September 26, 2023

Are ZERO baby wipes safe for sensitive skin?


The cat is out of the bag, our ZERO wipes are nothing short of miraculous when it comes to clearing nappy rash and being suitable for the most sensitive of skin,

Hear from our happy customers;

“These wipes are great quality. My baby had a nappy rash from wet wipes and as soon as we changed to dry wipes with water it cleared up. Two days with wet wipes while travelling and the rash was back. Dry wipes=rash gone. The wipes really grab the mess rather than pushing it around so we need only use one wipe per change. Have used the kitchen wipes for cleaning glasses and wiping cupboards. They even survived a run-through of the washing machine!”

In order to create the ultimate wipe we looked at why normal baby wipes cause such irritation; the two main contributors are the fact these normal wipes are made from synthetic fibres and that they are loaded with chemicals in their moisture content. Let’s break this down a bit, 

So why do usual baby wipes cause such irritation;

The “usual” baby wipe is synthetic…

90% of wet wipes are made from synthetic fibres, which means they are created from petroleum. These petroleum-derived fibres are named polyester, polypropylene and nylon. They rose to popularity among many skincare and baby brands due to their cost-effective price point, but with more and more customers complaining about how wet wipes cause irritation - we wonder what the true cost is. Well, at ZERO we know the true cost is not only skin irritations but an immense amount of wet wipes made from petroleum ending up in a landfill for hundreds of years.

Whilst, these wet wipes often appear soft on the first touch; under the microscope, these wipes tell a different story.  One of the main reasons synthetic fibres cause skin irritation is their rough and abrasive nature. While these fibres might appear smooth to the naked eye, under a microscope, they can resemble tiny hooks or barbs. When you use a wet wipe containing synthetic fibres on your skin, these microscopic "hooks" can scratch and abrade the delicate surface. This mechanical irritation disrupts your skin's natural barrier, leading to redness, inflammation, and uncomfortable itching sensation.

Synthetic fibres have a knack for trapping moisture against your skin. In wet wipes, this can create a moist environment that's a breeding ground for bacteria and fungal growth. As you continue to use the wipes, the friction between the fibres and your skin can worsen, causing further irritation. This can be especially problematic for those with sensitive or reactive skin, as the combination of trapped moisture and friction can lead to a host of skin issues, including rashes and breakouts.

To make matters worse; Synthetic fibres aren't just rough in texture; they can also be laden with chemical additives used during the manufacturing process. These chemicals, which include dyes, stabilizers, and bonding agents, can leach onto the skin when you use a wet wipe. For individuals with sensitive skin, this chemical exposure can trigger allergic reactions or exacerbate existing skin conditions.

So, ready to make the swap?

How are our ZERO Dry wipes different?

Unlike synthetic fibres that can scratch and disrupt your skin's barrier, timber viscose fibres in ZERO's Dry Wipes offer a gentle cleansing experience. They glide effortlessly across your skin, removing impurities without causing micro-tears or abrasions. This barrier of comfort helps maintain your skin's natural defences, preventing redness, inflammation, and the uncomfortable sensation of irritation.

Choosing ZERO's Dry Wipes means opting for a chemical-free approach to skincare. These wipes are delivered to you dry, allowing you to personalize your cleansing routine by adding your preferred cleanser or toner - or simply water. With no added chemicals or irritants, you're in control of the ingredients that touch your skin, minimizing the risk of allergic reactions and sensitivities.

ZERO's commitment to sustainability extends beyond skin care. The timber viscose used in their dry wipes is sourced from sustainably managed forests, reducing the strain on natural resources. The wipes themselves are certified Certified TUV Austria Soil Biodegradable, demonstrating their dedication to minimizing their environmental impact. By choosing ZERO's Dry Wipes, you're making a conscious choice for your skin and the planet.

Go dry, your baby's skin deserves nothing less than the best.