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7 Baby Products That Adults Can And Should Use

Bet you didn’t know I was a skincare professional in a past life, did you? Yes, I went to cosmetology school in my early twenties and am licensed as an aesthetician. That’s actually how I got my start in writing—as a beauty blogger and health writer years ago.

So, I promise you can trust my infinite wisdom when it comes to skincare and beauty. I won’t steer you wrong. I’m only here to make you more beautiful.

If there’s one thing I know about #momlife, it’s that it can be so darn taxing on your health and beauty. In between shuttling kids to school, wiping runny noses, and making a supposedly nutritious dinner, you hardly have any time for yourself. You may commit mortal beauty sins like going to sleep with your makeup on (Gasp! Did you know that ages your skin every time?). Or, you may halfheartedly swipe at your makeup with a baby wipe at the end of the day as you stare into your sad, tired eyes in the mirror.

If the latter sounds like you, you may be onto something. Baby products as beauty products are the hot new thing. Not only are baby products cheaper, but if you buy the right brand free from harmful chemicals and bullshit, they’ll also be much easier on your skin. Who knew?

Remember, you can trust me as your Mommyish staff aesthetician. Though I can’t wax your asshole virtually—and believe me when I say that I really wish I could—I can give you a few awesome baby beauty product recommendations to save a buck and your skin.

1. Baby Powder

walgreens.com

walgreens.com

Baby powder makes a great primer for foundation and lipstick. Pro Tip: Dab a little on your eyelids before applying eyeshadow if you’re prone to oiliness throughout the day.

2. Diaper Rash Cream

littlegreenduckling.com

little
greenduckling.com

Go for an inexpensive organic or botanical brand to soothe chapped skin in winter weather.

3. Baby Ointment

walgreens.com

walgreens.com

Baby Aquaphor is amazing for overall healing—use it in a pinch on a minor burn!

4. Baby Shampoo

drugstore.com

drugstore.com

Baby shampoo made with natural ingredients is way better than adult shampoo made with nasty chemicals.

5. Baby Bubble Bath

drugstore.com

drugstore.com

A hot bath before bed with lavender scented baby bubble bath means a sweeter beauty sleep at night.

6. Baby Lotion

 

walgreens.com

walgreens.com

Again, natural ingredients are key here—a hypoallergenic baby lotion will leave your skin as smooth as a baby’s you know what.

7. Baby Wipes

amazon.com

amazon.com

Unscented baby wipes make an awesome makeup remover in a pinch. Just remember to moisturize with baby lotion after!

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  • Crusty (I HATE TAXES) Socks

    8. Diapers

    Baby diapers cost less than Depends and you’re too lazy to get up and walk to the bathroom.

    • http://mother--bored.tumblr.com/ Aimee Ogden

      Especially good if you’re a deranged astronaut on a mission of revenge.

    • Socks (I HATE TAXES) Crusty

      Nice reference!

    • Valerie

      This would have also helped a lot on a winery tour I went on last summer. We went on a loooong walk thru a vineyard and I had already drank like, a dicktillion glasses. My options were to hold it or squat amongst the vines. I held it and wished fervently that I’d had the foresight to buy a pack of Depends.

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      I do a lot of hiking in the summer, so I’ve gotten pretty good about squatting and sharing a toilet with the forest critters. (TMI alert) The only problem I’ve run into was when the wind changed direction on me once–not only was I used to air egressing rather than ingressing, I also got enough dribble on the back of my pants that I might as well have just left them zipped up.

    • Valerie

      Ohhhh not the spray!!!

    • Jallun-Keatres

      A dicktillion. LOOOOOOL

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      Or a frequent cross-country driver whose policy is that there will be no stopping until the car’s running on fumes, ounces or gallons of coffee purchased at the last stop be damned.

      I mean, like a…friend of mine is. Yeah. A friend.

      (Honestly, I did get my inspiration for that one from Lisa Novak. WTF does that say about me as a person?!)

  • Ennis Demeter

    My stylist told me baby shampoo won’t irritate your eyes, but it dries out your hair. It was terrible for my daughter’s curly hair.

    • Zettai

      It seems like just about every shampoo is terrible for curly hair. You can’t wash it as often as you would regular hair, either. It’s tough.

  • Rachel Sea

    I sometimes work weeks long events where showers can be hard to come by. Huggies Natural Care is my go-to when I can’t shower off a day’s grime before bed.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Yes, good for travel!

    • pixie

      My riding coach lives in an old farm house and when the water stops working (like in the winter when the pipes freeze) or when her water tank is low in the summer she uses her granddaughter’s baby wipes to get all the dust and dirt off. At least it’s something.

  • elle

    Huh I’m not sure about using baby shampoo…..it cleanses but doesn’t do anything else. It’s incredibly drying too, my stylist recommended not washing my son’s hair more than once a week so it wouldn’t get damaged. Idk….anybody actually tried it and can recommend it?

    • JLH1986

      I use baby lotion, baby aquaphor and baby bath. I cannot use baby shampoo for my hair. I have very fine hair and it becomes crunchy with a quickness. So I stick to adult shampoos/conditioners and then just wash it every other day or every 2 days depending on my level of activity. But I don’t recommend baby shampoo.

    • elle

      That’s kinda what I thought….

    • Megan Zander

      Not for hair, but my eye dr recommended it for removing eye makeup, I’m prone to pimples around my eyes ( gross I know) and the oil in makeup removers can clog pores and make it worse, but baby shampoo doesn’t sting, gets rid of the makeup and dries out the sty. I use it all the time.

    • elle

      Interesting, I may have to try that a few times (and its not gross, I still get acne too :(

    • JLH1986

      This is a great idea…i’ll have to give that a try.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

    A lot of my friends are musicians – common wisdom that you need to pick up a pack of baby wipes before heading on the road for a tour. You never know what the shower situation will be when your accommodations are usually the all-inclusive, 5 star resort known as “someone’s floor”.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

    ALSO Bethany can you please tell me what I should be using to wash my face now? I’m sure I’m not the only Mommyish reader who is dealing with both wrinkles AND acne, right? I have ‘combination skin’, where the combination is ‘dry on my cheeks, shiny on my forehead, and I get at least one pimple on my chin during shark week’.

    • Bethany Ramos

      First, I love your diagnosis so hard. Second, I don’t know if you moisturize religiously, but you definitely should with acne-prone skin. A lot of people with combination skin don’t like to moisturize because of the oil factor, but your skin will actually overproduce oil if it gets too dry.

      I don’t use products that are that expensive, I normally just check out the ingredient label to avoid ridiculous chemicals. I like this scrub for a cheaper drugstore buy:

      http://www.simpleskincare.com/our-products/product/smoothing-facial-scrub.html

      Vitamin E for wrinkles!

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/vitamin-e-oil-tips_n_3477654.html

    • Rachel Sea

      I started using aloe instead of gel, which has been great for my hair, but when I’m done rubbing it through, whatever is left on my hands goes on my face. It’s working better than any combination of facewash and moisturizer I’ve ever used to cut down on the oily forehead, the dryness around my nose and cheeks, and the clogged pores, because yes, wrinkles and pimples are bullshit.

    • Zettai

      I can’t say it’ll work for everyone, but the generic drugstore Benzoyl Peroxide Gel (comes is a small tube for about 5.99) has worked for me. I’ve been getting zits since I was 10 and found out about this product and the acne.org method last year. Honestly, I barely follow the method itself, but the BP gel keeps me about 95% zit free. :)

    • Pzonks

      I used to have similar skin (alas, I’m nearly all dry now) but I’m a fan of Jojoba oil for skin moisturizer (get it keep at Trader Joes) and tea tree oil on pimples. I use tea tree oil like that Dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding used Windex, it simply fixes pretty much EVERYTHING

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      Ok, mommyish readers are the best. Thanks everyone!

  • ksu_artist1

    Free from Harmful Chemicals and Bullshit™ – I would like to make a new cosmetic company and have this be my slogan

    • Bethany Ramos

      It will sell like hotcakes!

  • MaebykittyRN

    I use my baby’s lavender bubble bath more than he does. I also use baby sunscreen in the summer. I’ve found it gentler on my skin than adult sunscreen.

  • http://mother--bored.tumblr.com/ Aimee Ogden

    I’m currently slathered in baby lotion like half an inch deep. It’s one of the only things that’s helping my skin survive this endless winter. :(

  • Megan Zander

    I use baby spoons for my yogurt. I don’t know why it just tastes better.

  • Karin

    Aquaphor is amazing stuff.

  • LadyClodia

    This might sound weird, but I totally recommend Lansinoh lanolin to anyone who will listen. I use it instead of chapstick at night before bed, and it’s awesome. It’s too goopy to use during the day, but I find as long as I use it at night I don’t need it during the day. If the boys are sick and their noses are sore from tissues, I use a thin layer of the lanolin on their upper lips and around their nose and it helps with the irritation.
    I also exclusively use baby lotion on my skin and baby sunscreen in the summer.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Noted! I have very dry lips. :)

    • cabinfever

      Totally. My sister just spent $30 on a tiny tube of “lip treatment”, which was essentially lanolin with essential oils to make it smell good.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I just bought the lanolin today, and it is the only thing that has made my chapped lips feel better. Thanks!

    • LadyClodia

      Awesome!

  • Shannon

    I sprinkle baby powder on my roots when my hair is feeling oily. Also gives great texture to hair and seems to make my hair gold curls longer.

    I love baby lotion for myself!!

    Question about my skin Bethany– what do you think about retinol? As opposed to vitamin e? Seems to work to some degree on the fine lines around my eyes, and the “11″ that’s beginning to form between my brows. But hey, if you’ve seen better results with vitamin e, hey I’ll jump right on that. Getting old blows, man.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I hate wrinkles too and my stupid gray hair. :( And a big yes on retinol – from my understanding, it’s the best non-prescription form of retinoic acid that you can get over-the-counter for fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Valerie

    If you cannot virtually wax our assholes can you at least post a DIY tutorial?

    • Bethany Ramos

      Grrrrl don’t poke the bear! (Which sounds like code for a bush, but I promise it is not.) I have so many horrific asshole waxing stories…:)

    • Valerie

      I would settle for bleaching too. OMB, Bridesmaids.

  • Zettai

    I’m going to throw in that if you’ve got a larger rack, a little baby powder in the bra, especially on a hot day, helps your boobs not feel like they’re glued together.

  • pixie

    It might not be a baby product, but my poor student advice is, if you can’t afford zit cream, toothpaste works wonders. But don’t put it on before going out, you’ll get weird looks (I had a friend do that, it wasn’t noticeable at first but when she started to sweat, it turned white and a little frothy)

  • NotTakenNotAvailable

    Baby products that aren’t beauty related (because let’s face it, it’s a good day when I wipe all the toothpaste from the corners of my mouth) but that I’ve considered purchasing anyway:

    1. Those plates with the cartoon animals and, more importantly, the dividers in them. I’ll admit to being a food racist. Salty and sweet do not belong in the same zip code as each other, much less the same dish. Also there are certain textures and tastes of certain foods that will ruin my entire day if they get mashed in together, so given that I’m obviously like three years old mentally, I might as well have age-appropriate flatware.

    2. Sippy cups. I’m kind of a slob. I could reuse so many clothes if I could just stop spilling things on them! For cold drinks, I just pour stuff into the water bottles I already have, but if I just want a cup of tea and don’t want to use more than one tea bag (750 ml is way too much water for one bag), I can guarantee that there will at least be sprinklings on my clothes.

    I have used baby powder to decent effect on a hot day before, though as a chronic schvitzer, there’s still only so much it can do before I decide to give up and lounge around naked all afternoon.

    • Bethany Ramos

      “food racist” LOL!

    • NotTakenNotAvailable

      Separate but unequal treatment in my kitchen, since I’m not that fond of sweets in the first place!

  • Jallun-Keatres

    Pregnancy + dry Idaho winter has made my whole face get like… scaly peely. My husband put some baby lotion on it and it cleared right up. We don’t even use lotion on our baby. o.O

  • Jell

    This is great info!

    I’ve been using baby lotion on my over sensitive skin for ages. I was walking through the baby products aisle and it suddenly hit me that if it’s safe for infant skin it would be fine for me. I’m a big fan of Shea Moisture baby lotion and baby head to toe wash ( it’s paraben and sulfate free)

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

    Bookmarked for future reference!

    I like baby shampoo because, let’s face it, if there’s a way to get soap or shampoo in my eyes, it WILL happen, no matter what I do. I just wish it didn’t have that overwhelming “baby shampoo” scent…