Would you use vodka as a moisturizer on your baby’s skin? What about to wipe your baby’s bottom when you are changing their diaper?
That’s pretty much what you have been doing if you are not using water-free baby products.
Most mothers are using alcohol on their baby without knowing. Almost all baby wipes, baby shampoos, moisturizers, and lotions contain alcohol as an ingredient used to preserve the product.
There are different types of alcohols – they can range from harsher kinds (like benzyl alcohol) to gentler fatty alcohols (such as cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol).
All of these alcohols have the following in common – they strip skin of natural protective oils, and are drying, irritating, and causing inflammation. You can definitely count on that at least one of these types of alcohols can be found inside the baby products you use everyday.
When the baby product you are using contains alcohol, the product actually deteriorates your baby’s skin protective barrier. Which means the skin is no longer effective at keeping moisture in.
When alcohol is an ingredient in the products you use, you are doing more harm than good.
One great thing every mother could do is check the labels for alcohols. There are several names it can have – like benzyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol.
If that’s too complicated, simply look for water-free products. Because only water-free products can be 100% all natural, chemical-free and baby-safe!