Don’t you just love that baby smell? Whenever I’m faced with a little bundle of joy I can’t help but get a good whiff in. Not that I’m broody or anything (husband avert your eyes), I just appreciate the smell of a chubby little human!
The baby skincare market has certainly imploded over the years. There are now an array of luxurious oils, creams, balms and even hair care available for your little treasures. These products are specially formulated for your baby’s skin; which is thinner, more delicate and more susceptible to dryness than adult skin. Baby beauty products have lower levels of fragrance and contain virtually no soap or alcohol; which tend to dry out and irritate the skin.
So with all these wonderfully natural products available on the market, who’s to say that they should be reserved for just babies? Move over new-age, hippie mummies. I’m here to show you that baby beauty products can be used for adults too! After all, we all want to benefit from products which are gentle on the skin as well as your bank balance. Coming from a household of 4 bouncing beauties myself, I can honestly say that I’ve indulged in a Johnson’s product or two. So next time you’re in Boots, venture down the baby aisle and you never know what fabulous beauty finds you may come across. Here are a few of my favourites…
For years it’s been a firm favourite for treating nappy rash, but this little tub of white stuff has a multitude of hidden talents. If you read the fine print on the label of the jar, it actually states that the cream can also be used to treat sunburn, minor burns and acne. It’s a fabulous all purpose treatment; which rivals many of the higher end products on the market and at a mere £2.75 per tub, this really is worth the money.
The water-repellent base has antibacterial and anti fungal properties; which works perfectly with skin requiring soothing and healing. I love using Sudocream as a spot treatment for the days when I have an odd breakout. The formula gently draws out the junk, dries up the blemish and soothes any redness. Simply pop a small amount over the blemish and go to bed. The next morning your spot will have completely vanished. This little beauty also works wonderfully as a primer prior to foundation as it forms a protective barrier on the skin, locking in the moisture.
I remember the days when my mother, without fail, would have a bottle of talcum powder proudly displayed on her dressing table in every fragrance possible. Not that I knew what the purpose was, I assumed it was for my brothers and I until I realised that we were all in our teens and waaaaaay passed the nappy stage! Perhaps my mother was onto something? I mean, after all, Avon didn’t have a list of 100 differently fragranced talcs for nothing. Of course nowadays, when you think of talcum powder, Johnsons Baby Powder on perfectly tubby bums is what springs to mind. However, talc isn’t just for keeping baby’s bum fresh and clean, it can be used for a number of beauty shortcuts.
Use baby powder as a dry shampoo for the days when your hair looks a little on the greasy side and your trusty Batiste is far from reach. Sprinkle a small amount onto a comb and run through your hair to instantly absorb excess oil and refresh your style. Not to mention, it will make your hair smell great.
You can also use baby powder as a makeup setter if you’re not into spending a mini fortune on loose setting powders. Dust a light coating of powder with a large fluffy brush onto the areas of the face where you need oil to be absorbed (t-zone) and also on top of any lipstick to mattify it. Don’t go too crazy though, you don’t want to be looking like you’ve seen a ghost…literally!
My favourite way of using baby powder is to apply a light dusting of it onto my lashes prior to mascara. The particles in the powder help ‘bulk’ up the lashes, making them appear thicker and longer once you have applied mascara. However, I plead with you to be more vigilant than I am. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve had talc in my eyes!
I’m not about to sit here and claim that this cream will put you into a deep slumber, but it certainly works well at relaxing your mind, soul and body after a warm bath. The thick consistency reminds me of the Body Shop Body Butters and works well with dry skin like mine. I love the fact that it doesn’t leave an oily residue, but simply a gentle aroma of what I suspect to be Lavender. I love slathering this cream on after a long soak in the tub to get me ready for some serious shut eye.
This multi purpose product contains Shea Butter; which is a natural fat derived from the fruit of a Karite tree. It’s petroleum, Phthalate, petrochemical and paraben-free; which means it’s completely natural and safe to use on both baby and adult skin. Burt’s Bees is a brand much loved by mummies to gently treat their baby’s skin in a natural way. However, their products are just as effective on adult skin. Much like Elizabeth Arden’s iconic 8 hour cream, this oitment can be used in a multitude of ways. Slather onto your feet before slipping on some fluffy socks to soften and soothe tired feet. Rub a small amount into dry patches of your body such as your elbows or even rub a small amount onto your lips as a highly mositurising lip blam. Having this product around the house ensures that whenever my skin needs a treat, I don’t need to delve into a mass of beauty products. This is a one stop shop for all skin ailments.
I discovered this product in a random panic one day after discovering that my trusty Moroccan Oil had come to an end. I had gone a week straight without washing my hair (don’t judge me, you know you’ve done the same) and I had no choice but to throw my hair up into a messy bun before work. Of course, in my head, I thought it was a messy bun, but after a few days it began to resemble an ill fated bird’s nest. Enough was enough and although I dowsed my hair in shampoo and hair masks, I needed a coating of Moroccan Oil as a leave in conditioner before I went ahead and attempted to blow dry my hair. Just my luck that it ran out at that very minute, but I looked to my left and there was a bottle of Johnsons Baby No More Tangles Conditioner Spray that was used on my niece’s hair. I thought…that’ll do! THe conditioning spray detangles and softens the hair, much like a leave in conditioner and makes the hair easier to comb through before and after drying. I didn’t expect this spray to work as well as it did considering that I have long, thick hair, but I was plesantly surprised. It made my hair super soft without any sticky feeling and allowed for my comb to easily glide through. I wouldn’t forgo the serum or hair oil after styling my hair, but it certainly makes for a wonderful, not to mention cheap, alternative to leave in conditioners.
Have you tried any non-traditional beauty products? Perhaps you’re a mummy who’s tested out some of the products above. Comment below and let me know your thoughts.