The stresses and demands of modern-day parenthood know no bounds. Particularly if you are a first-time parent… there is just so much to learn. From that unenviable task of learning to navigate your first diaper change, all the way through to working out when you can safely leave them home alone, without it being regarded negligent. Twelve? Thirteen? Seventeen? Who knows? However, what is for sure is that there are certain areas of child-rearing in which there are some new knowns that were less apparent a decade or so ago, and they exist around skin Care. So we took the liberty of speaking to natural and organic skin care experts, VATÉA.
Your child’s skin is its largest organ, they explain, and “whatever goes on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream and kidneys”.
As public awareness has grown around this fact over the last decade or so, more and more parents are becoming mindful of the products that they use on and for their children, opting for natural and organic skin care products.
“I only use products free of parabens, sulfates and preferably certified organic as I find these are far gentler on the skin, less irritating and less likely to cause negative long-term impact”, said Liz Johnston, VATÉA founder and director.
Parabens are inexpensive artificial preservatives that have been used in personal care products since the 1920s, and whilst the FDA maintain that it does “not have information showing that parabens, as they are used in cosmetics, have an effect on human health”, the Danish government elected to take the precautionary measure of banning the usage of some parabens (propyl-, isopropyl-, butyl- and isobutyl parabens) in personal care products designed for kids up to the age of three in 2011.
The presence of sulfates, namely sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), in your child’s skincare products carries a risk of irritation of the eyes, skin, lungs and mouth. They may even cause acne for those with sensitive skin.
The uncertainties surrounding ingredients such as these, which are quite commonplace in many personal care products, are causing more parents to err on the side of caution by sticking to the use of natural and organic skin care products.
Johnston went on to say, “As a mother, I now realize how fortunate I was to grow up in a family where skin concerns were a priority. My father co-founded the skincare company, Dermaveen and often brought home new products and ingredients for us to test. This instilled in me the value of key ingredients in formulating skin care products, although it wasn’t until a friend gave me certified organic baby products for my first child that I became convinced of the value of using natural and organic skin care products for the family. It’s this experience that I want to share.”
VATÉA’s range of natural and organic skin care products use naturally occurring ingredients such as Moringa Oil, Tamanu Oil, and Aloe Vera. Ingredients, the benefits of which have been reaped by users since before the time of Egypt’s Pharaohs.
All in all, if you are thinking about making the switch to natural and organic skin care products for your child, VATÉA would be the perfect starting point.
Winner of the Organic Beauty Brands Australia, 2020. VATÉA blends natural ingredients and remedies with scientific formulations to create toxic-free, certified organic natural skin and hair care products.
Founded in Australia in 2016, the eco-luxe natural and organic skin care and hair care brand is the brainchild of entrepreneur Liz Johnston, whose father co-founded Dermaveen, one of Australia’s most recognizable sensitive skin care brands.