This March, we're dishing out the dirty on toxins. What they are & how to identify them and how you can reduce or eliminate them in your everyday products. Each week, we'll be focusing on a theme to dive deeper into the category and also pair them with an Instagram-exclusive giveaway!
Week #3: Clean Up your Kids Personal Care
Many children's personal care products are filled with harmful toxins and chemicals. Things that smell like baby powder or tout a "fresh" and "clean" aroma for babies are often times masked as parfum or artificial fragrance. These lurking ingredients not only get slathered on baby's hair and soft skin, but they're absorbed into the body and can cause a slew of hormonal imbalances and allergies.
A newborn’s skin is said to be 10 times thinner than an adult's so it needs the tenderest of care. That's why we recommend gentle baby care products that have been dermatological and pediatrician approved and tested. Another great attribute to look for is a plant-based, hypoallergenic formula that works great on sensitive skin.
We recommend Babo Botanicals
Dental care is also a crucial part of personal care. Even before your child gets teeth, it's important to wipe gums with a warm, wet washcloth to help brush off excess food. Did you know that tooth decay is one of the most common chronic infectious disease of childhood? Healthy dental habits are crucial to a healthy smile. Reach for all-natural dental care products (toothpastes, gargles, sprays and floss) that are safe to swallow and have food-grade ingredients that won't upset little tummies.
We recommend Dr. Brite
Here are some tips and natural alternatives to using toxic kids care products:
- Choose safer, greener toys that are made of recycled post-consumer materials instead of plastics (which may contain lead or other harmful colorants).
- Make your own kid-safe cleaner with borax, castile soap and essential oils.
- Avoid harmful neurotoxins like fluoride in children’s toothpaste, especially if they can’t swallow
- Choose products with recognizable or food grade ingredients and avoid parfums/fragrance and unsafe essential oils (eucalyptus, cinnamon, wintergreen, rosemary, etc.)