioning. However, it’s been known to cause dermatitis, hives, and central nervous system (CNS) effects, especially in neonates and children under four years.
7. Sunscreen Chemicals
Chemicals are commonly found in sunscreen and operate as agents to absorb ultraviolet light, but the consequences are unknown if a large amount is absorbed. Avoid using sunscreens that include chemicals like benzophenone, avobenzone, PABA, homosalate, and methoxycinnamate. Instead, opt for zinc or titanium-based sunscreens.