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If we could describe the scent of baby lotion or baby powder in the right words without using the connotation ‘baby smell’ for it, well, we would have had the appropriate words and definition for it. But certain things are hard to put into words. Whenever we apply baby lotion or powder on our babies’ skin, the lovely scent of these baby products hits us hard. There’s something about a waft of the pure scent of baby lotion that instantly comforts our nose – and our soul! We just need a reason to apply them on our skin as well, don’t we? Well, moms, you will be happy to know that we have enough reasons to make you ditch your expensive cosmetics and switch to baby products instead.
7 Baby Products That You as an Adult can Use as Well
The baby products mentioned below are suitable for adults’ skin as well. So, feel free to borrow these baby products from your baby every once in a while!
1. Baby Lotion
Baby lotion, which usually is mild and gentle on baby skin, is thick and nourishing enough for adults’ skin as well. So, if the fresh smell of your baby’s lotion was not enough to attract you, you’ve now found a better reason to use it after all. After bathing, you can use baby lotion on your skin. Your skin will be soft and smooth and will smell fresh. And we bet that whenever you use baby lotion on yourself, you will be reminded of your good ol’ childhood days.
2. Baby Powder
Baby powder has many uses. Since summers are already here and the scorching heat is not ready to back down, we know you must be looking for a magical way to get rid of the itchiness and sweat the heat brings with it. Try baby powder! Baby powder will keep the sensitive areas (or where the sweat accumulates) of your skin dry on hot and humid days. With a sprinkle of baby powder, you will feel fresh and smell delicious! Skin chafing is another common problem in summers which usually occurs when skin rubs against skin or clothing. One of the ways to prevent chafing is by staying dry. If this problem troubles you as well, you can use baby powder on the affected areas to stay dry and to prevent it from worsening.
Baby powder has several other uses as well. It can also be used as dry shampoo; whenever you are in a hurry and your hair is a mess, just sprinkle some baby powder on your hair; it will make your hair smell better and appear less oily. If you often complain of stinky feet during summers, baby powder is the answer to this problem. Applying baby powder will help absorb the excess moisture on your feet and help them stay fresh. Alternatively, you can sprinkle baby powder in your shoes to help them stay fresh and to prevent blisters. Baby powder clearly works from top to toe!
3. Baby Oil
Many women use oil to remove eye makeup. If you also use oil to remove eye makeup, we suggest that you use one which doesn’t irritate your eyes or make your eyelids dry. Baby oil, which uses a baby-safe formula, can be used for removing eye makeup. Pour a few drops of baby oil onto a cotton pad or a soft cloth; wipe the eyelids with gentle downward movements and across the lashes. If your makeup doesn’t come off in one attempt, you can wipe the eyelids and lashes again, making sure there is no makeup left on your eyes.
4. Baby Cream (Extra Soft)
If your baby has dry skin, we know you must have invested in a good baby cream which is extra soft and keeps his skin moisturised all day long. But if you are also prone to dry skin, you can use an extra soft baby cream on your skin too. Extra soft baby cream is thicker than usual adult body lotions; applying it on your skin will keep your skin moisturised throughout the day. You can apply it on your arms and legs too, as it will provide them with a subtle sheen.
5. Baby Wipes
Baby wipes can do so much more than helping you clean your baby’s bottom. While we use baby wipes for several things, the most popular one is removing makeup. Baby wipes are gentle and using it on your face won’t irritate your facial skin. You can square-fold a baby wipe and gently rub it on your eyes if you want to remove eye makeup. They are even suitable for quick makeup fixes (like wiping off smudged kajal or dripping mascara). Keep them in your makeup kit always to avoid makeup mishaps and to remove makeup quickly.
Similar to baby cream and baby powder, baby sunscreen too can be used by adults. Sunscreens for babies and infants usually contain no harsh additives, making them perfect for sensitive skin. If you are concerned that the SPF value of an infant’s sunscreen won’t protect your skin from sun damage, time to let that concern go because the truth is that the SPF value of any sunscreen doesn’t depend on age. Moreover, you don’t need to use a sunscreen with an SPF value higher than 50 because there is no concrete proof that shows that the higher the SPF, the better the protection that will be provided against the harmful rays of the sun. You can use any sunscreen with an SPF value of 15-30 or more. If you are planning to head out to the beach, use sunscreen that has an SPF value of higher than 30. Baby sunscreen also come in these ranges of SPF and don’t contain harsh additives, so if you run out of your own or have sensitive skin, you can use your baby’s instead of your regular sunscreen!
7. Gripe Water
Gripe water is a godsend for a mother who has a colicky baby. Gripe water provides relief to a baby from stomach problems; no wonder, moms think of it as a blessing. But do you know that it can work for you as well? Gripe water is a popular natural remedy made from ginger and fennel; both of these herbs are known to relieve an upset stomach. If you have gas, nausea, or a bloated stomach, you can drink gripe water too.
Baby Product That Adults Should Not Use
While all the above-mentioned baby products are safe to be used by adults, there is one baby product that you shouldn’t be using at all, at least, not on your hair. You guessed it right, it is baby shampoo. We understand that the idea of using gentle baby shampoo is tempting but here’s the thing; the pH formulation of baby shampoo is different from that of an adult’s shampoo, and it is not formulated for your hair. Also, the higher acidity level of a ‘no tears’ shampoo can be detrimental for your lush hair. So, avoid using baby shampoo on your hair. However, you can use it to clean your hair or makeup brushes.
These are some of the baby products (not including the shampoo, of course!) that you can use in your adulthood too. The next time you go shopping for these products, buy two of each. You can also borrow these from your baby’s nursery – your little one won’t find out! However, if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, it’s better to consult a dermatologist or a doctor before using any of these products for your skin. Furthermore, if you notice any signs of irritation upon using any of these baby products, discontinue its use immediately.