Are your family’s skincare products safe? How to be smarter about what you put on your skin!

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Like so many moms, when my daughter was born I became obsessed with all-things safe, natural and organic.

My first change? Switching to organic foods, which was actually fairly easy to do with all the organic labeling. But, when I started looking into the skin care products we were using in my house, I was shocked to find out that the majority of the products I put on my skin daily were filled with chemicals!  This realization was especially troubling to me because of my desperate need to find products for my daughter,  who has very sensitive skin. From chronic rashes to hives to eczema, we have really struggled trying to find safe and natural products. (Read more on what I’ve learned about these skin issues in an earlier post HERE) Coconut oil has been our best-friend when all else has failed,  but after much research and trial and error, I have created a list of my favorite (safe and natural) skin products.

So how, with so many options, how do I chose what to buy? Simple: Now, before I purchase any new product, I check how they rate on the EWG (Environmental Working Group Skin Deep) website. They also have a great mobile app to use for on the go (click here to download). Every parent needs to use this website and look up what they are putting on their family’s skin!

While the exact percentage remains debatable, some amount of product put on the skin can be absorbed into the body — and that is something that makes me think twice about my skincare routine!

The following is a list of some of my favorite choices for skin care products that score low numbers on the EWG website (in no particular order):

1. Boots Botanics Ultimate Lift Eye Gel – (EWG Hazard Score 2) – You can find  this at Target and some Walgreens and CVS stores.

2. KidsCounter Nice Do Shampoo– (EWG Hazard Score 2) – This entire line gets 0-2 scores on the EWG website. I absolutely love these products. Another favorite is their Hydrate and Body Oil. This is one of the few lotions my daughter can tolerate. You can order online or through a direct sales consultant. 

3. Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion Unscented – (EWG Hazard Score 2) – This is a great lotion, but some of the formulations are rated higher on the EWG so check the scores of each specific product.

4. Baby Hugo Naturals Chamomile & Vanilla Lotion -(EWG Hazard Score 2) – Love their lotions  for myself and the baby Hugo products were some of my favorites when my daughter was a baby.

Also, since I mentioned coconut oil…

Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, (Tropical Traditions)  is my favorite brand!  Some of the best coconut oil I have found! I put this on anything that my daughter has, from chronic rashes to her eczema. 

To follow trusted non-profits that campaign for safe and organic products you can follow and support:  Environmental Working Group, Healthy Child Healthy World, and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Want more reading on this topic?

Click here to read about safe and natural options for sunblocks, and check out this article I found helpful:  “Putting our next generation of brains in danger” 

 No payment or goods were received in exchange for this post- these opinions are entirely my own. 

Do you have a favorite product that is safe and natural that is not on the list? Please share! 

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  1. Thanks so much for this post! My 7 month old son has very sensitive skin as well and we are still working through trial and error on finding what works for him (just recently figured out that his “natural wipes” were causing part of the problem.) I’m glad to have another resource to check out!

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