There are several important differences between adult skin and infant and baby skin:
infant and baby skin has a higher pH, so it is more likely to become inflamed and develop infections
it has a thinner hydro-lipidic film and horny layer and the barrier function is, therefore, less effective
a baby has a larger skin surface than an adult when compared to its weight. This means that babies and infants are more vulnerable to the secondary effects of absorption that may occur when products are applied to their skin
The tolerability and safety profile of Osmin Line products are specially tailored for babies.
Osmin products are only distributedin pharmacies.
The Osmin Line is entirely free of:
Lanolin is the fatty substance that is present in sheep’s wool.
Lanolin can contain traces of pesticides or other polluting substances that were originally present in the wool.
EDTA (Ethylene Diamino Tetra Acetic Acid) is a sequestering agent of alkaline-earth metals. It is also a stabiliser that is used in many cosmetic products.
It has low biological and environmental compatibility.
Mineral oils (Paraffi num Liquidum) and Vaseline (Petrolatum) are made by distilling petroleum. If they are not perfectly pure they may contain ingredients that baby and infant skin cannot tolerate. Moreover they have an occlusive action when applied on the skin.
Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that is a common ingredient in cosmetics. However, its use in products intended for children under 3 years of age is currently under investigation.
Silicones, such as Dimethicone and Cyclopentasiloxane, are very common synthetic substances that never occur naturally in the body. Some Silicones (low molecular weight cyclic Siloxanes, for example) can be toxic, and are not environmentally friendly.
6 Preservatives containing formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is classified as a class 1B carcinogenic substance.
The action of some preservatives that are currently in use (Imidazolidinyl Urea, DMDM Hydantoin, Quaternium-15, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate) involves small amounts of formaldehyde that they release inside the product.
7 Preservatives containing chlorine
The Chlorine atom contained in the molecule of certain preservatives like Triclosan, Chlorphenesin, Climbazole or Methylchloroisothiazolinone makes them more effective as bactericides but makes them much more likely to trigger allergies.
Some Parabens (Propylparaben, Butylparaben) are under investigation, especially in products intended for children under three.
It has been proposed to ban other Parabens – the Isoparabens, for example – from use in cosmetic product.
Preservatives and fragrances are among the ingredients that most frequently cause allergic reactions. A list of 26 potential allergens contained in fragrances has been drawn up.
It is mandatory to declare their presence on the label, in to protect the user’s health.
10 Ingredients of animal origin
Cosmetic products for children containing ingredients of animal origin might involve a higher risk of allergic reactions.