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Is squeaky clean skin really good for you and your baby?

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Many of us remember when we were kids, as we ran in the house covered in dust and dirt, our mother's yelling at us "get in the tub and don't come out till you are squeaky clean!"   And, we didn't mind that at all. What was more fun than playing in a big bathtub of bubbles! We enjoyed making pretend beards out of the mega lather from our soaps and shampoos. When we were finished, there was no doubt we were squeaky clean.  But was that really good for our skin then, and now? And is that good for your baby's skin?

The fact is that those gargantuan bubbles and lather probably were produced by sulfates.  What are sulfates? Look at the back of your cleanser, liquid bath soap or shampoo and you will likely find ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS).  Both of these chemical ingredients make your products lather and foam nicely. And, they are vigilant about removing dirt and oil. The problem is these small aggressive oil - grabbing molecules can rob your skin of the good oils and vital moisture too.  They also raise the pH level of your skin to an alkaline level. Alkaline pH causes dryness, dehydration, inflammation, eczema and makes your skin more susceptible to environmental contaminates as well as foreign bacteria that cause acne breakouts.

You and your baby’s skin barrier is the first line of defense from the outside world.  To remain healthy, it is important for the skin to be properly cleansed but also remain well hydrated.  In a recent clinical study, 10% of mothers surveyed believed that their baby's skin was dry. The fact is more than 60% of these babies had clinical signs of dryness!  

For optimal skin health and protection, for you and your babies, check your labels.  Avoid using sulfates when possible and instead look for plant and coconut based lathering ingredients that will cleanse but not strip the skin. Also seek products containing natural butters, skin-loving oils and moisture binding humectants. Many of us remember when we were kids, as we ran in the house covered in dust and dirt, our mother's yelling at us "get in the tub and don't come out till you are squeaky clean!"   And, we didn't mind that at all. What was more fun than playing in a big bathtub of bubbles! We enjoyed making pretend beards out of the mega lather from our soaps and shampoos. When we were finished, there was no doubt we were squeaky clean. But was that really good for our skin then, and now? And is that good for your baby's skin?

The fact is that those gargantuan bubbles and lather probably were produced by sulfates.  What are sulfates? Look at the back of your cleanser, liquid bath soap or shampoo and you will likely find ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS).  Both of these chemical ingredients make your products lather and foam nicely. And, they are vigilant about removing dirt and oil. The problem is these small aggressive oil - grabbing molecules can rob your skin of the good oils and vital moisture too.  They also raise the pH level of your skin to an alkaline level. Alkaline pH causes dryness, dehydration, inflammation, eczema and makes your skin more susceptible to environmental contaminates as well as foreign bacteria that cause acne breakouts.

You and your baby’s skin barrier is the first line of defense from the outside world.  To remain healthy, it is important for the skin to be properly cleansed but also remain well hydrated.  In a recent clinical study, 10% of mothers surveyed believed that their baby's skin was dry. The fact is more than 60% of these babies had clinical signs of dryness!  

For optimal skin health and protection, for you and your babies, check your labels.  Avoid using sulfates when possible and instead look for plant and coconut based lathering ingredients that will cleanse but not strip the skin. Also seek products containing natural butters, skin-loving oils and moisture binding humectants.  


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