10.29.2013

Tip Tuesday: Do You Know What's in Your Diaper Cream

So you're little one has a big red bum?  Poor baby and all you want to do is make them feel better.  What do you do?  Grab the tub of diaper cream and slather it on.  Right?  Before you reach for that tub or tube, you may want to check out the ingredients on that label.

Diaper creams are supposed to be soothing and healing and help those cute little bums get back to wiggling.  But there's a whole ton of nasty chemicals in those creams that we are willingly rubbing over some of the most sensitive areas of our baby's bodies.  And I will confess that I totally used them.  But after learning what's in those creams I have banished them from our homestead.

Here's a few of the ingredients taken right from the website of a common diaper cream company.  The active ingredient is Zinc Oxide and here's some of their common inactive ingredients: 
  • Cod liver oil, which is rich in vitamins A and D--a skin protectant that provides protection by forming a protective barrier on skin, preventing wetness and other irritants from reaching the skin underneath. Cod liver oil is also an occlusive skin conditioner that increases the water content of the skin by blocking the evaporative loss of water
  • Petrolatum, an occlusive skin conditioner that increases the water content of the skin by blocking loss of water through evaporation.
  • Lanolin, a skin protectant. It provides protection by forming a protective barrier on skin, preventing wetness and other irritants from reaching the skin underneath. Lanolin is also an emollient skin conditioner that helps maintain the soft, smooth, and pliable appearance of skin. Emollients function through their ability to remain on the skin surface or in the skin’s top layer to act as lubricants, reduce flaking, and improve the skin’s appearance
  • Aloe – a naturally-derived emollient skin conditioner that helps maintain the soft, smooth, and pliable appearance of skin. Emollients function through their ability to remain on the skin surface or in the skin’s top layer to act as lubricants, reduce flaking, and improve the skin’s appearance
  • Vitamin E Acetate – an antioxidant that plays a vital role in maintaining the quality, integrity, and safety of cosmetic products
  • Dimethicone – a skin protectant. It forms a protective barrier on skin, preventing wetness and other irritants from reaching the skin underneath
  • Mineral oil – a skin protectant, an occlusive skin conditioner, and an emollient skin conditioner. Forms a protective barrier on skin, preventing wetness and other irritants from reaching the skin underneath. Mineral oil remains on the skin’s top layer to act as a lubricant, reduce flaking and improving the skin’s appearance
  • White beeswax – an emollient skin conditioner that helps to maintain the soft, smooth, and pliable appearance of skin. Emollients function through their ability to remain on the skin surface or in the skin’s top layer to act as lubricants, reduce flaking, and improve the skin’s appearance
Sounds pretty good right?  Until you look up the ingredients and see what effects they have on the body.  Check this frightening information about those inactive ingredients from MotherLove:
  • Petrolatum (synthetic/chemical; made from petroleum pulled up from oil wells during gasoline production & produced in a petrochemical refinery thru catalytic reactions that crack molecular structure; prone to contamination w/ cancer-causing impurities from manufacturing process; banned in EU as probable carcinogen; studies find petrolatum impurities in tissue of breast cancer patients; hormone disruptor);
  • Mineral Oil (a byproduct of petroleum in the making of gasoline; may cause birth defects; possible carcinogen itself, plus prone to contamination w/other cancer-causing agents during the manufacturing process; eye/skin irritant; may hinder normal skin respiration by blocking oxygen, while trapping in toxins & wastes; may cause asthma & tumor formation);
  • Lanolin  (lubricant/emollient; oil from the glands of sheep; prone to contamination w/ cancer causing & neurotoxic pesticides such as DDT, which studies show absorb through the skin, because conventional sheep are dipped whole into pesticides; considered strong allergen to skin & lungs);
  •  Dimethicone (a synthetic/chemical lubricant/emollient otherwise known as silicone; silicone is a controversial ingredient, including in breast implants; may accumulate in the body; non-biodegradable; may inhibit respiration of the skin, while trapping toxins inside); 
And this  is why we no longer use these creams in our house.  So if you must use something, make sure to read your labels and choose an all-natural alternative.

We are currently using a great local, organic cream called Burrific Heal All made by From the Meadow.  Stay tuned for my upcoming review of this cream.  But I'll let you in on a little secret....we have happy bums here on the homestead! 
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2 comments:

  1. I use no cosmetics. Plain soap, not even shampoo. I would hazard a guess and say there is not a corporate made cosmetic on the planet that doesn't contain some form of poison.

    AV

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  2. Aw...i never thought of any of this. thank you for sharing!

    #pinitparty

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