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The Best Baby Lotions

Nov 03, 2020

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While it might seem like the list of things you need to buy for your new baby (or baby-to-be) is miles long, there are really only a handful of necessities that you’ll use just about every day — and one of those is baby lotion.

Just like you lather up your skin in a body lotion to fight dryness, your baby experiences dry skin. In fact, their brand-new skin may be even more prone to dryness, water loss, and potential irritation because it’s thinner than adult skin, notes Marisa Garshick, MD, dermatologist at MDCS Dermatology: Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery (MDCS) in New York City.

Simple is best, according to Garshick. That means avoiding products with fragrances, preservatives, parabens and sulfates. Alcohol is another important ingredient to avoid, as it can be especially drying on infant skin.

When shopping for baby lotion, you might come across some products that are called creams or ointments. “Lotions are the thinnest, lightest type of moisturizer because they contain the highest percentage of water, so they are absorbed quickly,” says Brendan Camp, MD,dermatologist at MDCS. 

“Creams contain more oil than lotions, and as a result feel heavier but are still easy to spread on the skin, and ointments contain the most oil by concentration.” Ointments, Camp explains, are best for targeting areas of extremely dry skin.

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