There is nothing quite as soft as a baby's skin. Or as delicate and prone to irritation. When it comes to shopping for skincare products for your new bundle of joy, you'll want to keep in mind that less is more. “Infant skin is thinner and more sensitive to topical ingredients such as sudsing agents, humectants and barrier creams,” says New York City dermatologist Francesca J. Fusco, M.D.
Fortunately, several skincare lines are especially formulated for your newborn. “I highly recommend the use of these for babies,” says Fusco, “because they will be less likely to cause irritation. And while there's no ironclad rule, I'd say it's a good idea to continue using these products up until the age of 3.”
Here's a look at three lines that will baby your little one's skin.
Julia Roberts, Halle Berry and Katie Holmes are just three of the celebrity moms who choose California Baby, a pediatrician- and dermatologist-recommended line. It's free of parabens, sulfates, dyes, numbing agents and ingredients that can trigger allergies, including synthetic fragrance, dairy, soy, peanuts and gluten. California Baby Calming Shampoo & Body Wash, a vegetable-based cleanser with an aromatherapy blended scent that includes French lavender, is a hit among teens and grown-ups, too, especially those with
sensitive or problem skin. For extra-gentle cleansing, California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Body Wash is fragrance-free.
For Your Bébé
For more than 60 years, the French line Mustela has provided tender loving care for the fragile skin of newborns, babies, mothers to-be and new moms. Hypoallergenic and manufactured in a pharmaceutical environment, the baby line is produced under the strictest and most careful controls. The Newborn Set, packed in an eco-friendly blue-trimmed gift tote, includes all your infant's essentials: foam shampoo that prevents and helps heal cradle cap, PhysiObébé no-rinse cleanser, Hydra Bébé Body lotion, vitamin barrier cream, plus some free samples.
The Doctor's Line
Founded by a family physician and his wife, the Belli Baby line offers gentle, pure ingredients to nourish and protect your newborn's delicate skin. Every product is free of artificial dyes, phthalates and other xenoestrogens—ingredients that can act like hormones and interfere with normal development of the reproductive system. Belli Nourish Me Enriched Body Lotion contains chamomile to soften and refresh. Belli Protect ME Diaper Rash Cream is a pH-balanced balm that soothes baby's tender skin, protecting against chafing and helping to heal any rashes.