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As I prepare for my daughter’s 8th birthday, I am stunned at of how quickly the last eight years have passed. All moms say this, I know, but I can’t help feel that it was somehow accelerated for us. From the sweet sound of her baby babble to her non-stop chatter today, my daughter is growing into such a beautiful individual.
As a responsible mom, I take my job of properly training her in skin care, hair care and fashion very seriously! There are many things in life you can skimp on but these things are not to be taken lightly! While we want our children to be clean and look as adorable to the world as they do to us, we also want the products we use on them to be gentle!
[Read More: A Look at Babies’ Skin and Skin Care]
Knowing which products are best can be a challenge. There are so many options available at every price point! Here is a list of my favorites from over the years of raising my two children.
Best Products for Babies
With ingredients like detergent cocamidopropyl betaine, that’s been found to have little irritating, it’s gentle (Dermatitis). Oat extract has also been found to reduce irritation caused by sodium lauryl sulfate in a 2002 study (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology).
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Peg 80 Sorbitan Laurate, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Lauryl Methyl Gluceth 10 Hydroxypropyl Dimonium Chloride, Di Ppg 2 Myreth 10 Adipate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (Oat), Hydrolyzed Oats, Coco Glucoside, Glycerol Oleate, Peg 150 Distearate, Glycol Distearate, Acrylates C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Tetrasodium Edta, Laureth 4, Polyquaternium 10, Peg 14m, Quaternium 15, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Lavender, Vanilla)
Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Lotion is the best before bed lotion! It’s soothing and rich, calming baby’s skin and mood. Keep it in the lotion warmer so application is relaxing rather than shocking! This lotion is amazing for giving baby (or mom!) a massage too!
Propylene glycol does enhance the penetration of other ingredients, so it’s best not to use it with anything that could be harmful to baby’s skin and that’s why some choose not to use it. But overall, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finds it to be safe (CDC). Myristyl Myristate is an emollient that has been found to cause minimal irritation in human and animal studies (International Journal of Toxicology).
Water, Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Myristate, Oleic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 61, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Beeswax, Benzyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Bht, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide
One study found that babies wearing a diaper that already had zinc oxide ointment in it saw a reduction in skin barrier damage and skin erythema (Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology).
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (16%) (Diaper Rash Ointment) Inactive Ingredients: Boric Acid, Castor (Ricinus Communis) Seed Oil, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Peruvian Balsam, Petrolatum
Hot Tots Styling Products
Hot Tot styling products were created with the little ones in mind! These hair products give your child the perfect hair style with gentle ingredients. With so many pictures being taken of baby, the hair simply has to be stylish! Try Hot Tot’s Sweet Pea Serum ($16, Amazon.com) to help those crazy baby hairs stay in place!
And Hot Tot’s products contain no sulfates, which can be irritating to skin. The most well-known and strongest of these is sodium lauryl sulfate, which is used in patch tests designed to disrupt barrier function (Cosmetic Dermatology).
Aveeno Eczema Therapy
If baby has Eczema, Aveeno offers comfort! Try the Aveeno’s Eczema Therapy products for quick relief!
Oats are commonly used to for people with sensitive skin and colloidal oatmeal has been shown in studies to help reduce the symptoms of eczema in children (Active Naturals Institute).
Best Products for Children
Aveeno Daily Wash and Shampoo is a gentle hypoallergenic formula, great for washing off messy toddlers and kids!
Like we said before, colloidal oatmeal is gentle and can form a soothing and moisturizing barrier on skin (Active Naturals Institute). And while sodium LAURETH sulfate is much more gentle than the similarly named surfactant sodium LAURYL sulfate (EPA).
Water, PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG 150 Distearate, Oat Extract (Avena Sativa), Sodium Lauroampho PG Acetate Phosphate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby has SPF 60+ and does not contain irritating chemicals. A child’s skin should be protected whenever they are out in the sun and this smooth formula is easy to apply. I especially love the easy application of the stick for the face!
We love physical sunscreens, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that block UVA and UVB rays. These ingredients actually don’t even allow the rays to enter your skin — they’re a great choice for kids (Skin Cancer Foundation).
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 4.9%; Zinc Oxide 4.7%. InActive Ingredients: Alumina; Arachidyl Alcohol; Arachidyl Glucoside; Ascorbic Acid; Avena Sativa Kernel Extract (Oat); Beeswax; Behenyl Alcohol; Benzyl Alcohol; BHT; Bisabolol; Butylene Glycol; Butyloctyl Salicylate; Cetyl Dimethicone; Dimethicone; Dimethicone PEG-8 Laurate; Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate; Disodium EDTA; Ethylhexylglycerin; Glycerin; Glyceryl Stearate; Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer; Isohe
For older children, a spray SPF is great for pool time! Hampton Sun SPF 70 Wet for Kids is water resistant and great for the entire family!
It’s good that this contains oxybenzone to stabilize the avobenzone, however, we’re bigger proponents of using physical sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide because chemical sunscreens have been shown to absorb into the body and be secreted in the urine (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology). They can also cause contact dermatitis.
Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 15.0%, Octisalate 5.0% , Octocrylene 10.0%, Oxybenzone 6.0% , Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Alcohol Denat, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Wax, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Octyldodecyl Citrate Crosspolymer, Polyester-7, Polyester-8, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate
If your child will let you use a “baby” product, I love Johnson’s Natural Baby Lotion for daily moisturizing. It has ALLERFREE™ fragrance and is super gentle, but effective.
This has great moisturizing glycerin. While there’s some concern that soybean oil is estrogenic, Johnson’s is one of the companies that remove the estrogenic compounds (Baby Center).
Water,Glycerin,Glyceryl Laurate,Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil,Cocoglycerides,Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters,Cetyl Alcohol,Glyceryl Stearate,Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose,Benzoic Acid,Cetearyl Alcohol,Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate,Xanthan Gum,Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil,Fragrance
L’Oreal Paris Strawberry Smoothie 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner is the best smelling kid’s shampoo! Plus, I love that the hair is super soft after use and tangles easily comb out. The kids love the packaging!
As we mentioned before, sodium LAURETH sulfate is much more mild that sodium LAURYL sulfate. And quats (such as polyquaternum 10) are excellent at coating hair and reducing static for brushing and combing (Journal of the Society for Cosmetic Chemists).
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG 200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Disodium Cocamphodiacetate, PEG 30 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycol Distearate, PEG 7 Glyceryl Cocoate.
Hexylene Glycol, Disodium Ricinoleamido MEA Sulfosuccinate, Fragrance, Sodium Laureth 8 Sulfate, Polyquaternium 10, Tartaric Acid, Sodium Methylparaben.
Magnesium Laureth 8 Sulfate, Magnesium Laureth Sulfate, DMDM Hydantoin, Sodium Oleth Sulfate, Magnesium Oleth Sulfate, Methylparaben, Red 33.
Best Products for Tweens
Tweens need to be taught how to take care of their skin and hair. It’s a whole new world for them! Ottilie and Lulu is a genius line of products specially formulated for the tween girl. Complete with hair care, facial care and moisturizer that comes in cute packaging, a young tween will want to take care of her skin!
We love that there’s a line targeted toward tweens that teaches them proper skin care. The daily facial moisturizer contains 16.32% Zinc Oxide — and we’re all about the physical sunscreens. Good beauty habits start young.
For boys, you’ll love Stinky Boyz body wash! The product contains essential oils and black seed, which is a strong anti-oxidant which helps cleanse the body of toxins. Boys are so different than girls and do not want to spend time with a bunch of products. This simple one step gives them the odor protection they desperately need as a tween! The sport ball shaped containers are very cool and boy approved!
We love the idea of making skin care easy for boys — especially since they come in the shape of sports balls. Black seed doesn’t have a ton of research but it’s been used for all kind of ails in traditional medicine.
Learning to have good hygiene is an important skill. Using products that are kid-friendly, fun and smell good will only encourage your child to want to cooperate during product use!
Do you have a favorite product for your kids? Please share in the comments!