There is so much happening in the skin care market right now - so much that is considered "safe" and "unsafe" by different sources - it's hard to know what is truly good for you and your family.
But are skin care ingredients even important? I mean, it's not like we're eating our body wash...
The problem is, it is very much like we're eating it. Did you know that whatever you put on your skin is absorbed straight into your blood stream? Your skin protects you from sun, from water, from germs... but it's also absorptive and your blood stream is very close and connected to it. It's time to start caring about what you put on your body, just as much as what you put in it.
As you can imagine, "unsafe" ingredients are a higher risk for children, who are still in the process of developing. Chemicals can interfere with the way a child grows. Infants, young children, and pregnant mothers are noted to be the most vulnerable population when it comes to skin care concerns.
Introducing Gladys & James, our new children's line of gourmet products! We pride this line on being fully Organic, Sulfate free, SLS and SLES free, and Paraben free.
But... do you ever wonder what these things are and why it's important to steer clear of them?
Here is what you need to know:
1. Organic -
There are simply stronger regulations for chemical use in growing natural ingredients when they are deemed "organic."
2. Sulfates - Considered "low hazard" but extremely irritating.
In things like shampoo/body wash, these typically include SLS and SLES (talked about below) as well as ALS, or Ammonium Laureth Sulfate. Sulfates are used to attract both water and oil, allowing these cleansers to separate dirt and oil from your skin or hair and giving it the ability to be rinsed with water. They also help in creating the thick lather we know and love. Sulfates can be irritating with repeated use, and can really dry out your hair.
3. SLS/SLES - Cancer Causing.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are surfactants (they chemically reduce liquid surface tension) that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is usually contaminated with 1,4-dioxane. This contamination is caused by a process called ethoxylation, which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh. 1,4-dioxane is proven through research to penetrate the skin and is considered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be a possible carcinogen. The FDA does not require this ingredient to be listed because it is a byproduct of a process. This is mostly found in products that create bubbles.
4. Parabens - Potentially hormone disrupting and potentially cancer causing.
Look for any ingredient with "paraben" at the end. These were added to product in the 50s to prevent bacteria growth, but were discovered in the 90s to be xenoestrogens - agents that mimic estrogen in the body. There is a correlation between parabens and endocrine disruption, skin cancer, breast cancer, and developmental/reproductive toxicity, but no proven scientific connection. Still, countries like Denmark have banned the use of certain parabens for children younger than 3 years.
So there you have it! These are things to avoid and they are especially important for your children. We have worked to provide the safest of products for your little one! Available in stores and online very soon!
We hope to see you soon!
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