How We Chose Our Winners: Parents Best Skincare for Kids 2023

Choosing these skin care stars wasn't easy but adding them to your cart will be. Here's how we narrowed them down.

Best Of Skin Care Products

Our 2023 Parents Best Skin Care for Kids Awards were carefully chosen by our panel of experts and editors. We did the work so that you have more time to establish skin care healthy habits. 

By the Numbers

  • 200 products were submitted by top skin care brands and reviewed by our editors.
  • We narrowed the entries down to a list of 60 finalists for our experts to test, based on qualifying factors below.
  • 22 winners were chosen. 

How Our Winners Made the Cut

  • Price Accessibility. Having kids can get expensive, but taking care of their skin should not break the bank. Nothing on our list is over $35. 
  • Inclusivity Matters. How skin care, particularly sunscreen, blends into melanated skin, is important. Each product had to pass the blend-test by our dermatologists. 
  • It’s OK to Be Sensitive. As our derms can tell you, many kids have sensitive skin, particularly eczema. Our peds and dermatologists reviewed each ingredient to ensure every product was gentle. 
  • The Latest and Greatest. While a few classics still pushed their way to the winners’ circle, the majority of our list shines a light on the newest skin care products released within the last year.
  • Fuss-Free Packaging. Not all packaging is created equal. Some bottles squirt everywhere, while others trap cream or lotion inside. When you have kids, ease can make or break a solid routine. These products passed the test.
  • We Were Picky About What’s Inside. Here’s a list of just a few of the ingredients we stayed away from: Parabens, phthalates, sulfates, oxybenzone, octinoxate, Phenoxyethanol, PABA, dyes, aminobenzoic acid.

Our Panel of Experts

Dr. Laura Scott

Dr. Laura Scott

Dr. Laura Scott is a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in adult and pediatric dermatology, with a very special interest in taking care of babies, kids, and moms.

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Wendy L. Hunter, M.D.


Wendy Hunter, M.D., is an associate physician at Children’s Primary Care Medical Group in La Jolla, California. She was formerly an associate professor at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine and worked as a general pediatrician in the emergency department at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

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Dr. Latanya Benjamin

Dr. Latanya Benjamin

Latanya Benjamin, M.D., F.A.A.D., F.A.A.P. is a renowned pediatric dermatologic surgeon and former professor at Stanford University. She is a dual board-certified pediatric dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon who delivers state-of-the-art dermatologic care for children ages newborn to 18 years.

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Amelia Edelman

Amelia Edelman

Senior Editorial Director

Amelia Edelman is the Senior Editorial Director of Parents and Verywell Family. She was formerly Assistant General Manager at Verywell Family and prior to that built and launched Meredith's first cross-brand content desk across sites such as Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens, and Health. She has also held editorial leadership positions at Refinery29 and SheKnows, where she created the Mom Voyage series of city guides. Amelia was born in NYC and moved to East Nashville in 2016. She specializes in covering family travel, queer parenting, and co-parenting as well as diversity and equity initiatives. Her two children are 6.5 years apart and she insists this is the perfect age gap.

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Yamel Belen

Yamel Belen, R.N., IBCLC

Registered Nurse, Professional Doula, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Yamel Belen is a registered nurse with over a decade of experience in pediatrics, a professional doula, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, as well as a certified childbirth educator based in Tampa, Florida.

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