Newborns and their skin are particularly vulnerable to environmental influences. Their skin is sensitive and their immune system has not yet developed the defenses that adult bodies have. And yet the baby wipes of many brands are full of ingredients that we don’t even want to let on our adult skin, let alone that of our children.
These are the most important ingredients that you should avoid in baby wipes and in your care products:
- Foaming agents such as SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), as these attack the natural protective layer of the skin and thus clear the way for pollutants that penetrate the body in this way.
- Preservatives such as phenoxyethanol (polyethylene glycol) and SHG (sodium hydroxymethylglycinate)
- Isopropyl myristate
- Propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol (PEG)
- Imidazolidinyl urea and other formaldehyde releasing preservatives
Many wet wipes are also bleached with chlorine and are made of synthetic fibers and plastic, which means that they do not biodegrade. Wipes made from organic cotton contain no pesticide residues and are 100% biodegradable.…