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The best baby lotion for sensitive dry skin

Updated: Apr 9, 2022

Finding the perfect lotion is so hard. Is it safe? Does it work? Is it sticky and heavy? Does it smell good? Ok, I know most baby lotion smells amazing... but is that a good thing?

Do you ever find yourself standing in the store, looking at label after label thinking "what does all of this mean?" "Can I get good quality results without spending an arm and a leg?" And the answer is, yes! My whole clan has dealt with sensitive, dry, difficult skin for years. After years of formal education plus trying out what felt like a million different skin care products, I've finally figured out the whys and I'm so excited to share it with you here.

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I'll be sharing the 3 secret tips that helped me to be confident in the skin care decisions I've made for myself and my kids:

  • How to chose the perfect lotion for your needs

  • Helpful apps in checking product ingredients

  • How to avoid making your dry skin worse

If your baby is struggling with eczema check out my blog post What to do for baby eczema

If your kids are struggling with dry skin, and you're tired of watching them deal with their poor itchy skin, you are in the right place!

I personally have struggled with dry skin, eczema, hive break outs, shingles, and allergic reactions my entire life. I had almost accepted that I would have skin issues my whole life but when I saw my kids struggling with the same things, I had had enough. I wanted to be able to help my kids and with having a new baby on the way I was determined to find answers. I started doing a ton of research on skincare and it was the best thing I could have ever done. Our skin has never been better than it is now.

How to choose the perfect lotion

I have come to believe that sensitive skin is our skins way of telling us that we shouldn't be putting bad ingredients that most products on the shelf at the drug store contain. When we buy skincare products, we need to know what we are looking for and what ingredients to avoid. But, that can be a huge hassle and very time consuming! I put together a list of some ingredients that I avoid here.

If you would like to stop worrying about what is in your lotion click here

Two apps I use to check product ingredients

One app I use is "Think Dirty" and the other one is "EWG". One might not have a product so I check both. They are both simple to use and easy to find the perfect products for you. I try to not use anything rated above a 4. I run every product through one of these apps and my health and skin have truly thanked me for it. I have noticed so many differences the biggest being not so many migraines. Every time one of my kids has a skin problem arise, I feel confident that I have products that will help them and keep them safe.

To download Think Dirty click here

To download EWG healthy living click here

Avoid making your dry skin worse

I know baths are awesome. But they are not great for us, and not great for our kids. Essentially, we are just sitting in our own filth letting our skin get pruney, which is actually drying our skin out. I like to set my baby in the tub and rinse her off like a shower. I wash her, rinse her and then run a clean bath for her to play in. If you do not have a detachable hose and showering/ rinsing off first is hard, let play time be first and then you can wash and get right out. The whole idea is that they are not sitting in the water with the soap. This can cause infections, and irritate and dry out the skin. Right after getting out of every shower and bath, lotion up. Having humidifiers going and keeping it around 60% humid is best for our skin. By the time we are 18, our skin has lost 80% of its natural moisture. That's a lot! So it's really important that we do what we can to replace that moisture.

For me, Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Camomile & Argan oil baby lotion has been the best one yet. And let me tell you, it smells AMAZING! It's not sticky and heavy. It's soft and light and does a great job at making my kids skin stay so soft and hydrated. I love it so much that I use it too. I top this with my favorite SPF, and they are ready for the day. I apply lotion to them every morning, and every time they get out of the bath. This helps return the moisture back to their skin.

To see the best sunscreens for kids, click here.

To read my blog post about the best sunscreen for kids, click here.

I also have an awesome resource library that contains everything I use to help me and my kids have great skin. Click here to check it out.


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