If you live in a household with people of multiple generations, it can be both rewarding and challenging. From stocking the fridge to the medicine cabinet, it can be tricky to make sure everyone has what they need.

This is especially true for skincare products. Choosing bath products that will suit your newborn’s brand-new skin as well as your parents’ or grandparents’ delicate skin may feel like quite the conundrum. But rest assured there are bath-time solutions suitable for family members of all ages.

What to avoid

When choosing skincare products for a range of ages, look out for ingredients that may irritate the skin. It’s important to avoid irritants that can cause sensitivity reactions when you’re catering to seniors, babies and everyone in between. Here are some basic guidelines to reduce the risk of unnecessary sensitivities:

• Choose products with low or no fragrance.

• Avoid sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate). These ingredients are common in cleansers, but they can be too harsh for a baby's delicate skin, as well as anyone else in the family who is prone to dry skin or sensitivity reactions.

What to look for

A nice warm bath is a great way to soak away stress after a long day. It also soothes children and infants while helping them wind down before bedtime. However, frequent bathing can also have a drying effect on the skin. Choose products with moisturizing ingredients that are gentle for all ages.

• Check ingredients lists for emollients, such as lanolin, petrolatum, mineral oil and ceramides. These ingredients help restore moisture and are often added to cleansers and shower gels.

• Opt for soaps that contain moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera and jojoba oil. These are excellent additions to bath and shower products, especially during cold winter months when dry skin is a common skin ailment.

• If members of your family have especially dry skin, look for ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal, which works beautifully to soothe dry skin and irritation.

• Consider products with glycerin. It’s a common additive in cleansers and shower gels, and it works to deliver and retain moisture while also giving the product a luxurious, smooth application. Keep in mind that shower gels are often a good alternative to bar soaps because they tend to be less drying.

If you have family members with a specific skin condition, such as eczema, they may require separate products that are targeted to treat the condition.

An array of bath products on the market are designed specifically for children, but these may not be suitable for other members of your family. Instead, opt for gentle products that are formulated for all ages. Versatile products that are safe for everyone from babies to seniors can help keep your family's skin healthy while also helping to eliminate the need for a large collection of bath and shower products.


Pamela Miller, dual cosmetologist and licensed esthetician, writes for Walgreens about beauty products, like cleansers for the face and body. She enjoys sharing her knowledge to inform and inspire others to make shopping easy for the whole family. Although it is intended to be accurate, neither Walgreen Co., its subsidiaries or affiliates, nor any other party assumes for loss or damage due to reliance on this material. Walgreens does not recommend or endorse any products, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned in the article. Reliance on any information provided by this article is solely at your own risk.

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