8/09/2012

Baby Products as Beauty Products


If there's one thing I've learnt during these 14 months at home with Bailey is that sometimes you just have to make do. As much as I didn't want it to my beauty routine has definitely changed since she came into the world. The surprising thing to learn was that it wasn't a bad thing. In fact, doing all the beauty things I have to do each day/week/month has become infinitely easier and it's all because I've been dipping into the box under Bailey's change table that houses all her baby products. 

1. Johnson's Baby Oil: use this for at-home massages, particularly useful on your back, and when shaving your legs {this is my favourite use}. Rub the oil onto dry legs before you jump in the shower. The oil stays on your legs while you shave them. It works much better than a shaving cream or soap and also has the added benefits of a moisturiser after your shower. After drying yourself there should be some residue. Rub that into your legs and you won't need to fuss with the added step of moisturising after shaving. 

2. Johnson's Baby Powder: use this as a substitute for a dry shampoo - just make sure it rubs into your hair properly. I get a day or two off from washing my hair when I use this. I also like to use the powder to stop myself sweating so much {if I'm in a situation where I will}. I know we're supposed to let our bodies sweat but I don't like to so I just pat some of the powder in high sweat areas and go. It works wonderfully.

3. Johnson's Baby Shampoo: if you don't like to use oil on your body or don't have any you can use the shampoo as a lubricant when shaving your legs. It works well but it does wash off in the shower so you might have to reapply the product onto your legs during shaving. Mostly I use the baby shampoo to wash my make up brushes and sponges with. The shampoo works well because it's gentle and doesn't have a strong smell. It also cleans them really well and rinses out easily.

4. Comfy Bots Baby Wipes: this particular brand works well for taking eye makeup off because it doesn't sting my eyes or irritate any sensitive areas on my skin. The wipes take off makeup just as well as any special makeup removing cloths and because I always have them in my house I don't have to spend any extra money on my own wipes. A pack of 6 Comfy Bots wipes {exclusive to Coles} is $10 and with 80 wipes a pack they'll last you for ages. I always keep one pack in my makeup area. Aside from removing makeup from your face these wipes are also great for: removing any makeup from your hands or fingers, cleaning any mess on surfaces in your makeup area/bathroom, etc and also they're great for keeping in your bag to wipe your hands with while you're out and about or freshening up a little during a long day {or when your hot water is not working and you feel icky - trust me I've been there}.

Sometimes beauty really is as simple as going back to your roots.

* You could use any brand you have available - it doesn't need to be Johnson's or Comfy Bots, however, I have been experimenting over the last 14 months and these are the brands that work best for me. They're also inexpensive which is an added bonus. 

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