Many of us are conscious about what we’re putting into our bodies, through the food we eat, but we can sometimes forget that what we put onto our skin is just as important. This is an even bigger issue for the little people in our lives. I know most mums are concerned about their children and chemicals and interested creating a healthier home for their children.

The skin is largest organ we have. It lives and breathes, and is actually porous at a microscopic level. Some substances can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream through the millions of tiny openings in your skin and unlike your stomach, which has enzymes to break down chemicals your food, your skin is not equipped to deal with the nasty chemicals it is exposed to.

Children and chemicals

Children and babies are more vulnerable to the potentially harmful effects of nasty chemicals. This is because the delicate skin of babies and young children is about five times thinner than an adults. Infant skin is still developing it’s natural protective barrier until they are at least 12 months old. It is also a lot more permeable than an adults, meaning it more

readily absorbs anything that gets put onto it (lotions, soaps) or against it (detergent residues). This is why you see so many babies with eczema and other skin irritations.

Children and chemicals

Children are potentially more vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals than adults. Their immune systems and central nervous system are immature and still developing, which means their bodies are generally less capable of eliminating toxins. As well, children have roughly double the skin surface of adults per unit of body weight, so a child can absorb proportionally more chemicals. Babies and children breathe more air per body weight than adults do, which increases their exposure by inhalation.

Are you worried about your children and chemicals? Decreasing a child’s exposure to chemicals from day one, and even in the womb, could mean a lower risk of allergies and chemical sensitivities, and lower risk of cancers and other illnesses.

To read more about healthy and harmful chemicals, check out Ecostore’s posting on ingredients. Ecostore gives priority to plant and mineral based ingredients that are from natural and or renewable resources, are biodegradable and have the lowest hazard rating in terms of health and environmental safety.

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