CHILDREN & BABY SKIN CARE INFO | MOUNTOWN JOURNAL
WORDS BY CHANTEL DELANEY FROM SPROUT HEALTH MARKET | JULY 2018
It’s no secret that we are exposed to toxic chemicals every day. They are in our food, air, water and in the products we buy. It’s impossible to remove every single one from our lives but it is simple to reduce our exposure significantly by making different choices about the products we use on ourselves and our children.
The Environmental Working Group estimates that babies are exposed to an average of 60 “chemicals of concern” every day from body care products. It’s easy for parents to understand why they should feed their children organic foods but for some reason, there is often a disconnect when it comes to using natural body care products.
Our skin is our largest organ. It performs many important functions that maintain our health. Our skin synthesizes hormones and vitamin D, protects us from UV damage and pathogens, it regulates body temperature and hydration levels and so much more.
Children and baby’s skin performs all these functions too, but it is much thinner and more permeable than adult skin. While it is important for all people to use products with natural ingredients, it is even more vital for babies and children. Many of the toxins found in personal care products for children are allergens, developmental toxins, hormone disrupter and even carcinogens (cancer causing).
Here is a list of the most common toxic offenders:
You won’t see this on a label because it not an ingredient. It is a contaminant created when certain commonly used chemicals are mixed together during manufacturing. It is often found in Sodium Laureth Sulphate, PEG compounds and chemicals starting with ceteareth and oleth. It is found in bubble baths, body wash, liquid soaps, shampoos etc. This toxin has been linked to birth defects and breast cancer.
Unless it is specified that the source is from natural essential oils, this one ingredient may be a cocktail of phthalates and other endocrine disrupters that have been linked to asthma and are reproductive and developmental toxins.
BHA & BHT
These preservatives are often used in moisturizers, make up, fragrances, food and pet food. They are allergens, developmental toxins and endocrine disrupters.
FORMALDEHYDE RELEASING AGENTS
This is a family of chemicals that are chemical alternatives to the currently unpopular paraben. You will find these listed as Quaternium-15, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methenamine, and Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate. These compounds are immune system toxins and endocrine/hormone disrupters.
Also known as petroleum jelly, paraffin oil or mineral oil. These ingredients are byproducts of petroleum refining and are often found in lotions. These are often contaminated with PAHs which are carcinogens, skin allergens and skin irritants.
At Sprout Health Market, we have multitudes of ethical and effective natural products made just for babies and kids that are also made right here in Canada.
The Green Beaver Company is EcoCert certified for organic, safe and sustainable ingredients for personal care. The kids and baby products from Attitude, made in Montreal, are EWG verified to be free of toxic ingredients or contaminants. Both companies are dedicated to pure and safe personal care products for the whole family and the environment too — and they're just a couple examples of the environmental and health conscious companies we keep stocked on our shelves.
So the next time you're on the Platzl, come pop by Sprout for a look around and feel free to ask us any questions you might have about kids skin care or anything else on your mind!