Let's be real, babies have it made—they sleep whenever they want, they get pushed around in strollers, and people think pretty much everything they do is adorable, including chewing on their own feet. Babies also have that sensitive, flawless newborn skin, and thus, some of the very best products are made just for them. But that doesn't mean you can't bite their style.
"Baby products are generally hypoallergenic and gentle on skin—qualities that are ideal for babies and adults alike," says Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, M.D., medical director of Mudgil Dermatology in New York City. "For that reason, adults with sensitive skin (and even those without) can benefit from using products designed for babies."
Here are the top 10 baby products that are great for adults too.
Honest Company Bubble Bath is hypoallergenic and tear-free, but you may cry tears of joy when you sink into the super-foaming bubbles to relax your worries away. The bubble bath comes in four scents: sweet orange vanilla, dreamy lavender, apricot kiss, and fragrance-free (the lavender and apricot are our faves!).(from $8.82; amazon.com)
If you're looking for a sunscreen that's gentle and won't clog your pores, break the bank, or harm coral reefs, Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection for Sensitive Skin is just the ticket. This stuff earns full marks from EWG, the nonpartisan organization that exhaustively breaks down the research for each ingredient in any given product. And it's cheaper than basically every other sunscreen in its category.
Yes, you want toddler nail polish. To start with, Ella + Mila has fun shades that look equally cute on grown-ups and kids, such as the sunny "Wheels on the Bus." But more importantly, the products are "7-Free," meaning they don't contain formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde resin, camphor, TPHP, or xylene—ingredients which some people may be allergic to. (The company also offers Mommy+ Me sets if you want more grown-up colors… but we love the cheery kids' versions.)($7.61; amazon.com)
If you have sensitive skin, baby wash may be your best bet. The trick is finding one that works for you.
"Some of the milder baby cleansers and baby washes don't lather like regular adult body washes so you may not feel as 'clean,'" says Tess Mauricio, M.D., FAAD, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, CA.
However, you may want to give Aveeno Baby Wash a try—it cleanses without drying and is soap-free for sensitive skin. Lightly scented, this just may replace your regular body wash.($13.94 for 2; amazon.com)
Who says kids get to have all the fun in the tub? The Lush Ickle Baby Bot bath bomb may look whimsical, but adults will love the sleep-inducing essential oils (lavender, chamomile, sandalwood) this little robot is packing. Drop one in the tub for an exceptionally soothing experience.($4.50; lushusa.com)
When it comes to helping cracked, dry skin, Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment can't be beat. Use it on everything from dry, cracked heels to chapped lips. "If you're you a lip-licker or have constantly dry lips, keep a stash of Aquaphor in your purse and apply it before and after eating to minimize lip irritation and keep lips protected," says Tsippora Shainhouse, M.D., FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in Los Angeles.($9.09; amazon.com)
After spending thousands of dollars searching for the right shampoo, you may be surprised to find Johnson's Baby Shampoo is the answer to your hair emergency.
"If you have super-fine hair with greasy roots that needs to be washed every day, try Johnson's Baby Shampoo," says Shainhouse. "It will degrease your scalp, while remaining gentle on your strands. If you find it a bit drying for your hair, follow up with a conditioner for fine hair on the ends."(from $5.95; amazon.com)
Of course, 100 percent coconut oil is perfect for a baby's skin, but it can also double as an under-eye cream, a skin moisturizer for adults, and even a deep hair conditioner.
"Some baby moisturizers may be too rich and thick for adult skin, especially if you're acne prone," says Mauricio. "I like Kopari coconut skin care, especially the organic coconut melt, for parents who are looking for a natural product that can be used from head to toe."