As you will already know if you follow me in Instagram, I feel very excited to be a part of the Johnson’s Baby New Ambassador Academy this year. For me personally, I didn’t even hesitate at saying yes. It just made sense for me to want to work with a company that not only did my mum use on me as a baby, but are now my go-to bath products for my daughter.
Bath time in our house has to be one of our favorite times of day, and I have used Johnson’s Baby products on Maddison ever since her very first bath. There is something so precious and nostalgic when brushing Maddie’s little hair and catching the scent of Johnson’s Baby shampoo, (Yes, I love to sniff my babies freshly washed hair on the regular haha!) it truly does take me right back to my childhood!
Now I know there has been a lot of speculation about Johnson’s Baby and accusations that have left a lot of parents anxious or worried about using their products. However, this actually spurred me on more to want to work with them, to find out the truth. To get proper educational and factual answers, rather than coming to my own conclusions because I had just read something unreliable in the media and jumped on the bandwagon!
For our first ambassador meet up, we were lucky enough to have Dr David Mays who is the Senior Director of Global Scientific Engagement for Johnson’s and Johnson’s, come over from the US to give us all a science lesson and debunk all the crazy scare stories about what is actually in the bottle and give us all some peace of mind.
One of the important things that stood from the day was clarifying what actually is and is not in the bottle.
Putting it out there nice and simply…
As said above, Johnson’s Baby do NOT and never have used formaldehyde in their products. BUT the formaldehyde we are so scared of and is a carcinogen (causes cancer), is formaldehyde in the form of gas, not liquid! When formaldehyde is in liquid form, it’s not the same type of chemical meaning it is not cancerous.
Parabens are a funny one. I had no idea that we actually EAT parabens every single day. There are parabens in fruits such as bananas and blueberries, and in honey! We actually eat more parabens every day, than our skin could ever absorb! So why is everyone so scared of them? It has never been proven that anything dangerous is actually linked to parabens, so it’s confusing why we are so scared of them and why everyone insists on products being “paraben free”. Even though Johnson’s Baby products don’t contain parabens, they were almost forced to put “paraben free” on the bottle, just to please and calm people down!
BABY SKIN vs ADULTS SKIN
I never realized just how different babies’ skin is to adults. I mean yes, the obvious thing of “it’s more delicate” but what does that really mean?
Well, babies skin is 30% thinner and their skin cells are much smaller than adults. Which means their skin has a higher rate of water loss as it is more permeable. This not only means that babies skin is much more prone to being dry but also vulnerable to environmental irritants. The best way to protect their skin is through regular moisturizing to help replenish the water loss! This is now a solid part of our bedtime routine!
NO MORE TEARS®
The “NO MORE TEARS®” slogan is what I think helps give Johnson’s Baby its identity. I mean it’s impossible to hear that phrase and not immediately think of Johnson’s! They know that while as careful as you can possible be as a parent, sometimes the shampoo gets in baby’s eyes! (Our little ones can be extremely wiggly after all!) So that is why Johnson’s Baby came up with their no more tears approach and it is actually based on how babies’ blink reflex develops! Babies actually blink 6x less per minute than adults. (Have you ever tried having a staring contest with your baby? Well… baby will probably win haha!) When they are born their tearing, blinking and defensive eye closure reflex are all still developing, so knowing this Johnson’s Baby pioneered the science behind “NO MORE TEARS®” that we know and are grateful for today!
OUR HOUSEHOLD FAVS
How could I not actually tell you guys what my favorite products are after ranting on about how much we use them?!
Whether you’re a Johnson’s Baby fan or not, the intention of this post was not to preach to you guys. I don’t want to lecture, I would never try and push my opinion on others… I’m just sharing what I have learnt with you and I will leave it up to you to make up your minds now you know the correct facts! But what I will say, from everyone at Johnson’s Baby I have had the pleasure of meeting so far, is that their passion, commitment and care is obvious. Not only in just producing baby products but their dedication and enthusiasm for everything science, medical and research. Most scientific research papers have actually been tested, written and published by Johnson’s and these papers are referred to and used by professionals worldwide!
I hope you have all found this post interesting. I’m proud and excited for the year ahead working with Johnson’s Baby! Of course, any questions, feel free to ask and I will answer them the best I can or find out the answers for you!
Lots of love, Beth x
*This post has very kindly been sponsored by Johnson’s Baby UK as part of their Ambassador programme. I have always loved and used Johnson’s Baby products even before working with them.
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