How to choose children’s cosmetics properly?
Children's skin is velvety soft, smooth, without blemishes and imperfections. It is just the perfect skin that all we, the adults, secretly long to have. The same one that we must protect as a priceless treasure not only from indispositions and temperature conditions during the seasons, but also from inappropriate cosmetic products for everyday use. Here are some basic rules to follow for maximum comfort and efficiency.
• It is best all products in the cosmetic kit of your child to be from one manufacturer and product line. This way, the formulas will complement and reinforce one another. And you will minimize the risk of unexpected skin reactions to the products, too.
• It is particularly important to select cosmetics for your child according to his/her age. Because the smaller he/she is, the more sensitive his/her skin is to cosmetic ingredients.
• According to the norms of European consulate, the formulas for children under 3 years have to be free of toxic ingredients and potential allergens (sulfates, parabens ...), and the preservatives must be in the lowest possible concentration. It is not good to consider talc or cornstarch as they may cause lung problems or rashes.
• It is strongly recommended children under 2 years of age to use cleansing and cosmetic formulas designed especially for babies. The formulas must be hypoallergenic and mild; without fragrances, colorants and SLS, and consistent with all the features of the skin, which is less oily, susceptible to crust formation, pH imbalance, dermatitis, etc.
• It is better to bathe your baby only with water in the very first months, and then with a washing gel or a cream soap. Their formulas must contain natural extracts with soothing effect (chamomile, sumac, panthenol, aloe vera, calendula) to provide delicate and safe care. All the ingredients must be fully consistent with the sensitivity of the child's skin, as well.
• Once your child reaches the age of 5 months, you can include moisturizing body milk in the care of his/her toilet. Moisturizing extracts in the formula will maintain skin’s natural pH balance and softness. At a later stage, the range of products could be extended, but their formulas should not contain fragrances, colorants and essential oils (citrus, lavender, eucalyptus, mint) as before, because they can lead to irritation or allergy.
• Creams against rashes, inflammation and other specific problems must be without fragrances and parabens. They should be enriched with medicinal ingredients, such as zinc oxide, panthenol, vitamins, herbal extracts that contribute to a fast and effective healing process.
• Children’s shampoos must be also SLS, soap, paraben and colorant free. They should not irritate the eyes and cause tears. It would be beneficial if the formula contains natural ingredients (aloe, chamomile, panthenol) that soften the scalp and remove bacteria and infections.
• The main rule when choosing a cosmetic product is to do a skin tolerance test, and make sure that all the ingredients are safe for your child. Apply a small amount of the product on the inner side of the elbow and behind the ear of your child for several days, as allergies do not occur immediately. If after a few days there is no allergic reaction, you can continue using the product without fear.
• Last but not least, you should not forget to check the shelf life of the cosmetics. Check the expiration date indicated on the package, and the symbol (round box with a figure and open lid) that shows the expected lifetime of the product after you open it.