Organic or not how - important is your babies skincare?

By Kim Heys, Koala Baby Organics

Parents or Parents to be are becoming more educated towards products that they intend to use on their offspring. They are now demanding that more products are organic and free from the types of harmful chemicals used in many skin care products.

The term “Organic” is currently not regulated in Australia however, “Certified Organic” is a regulated term in the Australian Labelling Regulations. This means if you wish to use the term “certified” anywhere on the product, the handling of the product must appear on an organic certificate and the label must be approved.

Many companies make claim of being “Organic” as they know many parents are looking for this comfort in a brand. But, although they may have SOME ingredients that are natural and organic, the remaining ingredients are non-natural and-non organic.

Unless you read (and can understand) the full list of ingredients, you can be mislead into thinking that products contain no synthetic chemicals. If natural and organic products are important to you, be sure to read the full list to determine if what you are buying is chemical-free.

Your skin is the largest organ of the body. Around 60% of what you apply is absorbed into it, and it is sometimes referred to as, “the third lung” because it is such a direct pathway to our bloodstream. Doesn’t it make sense to choose skincare that is safe and free from toxic chemicals to protect your baby and children’s delicate skins?

Why Organic?

  • Good for the environment
  • No pesticide or fertiliser residue back into the soil
  • Increased Biodiversity
  • No groundwater pollution
  • Organic farming practices, yield higher levels of nutritional and therapeutic content.
  • Skin Benefits
  • Up to 60% of what is applied to babies skin will be directly absorbed into the bloodstream. 
  • Infants up to the age of two are on an average 10 times more vulnerable to chemicals than adults.
  • A Baby’s skin is 10 times thinner than an adult as their sebaceous glands are not yet fully developed, which in turn can make them far more sensitive to chemicals and toxins.

Some Ingredients to Avoid. (To Name A Few)

  • Parabens - This ingredient can cause skin irritations, allergic reaction, increased risk of sun damage and is an endocrine disruptor.
  • Fragrance - Can affect the nervous system causing skin irritation, allergies, eczema, respiratory distress, migraines, headaches, nausea and dizziness.
  • Sulphates (SLS/SLES/ALS) - Links to hormone imbalance, protein denaturing, skin corrosion and eye irritation.
  • Mineral Oils/ Petroleum - Can clog pores and slow down the ability to release toxins, can cause skin disorders, allergies and prematurely age the skin.

To gain certified organic status in Australia, skin care products need to be made with 95% organic ingredients. No need to waste time deciphering labels. If it's certified organic, you can rest assured it doesn't contain petrochemicals, talc, synthetic fragrances or colours, antimicrobial agents not from organic sources, sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium laureth sulphate, PEGS or potentially harmful preservatives.

These are some of the symbols which assure you that what you are buying is Certified Organic

Organic Food Chain (OFC) of Australia
All Products, processes and operations that contain this logo are annually audited by an independent certifying body. Organic Food Chain of Australia (OFC) ensures companies for comply with strict organic standards. The logo and certification number is displayed on products and ensures transparency that they are organic in origin and nature. Every product and ingredient must be traced back to its original source.

COSMOS standard is the result of a harmonisation effort conducted by five leading European certification bodies, with the aim to create a global Organic and Natural Cosmetics Standard. It follows strict organic guidelines and regulations around ingredients and manufacturing processes. COSMOS certified products are produced to the highest standards for organic and natural cosmetics and are safe, effective and good to use.

Many parents also look for products not tested on animals, and believe that animal testing is unethical and unnecessary. 

Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.

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