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    21 Hair And Skincare Products Parents Swear By With Impressive Before-And-After Photos

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    1. A coconut and shea butter conditioning detangler with 10,000 5-star reviews (!!!) raving that it's the BEST STUFF ON THE PLANET. Just a few spritzes will combat hair woes — from making knots vanish after a swim to taming frizz when humidity is *through the roof*.

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    BTW, it's not just for kids; adults love it too and say it detangles and softens straight and curly (including 4a–4c) hair!

    Promising review: "All I can say is WOW!!!!! This is by far the best conditioning spray I have purchased. I have spent a lot of money on the expensive 'miracle detanglers' and 'miracle brushes,' coconut oils, and hours combing out big knots in my daughter's hair when this is all that’s needed! Her hair is a disaster full of knots after the beach. I sprayed this on before going to the beach and it made all the difference in the world. Goes to show that the expensive stuff is NOT always the best. PLEASE DON’T EVER STOP MAKING THIS!!!!!" —G

    Get it from Amazon for $3.78.

    2. A cradle cap comb that'll remove dry skin from your bubba's scalp ~oh so gently~ using soft rubber bristles and a fine-toothed comb.

    A baby's head with dry scales on the left and the same baby's head looking smoother and flake-free on the right
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    New parents, don't panic. Cradle cap — aka, seborrheic dermatitis — is a very common dry scalp condition that affects infants.

    Promising review: "The pictures posted here are legit. It makes removal so much easier and gives more consistent removal than my previous method of washcloths or just scratching the cradle cap off with my fingernails. It’s amazing and gross and wonderful. My babe doesn’t even flinch when I spend 10 minutes clearing his scalp of all the goo. It seems to be soothing to him. I just apply baby shampoo, then brush a little with the blue brush. Then I slowly start to comb in sections all in one direction. Then I go back and forth in multiple directions. It’s shocking the amount of dead skin that comes off. I’ve even used it successfully in his eyebrows (he gets some cradle cap there, too). This is a KEEPER!" —ZMomUtah

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    3. Hydrocolloid acne-absorbing dots to suck out all the yucky stuff and become your secret weapon to help your teen (or you) battle occasional breakouts or hormonal cystic acne.

    Reviewer's before photo showing a pimple on the chind, and an after photo showing the pimple gone
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    Promising review: "OMG! It actually works! My son get really bad large acne breakouts that are really hard to heal. He put these on before bed and woke up to his large white pimples being gone! Like completely gone. I usually pay $50 a visit to dermatologist for 30 minutes for him to get extractions, which is pretty painful for him. We will be ordering more of these and using these instead!! If I could give more stars I would!" Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $12.50 (for 36 dots; also available in an invisible dot version)

    4. Cult status Bio-Oil made with vitamins A and E, chamomile, and lavender that works wonders to help fade both scars and stretch marks. Parent reviewers have used it to reduce old and new scars on their kiddos (including scars from their own childhood!).

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    Scrapes and cuts are rites of passage for kids and they usually heal remarkably well, but hey, it's OK to worry if a cut sometimes leads to a scar that doesn't look like it's going away anytime soon.

    Promising review: "This stuff is awesome! I purchased this product after my 2-year-old was scratched on the cheek by a cat. My daughter ended up with a 2-inch scar down her cheek and I wanted to try this in hopes of getting the scar to at least be less visible. I rubbed a small amount of Bio-Oil on my daughter's cheek twice a day and within just a couple of weeks the scar had completely disappeared. I am thankful Bio-Oil worked so well." —Tanisha

    Promising review: "I love this stuff for my 5-year-old daughter, she has a bad habit of scratching until she gets a scab then scratching the scab off, which creates ugly scars. Rubbing this on her legs daily has cleared her existing scars and helped heal scabs before she can pick them off." —S. Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92 (available in three sizes).

    5. A Zombie Pack for any parent on days when you feel like one but don't want to look like one. This lifting, pore-tightening mask works intensely to rejuvenate your skin and give you a "just came out of the spa" glow.

    Promising review: "I’ll be honest. I don’t write reviews very often. Today was especially a hard day working from home, not sleeping last night, an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old. I was feeling beat! My skin was sure showing the stress. I had LOW expectations — no way this could make me feel better but I decided to treat myself at least a little. Well, was I in for a BIG surprise! I was FaceTiming my mom, also my BFF, during the tightening. I sure was scared, we both thought this would be perfect for a Halloween night! LOL! But as soon as I rinsed it off...WOW! My mom was asking all about it! She will try it too! LOL! I will surely continue using it! Please leave this awesome product at this awesome price! Greatly appreciated by tired mommies like me!! Gracias!!" —TAYD3

    Get a set of eight masks from Amazon for $22.80+ (available in three varieties).

    6. A bug bite suction tool (invented by a mom) that's worth the Shark Tank hype. This ingenious device sucks out all kinds of bug bites, instantly relieving itching and swelling, so your kids aren't left trying to scratch their skin off.

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    Promising review: "I got this just in time for a family camping trip, as my child and I are both highly allergic to mosquitoes and the bites swell up very badly. We both used this on our bites and I am shocked at the results! The bites did not swell up like they normally do, and the itching was reduced to a minimum. I am absolutely sold and would recommend this product to anyone with bug bite issues!" —dzmom

    Promising review: "I love it! Best money I've ever spent. My children and I are a buffet for mosquitoes during summer and this little device works amazing, given the fact that it doesn’t use chemicals. I can use it on anyone, any time, and it’s so easy to clean and reusable. I would definitely recommend this bug bite thing to everyone! The best thing of all is that it immediately stops the itching and the bite goes away within a few minutes of using it. It’s so easy even the kids can do it. You won’t regret this purchase!!!!" —Lilian Perez

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors).

    7. A sunburn soother if — despite your best efforts — the whole fam gets burned after a fun day in the sun. It's made with aloe vera and coconut oil to gently alleviate pain, redness, and swelling.

    Reviewer's before and after photos showing a sunburn on the back and a back without the sunburn after using the lotion
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    Promising review: "Throw away your plain aloe and buy this immediately! I will never not have this on hand in the summer/on vacation. It works miraculously well, and by the next day you’re totally good. Approved by my kids too!" —KMR

    Get it from Amazon for $7.69.

    8. Aveeno Baby eczema therapy balm with such serious healing powers 7,000 people felt compelled to give it a 5-star review: This stuff clears up flare-ups when *nothing* else works — leaving skin dewy and ~baby soft~.

    Reviewer's before photo showing their baby's tummy covered with eczema rashes and after photo showing the tummy with the eczema rashes gone
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    Promising review: "I want to give this more than five stars!! My newborn daughter had the worst eczema. Poor thing. Her skin was always splotchy, rough, and red. I noticed a huge difference after using this once! After a week or two, she had smooth, baby-soft skin!!" —Deb Zilla

    Get it from Amazon for $17.84.

    9. A Revlon hot-air brush because it takes a gazillion hours to blow-dry and style your and your child's hair every morning. This tool will deliver a sleek, salon-quality blowout in *half the time* and miraculously get you out the door.

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    Reviewers swear this brush works on all hair types, whether straight, wavy, or curly (from 3a–4c hair).

    Promising review: "If I could give this product 10 stars, I would. I have been heat styling my hair once every other day for the past 12–14 years and for almost all of that time, that entailed drying it with a hair dryer first, then straightening it with a flat iron. I finally ended up buying this product to try after an overwhelming endorsement from a shopping group I belong to and it is a GAME CHANGER. The thing I like the most about it is that it feels like it does significantly less damage to my hair than my usual method of styling. It does a better job turning out fresh-looking, bouncy hair in a shorter time than even my best hair day used to be with the hair dryer and straightener. Even my 13-year-old daughter, who has very fine, flat hair was able to get some wave and volume using this. We both love it, and she can do it to herself with no trouble. Stop considering it and buy this thing right now." —Jen Em

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in four colors).

    10. A detangling brush that'll glide through knots to turn your kiddo's daily hair-brushing ordeal into a painless experience without *ouchies or tears* (for both of you). Just trust the 40,000+ people who gave it a 5-star review.

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    Reviewers swear this brush works on all hair types: straight, wavy, or curly (from 3a–4c hair).

    Promising review: "I'm a single dad of a 6-year-old girl and combing her hair is the hardest part of taking care of her. She gets really bad knots in her hair. This brush is the only thing that has ever worked. Thank you so much. She even likes to comb her own hair now." —Nguyen P.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88 (available in six colors).

    11. A USDA-certified organic baby healing balm made with chamomile, cocoa butter, coconut oil, calendula and avocado oil that reviewers say will alleviate eczema, acne, cradle cap, rashes, and more. No joke, it's a multipurpose miracle worker!

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    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING; I wish I could give it 10 stars. My baby had cradle cap & baby eczema really bad, his entire face had broken out. Once I put this on his skin it cleared up in two days. My husband had a rash on his arm cleared that up, too. I recommend this to anyone. In the pic is my son's face & the other side is two days later. As a matter of fact, I’m ordering some more as soon as I finish typing this just to have it on hand." —Sheri Watson

    Get it from Amazon for $10.89.

    12. Cerave fragrance-free cream that'll drench sensitive or eczema-prone skin with the moisture it needs without causing any irritation. It has a heck of a lot of *glowing* reviews for a reason.

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    Promising review: "Our doctor recommended this for my daughter’s sensitive skin, and it was so great that I have now purchased it for both my daughter’s and myself (nearly 50 years old). It works better for me than the very expensive department store face creams I was using. There is virtually no scent. It is not sticky or greasy, but continues to moisturize for hours after using it. We use it on face and body both. I have dry skin. My teenage girls have sensitive skin prone to acne. It works for all three of us. I combined it with the Cerave sensitive-skin face wash and my daughter’s acne is all but gone." —Angelina S.

    Promising review: "My daughter has severe eczema, one of the worst cases I've seen in awhile. We have to have her on Benadryl constantly because she'll claw herself until she bleeds. We tried everything and eventually the doctor pointed us to Cerave instead of Cetaphil. The cream does an amazing job. We have to give my daughter a bath every night and it goes on right after. It's thick but it doesn't weigh down like a lot of creams. We rub it in until you see a little bit of white still left and then put her in long PJs to give the most moisturizing capabilities. This stuff has allowed my kid to be a kid. She rarely screams anymore when we have to put this one because it takes care of the itching so she isn't breaking skin. Honestly this stuff is amazing." —erinlbyrd

    Get it from Amazon for $10.89.

    13. Lavinso Foot Exfoliation peeling masks if your teenager or older kids suffer from dry, cracked feet with calluses. These will slough off all the dead skin, leaving their feet feeling as soft as a baby's bottom.

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    Promising review: "I bought this for my son, who has terrible issues with cracked feet. Nothing we’ve tried has worked, and the skin on his heels and toes is so thick and rough. One application worked wonders. He had a big crack on one big toe, so we had to modify one bootie because the gel burned that spot, but otherwise they were comfortable for him. We soaked his feet as recommended, and put socks and thick lotion on each night. I can’t get over how much better his feet are! Now that the cracks are almost healed, we’ll be using the second set soon, and then ordering more to keep up on his much improved skin." —Mandy

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    14. A leave-in conditioning spray for curly hair so your little one's curls are restored to their former glory once more! It's also free from any toxic stuff including parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

    Reviewer's before photo showing their child's curly hair before using the spray and after photo showing glossy curls with the spray
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    Reviewers say this spray will leave wavy or curly hair (from 2a–4c hair) shiny, soft, and bouncy.

    Promising review: "This stuff is fantastic for curly girls! I spray it in my daughter's dry hair in the morning, run my fingers through her ringlets (never ever comb or brush curly hair dry), then clip the top back. It smells amazing, and the price on Amazon is better than other national retailers I've found it at. The price is worth it. Minimizes frizz and keeps curls soft and natural looking. My daughter has soft/fine thick hair." —Carolyn Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    15. A tub of brightening, firming eye cream to help banish dark circles and puffiness and help you look ~so well-rested~ that you might (...might) forget you were up until 4 a.m with a teething toddler.

    Reviewer before and after showing the cream tightened and brightened their under-eye area
    Different reviewer's progression photo showing their eye bags disappearing over time

    Promising review: "I’m a working mom of two toddlers and 34 years old, I get maybe 5.5 hrs of sleep a night (on a good day), and I always have puffy eyes and this has been a life changer. I noticed an almost immediate noticeable change around my eyes since using this eye cream. I was looking for a more affordable eye cream and found this highly rated one and decided to try it!!! A little of this goes a long way. I also use it on my fine lines and my neck." —Sara Nich

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    16. And a set of gold collagen masks to wear when you're beyond exhausted but stayed up late anyway watching Money Heist after your kids went to bed just to have some "me" time.

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    on the left a reviewer with some undereye bags, on the right the same reviewer with their undereyes looking brighter
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    Promising review: "I’m a new mom and have bags under my eyes and dark circles. These eye masks helped de-puff and lessen the dark circles. I placed them in the refrigerator before I used for an even more relaxing experience." —Captain Giggs

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    17. Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo if you've almost given up after battling your child's flaking, scaling, and itching scalp. This shampoo (which contains 1% ketoconazole) works so effectively you'll wonder why it's so dang cheap.

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    Recommended for ages 12+.

    Promising Review: "This product saved my son's life!!! Like literally!!
    He's been having dandruff and white patches all over his head since the third grade!! My son is now a high school graduate! Growing up, his dandruff would flake all over his shirts. It was horrible! We tried many many products! Nothing seems to work!! He never wanted to ever go to the barber shop to get his hair cut because he was so embarrassed of the white patches. So we would cut his hair at home. We learned about this product not long ago. And MIRACULOUSLY, after several washes...his patches began to disappear!! His dandruff, NO MORE!! Nothing at all!!! We're BEYOND happy!! Joyful tears!! This work wonders!!! Thank you to whoever made this product and to Amazon for having it be available for us to purchase! Thank you, Thank You!!" —Zae S

    Get it from Amazon from $14.84.

    18. An inexpensive Korean Beauty Vitamin C serum that's a total SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic dupe, and reviewers swear it's equally as effective at helping dull, tired skin look bright and refreshed.

    Promising review: "I'm a 43-year-young wife, mom, disabled vet, and extremely tired woman. It's hard to spend a lot of time on face routines. I wasn't expecting what I got in this tiny bottle. WOW! My skin feels so soft, with a glow! My pores are tightened and I LOVE the fresh orange smell. It's hard to only use this two times a day. I am definitely going to order again!"—B ki 9

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    19. A biotin shampoo infused with botanical extracts like B5, zinc, and argan and coconut oils that'll come to the rescue to promote hair growth if you're struggling with postpartum hair loss.

    Promising review: "After having two kids my hair was definitely suffering. Within a couple weeks of using Biotin Shampoo the regrowth was visible! I’ve been a dedicated customer for two years since my first purchase." —megan

    Promising review: "As a mom we never get to fully take care of ourselves and when we finally do we still spend it with the kids. But since my son my hair has been thinning at an extreme speed and only made me more self-conscious and stressed. But I’m telling you after using this product the last month or so my hair has grown and the texture of my hair is stronger. Don’t sleep on this miracle shampoo; I can’t wait to order my next bottle when this runs out." —NicoleAnnSisavath

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    20. A box of wart-removing pads that'll help get rid of pesky growths. Stick it on just like a bandage (meaning these will actually stay put on active kids)  and BAM — warts gone! 

    Promising review: "This stuff WORKS!! My daughter had a wart on the bottom of her foot for almost a year. The doctor prescribed two different creams that both burned her skin around the wart and stung very bad. These little pads were perfect! They cushioned around the wart so she could run and jump and play without pain. They also were super sticky! I was so impressed! It also only took three applications and her wart was gone! I have been recommending this product to EVERYONE!" —Sheena Stevens

    Promising review: "Worked wonders for my son. My son is young and scared of going to the doctor so I bought this for him to try out before making an appointment. These worked great for him. Since my son is young and VERY active I was afraid he wouldn't keep it on long during the day so I put one on him right before he went to bed. They are just like Band-Aids with a circle where the medication is. It was very easy to apply. Just peel and stick. I also used medical tape to hold it in place just in case my son moved a lot in his sleep. Then I had him wear socks while he had it on. In the morning we took it off just to see if it worked at all and it worked. It removed this 'huge black seed'–looking thing. My son said his toe didn't hurt anymore. On the second day I used another pad and it removed another black seed but this one was smaller. I used a total of four pads and his sore is gone. So glad we went with this product instead of taking him to a doctor." —Zachariah Knight

    Get 14 pads from Amazon for $6.96.

    21. A Briogeo deep conditioning hair mask made with algae extract, B-vitamins, biotin, plus rosehip and almond oils that'll breathe new life into your mane — turning it from straw to silk.

    Before and after photos showing a model with natural curly hair looking dry and looking moisturized after using the mask
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    This cruelty-free hair mask is safe for color-treated, keratin-treated, chemically treated, and relaxed hair. It works on all hair types, whether straight, wavy, or curly (from 3a–4c hair).

    Briogeo is a Black-owned, woman-owned business specializing in haircare.

    Promising review: "Hands down the best mask. I have a teen daughter who is starting high school. She is natural, never had any chemicals in her hair. She wanted some highlights and color on her bang area. I was worried at first. I knew I had to change the hair products and regime for her natural colored hair. I came across an email from a naturally curly website I subscribe to. They list this conditioner along with others as the best for colored treated hair. After reading the reviews on Amazon and despite the price, I bought it. Best decision. I coat her hair with this product and set her under our hair steamer. Wash it out and it was amazing on her hair. I know everyone's hair acts differentially, but i finally found something that her hair loves. Combing was a breeze. The finished result was beautiful. I cant wait to try this on my relaxed hair. Whether you have natural, colored, or relaxed hair it is the best conditioner hair mask." —Sunny Sunshine

    Get it from Amazon for $38.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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