Up until about 4 years ago, I was under the impression that my skin care products were only “skin deep”. We would run by any convenient retail store, pick out the soaps and body washes that smelled the best and throw them in the cart. Sometimes we’d even snag a bottle that had exfoliating beads— this was always exciting for me. I’m such a sucker for things like that. When we had our first child we received all the good smelling lotions and potions for baby shower gifts. That clean baby aroma can’t be beat. I had our baby’s room all ready with good “safe” products to take care of his skin. I trusted the brands I had because they are even used in hospitals- hours after birth. They had to be safe.
When starting on my journey to natural care for my family. I was quickly shocked by how many toxic ingredients we were using on our skin. Not only were our cabinets and bathtubs stocked with carcinogenic products, but the theory that the products were only “skin deep”, that was 100% false. In fact many, if not all of our chemically laden soaps, lotions, shampoos, wipes, sunscreens, etc etc were able to completely penetrate the skin and absorb into our bloodstream in minutes. At least I knew the products I was using on my 3 month old were safe… WRONG AGAIN!
There is truly no way to cover every ingredient of the vast selection of products on the market today. So I’m going to cover 3 products that I completely trusted as SAFE for all 3 of my babies. I used an app called “Think Dirty” to rate these products on a scale of 1-10. According to www.thinkdirtyapp.com “Each ingredient listed on the product label or manufacturers’s website is evaluated for documented evidence of Carcinogenicity, Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity and/or Allergenicity and Immunotoxicity”
Johnson and Johnson Head to Toe Body Wash. Score: 8
Desitin Maximum Strength Diaper Rash Cream. Score: 8
Pampers Baby Fresh Refreshing Scent Baby Wipes. Score: 8
All 3 of my most used, most trusted products rated an 8 out of 10. An 8 means that it contains ingredients that could cause Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity. They contain hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, they may interfere with reproductive health and even CAUSE BLINDNESS if used near the eyes… WHAT??? Those are products that are used on our children hours after leaving the womb. No wonder, so many babies are affected with skin conditions, baby acne, sleep issues etc. We are literally rubbing products on our infants that could cause long term side effects. The more I learn about this the more worked up I get. Something has to change.
I was so glad last summer when Young Living, the company I trust the most with my family’s health, came out with a line of baby products called, Seedlings. I didn’t have a baby at the time to try these products out on but I knew I could definitely point people in a better, safer direction now that these were available. This year, as you found out in my last blogpost, we are expecting baby number 4. I am so excited to be able to use safe, natural products on this baby.
I love that my husband and I get to be the gate keepers of our home. That we get to provide our family with healthy alternatives. Knowledge is power. I could still be the one that ran out and grabbed the first appealing product I saw. But the Lord allowed my eyes to be opened. 90-95% of cancer is caused by environmental aspects (what we do, what we use, what we eat, where we live, work etc). LET ME SHOUT THAT A LITTLE LOUDER: 90-95%!!!! We can’t control everything, nor should we (that’s the Lords job). But we do have control over what enters our homes. Know better, do better.