Our skin is very efficient at absorbing whatever we put on it…and that includes the hundreds of synthetic chemicals our children use in shampoos, conditioners, powders, skin softeners, nail polish, bubble bath and toothpaste. Some of these chemical ingredients have well-documented health risks, ranging from contact dermatitis to endocrine disruption and cancer.
The solution? Look for simple products that contain the fewest ingredients (for example, soap made with olive oil or goats milk) and those which contain certified organic ingredients. Select the safest alternatives for products that are used most often, or those that are used to cover large body surfaces, such as lotions and powders. Take a look at our personal care product guide to find the safest products for kids.