Since a baby’s skin is ever-so-delicate, any product that is designed for a baby needs to be as mild and gentle as they get. Free of chemicals, dyes, fragrances and so many other toxins, these baby products are not only good for youngsters, but are great for adults too.
The majority of baby oils are made from mineral oil, which are quite large molecules, meaning that rather than penetrating into the skin, they form a protective barrier over it instead. This means that the part of your body that you have applied the oil to will be so much more capable of retaining moisture and staying hydrated.
Baby oils are also noncomedogenic, which means that they will not clog your pores, and, being an inert substance, they will not react with any other products or ingredients that you use either.
Wondering what an adult would need to use baby oil for?
For a few different reasons:
- As a cleanser – mineral oil is actually used as a base for many cleansers, so instead of purchasing one of these, you can use baby oil directly as a cleanser. Simply massage it in to your skin gently, mixing it with other oils if you want, and then rinse it off
- As a makeup remover – baby oil is such an effective makeup remover. If you have oily skin, you may not want to use baby oil all over your face, but you could still use it to remove eye makeup, applying it to a cotton pad before dabbing this onto your eyes
- Before shaving – if you opt for shaving when it comes to hair removal, try applying some baby oil to your skin before shaving as usual. It will act as an emollient, keeping your skin soft, nourished and protected
- Cleaning and conditioning makeup brushes – your makeup brushes need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Baby oil can be used to clean, as well as condition, your brushes, but only use it every couple of weeks, as over-conditioning your brushes can affect their function
- To soften the ends of your hair – if the ends of your hair are looking brittle and dry, but you do not have the time for a trim just yet, try applying some baby oil to a cotton pad, and then running this lightly through the ends of your hair. Make sure that you do not apply the oil directly to your hair, as this will make it greasy
Whether you are purchasing baby oil for an adult or a baby, look for one that also contains other nourishing oils, such as shea butter and cocoa butter, as these will help to moisturize the skin even more.
While baby wipes do not compare to using a dedicated facial cleanser, they are definitely handy when you cannot cleanse your skin for whatever reason.
Wondering why you would use baby wipes instead of conventional cleansing wipes?
Well, as mentioned above, baby products do not contain harsh chemicals. On the other hand, many cleansing wipes actually contain high concentrations of bad alcohols and other skin-damaging ingredients, making it a no-brainer to opt for the baby version instead.
You can also use baby wipes to remove makeup, although this is not something that you should make a habit of, as they may not be quite strong enough to thoroughly remove certain makeup formulas.
Finally, baby wipes are so convenient, especially if you happen to be travelling.
Baby Cleansing Water
While not as popular a product as some of the others mentioned on this list, baby cleansing water is still used by parents all over the world.
Wondering what it is for?
To help clean up after changing a diaper.
Essentially, this is just like an adult’s cleanser, except that it is so much more gentle. While you will not be able to use it to remove makeup, this is a great product to incorporate into a double cleansing routine. If you are someone that likes to cleanse their face twice a day, you could also swap your regular cleanser for a baby cleanser in the mornings, as this will be far better for your skin in the long run.
Baby Bar Soap
Traditional bar soaps contain a high pH level, and this can end up being quite drying for the skin.
While there are alternatives available, many people still choose to place traditional bar soaps around their house, especially if it is just for washing hands.
However, it is all of this bar soap hand washing that contributes to your hands drying out, resulting in premature wrinkles and lines.
What can you do about this?
Try swapping your regular bar soap for a baby version, and you will quickly notice the difference…
Bar soaps made for babies will wash and moisturize your skin, without stripping it of its natural oils.
Baby powder is designed to remove excess moisture from a baby before a diaper is worn, but an adult can make use of these moisture-absorbing properties too.
Think back to the last time that you did not have enough time to wash your hair, and had to deal with greasy locks as a result.
The next time this happens, simply work some baby powder into the roots of your hair. It will soak up any excess oil, leaving your hair looking and feeling so much fresher, just like a dry shampoo would.
Here are a few other ways in which adults can make use of baby powder:
- To set makeup, from foundation to eyeshadow to lipstick
- Sprinkled in shoes to act as a foot powder
- Sprinkled onto sheets to keep them smelling fresh
Many people assume that sunscreen designed for babies will not be strong enough to protect adult skin, but this is the opposite from the truth.
A baby’s skin is so much more delicate and vulnerable than an adult’s skin, meaning that it is far more susceptible to sun damage. This means that sunscreens need to be even more powerful, but extremely gentle at the same time.
While the majority of sunscreens for adults are chemical sunscreens, baby sunscreens do not contain these chemicals. Instead, they rely on physical minerals, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, to reflect the sun’s rays away from the skin.
However, you do still need to pay attention to SPF…
No matter what sort of sunscreen you go for, an SPF of 30 is usually advised.
Colloidal Oatmeal Creams
If you take a look at the ingredients list of many of the baby creams on the market, you will notice colloidal oatmeal featured quite often.
Wondering what this is?
It is regular oatmeal that has been finely ground and boiled, so that its colloidal material can be extracted.
Colloidal oatmeal is completely natural, as well as FDA-approved, and oatmeal has some fantastic benefits when it comes to skin care:
- Oats contain saponin, which acts as a mild cleanser
- Oats moisturize the skin and restore its natural protective barrier
- Oatmeal contains lipids and proteins that humectant, emollient and occlusive properties
- Oatmeal contains antioxidant properties that make it a great anti-ager
- Colloidal oatmeal in particular is fantastic for treating eczema
You can also try using colloidal oatmeal creams to treat everything from bug bites to sunburn.
When it comes to cleaning makeup brushes, many people tend to use an antibacterial dish soap. While this does do the job, it also has the effect of drying the bristles out.
A great alternative to this is baby shampoo. All you need to do is apply some to the palm of your hand and swirl your brush around in it before rinsing, or mix some shampoo up with water in a bowl before cleaning your brush in it.
For added brush-cleaning benefits, look for a baby shampoo that contains lactic acid and essential oils, as these will help to prolong the lifespan of your bristles.
You might be wondering…
Why can’t I use baby shampoo on my hair?
There is no reason why you cannot try using baby shampoo on your hair, but, unless your hair is in perfect condition health-wise, you may find that the shampoo is not strong enough. Since babies do not have to deal with hair that has been damaged by heat, pollution and more, a baby shampoo may just be too mild for your hair.
However, if you do find that a baby shampoo works in keeping your hair clean, then this is a great product to use on a regular basis. Unlike adult shampoos, baby shampoos do not contain strong surfactants, meaning that they will cleanse your hair without stripping it of its natural oils.
While not technically for babies, nipple cream is a product that many new mothers own, as it can really help to alleviate sore breasts after breastfeeding.
Since these creams are designed to be applied to an area which a baby’s mouth has access to, the ingredients are extremely gentle, but are still so effective.
Even if you are not a new mother, nipple cream is still something that may prove to be useful to you.
It is incredible for lips that are prone to dryness and cracking, and, thanks to its rich formula, a little goes such a long way.
If a baby’s diaper is wet for an extended period of time, diaper rash, which is a form of inflammation in the skin, can often occur.
The best way to tackle this is with a diaper cream, which is formulated to reduce inflammation and redness, while soothing and protecting the skin.
As you can imagine, this is something that could really benefit many adults…
Being thick, gentle and nourishing, diaper cream makes a great moisturizer for adults with sensitive skin, and even for those with other skin types. If you have psoriasis or eczema, give diaper cream a try, as the ingredients used could really help to minimize your symptoms.
Other forms of inflammation, such as bug bites, can also be treated with a diaper cream.
Baby Massage Oil
A massage has so many health benefits for a baby, from aiding in sleep, colic, digestion and weight gain to boosting circulation and reducing teething pain.
When it comes to adults, a massage can have just as many benefits, including:
- Reducing anxiety
- Treating headaches
- Reducing stress-related insomnia
- Treating soft-tissue strains and injuries
- Treating sports injuries
However, many people are allergic to some of the properties in regular massage oils, which is where a baby massage oil comes in.
Since these are also generally quite lightweight, they can be used on the face and body as a moisturizer too, which can be especially useful during the winter months.
Wondering what the difference between this and a standard baby oil is?
As mentioned above, baby oils are usually purely made from mineral oils, whereas baby massage oils will be formulated with ingredients such as:
- Grapeseed oil – this will contain high levels of linoleic acid, which is an essential fatty acid that protects the skin’s natural protective barrier
- Olive oil – contains oleic acid, increasing skin permeability and therefore allowing moisture and other products to be better absorbed
A moisturizing stick will contain similar ingredients to that of a moisturizing baby cream, such as shea butter and ceramides, but it is formulated into a solid bar rather than a cream.
The sticks are designed to glide onto the skin, providing particularly vulnerable areas of the body, such as the nose and cheeks, with some extra protection.
Wondering how an adult would use this, other than for moisturizing parts of their skin?
In a couple of clever ways…
To begin with, baby moisturizing sticks make amazing lip balms, as they are so hydrating yet gentle. Their convenient packaging also makes this a handy product to travel with.
Many professional makeup artists also swear by moisturizing sticks as lip primers, applying this to the lips before applying any color, so that the color will not only last for longer, but be so much more vivid.