Baby oils are amazing – they’re super gentle on the skin and offer innumerable benefits. I’m a strong believer that baby products are great for adults too. I mean, why not, when the chemical properties are cut by a fraction compared to general products? They are safer to use on your body, offer more organic and natural ingredients and have more than one use, which make them very versatile.
Having a toddler at home, I was tempted to give his products a try as I was a curious to see the outcome. So the first thing I got my hand on was his baby shampoo. You can read my full review in the article titled, OPINION: I Used Baby Shampoo On My Hair And The Results Were Mind-Blowing! In a nutshell, the results were amazing. My hair was super soft, tangle-free, fragrant, and stayed oil-free for a longer time, as compared to any ordinary adult shampoo.
This time around, I decided to try the trusted baby oil, which is generally used on babies or infants for massages or moisturizing purposes. I did not use it for the same purposes as a baby, but I got creative and used it for beauty instead. Here’s a disclaimer – the content below contains a lot of positive bragging, so be ready to head to the nearest store to stock up on baby oils! Leggo!
My go-to skin moisturizer
I haven’t stressed enough how moisturizing baby oil can actually be. There are baby oils that remain greasy after application, but if you prefer a non-greasy and super absorbent formula, I suggest you get the non-greasy/sticky baby oil. I lather the baby oil on my face, neck, hands (with a little more love around the elbows), and legs. Some days, I simply use it as a base, replacing a serum, because the hydrating power of baby oil can be pretty darn amazing! If I have nowhere to go, I keep it simple by just applying the baby oil and powdering over it to give my skin a matte finish.
Baby wipes do a pretty decent job in removing my makeup, but I don’t like the part where it gets smeared all over my face. I end up using several wipes to completely get rid of any remaining leftover makeup. Using oil in removing makeup has been a game changing experience. Firstly, removing the layers of makeup is super-quick and the makeup doesn’t move around like with baby wipes. Regardless of the choice of your oil, it does a better job with a cleaner finish. In my opinion, baby oil is inexpensive and the end results are similar to using other facial oils.
Smoother shaving experience
This you HAVE to give a try. You know those devilish red bumps that appear after shaving, which causes a lot of irritation? You can prevent this by using baby oil before shaving. Despite using several shaving creams to prep the skin before shaving, those red bumps just know how to make their way back on my skin. I felt perhaps the creams were not moisturizing enough, which caused further irritation to the skin after shaving. After trying baby oil, the results were stunning. My legs looked super moist, clean and smooth. The razor glides smoothly without causing any irritation, rash or burns when baby oil is slathered on the skin first. Baby oil can also soothe and calm irritation and rashes.
Just place a few drops of the baby oil on your fingers, and massage your eye area for at least two minutes. Then use a dry tissue to remove the excess oil. This is a budget-friendly method which serves the same purpose as commercial eye creams – to keep the under eye hydrated.
DIY homemade lip scrub
This is similar to using a DIY Vaseline lip scrub. Trust me, at the end of the day, every lip balm or moisturizer incorporates some kind of oil in their formula to give a boost of moisture to your lips. So why not use baby oil and create your very own lip scrub which is safe and highly effective? Make your own lip scrub for soft and smooth lips by mixing one tablespoon of baby oil with half a tablespoon of brown sugar, and a few drops of freshly-squeezed lemon. Apply this scrub in a circular motion and wipe off with a soft washcloth. Do this every night and you will wake up with soft and smooth lips.
Tinted dewy moisturizer/illuminator
For the days you want lighter coverage on your skin without compromising on the hydration, this trick will do the job. Just add 3-4 drops of baby oil to your regular foundation and apply all over the face and neck for a dewy finish tinted moisturizer look. Your skin will look super healthy, dewy and flawless. If you’re gonna rock a sleeveless or off-shoulder dress, then mix baby oil with some highlighter powder or illuminator and see the magic unfold. It will give your shoulders a sheer finish, which is absolutely stunning!
To tame unruly eyebrows and frizzy hair
Soak a clean mascara brush in baby oil and use it to tame unruly eyebrows. You can also wet your eyebrow brush with the oil before you grab a small quantity of shadow with it and then use this to tame your brows. Works like a charm, ladies. The reason why I like using baby oil as a frizz tamer or fixing bad hair days is that baby oil will not leave hair sticky and flat, unlike other hair oils. Just rub a few drops of baby oil between your palms and run them over your hair ends and on the crown of your head. This method will tame frizzy hair and add a nice sheen to the mane as well.