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Do the secrets to perfect skin and hair lie in the children’s aisle of the supermarket? Samantha Hamilton-Rushforth investigates the beauty trend that will help your wallet and  your wrinkles…

Once upon a time I was advised to swap my deliciously rich and expensive shampoo (after a regrettable bleaching incident at the hairdressers) for one that would treat my hair with a little more love and care – Johnson’s baby shampoo.

Mild in both ingredients and scent this soothing solution allowed me to lather up a satisfying amount of bubbles without the use of sulphates, a cleansing agent that strips the hair of its natural oils, ultimately keeping my peroxided crop clean without unnecessary chemicals. Impressed with my shiny, soft locks I became an instant convert, leading me to wonder what other infant-friendly buys were secretly harbouring adult-friendly solutions.

After a little digging I discovered that the A-list have been onto this secret for ages with celebs like Shania Twain stocking up on nappy-rash cream Sudocrem as an overnight zit-zapper, The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly lathering up with the L’Occitane shower cream for kids and Brad Pitt preferring baby wipes to cologne.

 

These junior lotions and potions come with a lighter scent and ingredient list and are also easier on your beauty budget. A bottle of dry shampoo may set you back Dhs30, but a jumbo sized container of talc, which does the same job will cost mere dirhams.

 
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Practical, purse-friendly and perfectly easy to find, we recommend pinching your next miracle cream from the baby aisle…

EW MINI’S TOP PRODUCTS TO PINCH FROM THE BABY BAG:

L-R: ABCDerm Mild Foaming Cleanser Dhs38 Bioderma at basharacare.com  Delicate enough to use around the eyes but strong enough to get rid of waterproof make-up. Palmer’s Baby Butter Dhs26   Soothe sunburn and dry skin with a baby butter facemask. Badger Baby Balm Dhs42 bathandunwind.com  Pat under the eyes before bed and say goodbye to dark circles Johnson’s Baby Shampoo Dhs10  Fake tan disaster? Scrub away the evidence with this mild mixture on.

L-R: ABCDerm Mild Foaming Cleanser Dhs38 Bioderma at basharacare.com
Delicate enough to use around the eyes but strong enough to get rid of waterproof make-up. Palmer’s Baby Butter Dhs26 Soothe sunburn and dry skin with a baby butter facemask. Badger Baby Balm Dhs42 bathandunwind.com
Pat under the eyes before bed and say goodbye to dark circles Johnson’s Baby Shampoo Dhs10
Fake tan disaster? Scrub away the evidence with this mild mixture on.