The Best Skin Care and Hair Care Products for Kids

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Parents Best Skin Care 2022
Parents Best Skin Care 2022

Children and adolescents deserve products made specifically for them. That's why we rounded up 20 skin care and hair care formulas that are gentle, effective, and approved by our panel of testers—including some Parents editors! Whether you're looking for a moisturizing lotion, tangle-free shampoo, or your kid's first deodorant stick, these products get the job done with impressive results.

Best Baby Moisturizing Lotion

CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Lotion

Developed by pediatric dermatologists, CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Lotion maintains your baby's delicate skin barrier while locking in hydration. "We like how thick this cream is. We use it every night," says a mom of two infants, who also uses CeraVe products for her own skin. The non-greasy lotion doesn't have a strong odor.

CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Lotion
CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Lotion

Best Cleansing Wipes

Aveeno Baby Sensitive All Over Wipes

These Aveeno baby wipes cleanse and moisturize without leaving any pesky residue, and they've been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. Parents love the soothing ingredients, including oat extract and aloe, for dry and sensitive skin. What you won't find is alcohol, dye, parabens, phthalates, or sulfates.

Aveeno Baby Baby Hand & Face Wipes
Aveeno Baby Baby Hand & Face Wipes

Best Baby Wipes

Coterie Wipes

With only five ingredients and a make-up of 99% water, parents can trust Coterie for the mess and stress that comes with a diaper change. "I love that these were basically thick water wipes," says a mother of a 7-month-old. "I feel like I was able to use much fewer wipes than normal during a diaper change because of how thick and large they were."

Coterie Wipes
Coterie Wipes

Best Teen Body Wash

Hero Brave Body Power Wash

Hero Body is careful to avoid the use of harsh chemicals in products, including its exfoliating body wash. "This was easy to incorporate into my daily routine in the shower," says a 19-year-old tester. The product focuses on unclogging pores and removing oil from the skin—and it comes with a fresh yuzu and warm white fig scent to boot!

Hero Brave Body Power Wash
Hero Brave Body Power Wash

Best Teen Shampoo and Conditioner

Love Beauty and Planet Rose Water & Vitamin B3 Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner

Love, Beauty and Planet provides their customers with self-care products that also care for the environment. This shampoo and conditioner set, for example, is "100% biodegradable, 97% naturally-derived, vegan and sulfate free, packaged in our 100% recycled bottles," according to the manufacturer's website. In both products, the combination of rose water and vitamin B3 leaves wavy hair feeling nourished and smelling like Bulgarian rose petals.

Love Beauty and Planet Rose Water & Vitamin B3 Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner
Love Beauty and Planet Rose Water & Vitamin B3 Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner

Best Face Cream

Ever and Eden Kids Multi-Vitamin Face Cream in Cool Peach 

Who says skin care routines are only for grown-ups? Introduce this easy-to-use product to children (ages 4 and up) for added moisture and protection from environmental stressors. The multivitamin-packed formulation will leave skin feeling hydrated, calm, and nourished. Kids also love the peach scent!

Ever and Eden Kids Multi-Vitamin Face Cream in Cool Peach
Ever and Eden Kids Multi-Vitamin Face Cream in Cool Peach

Best Baby Wash

Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo

Formulated for a baby's sensitive skin, this two-in-one product cleanses and moisturizes with organic calendula extract. "I will definitely continue to buy this," says a mother of a 2-month-old baby. "It's creamy and soft-feeling going on, lathers easily, and has a barely-there scent that's pleasant and not overwhelming."

Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo
Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo

Best Stick Deodorant

Dove 0% Aluminum Deodorant

Dove's aluminum-free deodorant provides underarms with 48 hours of odor protection—without all the harsh chemicals. It's enriched with moisturizers and comes in a range of scents. "I loved that it didn't irritate my skin," said one active teen tester. "I used it everyday."

Dove 0% Aluminum Deodorant
Dove 0% Aluminum Deodorant

Best 3-in-1 Product for Kids

Dabble and Dollop Gel

A mixture of shampoo, body wash, and bubble bath, this dye-free gel strives to soften your child's skin and leave it smelling good with scents like coconut and honeydew. It's also non-irritating, hypoallergenic, and pH balanced. "We liked the packaging and presentation, as well as the short and reassuring ingredient list," says a mom of two infants. "A fun addition to bath time. Bubbles and clean fragrant hair was a winner!"

Dabble and Dollop Gel in Honeydew
Dabble and Dollop Gel in Honeydew

Best Blemish Treatment

Sweet Chef Carrot Ginger Blemish Rescue Patches

These patches come in four different shapes and sizes to minimize acne at each stage. They rely on ginger, carrot, salicylic acid, and hydrocolloid to get the job done. "I could tell a difference," says a teen tester. "[They were] easy to use, put on, and forget about."

Sweet Chef Carrot Ginger Blemish Rescue Patches
Sweet Chef Carrot Ginger Blemish Rescue Patches

Best On-the-Go Balm

Boogie Head-to-Toe Balm

Boogie Head-to-Toe Balm works to prevent dry and chapped skin with organic ingredients like shea butter, chamomile, jojoba seed oil, and sunflower oil. "I was skeptical about the stick applicator but our toddler actually enjoys it," says a dad of two kids. "She usually puts up a struggle when I apply lotion on her face using my hands but I thought to try out the balm...and she is all smiles as I massage it in." Use it wherever your little one needs some added moisture

Boogie Head-to-Toe Balm
Boogie Head-to-Toe Balm

Best On-the-Go Sunscreen

Boogie Block Mineral Sunblock Stick

Spend less time applying sunscreen and more time in the sun with this mineral sunscreen stick, made of naturally derived ingredients. Swipes of this hypoallergenic SPF 50 sunscreen resist water up to 80 minutes—and it couldn't be easier to apply!

Boogie Block Mineral Sunblock Stick
Boogie Block Mineral Sunblock Stick

Best Body Cream

Tubby Todd Dream Cream

Made with plant-based ingredients, this non-irritating cream hydrates skin, and it brings a pleasant scent of shea butter, citrus, and mint. "I put this cream on my baby after getting out of the bath and even after the first application we saw results," says a mother of a 7-month-old. "After using it one time, most of the [dry] patches went away and the worst ones were hugely improved." It's especially good for sensitive and eczema-prone skin.

Tubby Todd Dream Cream
Tubby Todd Dream Cream

Best Portable Deodorant

Megababe Shower Sheets

Whether you've just exercised or you simply need a midday pick-me-up, these biodegradable sheets provide on-the-go cleaning when a shower isn't an option. The light cucumber mint scent will give you a boost of freshness, while other ingredients (such as coconut oil and sweet almond oil) leave skin feeling smooth. Plus, they're individually wrapped for easy use! "Appreciated after gym class for a quick, easy refresher," says a teen reviewer.

Megababe Shower Sheets
Megababe Shower Sheets

Best Nose Wipes

Boogie Wipes Saline Nose Wipes

These natural saline wipes clean the nose and dissolve pesky boogers. Parents love the soothing aloe, chamomile, and vitamin E formulation. "These wipes make colds so much easier to deal with versus dry tissues or other water wipes," says a mom of a 1-year-old. "It really pulls out the boogers thanks to the saline, but also doesn't smell bad."

Boogie Wipes Saline Nose Wipes
Boogie Wipes Saline Nose Wipes

Best Eczema Relief

Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Cream

Does your eczema-prone baby suffer from irritation and dryness? Consider trying this fast-absorbing cream, which provides 24 hours of hydration without steroids, dyes, or fragrances. "This lotion is one of the few that actually seems to help clear up their skin," says a Parents editor and mom of two, whose sons suffer from eczema.

Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Cream
Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Cream

Best Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin

Stryke Club Calm Down Moisturizer

With soothing qualities that further emphasize the "calm down" aspect of its name, this lightweight moisturizer is made from sunflower oil. It restores the skin barrier and fights against acne, pollution, and dryness. "I liked the feeling of it, it didn't make my face too greasy or oily, but still felt like it was soft," says a 12-year-old tester.

Stryke Club Calm Down Moisturizer
Stryke Club Calm Down Moisturizer

Best Sunscreen

Baby Bum Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen Roll-On Lotion - Fragrance Free

Shake and apply this zinc oxide suncreen 15 minutes before sun exposure. The lightweight texture makes it stand out from other mineral sunscreens. "It didn't leave much of a white cast and seemed to cover really well," says a dad tester.

Baby Bum Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen Roll-On Lotion
Baby Bum Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen Roll-On Lotion

Best Healing Ointment

Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment

An ointment that acts as a solution for many skin care problems—including chapped lips, diaper rash, and dry skin—Aquaphor has been trusted by parents for decades. "This was a must-have with my first son and a product I have on every floor of my house for moisturizing sensitive skin," says a Parents editor and mom of two, who also uses the product on her lips when she can't find chapstick.

Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment
Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment

Best Bug Spray

Hello Bello Plant-Based Mosquito Repellant

Say goodbye to pesky bug bites and hello to this plant-based mosquito repellant! The hypoallergenic DEET-free spray is made with organic essential oils, and it can even be used on furry members of your family.

Hello Bello Plant-Based Mosquito Repellant
Hello Bello Plant-Based Mosquito Repellant