5 Baby Products that Should Be Part Of Your Beauty Regimen
A report done by Today and AOL a few years ago revealed that women spend an average of 55 minutes every day on their hair and make-up. Another survey conducted by pollsters Consumer Insight in December last year found that beauty comes second only to food for the Kenyan woman.
This comes in light of the fact that, according to market research firm Euromonitor International, the beauty industry in Kenya was estimated at more than $260 million (Sh2.6 billion) in 2011; making Kenya third in Africa, after South Africa and Nigeria.
With demand for beauty products on the rise, it’s important to know what other substitutes could make your life easier. There are creative ways to look great without breaking the bank.
The baby aisle in the supermarket is a great place to start. These are the five baby products that should be part of your beauty regimen.
If you have eczema/acne and struggle to find baths wash that is gentle on your skin? Baby soap is a great place to start, its dermatologist –tested and hypoallergenic.
For make-up lovers, baby shampoo is a great make-up remover and you can use it to wash you make-up brushes.
Researchers from the Derminstitute recommend that brushes be cleansed once a week, or at the very least, every two weeks.
Brushes that use creamy products like foundation, concealer, lipstick, or cream shadow need cleaning more often than “dry” products like loose powder.
Baby shampoo is great for this. All you need to do is use a cloth to dry off the bristles. Then take a little baby shampoo in between your fingers, massage it in, and then give a quick rinse. Lay your brushes flat to dry over night.
Baby soap/shampoo can also be used for washing your lingerie because it’s gentle on the fabric and gives a sweet fragrance too.
For baby, the Baby jelly is great for after bath and nappy change as a moisturizer and as a barrier protection in the nappy area. The whole family can also use it as a lip balm to avoid chapped lips.
If you are doing your nails, apply it around the edges of your nails to prevent nail polish from staining the edges of your nails.
Another clever beauty hack, dab some baby jelly on your eyebrows to keep them in check and avoid them looking bushy throughout the day.
If long lashes are your thing, regularly applying a little baby jelly on your lashes daily, will encourage their growth.
It also doubles up as a great make-up primer for foundation or face makeup that allows it to go on smoother and last longer. Simply apply some on your eyelids before your eye shadow.
Want to make your perfume last longer? Apply some Baby Jelly on your wrists then spritz the perfume on top. You’ll be smelling fresh all day.
It might be designed to gently absorb excess moisture on the skin, helping baby’s skin feel dry, fresh and smooth but it can also work for you.
Running low on your matte lipstick, here’s a hack, Apply a coat of lipstick. Then place a tissue paper on your lips and dust some baby powder on top of it and also around your lips. Then apply a second layer of lipstick. By doing this the lipstick stays on your lips for a longer time. Applying baby powder around your lips keeps it in place without feathering.
For fresh smelling sheets, sprinkle some baby powder whenever you change your sheets.
It also helps with oil hair by acting as a dry shampoo. Sprinkle a little baby powder on your hair, then comb until you can no-longer see the powder.
Baby oil helps to soothe and moisturise baby soft skin to help protect it from dryness. One of my favourite baby oils is the Johnson’s baby oil with shea & cocoa butter. The pure mineral oil, enriched with shea and cocoa butter, locks in up to 10 times more moisture on wet skin than an ordinary lotion can on dry skin.
If you like to shave, baby oil is a great substitute for shaving cream and helps reduce the possibility of razor bumps.
It is also a great inexpensive and effective make up remover. Simply apply some to cotton/ baby wipes and clean away. It leaves the skin nourished and feeling refreshingly clean.
Baby’s skin is 30% thinner than adult skin thus it loses moisture more quickly. Baby lotions are designed to soothe and relieve your baby’s dry skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. What’s good for baby is definitely good for you. You can use it to provide relief from sunburns and apply after shaving to maintain smooth skin.
Finally it can be used as a face primer before applying makeup.
Have fun trying all of these. Let us know in the comments below, which of these hacks work for you.
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