Ask #SkinishMom – Why can’t Skincare Product Label be Easier to Read?

My child has eczema and our whole family has sensitive skin. I’m trying to read the label of ingredients but gosh, why can’t they be in simple English? I can’t understand why some cheap products have so many ingredients while the more expensive ones have fewer. Then I can’t understand why certain luxury brands have […]

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MooGoo… Learning about a Natural Skin Care brand

This was originally a 2-part series, combined into a single post. This is not a sponsored post; I reached out to Craig as I wanted to find out more about the company and its eczema skincare products, and ask the questions which other parents with eczema children may be interested in finding out. What Natural […]

Sensitive Skin Product Series – How many ingredients?

Marcie Mom: Given that a child with very sensitive skin/eczema can be allergic to many ingredients, it makes sense that the fewer ingredients, the less likelihood of triggering an allergic reaction. Is there an average number of ingredients a moisturizer is likely to have? Laura: There is no one average to give because different formulations […]

Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Coconut Oil

Certified Organic VCO Marcie Mom: I read with interest that your products contain USDA-certified organic virgin coconut oil and monolaurin (derived from coconut oil) that is a substitute for paraben. Do all products containing coconut oil have the same antibacterial, antiviral and disinfectant properties that your product have? Could the ‘wrong’ coconut oil actually be […]

Sensitive Skin Product Series – What Ingredient to Avoid

How to Choose Moisturizer Marcie Mom: For a parent on a tight budget (also considering long term and frequent use of moisturizers), should he/she start the child on the cheapest lotion/cream available? If not, is there certain baseline to start with, for instance, it must state ‘suitable for infant with eczema’ or not contain ‘perfume’? […]

Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Irritant-Free

‘Perfume Free’, ‘Propylene Glycol Free’, ‘Paraben Free’, ‘Lanolin Free’, ‘Preservatives Free’, ‘Colorant Free’ – So Many ‘Frees’! Is this too much or too little? In this post, I’ve consolidated a list of irritants to avoid which include the above and also sodium lauryl sulphate, mineral oils, conventional emulsifiers and paraffin. I’ve also realized that it’s […]

Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Ingredients

Product Label – Deciphering the Ingredients Marcie Mom: Laura, thanks again for continuing to help us make sense of the ingredient label. Many ingredients sound similar though not identical. Is there some broad classification of ingredients and how to identify what type of ingredient a certain name suggests? Is there a glossary/definition page that you […]

Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Ingredients & Patch Test

Product Label – Deciphering the Skincare Ingredients I’ve written in this post on how difficult it has been comparing the ingredients across products and make some sense of what they mean. For one, not all products list all their ingredients and even when they do, different companies seem to be giving the same ingredient different […]

Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Suitable for Eczema Children

What does Suitable for Baby mean? MarcieMom: Suitable for Eczema Child/Infant – These are the most important keywords for a parent looking for sensitive skin products for his/her child with eczema – how much surer can it be when the product is labelled (and often prominently so) that it can be used for infant with […]

Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Organic & Non-Comedogenic

Terms on Product Label – What They Really Mean and Do They Mean Well? Marcie Mom: Today’s learning more about terms like ‘organic’, ‘non-comedogenic’ and ‘pH-balanced’ Organic – This is a term that always baffles me and reading the amount of debate online as to what is organic is even more confusing! Can you explain […]

Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Natural

Terms on Product Label – What They Really Mean and Do They Mean Well? MarcieMom: Let’s continue to understand what ‘Natural’ means! Natural – I don’t use products labelled ‘natural’ for my baby because my husband who has eczema always find that natural products sting his skin. I understand that natural ingredients do not necessarily […]

Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Hypoallergenic

This is a 13-part series focused on understanding and using products for sensitive skin, an important topic given the generous amount of moisturizers that go onto the skin of a child with eczema. Dr. Vermén created the VH Rating System which is the only validated hypoallergenic rating system in the world and is used across […]