Taking Beauty from a Baby
IT is well-known the world over that many products designed for children and babies are very versatile, a fact those of us with sensitive skin are only too familiar with. Baby products are designed for skin of the gentlest kind – a baby’s. Therefore, these products contain less harsh chemicals and don’t – like so many other non-organic products – strip the skin of its natural anti-oxidants and oils, leaving you squeaky clean and smooth as a baby’s bum. (Pun totally intended).
I personally favour the old reliable when buying my favourite products, Johnson’s Baby. However, Simple also offers an excellent range as do Boots and Tesco own brand products. Beginning with the most versatile of the baby products world:
Baby Oil: This slippery gold dust can be applied fresh out of the shower giving your body an all over glow and baby soft feel. It can also be used as an intensive hand and foot moisturiser. Smother your hands or feet in some baby oil and pop on some cotton gloves/socks before bed and you’ll wake up the next morning with velvety extremities. Used in minimal quantities it can have similar effects on your hair. Place a pea-sized amount in the palm of your hand and apply to the ends of your hair. The oil works as a cheap and cheerful serum substitute keeping your hair soft and helping prevent any split ends between cuts.
Run out of shaving cream? No problem, grab some baby oil and apply to your skin before shaving and prepare for cut-free, plain sailing shaving. Contrary to many old wives tales, baby oil is in fact the last thing one should apply before bathing in the light of the sun. Unless of course one enjoys feeling like a pig on a spit. However, if one is unfortunate to get caught out in the sun, baby oil is a fantastic moisturiser and will have your sizzled skin back to its supple self in no time without blocking pores or irritation. Finally, when poured into an egg cup with some sugar it can transform your lips from chapped to kissable in just under sixty seconds. Who could say no?
Baby Shampoo: This yellow liquid has many glorious abilities. With its grease neutralising properties it can purify your hair of product build up without stripping your hair of its natural components. Therefore, it is a cheap alternative to other clarifying shampoos but with all the same properties. Made for particularly sensitive skin, it’s also perfect as a post-dandruff shampoo: gentle on the scalp with no risk of irritation.
Baby Powder: White as snow, this powder is an excellent way of hiding that third day grease-riddled hair. Simply sprinkle some baby powder on your roots, rub in, brush out and go! Cheaper than dry shampoo and not as harsh on your scalp either. It can also be a good de-tangler. Sprinkle onto your hairbrush and let it glide through any tough knots hiding in your hairdo.
Baby Bath/Body Wash: Prone to breakouts all over or eczema? Fear not, this extra sensitive wash ensures that you’re squeaky clean with clear skin to boot. These products are also a great substitute for face wash. If after cleansing you enjoy the clean feeling of a good scrub but are afraid to use soap, try some baby bath/wash. Minus the harsh and drying chemicals of soap this will leave your skin spotless without drying it out or dissolving its natural oils.
Baby Soap: An excellent make-up brush cleanser. Lather each up with this gentle cleaner and allow them to soak in some soapy water and they’ll be germ free and feather light in no time.
Baby Lotion: A fantastic moisturiser and skin-kind too. It comes in easily transported, handbag friendly 200ml bottles. Non-greasy, it soaks in quickly to your hands leaving them supple and young as ever. But why limit it to your handbag? It can be used as an all-over moisturiser. It doesn’t weigh on your skin or block your pores but leaves you soft as a baby’s bottom. Not a fan of the typical pink bottle’s scent? Why not try their bedtime lotion with hints of jasmine blossoms and lavender?
Baby Wipes: Stain removers, make up removers, you name it. These wet wipes are not merely reserved for the cleansing of bottoms. Strategically made for sensitive skin they remove make-up easily without damaging your skin. Excellent stain removers also if you’re just having ‘one of those days’.
Bepanthen/Sudocrem/Vaseline: Bepanthen not only clears up any rashes and reactions you may have suffered but is also considered excellent and cheap tattoo aftercare for those of us who have sensitive skin.
Sudocrem – like its predecessor – is equally effective when it comes to rashes, however it’s also one of the best acne treatments on the market. Its zinc properties help heal up hideous pock marks. A face mask of this cream and you’ll be glowing again in no time.
Vaseline is a cheap and cheerful growth supplement for both nails and eyelashes. A spot of Vaseline rubbed into nails and eyelashes before bed and within two weeks they’ll be noticeably stronger and longer. It’s also wonderful when battling patches of dry skin and chapped winter lips. Yet another all over remedy.
So there you have it, the complete guide to turning yourself into a pampered baby all over again and make sure your sensitive skin keeps its healthy glow cheaply and easily. It’s like taking beauty from a baby.
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