Why You Must Look Out For Artificial Fragrance On The Ingredient Label?

Why You Must Look Out For Artificial Fragrance On The Ingredient Label?

24 Aug 2022 | 3 min Read

Sayani Basu

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Artificial fragrances are chemical combinations that provide a unique scent to certain skincare products including baby care products. Research suggests that about 95% of the ingredients in them are derived from petrochemicals. The commonly used chemicals contain phthalates, benzine derivatives, and aldehydes that have adverse effects on the adult’s skin, let alone a baby’s skin that’s thinner than an adult’s.

Therefore, it is advisable to look out for artificial fragrance on the ingredient label when choosing a baby’s wipes, massage oil, sunscreen, diaper rash cream, shampoo, hair oil and other personal care products.

Medical studies show that inhalation exposures to fragrance compounds act as respiratory irritants or sensitisers in infants and older kids. Read on to know more.

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Your baby’s skin needs to be protected from artificial fragrances and other toxins as it is still developing. | Image Source: pexels

5 Reasons To Say No To Artificial Fragrances

Artificial fragrances like phthalates are additives that are used in several baby care products including baby washes. According to studies, exposure to artificial fragrances might lead to a wide variety of health issues in babies including hormonal imbalance. Therefore, it is advisable to opt for a baby wash that’s formulated using natural ingredients and is devoid of artificial fragrances and other nasties that can irritate your baby’s skin.

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A baby’s massage oil containing artificial fragrances might be absorbed into the skin and cause irritation and redness. | Image Source: pexels

Some of the other reasons to look out for artificial fragrances in your baby’s products are:

  1. Birth defects: Research suggests that artificial fragrances like phthalates can affect your baby’s nervous system and might also result in defects in the little one’s hormonal balance.
  2. Endocrine disruptors: A child exposed to artificial fragrances might also have effects after several years. It can disturb the endocrine system of the body and affect reproductive organs, pancreas and thyroid in the future.
  3. Respiratory issues: Artificial fragrances might also cause problems to the little one’s respiratory system and cause respiratory disorders if inhaled after being exposed to such compounds that are used in their personal care products.
  4. Allergens: Medical studies suggest that artificial fragrances are common allergens that can cause headaches or skin irritation in babies. These can also worsen irritated skin. For instance, if a diaper rash cream with the content of artificial fragrances is applied to a baby’s bottom, it will further irritate the skin and worsen the condition. Hence, mums should opt for a diaper rash cream that’s free from artificial fragrances.
  5. Linked with behavioural symptoms: According to studies, exposure to artificial fragrances is also linked with a child’s behavioural symptoms and can trigger restlessness, dizziness or difficulty concentrating.

So, the next time you opt for a baby’s skincare product, don’t forget to look out for artificial fragrance on the ingredient label.

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