The "Chemistry of Without" answers to such as a "precautionary principle" pending reliable data on the effects of certain substances widely used in the cosmetic industry. It particularly concerns children whose skin-absorption is far superior to adults’ due to the larger body-surface area per unit of weight.
They are daily spread tens of grams of baby cosmetic products. It may greatly increase the risk of absorption and accumulation of harmful substances.
In fact, these substances can be absorbed by the skin and directly driven into the bloodstream, even skipping what is called the "first pass effect", or rather the chance they are neutralized by the liver.
The philosophy of the Chemistry of Without therefore consists in the elimination of these substances by replacing them with other ingredients grating high safety profile and skin compatibility.
In particular , our products are free of:
- Zinc oxide
The role of cosmetics in children
Cosmetics have an important role to protect and maintain the skin in good condition, especially in children where the it is more delicate and sensitive since:
- it has a thinner outer stratum corneum
- it can not be defended by the sebaceous secretion
- the immune system is not complete yet
- it produces a few of melanin
A cosmetics, free from potential allergens, facilitates in fact:
- the eudermia in dermal irritant dermatitis (i.e. diaper)
- the prevention of many contact-dermatitis
- the balance of the skin physiology in atopic dermatitis
- the skin protection after treatments with corticosteroids, thanks to natural emollients counteracting the induction of the skin atrophy by topical steroids
Recurrent skin problems
Seborrheic dermatitis (nightcap)
Seborrheic dermatitis is one of the typical problems of early childhood. It is a skin disease characterized by excessive production of sebum that usually arises from the first weeks of the child's life and that normally disappears by the third month (although sometimes seborrheic dermatitis continues up to 11 years).
Seborrheic dermatitis is called nightcap because it arises in the period when the only child nourishment is still milk.
Tips: wash the baby's head every two days with KinderCare Total Bath and gently massage the scalp with cotton balls soaked in KinderCare Emollient Oil, especially avoiding occlusive substances such as mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum or petroleum jelly, missing in the KinderCare line.
The diaper rash is a form of erythema typical in children. When the skin has come into prolonged contact with a dirty diaper, there is a correlation with Candida albicans, often present in the form of erythema.
The diaper rash is one of the most common skin disease in newborns. The irritation is due to the presence of feces in the diaper with high humidity and heat, as well as of substances generated by bacterial decomposition of the urine. In addition to soaps and detergents in general, ammonia can also cause this dermatitis. The various enzymes, which are to produce, have a deleterious effect on normal skin hydration and on the pH, decreasing the skin's defenses. Relapses are also frequent.
Tips: wash the baby’s backside at every diaper change using KinderCare Total Bath and spread KinderCare Soothing Cream containing Propoderm, a special extract of propolis with a sanitizing effect. Strong antibacterial and antifungal properties are in fact attributed to propolis.
Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
Atopic dermatitis is a skin disease characterized by dryness and reddening and by crusting and intense itching. It is the consequence of a particular sensitivity of the skin, that is easily irritated by various factors, and of a threshold to pruritus lower than normal.
Often this problem, as well as other manifestations of atopy, can be present in other family members. In rare cases, atopic dermatitis is associated with food allergy.
It shows up on the cheeks at the age of 2-6 months, and then goes to affect the skin inside elbows and wrists, back of knees, forearms and lower legs. In most cases, the face improves within the age of 2-3 years.
The skin of the affected area is red and very itchy. If scratched, it looks moist and wound, giving rise to scabs. The skin is constantly dry as a whole.
The disease has a chronic course, with periods of almost complete resolution of the lesions (especially in summer) and transient worsening (as a result of respiratory infections, or during the winter or when the weather is windy). It usually lasts until adolescence. Everything that is irritating, such as soaps, urine, saliva and some foods, causes the exacerbation of the lesions.
Tips: use KinderCare Total Bath with water at 34-36° C for no more than 10-15 minutes avoiding foaming cleansers, dry without rubbing but only patting, apply KinderCare Soothing Cream within a few minutes repeating the application several times a day in order to guarantee a constantly well humidified skin.
Substances to be handled with caution are for example: