I remember when I was expecting my 1 st born, it was an exhilarating experience. Filled with jitters and doubts and zillions of questions, I surfed the internet the whole 9 months. I knew I was in for a roller costar ride, and I wanted to be prepared, educate myself in the best possible way and make sure I don’t make mistakes or overlook things for which I would
regret or repent later.
From how my baby is growing to how to take care of them post birth, I wanted to know it all. That’s when I came across a term which really got my attention – “Phenoxyethanol”. Once I read about it, I digged in more to understand it better.
So first let’s Understand What is Phenoxyethanol?
Phenoxyethanol is a sticky oily substance used in personal care products like cosmetics, soaps, perfumes and detergents. It’s used as a preservative to prevent the products from building up fungi, bacteria and yeast, giving a longer shelf life to these products. However, while some say Phenoxyethanol is safe, there is a debate and lots of controversy questioning the same.
Phenoxyethanol and Baby skin care
A common preservative in cosmetic, Phenoxyethanol is also found in Baby care products. However, Phenoxyethanol can cause severe harm if consumed, inhaled or absorbed by the
skin. Baby’s skin is extremely sensitive and needs extra care and caution to nurture it. Phenoxyethanol toxicity is discussed about in many studies as it has the potential to damage
the brain and nervous system. Ingredients like Phenoxyethanol can cause skin irritation, rashes, itchy eyes and even impact their respiratory system. No wonder, the credibility of Phenoxyethanol is questioned.
Repeated use of Phenoxyethanol can cause harm to the skin over time. While choosing a product for baby’s skin care, Phenoxyethanol is one ingredient you should look out for. If
you see that a product has Phenoxyethanol in its ingredient list, make sure you reconsider your choice. Instead, go for a product which would be good for your baby and not break their delicate skin barrier causing it any kind of damage.
Parenting is a wonderful journey to embark on and while at it, we want to make it the best one. Small choices and decisions can have a lasting effect. That’s when our knowledge and experience help us choose the best. A little caution and care can benefit our baby and protect them from any harm.
Also read, 5 ways to prevent dry skin in babies.