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.
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: