Whether you’ve been a mom for six weeks or six months, by now you’ve probably noticed that baby products can be ex-pen-sive! But the good news is that some of your tot’s basic essentials actually double as time-saving, thrifty beauty buys for you.
It may not be the most conventional place to score quality skincare products, but your baby’s changing table is one of the best sources to find them on the cheap.
When it’s time to take off that little bit of makeup that you managed to apply, baby wipes work just as well as the fancy facial wipes in the beauty aisle. Best of all, they come in much larger quantities and can also be used as feminine wipes. But whether you’re using them on your face, or um—elsewhere, opt for fragrance-free varieties for you and your baby’s benefit.
Diaper Rash Cream
In need of a quick fix for a zit? The zinc oxide in your little one’s diaper rash cream works as a mild astringent and antiseptic, making it perfect for treating pimples and minor sunburn. During the summer months or a highly coveted night out dancing (one can dream), a thin layer under the breasts and inner thighs helps to save you from unwanted moisture.
If you don’t want to use diaper rash creams, consider a dash of baby powder in areas where you want to prevent moisture, including under your arms.
Disposable Bibs & Changing Pads
They may not be great for the environment, but disposable bibs and changing pads are excellent for dealing with all kinds of messes on the go. And because they’re super absorbent, just a small square is all you need to blot away excess oils without ruining your makeup.
If you’re against using petroleum jelly but still want to protect your baby’s skin -- and your own, try A&D Ointment. The vitamins and lanolin not only make it a good alternative for preventing diaper rash, but it can also be used as an intense moisturizer for rough patches of skin and dryness-prone spots like the elbows, knees, and feet.
Yes, it’s wonderful for helping lock moisture in your skin, but baby oil can also be used as an eye makeup remover. Worried about a mess? Try the newer gel varieties.
Shampoo & Conditioner
If you’ve recently colored your hair and don’t want to ruin your new hue, the gentle formula of your baby’s 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner will do the job.
What thrifty beauty supplies do you use?