The advent of wet wipes has brought convenience to life, easy to carry for easy cleaning. There are many brands and types of wet wipes. Popular ones include baby wipes, sanitary wipes, flushable wipes and disinfectant wipes.
Each of these different types of wipes has a specific function that he performs. Sometimes, this may be okay. But other times, it can be harmful or dangerous.
In this article, we describe the different types of wipes available and explain which wipes are safe to use on your skin.
Which wipes are safe for your skin?
Wipes serve the dual purpose of toilet paper and towels, making them more than a little convenient to use in an environment without water, and they are also said to have a disinfecting effect. But before the dirt is wiped away, in the wet wipes on the original ingredients but left on our hands, so is it really okay? What are the ingredients on the wipes? It is important to know which types of wipes are suitable for use on the skin. This is especially important if you or your child has sensitive skin, allergies or any skin conditions such as eczema.
Scientific indications of wipes safety can be seen in these areas.
1. Suitability indicator - pH
Usually between 5-6 pH is more ideal, but not mandatory. Parents can choose products with pH value according to the suitability of their family's skin.
2. Sterilization indicators - 90%
Concerned about the sterilization rate or antibacterial rate > 99% and other descriptions. Sanitary wipes on E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus killing rate should be ≥ 90%. If the label on the fungus has a sterilizing effect, the killing rate of Candida albicans should be ≥ 90%; if the label on other microorganisms have a killing effect, the killing rate of the corresponding microorganisms should be ≥ 90%.
3. Heavy metal indicators - lead, mercury, arsenic
Infants and children have the habit of licking, resulting in the intake of heavy metals, which affects children's development in the long run. Requirements for material heavy metal limits: lead content <40mg / L, mercury content <1mg / L, arsenic content <10mg / L.
4. Fluorescent agent - no migration fluorescent whitening agent
Many wet wipes products in order to surface "whitening", will be illegal to add fluorescent brighteners, fluorescent agents can lead to skin allergies, regular contact will increase the burden on the liver and kidneys, and even the risk of cancer! Qualified wet wipes should not be detected migratory fluorescent brighteners.
5. Preservative problem
In recent years, clinical evidence of allergy to MIT in patients with dermatitis caused by cosmetic use has increased dramatically, and the European Cosmetic Personal Care Products Association has conducted a comprehensive review of clinical, toxicological and cosmetic vigilance data for MIT. The effects of the preservatives added therein are not the same in humans for both residual and rinse-off products.