17 Aug Beauty Hacks with Baby Products
Being a beauty obsessed mom, there are times where my two worlds collide and I find beauty hacks from common baby products. Baby products are often more affordable than some beauty products and are gentler on the skin, making it a great alternative for those with sensitive skin. Most of these hacks were actually discovered when I was gifted too many baby products that I wasn’t really using, but since discovering how I can include them in my beauty regime – there is no going back!
Purity and Elizabeth Anne’s Baby Powder
It seems that everyone has an excess of baby powder that they’re not too sure what to do with because it is easily the product I get asked the most about. Baby powder can be used as a beauty hack in numerous ways, but my favourite is using it to create thick, voluminous lashes by applying mascara, then dusting baby powder to the lashes, before applying a second coat of mascara.
Baby powder can also turn any lipstick into a long lasting matte formula by applying your lipstick, then holding a tissue over your lips and dusting baby powder over the tissue. The baby powder will create an instant matte effect, and you will also notice that by applying a second layer of lipstick, the formula holds better and lasts longer. Another makeup hack is using baby powder to bake and set your concealer but be careful that you don’t use too much, as it can result in a ghostly white cast.
A more common use for baby powder is using it as a dry shampoo to absorb excess oils between hair washes. Similarly, if you’re in a rut and wearing a shirt that shows up pit stains, dust a light layer of baby powder in your armpits to help absorb the moisture.
Possibly one of my best hacks for baby powder is using it to stop a bleed caused by a razor cut. The baby powder helps the blood to clot, stopping it from gushing. Baby powder is also pretty useful around the house and can be used to cool the sheets during the heat of summer and works to remove odours and moisture from takkies and kit bags.
Purity and Elizabeth Anne’s Petroleum Jelly
After finding that I had 10 unused tubs of petroleum jelly, I started searching for useful hacks and was surprised to find many were beauty related. If you’re one for rocking the no-makeup look, swap your mascara out for a swipe of petroleum jelly to give you the appearance of longer and fuller looking lashes. You can also tame unruly brows by brushing petroleum jelly through your brows with a clean spoolie. Love rockin’ false lashes but hate removing them? Use a little petroleum jelly to help break down the glue for a quick and easy removal.
Petroleum jelly is known for its moisturizing benefits so it should come as no surprise that it can be used to heal and soothe dry and cracked heels, cuticles or even the sensitive bit between your nose and lips when you have the flu. It can also double as a balm to help heal the skin after you’ve shaved, protecting you from experiencing any rashes.
One of my best hacks is applying petroleum jelly to my hairline when I am dying my hair at home as it prevents the colour from going everywhere and makes clean up an absolute breeze. Similarly, you can apply petroleum jelly to problem areas like your knees, ankles and wrists before self-tanning as it works as a barrier and ensures a more even tan.
Another favourite is adding some brown sugar to petroleum jelly, before massaging the mixture on my lips, to gently exfoliate the area, making matte lipsticks apply like a satin dream.
Purity and Elizabeth Anne’s Nipple Cream
This beauty hack always takes people by surprise. Although I found great relief in using a nipple cream during the early weeks of breastfeeding, I had 2 or 3 tubes left over that weren’t being used. Nipple Cream is an ultra-moisturizing balm which helps restore and repair your skin, similar to a popular (and somewhat expensive) 8-hour balm. Whether you’re struggling with dry and cracked heels, elbows, knees or lips, this balm will work wonders in replenishing hydration, leaving skin feeling nourished. Remember that this formula is great for even the most sensitive skin, and works to soothe irritation and dryness, especially common during the winter months.
If you’re a fan of dewy summer skin, apply some blush before applying nipple cream with your fingertips to the apples of your cheeks, to create a fresh flush of juicy colour, great for summer days. If you get caught with a nasty sunburn and want to avoid peeling, use nipple cream in sensitive spots to help hydrate the area.
Purity and Elizabeth Anne’s Baby Shampoo
The Foaming Baby Shampoo from Purity and Elizabeth Anne’s is great for keeping makeup brushes sparkly clean. The formula, while gentle, helps to remove the build-up of grease, oils and any bacteria, while also leaving behind a subtle scent. Likewise, it is also great for removing oils from hairbrushes and combs, by simply filling your sink with water and baby shampoo and leaving them to soak.
Surprisingly, the foaming baby shampoo also has a few household uses like keeping shoes and pets clean, and when mixed with some baking soda can even work to shine chrome and other metals. Apparently, you can also save your favourite top that has shrunk in the wash, by soaking it in a sink of water and baby shampoo for about 20 minutes.
Purity and Elizabeth Anne’s special baby shampoo is a firm favourite for removing eye makeup after a long day, just squirt some on a cotton pad and gently hold it over your eyes for a few seconds, letting it break down and remove stubborn makeup.
Shaving cream is quite expensive, but I find that using the special baby shampoo is just as great, if not better, as it helps moisturize my legs and saves me from rashes or irritations. In addition, you can even use it as a light-weight body cream as it simply absorbs into the skin, while leaving it feeling and looking nourished.
Have you tried any of these beauty hacks before? I would love to know if you have any to add!
I’m a beauty-obsessed, caffeine-fueled, soccer-loving, chocolate-eating, picture-taking, occasional-blogging, faith-inspired, mom of two.