Skincare Guide to Choosing Reliable Organic Products for Babies
Is the desire of having skin “as smooth as a baby’s bottom” a myth?
Caring for our little ones always comes as a natural parental instinct. Babies have delicate skin that is remarkably sensitive to even the slightest environmental stressor; thus, they require some tender loving care.
Thankfully, skincare for babies is not as complicated as adult skincare routines since their skin barrier has not yet developed fully.
An infant’s skin is 20-30% thinner than an adult’s, resulting in a higher moisture absorption and evaporation rate. This implies that external substances or harmful chemicals can penetrate their skin more easily and absorb into their bloodstream, posing a health risk.
Organic baby skincare is the solution for newborns and infants to have supple skin without posing any harm.
But finding out what products are suitable for your baby can be overwhelming. So, let’s dig right into some steps in developing a wholesome skincare regimen for your babies.
1. The Differences Between Natural and Organic
People often mistake the word ‘natural’ for ‘organic’ as the usage of these terms is still largely unregulated in the market. The table below highlights the contrasts between natural and organic.
2. Is It Organic?
Now that you are aware of the differences, it begs the question, “How do I know if a product is organic?”
i. Check for Certification
Certification from internationally reputable organisations is essential. Unfortunately, many products are not certified, nor are their ingredients list and formulations audited. Without a certificate, there is no written proof that the product is genuinely organic.
On the other hand, manufacturers who have invested time and effort in guaranteeing their products meet strict requirements will almost certainly have a ‘certified organic’ seal as they have earned them.
ii. Check the name of the certification company
It is vital to note that ‘certified organic’ entails more than just using safe ingredients but simultaneously ensuring the product, packaging and manufacturing process are all environmentally friendly.
Look out for the Ecocert marque on a product as it is the BEST certification to obtain with the stringent regulations they have set for certified organic goods to comply.
Buds Organics has been ECOCERT certified since 2008 and has gone through a safety assessment in the UK according to European Standards.
3. Read Your Labels
i. Avoid Attractive Marketing Jargons
Parents mustn’t be deceived by fancy marketing terms such as ‘hypoallergenic’ or ‘all-natural’.
Conversely, if you notice the word ‘preservative’, it is not necessarily bad. Preservatives are crucial to extend a product’s shelf life and help deter spoilage. However, be informed on what nasties you should be avoiding such as:
ii. Look for Plant-Based Preservatives
Plant-based preservatives such as essential oils, plant extracts, and natural antioxidants are safe but effective in safeguarding against oxidation and bacteria.
For example, our Buds Everyday Organics Infant Head to Toe Cleanser is sugar based and uses plant amino acids with soothing Aloe Vera to remove dirt and grime without harming your baby’s delicate skin.
This gentle cleanser is available for newborns and infants aged six months and above.
iii. Well Documented Ingredient List
Be extra cautious with ingredient lists that are too short and vague with non-scientific names.
Manufacturers must use scientific names for each ingredient according to the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) as it is a professional approach to ensuring that consumers have a consistent ingredient name to check.
Ingredients that appear first in the list are the most used constituents in the product. ‘Child-friendly’ is an expression rarely used in the market and is ambiguous. Look for mild and safe products closer to our skin’s nature.
Buds Organics provides the complete list of ingredients on each product and personally tests them before distributing them to consumers.
4. Identify Skin Conditions
If your baby has dry skin and is prone to heat rash or eczema, it is crucial to use products with milder ingredients to treat irritations safely.
Also, opt for products with natural scents from essential oils instead of fragrance-free. That’s why we recommend our Buds Everyday Organics Everyday Baby Cream to moisturise and protect your baby’s skin while adjusting to the environment.
Suppose your baby has more severe skin conditions. While steroid creams provide instant relief, they thin the skin layer and may cause your baby to relapse in the future resulting in a lifelong dependency on steroids.
Our Buds Soothing Organics range uses the Calm, Protect, Repair and Prevent approach to relieve skin inflammation and strengthen the skin barrier to put a nip in the bud to future flare-ups.
They are formulated with prebiotics to fuel the growth of good bacteria while inhibiting harmful ones and clinically proven plant actives that serve as anti-inflammatory agents.
All in All
Hunting for suitable baby toiletries can be confusing and tiresome, but we all want what’s best for our children, and sometimes, without pain, there is no gain.
Buds Organics’ unwavering commitment to manufacturing organic products of the finest quality shows that nothing is more important than your baby’s welfare.
If you are keen to find out more about our products, please visit our website at: Buds Organics – Certified Organic Baby, Kids & Mother Skincare.